October 2010 Update

Just a brief check-in, to let you all know how things are going and what the practice is like.  I continue to meet with people, in a part-time way, and feel very privileged to be able to do so. Thank you to all of you who refer your friends and family, as that is the way I know I am still doing OK! 

Insurances have been functioning properly and my thanks to Annette, my billing expert extraordinaire! Dunno what I would do without her!

As you may know, I work a few days each week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and that seems to keep my life in balance and allow me to do my best work.  So far, folks have managed to find times that work for them. 

There are many influences that guide the work, including all those I mention on other pages, in the bio, etc.  I continue to be affected by a way of looking at life that is implied in the word "opportunity."  This life we are given is a great gift, and though it's a challenge at times, I don't prefer the alternative!  My hope is that when we sit together and look at whatever you present, you will leave feeling that way too. 

I am deeply appreciative of the trust you bring with you and thank you all for the gift that brings to my life.  It is humbling to be able to be of some service -- but make no mistake, it is helpful to me as well.  Your visits call up the best in me, and invite me to pay the kind of attention that best serves all of our lives.

Thank you again.


May 2009 Letter

Hi All,

As most of you know, I am back from my sabbatical and working again in the office, and enjoying sitting with people again. 

I am now re-certified to take all  the major insurances again, including Preferred Care/MVP, Excellus (the Blues, Lifetime Health), Cigna, Aetna and Medicare.  If you have a different carrier, feel free to ask me as I might be covered by them under a different umbrella.  I am also on several EAP (Employee Assistance Plans) and you can ask your HR or EAP reps if I am on the panel for your company.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please let me know your coverage, policy number, DOB, full name and address and I can let you know what your co-pay will be. 

For those without insurance, the fee is $70/hour.    

I do telephone sessions as well as Skype or other internet videophone sessions, and they have all worked out very well for those who are longer distances or unable to come in.

If you detect a shared purpose, or have any questions, you can contact me via email at goldstein.ellen@gmail.com, or on my office phone, the same number as before, 585.271.2710. 

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.  Many thanks for your ongoing presence,


January 2009 Letter


Hi All, 

It's been a wonderful sabbatical, and while at the beginning I had no idea what would follow, it's been a full, rich interval for me.  Since May of 2007, it has been great for me to have abundant time with my husband, and to feel free to wander through days without knowing what comes next.  I've enjoyed a quiet, settling-in to everyday life, great family time, recreation and creative endeavors.

And, things do change, and with that, decisions make themselves.  Happily, I have decided to go back to being active with folks in my office again, though in a different form, and am very excited about the possibilities.  What I will be offering is an opportunity for us to sit and explore together in a creative way.  The form will be one of consulting, coaching, short-term problem solving, check-in, tune-up, touch-in.   We can look together at all manner of concerns, including exploring relationships, purpose, work or personal goals, transpersonal, or spiritual, issues.  Together, we will make a plan for addressing your needs, and it might look like one session from time to time, or a series of sessions for a short while.  Telephone sessions will also be available.

Even though, in the past,  I have been able to be flexible and to have my own style of working, the limitations of the managed care system are what they are.  I prefer to work outside the constraints of that system, and so, at this time, I will not be accepting insurance.  What you will not find is a psychotherapy orientation.  If we discover that psychotherapy is best to meet your needs, I will be happy to refer you to the appropriate caregivers.

I am beginning in a low-key way, telling you and a few others that I am going to be available.   Please feel free to get in touch with me so that we may decide together whether the timing and purpose are right and what the best means are to whatever ends you wish for.   I look forward to sharing creative time with you and to the opportunity to make a contribution.   I hope that my wishes are in harmony with your interests, and certainly with those of anyone you feel would benefit.

The "business" arrangement for this endeavor will be on a fee-basis, at $70/hour.    

If you detect a shared purpose, or have any questions, you can contact me via email at goldstein.ellen@gmail.com, or on my office phone, the same number as before, 585.271.2710. 

Many thanks for your ongoing presence,


February 2007 Letter



Dear All,

It has been a while since I've been in touch. I have some news to share, and hope that this reaches you in good health and happy states.

I have made a decision to take a sabbatical from private practice and am going to begin this change on May 31, 2007.  For those of you who might be concerned, please do not be, as all is well. There have been recent and happy changes in my life, and, coincidentally, some family needs that require my attention even before June. Between now and then, I will continue to have office hours Tuesdays through Thursdays .

This has not been an easy decision to make, simply because the work that I have been privileged to do these many years has been so special in so many ways, the relationships so rich and nourishing.  At the same time, this has been emerged as a clear choice for the opportunity to focus on the more personal domains of my life, on family, friends, travel,, education, renewal -- all of which are calling strongly.

I thank you for your interest, always, and wish you wonderful days.



Fall 2007 Newsletter



I know it’s been a while since an “official newsletter” has been distributed, so I’d like to update you on the latest developments.  I thank you all for your patience during this time of transition.

As many of you know, I continue to meet with people in the West Brighton office, which is delightful, full of light,  with a lovely treetop view overlooking a creek.  I am grateful to be in an environment that is natural and relaxing in itself. 

The website is basic, up and running, and new additions will be made as time goes on.  Please visit the website at www.elljoy.com.

Please note that this newsletter and regular updates are delivered via email. To join the email list, please call or send your email address to me.  Paper mailings will be infrequent, at best, and I want to keep you informed. Let me know if paper mail is your only option. Thanks.

If you know of anyone who would like to receive these mailings, have them send me their information, and I will happy to add them to the list. 

In joy!



It is clear to me that the work is evolving and becoming more expansive. More and more people are asking to work on achieving personal and professional goals, an aspect of therapy and counseling that many of us in the field have been doing for years, without attaching the word "coaching" to the process.  Since the advent of "coaching" as a separate profession, I have received numerous referrals from Personal and Executive Coaches who sense that a client may need to go deeper or in a different direction than the Coaches are prepared to go with them.  I enjoy those collaborations, and it seems to be working well for clients.  Individual work can often naturally evolve into more of a coaching milieu as well.  

Many folks come to work on a more transpersonal, let's even say "spiritual" level.  Sitting quietly with and exploring habit patterns, setting goals for accomplishing new things in one's life, entering a more intuitive process together, meditating together -- are all possible in the time spent.



Individual and Relationship Counseling for Men and Women

A quiet and safe space to look into the heart of life’s challenges.



Personal or professional guidance, goal-setting and implementation follow-through.



Polarity Therapy Sessions

A light-touch energy-balancing, stress-reducing, health-enhancing, awareness-building, gentle, wholistic modality. A wonderful treat for the whole person.



Coming into a work setting, evaluating needs, and offering specific recommendations can be done.  I do collaborate with Professional Consulting Firms to offer broader services, training programs and Personal and Executive Coaching on-site. 


Presentations and Experiential Workshops for Existing Groups

In-service presentations in your work group, or experiences for your personal or family group. Ongoing or one-time meaningful and fruitful events are designed to meet your particular needs.








Ellen Goldstein, LCSW

phone & fax: 585.271.2710

Rochester, New York