Rose is a Colorado State Licensed Social Worker, trained in Somatic Experiencing and psychodynamic clinical practice. Rose’s goal is to provide clients with a safe and compassionate container to explore their psycho-somatic-emotional world, grow in self-compassion, and reconnect with their own innate healing capacity. Rose believes in honoring and prioritizing clients’ choice and agency and facilitates a space for exploration, curiosity, and empowerment. Rose supports clients in learning nervous system regulation in order to grow their capacity to hold life’s complexities. She introduces elements of attachment theory in order to support clients in identifying relational patterns. Rose incorporates a view of systemic, environmental, and intergenerational influences within our larger ecosystem, because we are never singularly “the cause” of our own suffering. She values cultural humility, collaboration, and advocacy as essential parts of both her inner and outer work.
Having worked in psychotherapy for the last couple years, Rose weaves body-based trauma and nervous system work (rooted in Somatic Experiencing) with psychodynamic, Jungian, and attachment disciplines, catering and molding the use of these different modalities to each client. She is trained as a level 1 birth doula and has experience in supporting women in processing birth trauma, individually and in women’s groups. Rose’s long-time experience with psychedelic therapies and training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy treatment has bolstered her offerings in psychedelic integration and preparation work. In addition to her background in individual counseling for adults and adolescents, Rose has gained experience in multiple treatment settings including intensive outpatient programs for folks with PTSD, mental health treatment and research for children and adolescents, and school social work.
Contrary to popular belief, therapy doesn’t always have to be “work,” “hard,” or “serious.” Of course, it can have these elements but our journey often can hold a quality of lightness and depth at the same time. It can have qualities of your choosing. The complex or the challenging can also be soft, balanced, and even joyful. What are you looking to grow more of in your life? Joy and aliveness? Balance and sustainability? Purpose? Wonder and awe? What do you want to bring into this exploration?
Specialties: Somatic Experiencing, Nervous System Regulation, Psychedelic Integration, Birth Trauma Processing, High Impact Accidents and Falls, Early Developmental Trauma and Attachment
Populations: Adults, Adolescents
Clinical Supervisor: Alicia Hagge, LCSW #0000630
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"By the end of the tenth session, I could hardly believe the transformation that took place over time. Only by looking back to session one can I truly appreciate how far I’ve come. The changes were incremental, and minuscule at times, but that’s how lasting change eventuates."
"Eleven months ago, at the age of 22, I had a spinal repair of my L5-S1 vertebrae. This was the last resort to continuing back issues from the age of 10. I am currently pain free and have not felt this good in a very long time. If bodywork is desired, then Alex is the person to see."
"As a licensed therapeutic bodyworker myself, I choose Alex as my bodywork therapist. It is the focus, self-authenticity, and centered presence that Alex brings to his work that truly makes him a gifted healer."
"He works with both confidence and curiosity, and has a special ability to hold space for his clients free from judgement and expectation. As a result of this work I now inhabit my body in new ways."
"For the last 15+ years I’ve learned to function outside of my body as a method to suppress emotions and also as a protective means in an effort to deal with chronic pain. Not only has Ellen helped me find the ability to listen to my body, but she helped me find my voice and confidence, both of which I was previously greatly lacking. Ellen was a voice of strength when celebrating my success, and she also provided unwavering support when some of the work brought up “old stuff” that felt scary for a short time. To infer that the work we’ve done together has been transformational would truly be an understatement. Not only has my physical pain reduced, my relationships with my family and partner have flourished due to my ability to regulate myself and effectively communicate needs and hold appropriate boundaries. I am so grateful to Ellen for all she has done, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we continue to work on releasing the chronic stress and tension in my body, helping to calm my nervous system, and ultimately move toward an even more comfortable state of embodiment."
"Working with Ellen one-on-one was an incredible deep dive into self-knowledge through experiencing my body. Where Ellen shines is her talent for creating a space for exploration that is gentle, honest, safe, and empowering all at once. Ellen’s knowledge and expertise are clear, but her approach is one of partnership. And it works! I clearly see the physical and emotional results."
"I've always been someone who'd rather be in the library than at the gym. So when I seriously herniated a disc in my lower back, I was completely unprepared for the recovery process. The injury was very bad, and I had to have surgery for pain relief. The surgery was successful, but for many years my core and leg muscles remained incredibly weak and intractable, and I was living with chronic nerve pain in my legs.
Then, after multiple unsuccessful rounds of physical therapy, I met Ellen, and working with her changed my life. She met me where I was with my body and mind-body connection, which felt like rock bottom. She taught me fundamental somatics exercises for recovering command of my body, and radical knowledge for developing my own daily somatics practices. It's not an exaggeration to say her therapy renewed my relationship with myself. Today I feel more cognizant and comfortable in my body than I've ever felt before in my life. My daily life isn't organized around nerve pain anymore, and I'm able to relax and move again. I actually feel more desire to move and grow than ever before. I can't testify to her work and wisdom enthusiastically enough."