Ellie Benjamin, MSWI

Ellie grew up in Boston, MA. She moved to New York four years ago, and it was here that she discovered her love for social work. Ellie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. She is expected to graduate with her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in May of 2023.

Ellie’s professional experience in the nonprofit world ranges from philanthropy to religious education. In her first-year MSW internship, she worked with teenagers on psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral work. Ellie utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy in her clinical work. She works from a strengths-based approach with cultural sensitivity. Ellie also implements psychoeducation into her work with clients. Ellie’s priority as a therapist is establishing a collaborative treatment plan with her clients. Ellie’s research interest is in intergenerational trauma.

Ellie speaks some Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish.

An American Jew of Ashkenazi descent, Ellie is passionate about progressive Jewish education. In her professional and personal life, Ellie is committed to the Jewish value of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.

When she is not working, Ellie loves to wander the Met, see her favorite alternative rock bands live, read fiction about complex antiheroines, hug her French Bulldog/Boston Terrier puppy, and search for the best raspberry croissant in Brooklyn. Ellie’s self-care practice includes (very) long and aimless walks around the city, drawing in her sketchbook, and listening to educational podcasts. Her walks remind Ellie of the often hidden histories of the city.

Ellie engages in community activism surrounding persecution based on race and religion.



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