Ellen Quick

Ellen Q.

San Diego, CA

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Ellen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 18 to 80

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I am a Board Certified Coach (BCC). This credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients.

I also have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College. As a licensed psychologist, I also practice psychotherapy (totally separate from my coaching practice).

In both coaching and psychotherapy, my approach is what is called "solution focused." That means that the focus is on helping people meet their goals by discovering and building on what's already working in their lives. With this approach, it isn't necessary to know everything about the past or even the problem to create solutions now.

I developed the "Doing What Works" and "Solution Focused Anxiety Management" programs and have facilitated them with hundreds of participants.

I've had the privilege of teaching solution focused practice to many people. I've presented workshops on my “doing what works approach” to solution focused practice in the USA and abroad.

I am also an author. My most recent book, on decision making, is "How Do You Know When You Know?" A recent review of this book described it as "full of practical guidelines, relevant information, and examples written in an easy to read and engaging style... Ellen is a well-respected and revered giant in the field. Her brilliance extends to psychotherapy, coaching, writing and training."

I've also written books for professionals, "Solution Focused Anxiety Management," Doing What Works in Brief Therapy: A Strategic Solution Focused Approach" (1st and 2nd Editions), and "Core Competencies in the Solution Focused and Strategic Therapies." (The latter is part of a series on three primary approaches to practice, considered to be psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused. I had the honor of being asked to author the volume on solution focused practice).

With these experiences, I'm ready to help you discover strategies for riding through and beyond rough patches and bumps in the road. It would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey.

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Clinical Psychologist
Mar 2016 - Present
Pychiatric Centers at San Diego

Life Coach
Jan 2016 - Present
Private business

I offer solution focused life coaching online, by Skype, phone, and in my San Diego office or a nearby coffee shop.

Specialties include: worry management, stress management, strengths assessment, coaching for educators, coaching for healthcare professionals, relationship enhancement, retirement coaching, positive psychology, resilience coaching, guided visualizations, mindfulness training, assertiveness training, communication training, mental toughness training, cognitive behavioral techniques, stress inoculation, relaxation training, post traumatic growth.

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Independent Consultant
Jun 1996 - Present
Independent study

I 've taught anxiety management and solution focused practice in multiple settings.

Clinical Psychologist
Mar 1981 - Sep 2016
Kaiser Permanente, San Diego

While at this position, I developed the Doing What Works, Solution Focused Anxiety Management, Couples Communication, and Coping Skills programs.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Sep 1970 - Aug 1974
University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Psychology
Sep 1967 - Jun 1970
Wellesley College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


BCC (Board Certified Coach)
Oct 2016
Center for Credentialing and Education

This credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. As a BCC, I have met professional coaching competency standards established by the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and subject matter experts.

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MentorCoach Foundations
Aug 2016
MentorCoach, LLC

The MentorCoach training emphasizes the integration of evidence-based coaching methods and Positive Psychology. It is an ACTP (Accredited Coach Training Program) of the ICF (International Coach Federation).


Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 1970

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Anna Jun 18, 2017
Life Coaching · In home

Life coaching is about partnering up with a coach who will become your number one cheerleader in a way that even your closest family members cannot be. Ellen is a great coach for that role because she listens to and really HEARS what's on your mind and in your heart. She offers strategies that will help you make sense of your life and help you get unstuck. If you're looking to make sense of a difficult situation in your life, to start/complete a project, or are going through changes, I recommend that you work with Ellen.

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