By Laurel Woods
In the spirit of my fave Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe’s “Year of the Fangirl” Ashley has also launched a new monthly online column “Ask Ellen.” Ashley is a strong advocate in the anti-bullying movement, especially in the fangirl community. Her new column will offer support and advice to female fans on current issues that affect them.
The new “Ask Ellen” column is written by Ellen Connell and will run throughout the month on the Her Universe blog. "Ellen and I have been friends for many years now," said Ashley. "This past summer after attending San Diego Comic Con together we both felt a need to do more for the fangirl community. I wanted to find a way to offer advice to fangirls dealing with everyday issues like bullying and Ellen felt compelled to put her knowledge from her studies in clinical psychology to good use. Together we came up with the idea for our column, 'Ask Ellen.' I grew up reading the 'Dear Abby' column in the newspaper, so I am very excited to be able to offer something similar to our fangirls."
Ellen Connell has a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology and is working towards becoming licensed as a Psychologist in California. Before returning to graduate school for her degree, she worked in the animated television and film industry for several years. Two of those years, she worked at Lucasfilm Animation as a Script and Casting Assistant Production Manager for the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and met Ashley. Having grown up as a theatre geek who loved fantasy, Connell didn't always fit in with the other kids in her class, and she remembers feeling the loneliness that came from thinking that she didn't belong. After learning to improve her self-esteem as an adult, she felt a desire to help people, especially girls, who struggle to feel better about themselves. Connell left Lucasfilm to attend graduate school, training in psychology, and is currently working as a psychotherapist in San Diego.
"I'm really excited to work with Ashley and the Her Universe community through the 'Ask Ellen' column," Connell said. "I hope to offer support to girls who are struggling to feel good about themselves. I'm glad Her Universe provides a community for fangirls, and I look forward to contributing to it in any way I can."
Ellen’s first column launched today so please take a moment to check it out and share with other fangirls in your community!
Thanks Ashley and Ellen for getting our backs!!