Ocean Rocks

Dr. Ellen Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1984. Since then she has taken many advanced trainings in psychology, couples therapy, trauma reduction, sex therapy, gender  diversity, body and energy healing, yoga, and meditation. She is a FL licensed psychologist and an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Diplomate. She has met the qualifications of Sex Therapist as defined in the Florida Statutes since 1996 and continues to obtain up-to-date training in sex therapy and psychology.

Dr. Shapiro is an experienced therapist with years of helping people make lasting changes. Beyond her clinical training and continuing education in psychology, she has trained in EMDR, Mind-Body Stress Reduction (MBSR), Therapeutic Yoga, Bioenergetics, Acupressure, the 4-D Wheel (integrating spirituality and sexuality), Heart in Sexuality Integration, energy healing and spiritual psychology, and other modalities. She has trained in depth with Bart ten Berge in Spiritual and Energy Healing, and with Gina Ogden and Jack Painter, among others, in sexual healing. Mindfulness, present moment awareness, and honoring the many ways our varied inner selves find expression are key components of Dr. Shapiro’s approach. Your sessions will be completely personalized to you and may include any of these approaches.


Dr. Shapiro finds deep satisfaction in helping people on their healing path from emotional and psychological problems that may include depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, chronic pain, relationship and sexual problems. She also delights in working with individuals, couples and those in non-traditional relationships who are seeking more fulfillment and joy in their lives through integrating body, mind, and spirit. In addition to talk therapy, there is much healing to be found in the creative blending of other modalities, including expressive movement, mindfulness and awareness practices. Dr. Shapiro is sex positive and a queer, kinky, and LGBTQQAI+ ally.

Dr. Shapiro completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2001, after completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher course with Loretta Armer in Tallahassee, FL. She continued her advanced yoga training, working with Loretta Armer, Todd Norian, various teachers at Kripalu Center, and others. In 2013, she completed the 500-hour Pranakriya Professional Yoga Teacher training in Pranakriya Yoga with Yoganand Michael Carroll, and March 2014 she completed her initial training as a Pranakriya Professional Yoga Therapist.