Elana Schechtman-Gil, LMFT

 

We are all hardwired to be relational. We grow, thrive and experience change through connection and engagement in relationships. The therapeutic relationship is an ideal place to grow and change. Sometimes our fears, worries, and concerns prevent us from living our life wholeheartedly and we cope with our pain in unhealthy and dissatisfying ways. Counseling provides a sacred space to connect, engage, and be present with our thoughts and emotions in order to change our behaviors and actions. 

My academic pursuit in understanding emotional pain and healing began with my studies as an undergraduate student in Psychology at the University of Miami and culminated in receiving my Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy through California School of Professional Psychology. I have held clinical positions with the Child Development Institute and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. In addition to being in Private Practice, I hold a clinical position with UCLA Rape Treatment Center as a Crisis Counselor serving sexual assault patients. 

I continue to further my education and training in the field on Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, and Relational approaches to mental health. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#87049) and member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.