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Ellen Ronka LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) in New Hampshire
Ellen Ronka , LCMHC
She/Her/Hers

LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

Portsmouth, NH

Online only

Free initial consultation

Verified
Accepting new clients

About me

I am a seasoned clinician specializing in resolving pain, fatigue, and other chronic health problems. I offer individual & couples therapy, pain coaching, and group therapy all with the goal of healing -- not just coping!

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with 20 years’ experience and an intense passion for relieving the suffering of adults with medically unresolved health problems. If you have exhausted your options for treatment of pain, fatigue, and other chronic health problems, I can probably help you heal (not just cope!). My method and model are based in the latest science about the nature and cause of chronic health problems, but you are unlikely to hear about them from conventional (or even alternative) healthcare providers who are working from an older, inaccurate paradigm for what generates chronic pain.

I treat more than just pain because the underlying process is the same with other chronic health symptoms. So, in addition to pain in one or more specific body part, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, and Phantom Limb Pain, I have treated clients with the following conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease (as well as the other tick-born co-infections), Long Covid, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, food allergies, insomnia, and many other sensations like burning, tingling, numbness, dizziness/vertigo, shaking/tremors, tinnitus, and nausea.

Most therapists understand that stress and trauma are highly correlated with chronic health problems, but they have not been trained in how to treat the actual pain. I have done trainings from three different organizations, all leaders in the field of mindbody healing for chronic pain: The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS), Alan Gordon's Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), and the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA).

Because chronic pain is learned (unconsciously, of course!), it is important that treatment addresses the process of neuroplasticity as it applies to symptoms. This involves retraining conditioned responses that activate symptoms, thereby unlearning them. I use very specific techniques to do this with all my clients. Understanding pain science is also crucial for this process, and I provide extensive resources for that purpose.

My Minding-The-Body Healing Group is a very efficient and cost-effective method for doing the above. It teaches participants the basics of pain science and the tools to resolve their chronic symptoms, all while decreasing their isolation and providing a valuable source of support and camaraderie with others suffering the same way. The feedback I get about it is incredible! It is an 8-week online psychoeducational group that includes 12 hours of group time with the option to extend for continued support. Included in the cost of participation is access to me between sessions for guidance on how to apply the tools. I hope you’ll check out my website for more details about it.

Because many mental health problems contribute to pain, it is very important to address anxiety, depression, insomnia, and especially trauma. This makes stress reduction, processing stuck emotions, and healing shame-based beliefs key to resolving chronic pain. I offer individual therapy for this; I use many body-oriented techniques including EMDR and Energy Psychology* which resolve the root causes of pain much more quickly than talk therapy.

For those who are already established with a different psychotherapist, I offer pain coaching to augment that work. I provide guidance on how to retrain your brain out of pain and make intuitive suggestions for which emotional themes to address with your current therapist to relieve your symptoms.

In addition to my 20 years of training and experience as psychotherapist, I have the personal experience of healing myself of a vast array of chronic health problems! That means I have the strong conviction that this model works! I also know well the courage and perseverance it requires. And lastly, I know the uncertainty, fear, shame, frustration, despair, and financial and relational strain that come with chronic health problems. I’m ready to help you with all of it.

I am very holistically minded and intuitive. I infuse all of my work with the principles of mindfulness and latest research on neuroplasticity. I teach my clients stress-management skills such as meditation, relaxation exercises, and visualization. I have read extensively on spirituality and suffering and am happy to integrate this into the therapy for those interested.

I offer couples therapy for those whose relationships have been strained by the impact of chronic pain, fatigue or illness. I also do couples therapy for non-pain related issues – I delight in helping clients build deeper intimacy in their relationships.

My practice is 100% telehealth with adults aged 28 and up (25 for groups). Because of licensing laws, I am able to serve clients who are in the states of NH, AZ, and FL. This does not require you to be a resident of one of those states, only that you are physically located in one of them at the time of our meetings.

*The Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology is the professional organization through which I've done most of my training in Energy Psychology methods. Check out its website for info on what Energy Psychology is and the research that supports its efficacy: http://www.energypsych.org

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Years in practice

21

Service types

  • Therapy / Counseling

Types of clients

  • Adults (18+)
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Groups

Languages

  • English

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