The time I spent in therapy with Elana exploring my values and blocks to decision making was instrumental in helping me out of a serious funk last year.
— D.E.

About Elana

I have over fifteen years of experience as a clinical counsellor, and in that time I have seen hundreds of clients, both for brief and long term therapy. I have been in private practice since 2006, and have worked as a clinical counsellor with Vancouver Coastal Health and other community agencies since 2000. In addition to receiving a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, I have extensive training in the following modalities:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based psychotherapies
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Neurobiology (stress, emotions and threat response in the brain)

Over the course of my career as a therapist, I have worked with people from all walks of life, and with a wide range of issues. When I sit and talk to you, I incorporate years of clinical (and life) experience, while still understanding that you are a unique person who has walked your own distinct path. This enables me to effectively assess your patterns and dynamics and provide therapy that is tailored specifically to you.

The act of providing therapy is a combination of intuitive direction and highly skilled craft, and I am very dedicated to building my skills and proficiency through ongoing clinical consultation and professional development training.

I am experienced in addressing  a wide range of issues that bring people to therapy - from mental health  to relationship struggles to career burnout. Below is a list of some of the areas in which I have developed a specialty (click on each item to learn more about how I work with this issue).

Emotional Regulation (for example, anger management and distress tolerance)



Relationships, dating and intimacy

Prenatal & postpartum adjustment


I am a member in good standing of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.