San Francisco office


“The mind and the body are like parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe must leave tracks in the physical one.” ~Deepak Chopra

Ellen ShumisWho I Help    I counsel children, youth, and adults through family problems, communication skills, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, work/life balance, and relationship issues. In the session, I aim to incorporate an awareness of your physical body to reach a more inclusive feeling of wellness in your mental state. If you are feeling out of balance in your life, our work together can help you find a sense of calmness in your body and harmony in your mind.

Approach    My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative; where I find that a peaceful state of mind works best when the body and soul and in harmony.   By combining the mind, body, and soul into the session, you can leave with a feeling of inner peace and clarity.  In working with children, youth, and adults, my main focus is to develop a warm and contained relationship, and then tailor a therapeutic approach specific to you.  Approaches I draw from are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based, Somatic, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused.

Experience    In my training, I counseled elementary school students where I oriented to the mind-body approach. In an effort to make the student feel more content, I used deep breathing techniques, yoga, and outdoor activities to integrate the mind with the body. In a group setting, I taught teenagers skills in communication, stress management, calming methods, relationship management, and tools to increase self-confidence. Today, I counsel graduate students at Golden Gate University through relationship issues, life transitions, communication skills, self-esteem, work/life balance, depression, and anxiety.

Background    After completing my undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, I worked at an Eastern medicinal acupuncture center where I recognized the importance of taking care of one’s body. Patients came to receive acupuncture for pain management and left with a feeling of physical and mental bliss. It was apparent that having a body and mind in sync would leave clients with a similar feeling of harmony. Shortly after, I obtained my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Francisco. In my spare time I like to do Pilates, immerse myself in nature, spend time with my dog, and tend to my metropolitan garden.