Oakland, CA

510-671-1297

elana.story.lcsw@gmail.com

Monday, Wednesday and Friday hours are available. Contact me for a free phone consult or to schedule your first appointment.

© 2018 by Elana Story

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Welcome

I'm excited to get to know you!

 

I am genuinely curious about your whole self and I want to understand the depth and breadth of your emotions and your story. I'll listen deeply and help you find new takes and new ownership over the unique tales of your life, in which you are both a character and the narrator!

I'll gently challenge you to move forward and out of being "stuck" or unhelpful holding patterns. My therapy style is informed by evidence based practices and grounded experience, which I balance with irreverence and humor.

 

Through my training and experience have learned to both hold and help transform your emotions and your story, no matter how painful or traumatic.

Your whole self is welcome here-- I invite you to be real with me!

I tailor my approach to each individual, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, art therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques.

 

My Approach to Therapy:

I provide both in-depth and short-term, focused counseling to individuals, couples, children and families.

I love working with activists, artists, queer youth, dreamers, spiritual leaders, helping professionals, children, families and parents.

 

Areas of expertise include:

  • LGBTQ issues, including coming out and LGBTQ children/teens

  • Fertility and pregnancy, including struggles with infertility

  • Non-traditional family structures and  co-parenting 

  • Trauma, including sexual trauma, rape and incest

  • Lifespan Integration and other techniques for healing from trauma

  • Spirituality and religion

  • Parenting and family stressors

  • Children and families, including parenting/education for children with disabilities

  • Anxiety and burnout prevention