Ellen Ronka, LCMHC

Ellen Ronka, LCMHC

Credentials & Experience

I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in the State of New Hampshire (#665) with over 15 years of experience. I have a psychotherapy practice in downtown Portsmouth and my passion is facilitating stability, healing, growth, and finally wholeness in the individuals with whom I work. I provide individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as workshops to organizations and churches. 

I have a holistic emphasis in my work, attending to areas of physical and spiritual health in addition to mental health. My interest in the mind-body connection began at Tufts University where I earned my bachelor of science degree in Biopsychology. It then became especially relevant as I suffered with many hard-to-diagnose health problems while I earned my masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. As a result, I have read and trained extensively on spirituality and suffering, autoimmune conditions, nutrition, the effects of chronic stress on the body, stress-relieving techniques, and mindfulness practice. 

My counseling experience includes volunteering at a domestic violence shelter, interning at a college counseling center, and working with two different Christian residential programs that ministered to those recovering from involvement in high-control, destructive religious groups.

In my private practice, I see adults (age 28 and up) and couples with a variety of issues including all forms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and nightmares, chronic pain, illness and fatigue, food addiction, relationship problems, traumatic experiences, and a history of childhood abuse. In addition to cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapy approaches, I enjoy educating clients on mental health issues and teaching them coping skills, as well as employing creative, experiential, and body-oriented methods, which are particularly helpful in treating trauma when talk therapy is not enough. I thoroughly enjoy finding creative ways to integrate spirituality into the therapy process and clients from any life-affirming spiritual tradition or worldview are welcome. I have particular expertise with Christian expressions because of my faith background and experience working with Christian ministries and churches.

I am a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association  (AMHCA) and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). I continue to hone my craft through reading, online trainings, and conferences I attend throughout the year. I also regularly consult with colleagues who have diverse areas of expertise. Both help me stay current with the most up-to-date and effective methods in psychotherapy practice. Most of all, I am passionate about growing as a person myself, via journaling, prayer, reading, creativity, and introspection. That means that when I invite you into new choices that stretch and challenge you, I do it with compassion because I know that territory well.

I feel honored that clients trust me with some of their most tender feelings and experiences. I learn so much from my clients about life and love and suffering, and they, in turn, challenge me. I am often deeply inspired by my clients’ perseverance, courage, and resilience. I consider it a privilege to do this work!