Elena White, MA, LMFT
California Institute of Integral Studies
University of California Santa Cruz
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from CIIS, with a concentration in Community Mental Health. My clinical training in outpatient, residential, school-based, and juvenile justice settings has only solidified the pleasure I find in working with young people, especially those who are particularly struggling and do not yet have the words to explain their experience or struggle. I feel honored to be their witness and guide, by meeting them just as they are in any given moment, and helping them to find their direction, in a way that feels most genuine to them. I enjoy the refreshing honesty young people possess.
My clinical focus is primarily psychodynamic, bringing aspects of motivational interviewing, mindfulness and CBT where appropriate. My primary focus is to be fully present with clients in the moment, in order to meet them exactly where they are, and without judgement. I employ a strengths-based frame for every child or adolescent, and find that this alone can have a revolutionary impact for a client.