About Ellie McMann

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

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Hello! I’m Ellie.

Associate Clinical Social Worker #85229

Hi there! My name is Ellie, and I’m an Associate Clinical Social Worker. I’ve lived in Chico since July 2017, and have fallen in love with the town and its community. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my dog, kickboxing, and doing yoga.

Taking the step to begin or return to counseling can very difficult. I believe in creating an environment where you feel safe and comfortable in working through the troubles in life. In counseling with clients, I prefer to take a client-centered approach, allowing the client to guide the sessions and focus on the topics they are ready to work on, as they are ready to work on them. Therapy is an ever-evolving field and I do my best to be aware of the most recent research and evidence-based treatment modalities. When working with children I take a primarily play-based approach. Play is the language of children, and using play in the therapeutic environment allows children a place to play and process through their trauma and difficult experiences in a safe and reflective way. When working with adults I prefer to take a primarily body-based approach, encouraging the use of alternative treatments such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

My Approach & Values

In my social work career, I have worked in county mental health specializing in working with children from 0-5 years old, and as a medical social worker in a cancer center supporting patients and their families as they battle life-threatening illnesses. I have experience working with children and teens who have gone through abuse and neglect, who are exhibiting challenging behaviors, and who have sensory differences. I also have experience working with adults who have undergone cancer treatment, are managing issues related to a serious illness, and/or are facing the end of life.

I have training in Child-Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

My Expertise

  • Childhood Trauma
  • Behavior and Sensory Issues
  • Chronic and Terminal Illness

My Experience

  • Counseling for 5 years
  • Provided therapy and in-class support for children who experienced significant trauma
  • Worked at Early Head Start program providing mental health support, therapy, and training for childcare providers

My Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Child Trauma from Baylor University, Texas

I Work With Individuals of All Ages.

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Individual Therapy

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My Information

  • I work at the Humboldt Office.
  • I charge $130, for the initial session, and $100 per session thereafter
  • I see clients both in person and via TeleHealth.

Getting Started is Easy

We understand that counseling is a brave first step toward health, wholeness, and mended relationships. But it is a hard step. We want to make the process as simple as possible for you.

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(530) 410-0505

1600 Humboldt Road, Suite 3 Chico, CA 95928

274 Cohasset Road, Suite 100 Chico, CA 95926

info@chicocreekcounseling.com