About Elise


Elise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA # 27710) who has been practicing in the East Bay  since 2005. During this time, she has provided therapy to individuals  and families in various community based, non-profit agencies such as the  East Bay Agency for Children, Kaiser's Psychiatric Department, Seneca  Center, and the Westcoast Children's Clinic, as well as, maintaining a  private practice in Oakland.

Elise has provided therapy to people struggling with relationships, life  balance, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, and has developed a  specialization serving individuals experiencing crisis and complex  trauma. Elise also has significant experience working with children and  families in the foster care system.            

Elise was trained psychodynamically with a special focus on understanding the person in context (exploring the various systems and social forces that impact personal struggles) and providing culturally competent care.

Elise earned her Masters at the Smith School of Social Work and  completed a Masters thesis aimed at improving mental health services for disenfranchised populations in Oakland. In undergraduate, Elise studied Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology  at New College of Florida and completed a thesis that investigated the  relationship between the body and one's sense of self.       

More recently, Elise obtained a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and went on become a Candidate in Contemporary Analytic Training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She has also extended her interest to groups and has begun training and skill building in Group Relations conferences at GREX and the A.K. Rice Institute.