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 a the IWK mental health clinic with children, teens and parents.
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.
Lois Ells Specializes in:
Helping “super feeling” children & teens 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 the death of a loved one or the end of 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 your values.
My rates are:
$160 for the first session 65 minutes
$140 for follow-up sessions of 50 minutes
Extended session times $160 for 65 minutes, 190 for 80 minutes, $250 for 110 minutes
Sessions may be paid by credit card or email transfer prior to the session.
By appointment only
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, if applicable. 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 what is not covered by an insurance company.
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
Lois is 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
Lois is a good fit for folks who want:
- A non-judgemental therapist to better understand the problems and factor impacting you/your loved one, from an emotion focused and trauma informed perspective
- A therapist who will be like your coach – highlighting your strengths, and help you strive to live a life that lines up even more with your values
- Virtual secure online sessions from anywhere in Nova Scotia and *in-person sessions in our comfortable Bedford Clinic (*currently limited due to Covid restrictions)