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Elana Story, LCSW

Positive Transformations Psychotherapy
Therapy Sessions
My Approach

I believe transformation can happen anytime, and that self-exploration and self-care are important parts of being able to change the world.

I believe you don't have to be “sick” to get better-- that we can all deepen and improve our relationships with ourselves and with one another.

As I focus on you, I value deep, honest communication. (I'm not your traditional “blank slate” therapist. I am more effusive.) I also model healthy boundaries and open two-way communication.

I am genuinely curious about your whole self as I listen deeply to the depth and breadth of your emotions and your story.

I'll gently challenge you to move forward and out of being "stuck" or unhelpful holding patterns. My therapy style is informed by a social justice framework and a social work background as well as  grounded experience, which I balance with irreverence and humor.

About me

I love working with activists, artists, queer and trans folks, dreamers, spiritual seekers, helping professionals, and parents/parents to be. I have particular expertise in working with LGBTQ++ parents and those on the queer path to parenthood so to speak.


I use various approaches including  somatic work (mindful attention to the body and nervous system), relational/ depth psychotherapy as well as Lifespan Integration (a tool for processing past stressful experiences).

Areas in which I'm experienced  include:
LGBTQ issues, including coming out and LGBTQ children/teens


Secondary trauma and burnout prevention
Trauma, including sexual trauma, rape and incest
Spirituality and religion

Fertility and pregnancy, including struggles with infertility
Parenting and family stressors
Chronic illness/disabilities


Thank you for your interest in working with me.

I currently have availability for either virtual or in person sessions in my office

near uptown Oakland and Pill Hill.

Email or call me for more information:


You don't have to be sick to get better.


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