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emylie ellis, acsw, msw, mph

Perinatal Social Worker

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WHAT I DO

Emylie is changing the way we treat reproductive mental health through psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions! Emylie runs an independent practice specializing in addressing the physical, mental, and emotional needs of individuals during the perinatal period. 

PERINATAL: period during pregnancy planning, pregnancy, postpartum adjustment, pregnancy loss and early parenting up to one year. 

Emylie's practice provides a range of specialized mental health care for the full-spectrum of maternal mental health, including perinatal mood and anxiety concerns, reproductive mental health, and general maternal mental health. She offers resources for the community through direct support and professional referrals.

 

Emylie recognizes that the experiences of birthing people often go unsupported, unrecognized, and/or invalidated. With Black maternal mortality rates continuing to rise and the future of sexual and reproductive health/ rights in the country looking pretty bleak, Emylie decided to abandon traditional American ideals of individualism and work collectively in order to help more families and provide a higher quality service. She supports all pregnancy outcomes and provides affirming support to the LGBTQ+ and alternative lifestyle communities.

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EDUCATION

Masters Degree in Social Work 

University of Alabama

Masters Degree in Public Health, Maternal Child Health Policy and Leadership

University of Alabama at Birmingham

WHO I AM

Emylie has received advanced clinical training in maternal mental health and is passionate about the intersection of trauma and birth. She specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationships/ dating/ sex. She is trained in various evidence-based practices effective in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 

Emylie has also served her community as a birth and postpartum doula since 2014. She has worked with clients who have experienced unmedicated births, medicated births, inductions, cesarean births, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), home births, high risk pregnancies, multiples, surrogacy, and adoption.

Emylie is a native Angeleno. She lives in North Hollywood with her rescue dog, Daisy. 

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WHAT I OFFER

Emylie is a source for an individual or family that is struggling with:

  • Infertility: difficulty conceiving, exploring medical intervention and evaluating family building options

  • Pregnancy loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and medical termination

  • Perinatal mood disorders: depression or anxiety during pregnancy or within the first year postpartum

  • Birth trauma: grieving the birth experience and healing trauma

  • A high score on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)

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TREATMENT GOALS ARE

To increase social supports

Increase objective, practical, and TANGIBLE support
Improve mother-baby interactions

Increase emotional and practical support from partner, if applicable

Train other perinatal professionals how to identify symptoms of PMADs 

EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY IN THE END.

IF IT'S NOT OKAY, IT'S NOT THE END.

MY APPROACH

FIND COMMUNITY In addition to professional support, peer learning offers our clients the opportunity to learn from each others navigating the same journey! As a client, you will learn a great deal more by explaining your ideas and knowledge to others and by participating in activities in which you can learn from your peers. This is a small group where new families can find support and validation, share coping skills, and discuss topics like boundaries, intimacy, and anger in a safe space. This group is often co-facilitated and supported by local doulas and gives clients the opportunity to build bonds. You will never feel like your in this alone.

Feeling completely unprepared for the physiological, emotional, and relational changes you're experiencing?

 

Emylie is a confident leader with expertise to share! She uses an integrative and holistic approach, adapting her methods for each client. She provides her clients with practical tools and knowledge to help them feel safe and supported. Emylie helps her clients trust themselves more deeply, teaching them to turn inward for guidance. During your 1:1 sessions, receive education about mood and anxiety disorders, understand your stressors, learn to adjust your expectations and minimize judgment, express your feelings and improve communication strategies, and learn coping skills to manage the demands of parenthood.​ Emylie's methods include Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and non-directive counseling.

 

Additionally, because we know inadequate social support is a risk factor for PMADs, Emylie offers comprehensive packages that include:

 

Individual Psychotherapy

Weekly Home Visits with a Doula

Weekly Phone Calls for Partner Support

OFFICE HOURS

TUES & THURS 3:30P - 5:30P

WED 11:00P - 3:00P

SESSION HOURS

TUES & THURS 5:30P - 9:30P

SUN 10:30P - 1:30P 

More session availability coming soon!

VIRTUAL SESSIONS ONLY DURING COVID-19

OFFICES IN TWO LOCATIONS

500 First Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 94158

 

500 Second Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 94158

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