I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (aka Sofia University) and my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship from California State University in Long Beach. After completing my Master’s degree I trained at the Center for Creative Growth where I completed their Foundations in Clinical Mastery program. I then continued to gain immense experience working with at-risk youth at La Cheim School, a non-profit mental health organization treating underserved youth and their families.
During my undergraduate studies, I fell in love with the practice of Yoga and completed a personally transformative training through the Sivananda Yoga tradition. I have taught thousands of students publicly and privately throughout California and continue to teach throughout the Bay Area. I specialize in Restorative Yoga which I also bring into psychotherapy sessions as a way to experience mindfulness and stress reduction. My on-going experience with Vipassana meditation strongly informs my approach to healing. I also received Reiki I & II and Pranic Healing level I certifications and offer 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, I work on the level of the heart. I bring a warm presence, deep empathy, and unconditional compassion to my clients. My work is grounded in the Humanistic perspective that emphasizes a person's innate goodness, capacity for healing, and self-actualization. I incorporate traditional Psychodynamic "talk" therapy with Experiential modalities derived from Expressive Arts, Gestalt, and Somatic Psychotherapy. I also use evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I bring mindfulness to each moment in therapy because I believe it is the key to changing patterns.
What I love most about doing therapy is helping people find self-love and grow their self-worth. I'm passionate about providing an emotionally safe and physically comfortable space for people to connect with themselves and express their truths. I feel a deep honor to be a compassionate witness, supporter, and guide through times of darkness and light.
As a yoga instructor and healer, I give students 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. I provide a space to un-plug, decompress, and activate the body's natural healing capacity that occurs through breathwork and conscious relaxation.