My approach to therapy draws from 8 years of experience working in mental health programs with individuals, couples, and groups. I’ve practiced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Coaching, and Relaxation and Breathing techniques. I am also trained in the Gottman Method for couples, which teaches communication skill development, successful conflict-management, and ways to improve intimacy long-term. This method has been found to increase overall relationship satisfaction for 85% of couples who use it. For clients who prefer it, I also offer “walk-and-talk” sessions, incorporating movement and fresh air into the therapeutic practice.

To best suit the needs of every client, I create a personalized blend of these models. I ground my therapeutic approach in current scientific research and evidenced-based practices so I can offer the most effective outcomes.

I understand the value of seeing the individual through their own lens. Every person’s perspective, history, environment, and social supports play a vital role in designing a therapeutic approach catered specifically for them. I enjoy helping clients examine these elements to draw from their past successes to find a way through their current struggles. In this process, many uncover unrecognized strengths and learn to harness them more consciously in daily life.

Couples’ struggles, mental health issues, and life challenges do not discriminate. They are not about lack of willpower, strength, or intelligence. They can happen to anyone at any time.

As a psychotherapist myself, I can assure you there is no shame in seeking the counseling and support you need. No matter the issue you’re facing, I encourage you to reach out to me by phone or email, or set up a 15-minute phone consultation with me at your availability.

© 2019, My Encinitas Therapist - Elana Zagorsky, LCSW #73040