Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Ellie Lotan, MA

Registered Associate MFT #100866
Supervised by Lucy Collier, LMFT,  #37260


I love supporting individuals through moments of transition and transformation in their lives. Through working together I hope that you will find that the challenges that brought you to therapy open up possibilities for personal growth and development that would otherwise remain dormant.

I see therapy as a weekly ritual in which we get to safely go inward, listen to what is being called forth in us, and choose how we want to move forward. I see my role primarily as one of compassionate witness and skilled companion. I am passionate about utilizing your many tools to give voice to the intuitive parts of you that are growing through the cracks of the challenges that brought you to seek help.

My Background

I hold an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Film and Television from Edinburgh College of Art. After 6 years of working in the the film industry in New York, I transitioned to working as a birth doula, which eventually brought me to the Bay Area to continue my path as a healer. My clinical experience ranges from running groups for men and transgender women at San Francisco County Jail, to my work at Circle of Care, a grief counseling clinic where I provided individual and group therapy for children and adults, to facilitating workshops at retreats and conferences, to working as a high school counselor. As a long-time Jewish community organizer, group facilitator, activist, and ritualist, I am dedicated to the weaving together of social justice, healing, and the arts. I am an intersectional feminist practitioner and am interested in cultivating ever-more authentic and honest relationships in the therapy dyad.

My Approach

I weave together tools from expressive arts therapy, somatic therapy, and relational psychotherapy.

There are so many ways we know what we know other than with our cognitive minds! Talk therapy is very useful and very important, and we also have many other tools in our toolkit to explore our feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. Together, talk therapy and expressive arts therapy provide an integrated, whole-person approach to uncovering parts of ourselves.

Some modalities we can use in sessions include:

  • Visual art (paint, clay, collage, etc.)
  • Movement and dance
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Sandtray
  • Drama therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Ecotherapy
  • Somatic experiencing and body-mind awareness
  • Ritual
  • Guided imagery
  • Mindfulness and meditation

You do not need to have any experience with any of the above. And you do not need to make any art at all if you prefer not to. My job is to provide a safe environment for you to explore your feelings in the way that is right for you. I will meet you wherever you are at, and walk alongside you on your path. As an Expressive Arts Therapist, I blend my skills as an artist and therapist to work creatively, relationally, and collaboratively with you to reach your goals.

I have experience supporting children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a variety of experiences, including:

  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationships, intimacy, and boundaries
  • Intergenerational and collective trauma
  • Spiritual emergence and intuition
  • Self-esteem and empowerment
  • Political and activism fatigue
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Religious, ethnic, and racial identity
  • Chronic illness, terminal illness, and caregiver fatigue
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Career development
  • Organization and time management
  • Anxiety
    • I am interested in meeting you where you are at. Questions or concerns? Great! Let’s start there. I look forward to building a healing relationship with you!

For more information, please visit:

Our Address
3101 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
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Clinical director
Roni Gillenson, MA, LMFT# 40438