A modern, compassionate approach to healing with a vintage touch.
Welcome! My name is Elyse and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and later went on to receive my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. I have a love for humanity and thoroughly enjoy being a therapist. I am glad you are pursuing therapy and hope you find what it is you are looking for.
In therapy, I take a direct, action-oriented approach that is deeply personal. I believe that honesty is essential to the therapeutic process and I make observations and connections that create deeper awareness and opportunity for change. My strength as a therapist is connecting to your experience and to you as a person. The therapeutic relationship can be one of intense healing and reconstruction and is the foundation for growth. I have immense respect for those who are seeking self understanding and change, as it is a difficult and refining process. I use a holistic approach to therapy, considering the mind, body, and spirit of each individual client.
I tailor my treatment approach to the specific needs of each individual applying a variety of techniques from several theoretical orientations. I am most influenced by both Gestalt theory and by the work of Dr. Irvin Yalom. Gestalt technique involves focusing on gaining an awareness of emotions and behaviors in the present rather than in the past. The goal of this style of therapy is to experience authentic connection and find wholeness. I am also drawn to Dr. Yalom's work and how he emphasizes the uniqueness of each person and the personal and intense nature of the work of therapy.
I was raised in San Clemente and have been working with children, teens, adults, couples and families in the area for the past 10 years. It is my passion and goal to see my clients take hold of the lives they want to be living and to find renewed satisfaction in their relationships by learning: effective communication, self-understanding, direction, problem-solving skills, and self-acceptance.
I specialize in EMDR and enjoy working with grief, trauma, child-parent attachment and communication, sexual abuse recovery, expressive art therapy, and women’s empowerment.
Also ... my office is a 1953 Boles Aero Trailer! You can read more about that here and see pictures from the renovation.