"We do not have to improve ourselves: We just have to let go of what blocks our heart."
"We do not have to improve overselves. We just have to let go of what blocks our heart."
Hello. I am Elaina Taylor, LCSW.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, located in Northern Virginia. I have practiced as a clinician, working with adults, couples and groups for over twenty-five years. I provide therapy with respect and warmth in a safe and supportive environment. Through compassionate psychotherapy, I work with my clients to help them heal by developing a more peaceful relationship with their feelings.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Human Development at the University of Hawaii and received my Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. I received post-graduate training in Internal Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy. In addition, I have studied at the Stone Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
My approach is interpersonal, compassionate and direct. I focus on helping clients obtain relief from emotional distress and develop strategies to deal with life events they face everyday. I help my clients explore their feelings and thoughts so they can heal their negative perceptions of themselves.
In my work, I help clients gain a greater awareness and appreciation of their internal parts (or sub-personalities). As people gain more insight into their behavior and learn to be less judgemental, this often leads to a greater connection with others, feeling less isolated and increased capacity for joy.
I integrate psychodynamic and cognitive methods to help clients understand how their personal history may be influencing their emotions, interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. I use the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model which focuses attention and compassion to a person's internal life.
People come into therapy to find relief from problems of work, family and relationships. The pain of disconnection often leads to depression, anxiety and loneliness. Through compassionate psychotherapy I help clients acknowledge, understand and accept his or her feelings. A peaceful relationship with our emotions and our ability to have compassion towards our Self are part of the journey toward happiness and peace of mind. Everyone has their own story of disappointments and failures. I believe it is important to create a treatment plan which addresses an individual's specific concerns.
Every couple begins their relationship with joy and love. When disappointment, hurt and anger set in it is often hard to imagine having the emotional connection you long for. My goal in working with couples is to help strengthen their relational bond and deepen their emotional connection. In a safe and supportive environment, I help couples learn to talk and listen to each other from a deeper place inside. This creates the healing that can bring a more accepting and fulfilling relationship.
Couples come into therapy who are:
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom."
If you have any questions or would like to know more about how I can help you, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to speaking with you.