Tenisha Ellis, M.S.W.
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
ASW 76509
Supervised by Jonathan H. Arnold, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
PSY 6390
(650) 570-7273 Ext: 180


M.S.W. Social Work, University Southern California
B.A. Psychology, Minor Black Studies, Scripps College

Blended Families
Adoptive Families

Anger Management
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cultural Issues
Premarital Therapy
Family of Origin Issues
Spiritual Issues

USC Alumni
American Association of Union Women (AAUW)
Association of Black Psychologist (ABPSI)
National Association of Social Work (NASW)
Scripps Alumni

Mrs. Ellis received an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Black Studies from Scripps College (Claremont Colleges) in 2007. Shortly there-after, she was employed with the Human Services Agency (HSA) in San Mateo County. While in this position for eight years, Mrs. Ellis served foster youth, foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers and probation officers. In addition, she collaborated with Foster Family Agencies (FFA’s), CASA of San Mateo and Community Access Tickets Services (CATS). Mrs. Ellis ensured the safety, structure and stability of the youth aligned with optimal bio-psycho-social functioning.

In 2015 Mrs. Ellis transitioned from HSA to a school setting. In this position she serves middle and high school scholars, families, educators and the community at large. She partners with school stakeholders to customize individual and or group psychotherapy, advocacy, assessments and social-emotional supports from a strength based perspective.

Recently Mrs. Ellis obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. She is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW), #76509. Given this extensive tenure of experience, she specializes in the areas of children & families, variations of abuse (i.e., physical, sexual, emotional), general neglect, cognitive distortions, depression, anxiety, generational patterns-dysfunctions, self-esteem, expressive methods (ie., art, play music therapy), spiritual dissonance, grief and loss and relational discord.

Alongside the aforementioned expertise, is her church involvement for the past 25 years at a local congregation in San Mateo. In this congregation, she serves in ministry with her husband, an associate minister. Mrs. Ellis is an ever-growing Christian who realizes her foundation is in the Trinity, specifically her relationship with Jesus. She is excited to serve and expand her Christian clinical practice from a holistic approach – John 3:16 and Psalm 139. Blessings!