Early life experiences and relationships affect our ability to manage stress; our relationships with self and others; career/academic attainment and more. We'll identify and leverage strengths, gain understanding of core beliefs and attitudes, utilize positive reinforcement to activate change, increase distress tolerance and reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of worrying, sadness, rumination, anger, nervousness, conflict and more. My clients are those living with difficult transitions, school/workplace stress, relationship stress, frequent and debilitating worry, difficult waking up and flashbacks & intrusive thoughts.
I guide clients through self- exploration, relationship with others, decreasing distress symptoms through individualized techniques, processing complex emotional experiences, resolving conflict, and improving overall quality of life by using CBT, person-centered approaches, DBT, mindfulness, family systems and attachment theories.
With warmth, humor and a direct style, I help individuals find their own strengths, understand their challenges with compassion, and use this knowledge to improve behaviors, mood, cognition, school, career, relationships and daily activities.
My clinical practice is rooted in a Trauma-Informed Care (practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I use these frameworks along with along with motivational therapy, support of self-determination, and a strengths-based approach, to positively influence and encourage each client in serving their treatment plan and goals.I am able to incorporate Christian beliefs and values into therapy.
I have provided clinical assessment of mental health conditions and disorders; providing individual psychotherapy; conducting intake, concurrent and discharge sessions and creating safe social and cultural environments for adolescents and adults to learn skills like informed decision making, making positive behavioral change and enhancing relationships.
I am designated as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) by the Maryland Board of Professional Therapists and Counselors and received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Towson University.
Call (240) 428-0465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to with any all questions you have. Please specify that you want to work with Elssa. We'll respond within 24-hours.