Ellen Hilliard, LCMHCA (License #15031A)
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Ellen is originally from Virginia but loves calling Winston home. Ellen has been a professional counselor since 2019.
In her clinical work, Ellen enjoys helping preteens, adolescents, young adults, and adults who are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, or lost. She is equipped to help clients improve academic performance, grow in confidence and self-awareness, tackle family and relationship issues, learn effective communication skills, and address depression and anxiety.
Ellen works hard to create a safe and welcoming therapeutic space so that people can be honest with what they are experiencing and feeling. She sees it as a privilege to walk alongside clients as they seek more healthy and integrated lives.
Previously, Ellen worked as a school counselor for grades 6-12 and provided services to support students’ academic, emotional, and social wellbeing. In addition, she has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults in mentorship, coaching, and church volunteer roles.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#15031A)
Licensed Professional School Counselor (#1233908)
National Certified Counselor (#1231854)
MA, Counseling -- Wake Forest University
BA, American Studies -- University of Mary Washington
Adolescents & Young Adults
Confidence & Personal Growth
Ellen is in-network with most insurance plans through:
NOT including Blue Local & Medicare-sponsored plans
Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)
Ellen is also available to see clients with out-of-network insurance plans and those who prefer private pay options.
Questions? Set up your free phone consultation today.
"In our fast-paced and screen-saturated culture, moments of
genuine connection can feel rare .
Therapy has the potential to be powerful for many reasons, and one of those reasons is it can be healing to sit across from someone and feel known.
I remember the first time I went to see a counselor. I was nervous and skeptical. I didn’t know what to expect and couldn’t picture opening up to a complete stranger. I don’t remember everything we talked about in that first session, but I will never forget walking to my car and feeling like someone cared.
I chose to become a counselor not because I have any magical ability to fix people, but because I am willing to dive with you into your life and all it brings with it -- the painful, exciting, disappointing, hope-filled, and challenging parts. We each have a story with people, experiences, and things that have shaped us. I care about your story. We will work together to understand your past and your present, and then establish goals for our time together based on your hopes for the future.
No matter what brought you to this page, I’m so glad you’re here! Please know: there is a wide range of reasons for why people decide to engage with therapy. Therapy can be hard work, and takes both time and engagement. It is important to me that through our time together you feel equipped with coping skills and helpful tools to navigate through the good, the bad, and the ugly of what life holds.
The theoretical foundation of my counseling work is a person-centered approach. This simply means I believe you are the expert on you. As a result, I believe we are equal partners in the counseling process. We will collaborate in developing goals for your time in therapy, and keep an open dialogue regarding how you feel things are going.
Here is a small sampling of situations or feelings that may resonate with you:
Navigating the teenage years can bring up issues ranging from “how do I stay organized with all my schoolwork?” to deeper questions of identity and meaning (and anything in between!). This time of our lives can often feel overwhelming and lonely. I love working with preteens and adolescents through the turbulent waters of middle and high school.
Seasons of major life transition can generate uncertainty and are often a great time to seek out counseling. I would love to help you through a change you’re experiencing.
Anxiety and depression can be major obstacles in your ability to function day to day. I love discussing the connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behavior; and identifying coping strategies that can help you feel more in control of your emotions.
It is normal to experience conflict with people in your life -- coworkers, family members, friends, etc. Let’s take a closer look and figure out how to navigate those relationships with healthier boundaries and communication skills.
If you are curious about giving counseling a shot, let’s get connected and talk about it! Use the button below to schedule a free phone call so we can go over your questions and get started.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching college basketball (March Madness is my favorite time of the year!), and spending time with family and friends.