Elana’s family immigrated to the US from Russia 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 as Jessup increased Elana’s passion for victim’s 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 cultural assimilation, social justice, and trauma work as it relates to relationships and sexuality.
In order to stay healthy and practice what she preaches, Elana enjoys quality time with family and friends as well as physical activity including: swimming, biking, yoga, dancing, and hiking. Elana relays her contagious love for staying mentally and physically healthy to her clients.