Elaine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 7 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a wide range of issues. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton in 2005, she continued developing her expertise by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Orange County in 2007. While earning her graduate degree, Elaine completed her practicum with a domestic violence shelter in Orange County. At the shelter, she helped victims of domestic violence and led groups comprised of court-referred domestic violence victims.
Elaine has extensive experience working with diverse populations, including individuals from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She has worked successfully with seniors, as well as children as young as three years of age. Elaine has years of practice working with chronically mentally ill individuals using Cognitive Behavior Therapy. During her time in the College Hospital’s Outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program, Elaine focused on issues and disorders such as schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, personality disorders, phobias, anxiety, and dual diagnosis.
Her approach to therapy is present-focused, as well as insight and goal-oriented. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Elaine works with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, communication issues, self-esteem issues, and relationship issues.