Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Ellis Edmunds, Psy.D. who is licensed psychologist in Oakland, California.
Ellis spent much of his childhood playing board games, card games, and video games. As a graduate student, he became interested in using games in a therapeutic context. In his training, he focused on learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness and continues to practice ACT with his clients. He also continues to love games and plays them regularly.
Ellis was born and raised in Oakland, CA and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2009. Ellis received his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco in 2013 where he wrote his dissertation on teaching mindfulness to socially anxious young adults. He has worked in community mental health, college counseling, and various Bay Area schools helping people from a variety of backgrounds improve their mental health and live more fulfilling lives.
What you’ll hear in this episode
The causes of anxiety
Different factors that can lead to certain people being more vulnerable to anxiety
Ellis’ work with metaphor
What has surprised Ellis most with his work with anxiety and metaphor