Elana Woolf | LCPC, NCC, Clinical Supervisor
Specializing in Anxiety, Couples, and Sex Therapy
Elana’s primary expertise is in Anxiety, Couples work, and Trauma. Elana works in a holistic frame to assess the needs of clients from all aspects of their lives- body, mind, and spirit. Elana has helped hundreds of individuals and couples facing burnout, performance anxiety, high stress relationships and overachievement. Additionally, Elana works with individuals who have experience with difficult relationships in their past and/or current life. Elana works with movement, worksheets, workbooks, role play, meditation, EMDR, CBT, DBT and ACT to provide a multidisciplinary approach that is client centered and client specific.
Elana’s Therapy Style
All clients have a voice and take an active role in their therapy with Elana’s help. Clients report feeling comfortable “sharing anything” with Elana. Her approach facilitates couples and individuals to have difficult and vulnerable conversations (when they are ready) that can ordinarily be very challenging to have in day to day life. There is genuinely no judgment when you walk in the room with Elana, she accepts you fully as you are in that moment. Elana uses humor, direct and empathetic questions to help clients connect to their core self.
Elana has completed training with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and sex therapy training with The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. She has taken courses taught by Esther Perel, Emily Nagoski, Janina Fischer, and other profound experts and thought leaders of today. Elana is trained in Mindfulness, Core Energetics, Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for trauma. Elana is a sex-positive and kink friendly therapist. Elana loves integrating her studies by weaving in various modalities to best help individuals as well as couples. She is particularly interested in the intersection of trauma and intimacy.
Elana’s family immigrated to the United States from Russia (formerly USSR) in the late 80’s after being religiously and politically persecuted. She grew up in the DC area, attended Montgomery County Public Schools, and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh in Psychology, Russian and Eastern European Studies, and Fitness. She later completed her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Elana worked at Vesta, Inc. a non-profit organization serving individuals with significant mental illness. Additionally, she acted as a mental health counselor at the Jessup Women’s Correctional Facility. Her time at Jessup increased Elana’s passion for victims of domestic violence, women’s health, and equality. Elana also served as a school counselor at Berman Hebrew Academy and Bullis School.
Outside of work Elana enjoys quality time with family and friends in order to stay connected and happy. She loves to swim, bike, practice yoga, dance, and hike to maintain a sense of grounding and focus. Elana shared her contagious love for staying holistically healthy, without judgment, with her clients.
Contact us at 240-630-0393 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment with the best fitting provider.
- $220 for Individual Sessions
- $240 for Couples