Leslie Ellis, PhD, RCC, is a registered clinical counsellor, teacher and author who lives and works in beautiful Deep Cove, British Columbia. She has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 20 years, and specializes in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma.

Leslie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in somatic psychology. Her dissertation won a research award from the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute, where she studied Jungian, psychoanalytic and client-centred counselling techniques.

Leslie has in-depth, specialized training in focusing-oriented therapy, and is expert in its use for treatment of trauma. She is a coordinator with The Focusing Institute, and offers training in this method to other therapists. She has taught focusing internationally and was a featured speaker at the World Conference for Focusing Oriented Therapy in New York in 2009.

A specialist in somatic approaches to therapy, Leslie has studied somatic experiencing, the Hakomi method, and psoma yoga. She has developed a method of embodied, experiential dream work which combines focusing with Jungian active imagination techniques.

Leslie has continued her training in Jungian psychology — she has studied Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up, with James Hollis, Dream Tending with Stephen AizenstatEmbodied Dreamwork with Robert Bosnak and Advanced Jungian Concepts with John Betts.


Leslie has been operating a private psychotherapy practice since 1999 and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in BC. She has offices in North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. She is also adjunct faculty with Adler University, and trains other therapists in specific trauma treatment and depth-oriented techniques.

Leslie operates a general counseling practice, with a focus on the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, complex trauma and relationship issues. She works one-on-one with adults and adolescents. Leslie also teaches focusing, trauma methodology and dreamwork techniques to therapists leading to certification with The Focusing Institute.

Leslie has published several academic articles and book chapters on the use of focusing-oriented therapy and has a book forthcoming from Routledge on the clinical use of dreams (August, 2019). She has also been a featured speaker at many local and international venues, including the Focusing-Oriented Therapies Conference, The International Association for the Study of Dreams, the Ending Violence Association of BC, and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Leslie’s first major career was as a business journalist, with a specialty in the areas of technology and science. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Victoria, where she studied creative writing (poetry), journalism and English literature. She worked as a journalist, magazine editor and freelance writer for ten years, and was a regular contributor to various periodicals, including Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, BC Business and Profit Magazine.

In her spare time, Leslie enjoys a variety of sports. She has competed in springboard diving, showjumping and sailing, and also enjoys tennis, yoga, cycling and skiing. Leslie lives in Deep Cove, North Vancouver with her family and collection of pets.