Lois Ells MSW, RSW

I am a Masters trained Clinical Social Worker and therapist with more than 15 years of experience. In addition to my work at Bedford Couple & Family Therapy, I have worked for the past 14 years at the IWK in the Mental Health and Addictions Program.

My passion is to create a trusted place for clients to share their emotional pain and learn to manage feelings, memories & losses.

I am dedicated to helping clients to feel more comfortable with all their emotions, and respond in ways that match what’s important to them. I hope to help clients discover their strengths and learn to harness them.

Specializes in:


Helping “super feeling” children, teens and learn how to make sense of what is going on in their inner world, to have healthier responses and improved coping skills. I support children and teens cope with big emotions (such as anxiety, grief, sadness), low-self-esteem, and trauma.


Equipping parents with advanced skills to help their child or teen with their intense emotions and difficult behaviours. I will walk with you through the mucky swamp of messy emotions, and out the other side. I provide a safe space to discuss feelings and find solutions to the hardest parts of parenting. I coach parents to build their parenting confidence using evidence based approaches.


Supporting sensitive adults through stressful life transitions such as a the death of a loved one or the end or a relationship. I help adults cope with the anxiety and feelings from past negative life events that are still bothering them today. I empower clients to better understand and manage emotions such as grief, anger, anxiety, shame, and guilt. Together we’ll map it out and connect the dots so you can better understand what has been keeping you stuck. We’ll come up with a plan to help you find solutions that line up with you values.


My rates are:
$150 for the first session 65 minutes (face to face)
$130 for follow-up sessions of 50 minutes
Extended session times $150 for 65 minutes, 180 for 80 minutes, $240 for 110 minutes

Sessions may be paid by, cash, credit card or email transfer prior to the session.


By appointment only

Mondays 1:00-5:00pm
Wednesdays 5:00-8:30pm


Many insurance companies cover my services, but I recommend you contact them before our first session to confirm your coverage. Feel free to take a look at our FAQ page for suggested questions to ask your insurance provider. A receipt will be provided you can submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement. I can provide direct billing for certain Blue Cross plans. Your therapy sessions with a registered clinical social worker are a tax deductible medical expense, thus hold on to your receipts to claim on your income tax.

Qualifications & Affiliations

Master of Social Work University of Toronto 2001- Specialization working with individuals, families, groups

Bachelor of Psychology 1999, Acadia University

Special focus on mental health and child development

Registered Private Practice Social Worker Province of Nova Scotia Licence # 2159

I’m not a good fit for folks:

  • Needing a diagnosis or formal assessment
  • Needing a report and/or letter for court or other purposes
  • Your main concern is addictions
  • Struggling with Border line personality disorder, Bi-polar or Obsessive compulsive disorder



(902) 800-5037

Monday 12pm-9pm
Tuesday 12pm-9pm
Wednesday 12pm-9pn
Thursday. 12pm-9pm
Friday 12pm-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
*by appointment only

1600 Bedford Highway. Suite 220
Bedford, NS
B4A 1E8