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Elena Rafael Beals Therapy Therapist South Bay California


Elena is a Doctor of Psychology, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor holding an undergraduate degree in business from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Southern University.    

Elena grew up outside of Boston, MA and now lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband and three young daughters.  Elena is a holistic therapist, viewing mental and physical struggles from a whole person perspective. The mind body connection is integral to good health and the ability to control our own emotional experiences and journey.

She uses techniques from Mindfulness based therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help clients recognize and understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Elena always customizes her therapeutic approach based on the needs and goals of each client.   Therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client, and as such you are encouraged to be honest about your hopes and needs from the therapeutic process.  At the core of her practice, is a belief in each person's ability to live life with intention, not purely out of habit.  Though introspection and self-growth can be extremely challenging, it's almost always a challenge we benefit from in the long-term.    

"It's dark because you are trying too hard.

Lightly child, lightly.  Learn to do everything lightly.

Yes, feel lightly even though you're feeling deeply.

Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

Lightly, lightly - it's the best advice ever given me.

So throw away your baggage and go forward.

There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,

trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.

That's why you must walk so lightly.

Lightly my darling."


- Aldous Huxley

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