Clinicians will develop a broader understanding of gender identity concerns and how to best assist those who present with these concerns, as individuals, couples, as well as their families, in a clinical setting.
Kristen Paradise, MS, LPCC
Kristen is a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) through the Institute for Integrative Therapies (IIT), which is beneficial to clients who may feel stuck in their progress, are medication resistant, or want a new and different way, to approach their healing process. Kristen prefers to assist those clients who are at any space on the gender spectrum, as well as the broader LGBTQ+ community, to help process identity. Kristen assists clients who are experiencing bereavement, grief and loss, and is also a certified End-of-Life Doula. Kristen also assist persons who have concerns with trauma, depression, anxiety, military affairs, domestic violence, and individuals who have worked in the sex industry. A client can expect unconditional acceptance and compassion, while learning to cope with and assess one’s own circumstances, with healthy guidance. When we are shamed for simply who we are, how can we ever learn to be authentically ourselves? It is her goal to assist my clients developing a strong and healthy sense of self. Kristen specializes in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (IIT), Transgender/Gender identity concerns, LGBTQ+ community, Death, grief and loss, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Sex work, Veterans affairs, and First responders.
Bennett Zielinski, MS, LPCC, LMHC, RPT
Bennett is a licensed therapist who enjoys helping children, teens, and adults recognize their potential, harness their individual strengths, and overcome life's challenges. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, gender dysphoria, attachment, and managing life's events. He is especially passionate about, and specializes in, working with clients within the transgender/gender non-conforming community, or those who may even be questioning their gender identity. He has experience helping clients navigate transitioning and manage physical, emotional, and social changes. His strengths-based approach helps all his clients understand how experiences shape who they are and allow them to grow and heal. He believes in meeting his clients where they are at and tailoring his approach to meet each individual's needs. Bennett prides himself in being open and affirming to all who step into his office; his goal is to help you reach your goals. Prior to coming to Ellie, Bennett spent several years working as a therapist in Iowa. He previously taught high school English, which has fostered his love of learning and helping others. When he's not working, Bennett can be found playing video games, working on projects around his house, or spending time with his family.
Ellie is offering a CEU series to the greater mental health community! All trainings welcome anyone who would like to join us to learn more about various topics. Following each training you will be provided a certificate of completion via email. CEU approvals pending for the following regulatory boards: BMFT, BOSW, BBHT, and Nursing. If interested please sign up here and we will save your seat!