Elana’s family immigrated to the United States from Russia (formerly USSR) in the late 80’s after being religiously and politically persecuted. She grew up in the DC area, attended Montgomery County Public Schools, and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh in Psychology, Russian and Eastern European Studies, and Fitness. She later completed her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Elana worked at Vesta, Inc. a non-profit organization serving individuals with significant mental illness. Additionally, she served as a counselor at the Jessup Women’s Correctional Facility. Her time at Jessup increased Elana’s passion for victims of domestic violence, women’s health, and equality. Elana also served as a school counselor at Berman Hebrew Academy and Bullis School.
Elana has been working with individuals and couples since 2010. She is particularly interested in studying and working with cultural assimilation, social justice, and trauma work as it relates to relationships and sexuality. All clients have a voice and take an active role in their therapy with Elana’s help. Clients report feeling comfortable “sharing anything” with Elana. Her approach facilitates clients to have difficult and vulnerable conversations (when they are ready) that can ordinarily be very challenging to have in day to day life.
Outside of work Elana enjoys quality time with family and friends in order to stay connected and happy. She loves to swim, bike, practice yoga, dance, and hike to maintain a sense of grounding and focus. Elana shared her contagious love for staying holistically healthy, without judgment, with her clients.