Hello! My name is Elena (she/her/hers) and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I look forward to hearing from you.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
I worked for a number of years in an outpatient substance use treatment setting so I bring that experience with me in addressing issues of maintaining sobriety from alcohol and other drugs. I work to help my clients identify and cope with triggers, gain insight into their use, establish healthy supports for their recovery, and rebuild trust with loved ones while providing them with the support of nonjudgmental therapy.
What a great catch-all word for the reason that we can all benefit from therapy, huh? It sometimes seems that our stress levels are always high, or that it can be low one week and high the next. Whatever your stress level, I am here to listen and help you process whatever you are going through, whether short- or long-term.
Whether mild or severe, anxiety can be greatly helped by talking to a therapist. I work to help my clients learn and try different strategies for coping with anxious thoughts, whatever the root cause. Whether the anxiety stems from trauma, a difficult upbringing, stressful life circumstances, or other causes known or unknown, I strive to help my clients learn what works for them.
I bring several years of experience working in outpatient substance use treatment. I have a nonjudgmental approach that utilises the understanding of addiction in the brain to help my clients figure out why they have had the struggles that they have with substances and learn new ways to cope with their triggers and rebuild relationships and social supports. This is a frequently misunderstood and stigmatised population and I care deeply about helping restore a sense of self free of substances.
I suppose some think of this as a copout answer, but I bring an eclectic array of approaches to my work with clients. I incorporate elements of mindfulness, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, inner child work, and more to my sessions, and am currently completing training in more trauma therapy. I like to tailor my work with clients to their personal needs and goals.