Thanks so much for stopping by The Self Helpful. I’m Elly: a Christian, wife, and overly-invested dog mom. I spend my days studying, seeing clients, doing research/data analysis, writing, and hanging out with my bffs: my husband and our lil’ pup. I love my life, but it hasn’t always been easy. It’s because of those hard times that I am so passionate about helping people through hard times of their own.

I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and I love sharing what I’ve learned with others. Although I definitely don’t have all the answers, my research and counseling practice these last few years have led me to notice some trends in what keeps us from feeling happy, energized, and fulfilled.

I wanted to start a blog because I thought it would be helpful place for me to share what I’ve learned about the human heart, mind, and soul. If you’re a fan of dad jokes, I might even make you laugh! I hope you come as you are, as I am: messy, honest, a little broken, and filled with hope for tomorrow. So, take a break from the mindless scrolling, take a breath, and take a moment to invest in your own well-being.

Disclaimer: Online resources are not a substitute for therapy. What is shared on this page is my own experience and descriptions of others’ research findings. What is written is not endorsed by or reflective of my program of study. Should you hope to find a therapist near you, you may visit PsychologyToday.com. Additionally, the national suicide prevention lifeline is 1800-273-TALK.