Elana received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (aka Sofia University) and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship from California State University in Long Beach. After her Master’s degree Elana trained at the Center for Creative Growth where she completed their Foundations in Clinical Mastery program. She then grew her experience immensely by working with at-risk youth at La Cheim School, a non-profit mental health organization treating underserved youth and their families.
During her undergraduate studies, Elana fell in love with the practice of Yoga and completed a personally transformative training through the Sivananda Yoga tradition. She has taught thousands of students publicly and privately throughout California and continues to teach throughout the Bay Area. She specializes in Restorative Yoga which she also brings into psychotherapy sessions as a way to experience mindfulness and stress reduction. Her on-going experience with Vipassana meditation strongly informs her approach to healing. Elana has also received Reiki I & II and Pranic Healing level I certifications and offers energy healing sessions as a separate practice.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT99751)
Clinical Member - California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Experienced Instructor - Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200
Elana is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200), and Certified Energy Healer. Her training and experience blending classical, depth oriented psychotherapy with contemporary mind-body practices as well as her passion for the healing arts foster an integrative approach in her private practice located in Oakland, CA.
How I work
As a psychotherapist, it has been said that Elana works on the level of the heart. She brings a warm presence, deep empathy, and unconditional compassion to her clients. Her work is grounded in the Humanistic perspective that emphasizes a person's innate goodness, capacity for healing, and self-actualization. She incorporates traditional Psychodynamic "talk" therapy with Experiential modalities derived from Expressive Arts, Gestalt, and Somatic Psychotherapy. She also uses evidence-based methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Elana brings mindfulness to each moment in therapy as she believes it is the key to changing patterns.
What she loves most about doing therapy is helping people find self-love and grow their self-worth. She is passionate about providing an emotionally safe and physically comfortable space for people to connect with themselves and express their truths. She feels a deep honor to be a compassionate witness, supporter, and guide through times of darkness and light.
As a yoga instructor and healer, Elana gives permission to soften around the edges, to let go of doing, and enjoy a moment of just being. Our nervous systems are often overrun and our bodies sleep deprived and disconnected in the current state of society and technology. Elana provides a space to un-plug, decompress, and activate the body's natural healing capacity that occurs through breathwork and conscious relaxation.