Elana Morgulis, MFT
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#99751), Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200), and Certified Healing Arts Practitioner. My training and experience blending classical psychotherapy with contemporary mind-body practices as well as my passion for the healing arts foster an integrative approach in my practice located in Piedmont, Oakland, CA, and online.
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.
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT99751)
Clinical Member – California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Experienced Instructor – Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200
How I Work
As a psychotherapist, I work on the level of the heart. I bring warmth, presence, deep empathy, and unconditional compassion to my clients. My work is grounded in mindfulness which allows us to open up to our experience with presence and compassion which supports change rather than judgment which keeps us stuck. I believe we have a natural capacity for growth, healing, and self-actualization which often gets blocked by our beliefs. I blend mindfulness based therapies such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Somatic Awareness with other evidence-based modalities such as Internal Family Systems and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I also draw from Non-Violent Communication to teach effective communication skills.
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 deepest truths. I feel a deep honor to be a compassionate witness, support, and guide through times of both darkness and light.
As a yoga teacher and healer, I give students permission to soften around the edges, to let go of doing, and enjoy a moment of just being. In the current state of society and technology, our nervous systems are often overrun and our bodies sleep deprived and disconnected. I provide a space to un-plug, decompress, and activate the body’s natural healing capacity that takes place through conscious relaxation and breathwork.