About Therapist Ellen B. Flaum, LCSW

Counselor in West Palm Beach, FL

As a therapist with over 25 years experience, I specialize in marriage counseling and individual psychotherapy. I help couples heal from issues of infidelity and  relationship difficulties. I help people work through the wounds of childhood. I provide a safe emotional environment for marriage therapy, which enables you to express your concerns and have them understood within your relationship.

I have provided individual, marital and family therapy in private practice since 1987. I specialize in codependency, incest, alcoholism, addiction, partners of sex addicts, women’s issues, and relationship issues. In addition, I am experienced in addressing stress management and work related issues. As an EAP provider, I am trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. I provide supervision for therapists for licensure.

Since 1995, I have provided individual and marital therapy as an EAP provider for Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue. I also offer critical incident stress debriefing and training for management in alcohol, drug and sex addiction..

Since 1992 I have served as an adoption counselor, conducting home studies and providing education of potential adoptive families as well as interviews and therapy for birth parents. I offer psychotherapy for fertility issues, adoption issues and adult adoptee issues, including search and reunion.

In the past I have been a therapist in a breast cancer support group and trained survivors of breast cancer to serve as peer counselors.

Additionally, I am a past member of the clinical faculty and a clinical instructor at Barry University.


I earned a Masters of Social Work from Barry University, Miami, Florida and a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.


Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, 1993-present
Qualified Clinical Social Worker, 1993-present
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#SW 1893) Florida, 1987-present
Academy of Certified Social Workers, 1987-present
Member, National Association of Social Workers 1983-present
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Level 1


  • Gottman Marriage Counseling Level 1 (11 hours) August 2013
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Training Module 1 (30 hours) P. Carnes, K. Adams August 6-30, 2012
  • Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Sex and Pornography Addiction in the New Media Frontier R. Lewis July 2011
  • Divorce in Florida, Interventions and Florida Court March 2011
  • Emotional Focused Therapy for Couples 40 hour certification November 2010
  • New Wave of Abusable Drugs, Addiction October 2010
  • Moral Intelligence J. Bradshaw February 2010
  • Cybersex Addiction: Assessment and Treatment January 2010
  • Video Game Addiction: The New Epidemic January 2010
  • Prescription Drug Addiction January 2010
  • Sexual Addiction January 2010
  • Emotional Sobriety, January 2010
  • Treating Complex Psychological Trauma, PTSD, Borderline Personality and Beyond. John Briere, Ph.D. February 2008
  • Eating Disorders, State of the Art. International Association of Eating Disorders October 2007
  • Innovations in Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Care October 2005
  • Love and Intimacy Couples Conference March 2005
  • Domestic Violence 1995-present
  • Understanding Cancer, The Social Worker’s role August 2004
  • Diagnosing and Treating Codependence August 2004, 1987-2000
  • Drug and Alcohol Training 2005-present
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement June 2004
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders November 2003
  • Advanced Training for Professionals Gestalt Institute of South Florida 1990-2002
  • Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing, Advanced Training June 2000
  • Advanced training for Professionals Gestalt Institute of Miami 1986-1990
  • After the Affair 2001; How do you Forgive after the Affair 2005
  • Family Therapy Institute 1985-1987
  • Sexual Abuse, Treatment of the Survivor 1991-present
  • Myers Brigg Type Indicator Training 40 hours certification 1996