Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
The director of Counseling & Psychological Services, Sheila Fritz-Ellis Ed.D., LCPC, NBCC, LMHC has extensive experience in counseling in the private school setting. Before joining the Groton community in 2015, she spent seven years at Deerfield Academy. In addition, she has twenty-five years of clinical counseling experience outside of the school setting. The focus of her formal education and clinical experience is on adolescent development. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision with a concentration in school counseling from Northern Illinois University, where she was an adjunct faculty member. She also was an assistant professor at DePaul University and adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Fritz-Ellis earned a master's at the University of Louisville and a bachelor's at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Clinically she is trained in insight-oriented psychotherapy and has completed intensive training courses in CBT and DBT.
For Dr. Fritz-Ellis, being a counselor at a residential preparatory school is a lifestyle, not a career. She enjoys being a part of the greater community setting and engaging with students, faculty, and staff outside of her office.