About Elsie

Professional Biography

I have been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2002 and have been seeing patients in private practice since 2003. You will find the details of my training and professional experience below, for insight into my therapeutic approach and treatment results please visit the Patient & Parent Testimonial page.


Bachelors of Science (B.S.) - University of Miami, Miami FL 1984

Masters of Arts in Counseling (M.A.) California State University Fullerton 1999


California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, License no. MFC39163

Supplemental Specialization Training:

Birth Doula Certification Training – DONA International

EMDR Therapist Training – Parnell Institute

Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, Treating Trauma – Bessel Van der Kolk, The Trauma Center JRI

Compassion Meditation Training – Sylvia Boorstein, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Metta Sutta Meditation Training – Sylvia Boorstein, Esalen

How We Love Therapist Training - Milan & Kay Yerkovich

Clinical Training Sites Included:

Community Services Programs – Irvine

Latino Psychological & Social Services Children’s Clinic – Santa Ana/Laguna Beach

City of Orange Police Department – Orange

Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry Department – Tustin/Santa Ana

Professional Associations:

CAMFT – California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

OCCAMFT – Orange County California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Corporate Speaking Topics:

Winning Over Difficult Clients with Empathy

Stress Management Techniques in the Work Place

Volunteer Work:

Sexual Assault Victim Advocate – CSP Irvine

Camp Counselor Supervisor, Food Delivery, Phone Buddy – Aids Services Foundation Irvine

Assisting in the care and adoption of rescued dogs – German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

Helpful Forms

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