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 then went on to earn my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. I have been working in the field since 2008. I have a love for humanity and deeply enjoy being a therapist. I am glad you are pursuing therapy and hope you find what it is you are looking for.
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-acceptance, clear direction, problem-solving skills, and practical tools. I specialize in EMDR and enjoy working with women's empowerment, complicated grief, trauma, attachment and life transitions.
Also ... my office is a 1953 Boles Aero Trailer! You can read more about that here and see pictures from the renovation. I park my office at Capo Beach so we have a beach front view.
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.
For people seeking therapy that live outside of California, I have developed a coaching option as well. This is a very similar process to therapy and allows us to work remotely.