About Me


Hi, I’m Ellen Scherr and I’m so glad you’re here.

If you are a rare disease patient looking for the emotional support you need during this difficult time, you’ve landed in the right place. I know the responsibilities and challenges you face every day can be overwhelming and the hurdles can be enormous.

If you’re anything like me, you have big, crazy dreams for your life. But you feel like your disease will always be in your way to have the life you want – and deserve.

Trust me – I get it.

Why work with me?

I want to help patients who are trying their best but are struggling emotionally. My goal is to work closely with you – to know about your emotional challenges and physical symptoms. I want to learn what keeps you from the life you want and teach you how to overcome defeating self-sabotage. 

Besides having a great sense of humor and fun to work with, I bring life experiences with real-life techniques.

Through advice, awareness, and laughter, I will help you solve your problems and move you further towards your ideal life. You deserve to have the life you want.

Virtual hugs and love,


Personal Fun Facts

  • I have good genes so I don’t look my age - thanks Mom!
  • I have two amazing adult kids and a dog who thinks I’m the greatest person alive.
  • I’m an Enneagram 6 and Myers Briggs ETSJ.
  • I love inspirational quotes and they can be found everywhere in my home and office.
  • My favorite vacations are taking cruises with my best friend, A.K.A. my sister. I have some crazy stories I could tell you, like what it's like when your flight is cancelled and you miss your cruise ship (trust me - it's not good). But, I also have some fabulous memories I'm so grateful for!
  • I live in Chicago but am always dreaming about living in a sunny, warm climate.
  • People tell me my laugh is contagious. I love to laugh – a lot!
  • I love all kinds of books and Amazon Prime is one of my BFF’s.

My true passion and what sets my soul on fire is helping people overcome life challenges.

Professional Bio

Later in life, after starting and running a successful business, I decided to follow my real passion, which is helping others succeed in life. Even though I was 46 years old (and newly divorced), I returned to school to obtain a Master's Degree in Counseling. After graduating, I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug counselor (CADC). I have provided counseling and coaching in a number of different treatment settings: hospital inpatient, outpatient, and aftercare programs. I also maintained a private practice for over 10 years.

I created Life Branches to help patients suffering from rare diseases overcome the emotional obstacles and self-sabotage when faced with severe physical challenges.