Ellen Topness, LPC, CADC-I

Staff Counselor, Trauma Specialist


Office: 541-737-2131

Snell Hall

Snell Hall

2150 SW Jefferson Way

2150 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Education: 

B.A in Psychology, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. B.A in Health Education, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. M.A. in Counseling, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon; .  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC-I).

Additional Information: 

I currently facilitate Trauma Empowerment group and am liaison for Collegiate Recovery Center.

Theoretical Orientation: 

I utilize a trauma-informed humanistic approach to therapy, also making use of tools from models including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I believe clients are the experts on themselves, not me. My role is to offer connection, affirmation, observation, gentle challenges, resources, and education in order to help clients overcome obstacles to creating the life they desire.

My Pronouns: She, her

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Counseling Center
Headquarters: 
OSU Main Campus
Research/Career Interests: 

Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health, Family of Origin Issues, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Chronic Illness

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

Swimming and playing in oceans, rivers, lakes, or pools; walking; dogs; reading mysteries or almost anything; writing