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Dr. Ellen Kean Rudolph is an experienced therapist and family theorist. She worked for several decades in the Virginia community mental health system and also in private consultative practice. She met Dr. Bowen at her first Bowen Conference at Georgetown University in the mid-70's and never looked back.

While Dr. Bowen has been her primary mentor and inspiration so, too, have a host of other systems thinkers in the life sciences including biologist Paul Weiss, physicist David Bohm, independent scientist James Lovelock, sage philsopher J. Krishnamurti -- and others. She remains steeped in a systems way of looking at the world.

A systems perspective allows Dr. Ellen to engage interactively with families without taking sides on the issues at hand. This is important in her position as 'coach' to family members struggling to unravel the anxiety patterns that bind them together.


Psychology CV

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Sociology (U of M '68 Minneapolis Campus); Masters of Special Education (M.Ed., W&M '71); Advanced Certificate in Counseling (W&M '76); Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology (W&M '77)

Clinical & Theoretical Specialty: The Bowen Theory of Family Emotional Functioning and its Treatment Applications (Georgetown University Family Center post-doctoral training affiliation); and Living Systems Theory

Clinical Experience: 25 years in outpatient community mental health and private practice in Williamsburg, Virginia including many years as senior staff psychologist in the Community Mental Health System with expansive public speaking responsibilities

Consultative Experience: Author of many family studies publications from 1970-1998; appearances on network television and national public radio around issues of the family; family columnist for various Virginia newspapers; workshop presenter and keynote speaker for local, state and national conferences and conventions in social work, psychology, counselor education, primary school education, nursing, emergency rescue services, medicine, and law; systems consultant for hospital emergency room and intensive care units; systems consultant for local governments; and long-time friend of the Rawls Byrd Primary School in Williamsburg, VA whose teachers and students taught her many things about how families work

Teaching Affiliations: Adjunct Faculty positions with Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA); the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA); Eastern State Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program (Williamsburg, VA); Thomas Nelson Community College (Hampton, VA); and Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN)

Community Involvement: Active on numerous board of directors of human service agencies from 1975-1990 in Tidewater Virginia; active in local government citizen committees in James City County, VA; President of the Williamsburg Area Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Williamsburg, VA (1979-1992); a past President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies; experienced Virginia wildlife rehabilitator; past member of the Board of Directors of the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation (SMACF) in Blount County, TN; Charter Board Member of Mountain Miatas of East Tennessee; pro bono photographer/webmaster for Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, TN

In addition to her family systems expertise, Dr. Rudolph has traveled the world as a photojournalist. You can explore her portfolio website at