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ERICA ELLIS, PSYD.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and my Doctorate of Psychology from  Alliant-California School of Professional Psychology, where my work focused on the intersection between psychological and physiological health. With over 7,000 hours of clinical experience, I have trained in traditional psychodynamic therapy as well as cutting edge somatic modalities including mindfulness meditation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural Manipulation, and Visceral Manipulation. I am the founder of a mindfulness-based touch technique that specializes in the bridge between the brain, mind, and body.

My clinical practice includes adults, teens, couples, and families with a broad range of issues such as psychosomatic issues, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, physical pains, relationship issues, and phase of life issues.  

 In addition to my practice, I am the Somatic Psychology Department Lead Faculty and Coordinator of Dissertations and Research and Part-Time Faculty in the Applied Clinical Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am also adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University-Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Antioch University’s Master of Psychology Program. I am an APA-Sponsored Continuing Education Provider, offering trainings in mindfulness, embodiment, psychophysiology, neurobiology, and the integration of mental and holistic health.

Prior to teaching, I served as the Director of Professional Education and Training for Dr. Daniel Siegel’s Mindsight Institute. My speaking circuit includes international organizations such as American University Paris, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), University of Southern California (USC), CHADD, UCLA Extension, The Wheel of Wellbeing, The Maple Counseling Center, Mindsight Institute, The Relational Center, The Relational Turn, and CSPP. I am the author of A Neurobiology of Self Regulation (LAP) and featured as a contributing author for Whole Person Magazine and the brain and body specialist in the book Add More ing to Your Life by motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein (Langenscheidt Publishing Group/Berlitz).