Eleanor 's career in social work in 1968 after graduating from Earlham College with a double major in Psychology and World Religions. Her first jobs all were working with families, most of which were stepfamilies and single parent families. She received in MSW in 1976 from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the University of Washington. Her work in Seattle during the 197s included volunteer work with several Urban Indian organizations developing programs for Native Americans who had moved off the reservation, and working in Harborview Hospital as the social work department developed cutting edge protocol's for Battered Women which then became a national model.
Moving to Denver in 1980 she worked in the development of a St Luke's psychiatric unit also working to develop a stronger network of services and education of medical personnel around issues of domestic violence. in l982 she joined the faculty at Mercy' Family Medicine Residency Department to start and develop a Behavioral Science program for the residency.
In 1988 she left Mercy start a private practice and began training with the Inter-regional society of Jungian Analysts. While in the program she served as the Pubic Education Director for the program and the President of the Jung Society. She then accepted the position of Jungian coordinator and faculty member at Naropa University where she taught graduate students for twelve years.
After forty years of working with stepfamilies as a clinician her conviction that they were undervalued and demeaned in this society unfairly led her to writing StepWisdom, Knowledge from the ages for Successful StepFamilies. She lectures and does workshops for professionals and family members on Stepfamilies at this time while continuing her private practice. She is author of articles on stepfamily life and a monthly newsletter StepWise.