Elaine Kovacs, L.C.S.W.
What is important to you? What does a full and meaningful life look like? And how are those values flexible? Sometimes we are so overwhelmed, frustrated, busy, sad, or scared to see what really matters, and furthermore what is possible. Know that there is opportunity and strength within you. Life sometimes throws us far from the path we wanted, or hoped for, but finding acceptance in the ups and downs can be met with guidance, warmth, and understanding. Letting go of past negative feelings, and staying authentic to yourself in this present moment can be challenging, but I hope you will consider allowing me to be a companion in your journey.
Since completing my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005, I have been fascinated by people, and all the systems of struggle—emotional, physical, and environmental—that we experience. I have been helping people from all walks of life, one person at a time, over the last ten years. In the past, I worked in acute care settings with clients in crisis, as well as in clients’ homes providing emotional support. I also previously worked in end-of-life situations assisting caregivers with loss, and more recently in a substance abuse treatment center helping clients find their individual motivations for change. My particular expertise has been in the following areas: grief and loss, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and caregiver/family support.
Whatever you may be facing, struggling with, or seeking support for, I hope that we can work together to identify what matters to you in the therapeutic process, and learn from each other. I take a holistic, strengths-based approach to my work. Depending on what you want to focus on, I may utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, to address your thoughts and feelings. I may also use solution-focused therapy or motivational interviewing to understand where and how you see change. I also utilize ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) approaches that help build mindfulness and resilience to stress, pain, and negative thinking. The focus may be about the present moment, or it may be forward thinking, but ultimately it is where you see the most benefit for your well-being. I look forward to being a part of your journey towards healing.