Ellen Balis, Ed.D.
Half-Time Institute Faculty
B.A. Mathematics, University of Rochester, 1972
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, Antioch University, 1975
Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Boston University, 1984
Dr. Balis is a psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapist whose work is enriched by EMDR, psychodrama, and over twenty years of meditation. She began her training in feminist and humanistic-expressive therapy before becoming more deeply interested in a relational psychoanalytic approach. For the five years between receiving her master's degree and beginning doctoral studies, her clinical work focused on adolescents and families dealing with issues of child sexual abuse. After completing her doctorate, she practiced psychotherapy with adults and couples across a range of ethnicities and life-styles, as well as supervising graduate and post-graduate trainees at the Boston Evening Medical Center/Massachusetts General Hospital for fifteen years.
Since moving to the Bay Area in 2001, Dr. Balis opened a private practice in Berkeley and expanded her teaching and supervisory work. She supervised predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows at the Hume Center from 2003 – 2006, also serving as Training Director for a year. In addition to her courses at the Wright Institute, she offers continuing education classes on supervision at JFK University that focus on supervisory impasses and multicultural competence. She divides her time between clinical work, teaching, and writing articles on meditation and spiritual practice as well as fiction.