Ellen C Ranney, PhD, LMFT

Author Unkind Gifts: An Insider's Guide to Recovery from Trauma & Loss (2016), available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com/Unkind-Gifts-Insiders-Recovery-Trauma (paperback or kindle ebook versions).

Dr. Ellen C. Ranney has been with Associated Counselors of West County since June of 1991.  Her work in private practice focuses on the areas of personal development, family development and transitions within the family.  Dr. Ranney specializes in treatment of complex trauma  resulting from childhood abuse and neglect, as well as adult interpersonal and medical trauma.  Treatment may take place in individual, couple or family systems as best determined to meet the needs of clients.  Her treatment approach is strongly influenced by Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), mindfulness practices, somatic integration and interpersonal neurobiology. 

Ellen feels that all therapy is developmental in nature, and that emotional functioning is critical to relational and physical health.  She encourages clients to explore holistic and complementary options for expanded healing. Her involvement in training other clinicians and her interest in the interpersonal nature of development are driving forces in her efforts to educate and find options for clients’ ongoing growth. 

Dr. Ranney is currently an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a Missouri Division of Professional Registration Approved Supervisor for Marital and Family Therapy.  She gives workshops and consults regularly with students and professionals on the treatment of trauma, Supervision of Supervision, and use of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS, Schwartz, R.C., 1995).

Her book, Unkind Gifts: An Insider's Guide to Recovery from Trauma & Loss is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com/Unkind-Gifts-Insiders-Recovery-Trauma

or https://www.selfleadership.org/ifs-store.html#books.

What does it mean to be a survivor of trauma?  It is likely that most of us have experienced losses that shake our world, but only some (roughly 25%) end up with a trauma response strong enough to qualify for a diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  There are many contributing factors to this situation; environment, personality, resources and physiology; to name a few of the elements that establish our point of view. In other words, who and where we are in our lives may make us more or less resilient when life throws harsh challenges our way.  Trauma is not a particular event, but a circumstance; a perception of extreme loss of control and impending doom.

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Education, Licensure and Professional Activities: 

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Saint Louis University, PhD in Counselor Education, 1995.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Missouri, 1999. 
Approved Supervisor for AAMFT, and MO Dept of Professional Registration, 2010
Completed Level II Training in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Sept. 2011

Publications include: 

Ranney, E. & Cottone, R., (1991). Emotional abuse in the family: The need for awareness and treatment.
Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 13(4), 435-448. 

Ranney, E. (1995). The relationship between childhood sexual abuse and empathy levels in late adolescent and adult women.  Dissertation Abstracts International.

Ranney. E. (2016) Unkind Gifts: An Insider's Guide to Recovery from Trauma and Loss, St. Louis: Bluebird Book Publishers