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Elissa Klein, LCSW

Provider Type: Therapist

Provider Gender: Female

Serving: 15-64

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Elissa Klein, LCSW

My approach to therapy is embodied in the quote by Shunryu Suzuki: “Each of you is perfect the way you are…and you can use a little improvement.” This means that I will help you to work through any shame you feel about your perceived problems so that you can integrate the self-awareness that we will together uncover. I work with patients either long term or short term, depending on each person’s individual goals. I specialize in treating struggles with intimacy/isolation, addiction and compulsive behaviors, impulse control, anxiety, anger management, trauma and sexuality/sexual behavior. I am highly attuned to emotional experience and will help you to understand how unmet emotional needs contribute to negative or destructive thoughts and/or behaviors and how self-acceptance lights the way to deeper connections with others. I am flexible in which techniques I employ, depending on the client’s goals and personality, and am practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, Gestalt, mindfulness practice and solution-oriented psychotherapy.

I earned my Master’s in Social Welfare with a focus in mental health from UC Berkeley. I have worked for 12 years in an outpatient setting that specialized in helping clients change destructive behaviors and recover from addiction and compulsivity.

Treatment Areas

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management / Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating/Weight Concerns
  • Mood
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Stress/Worry

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • MHN
  • Optum
  • SutterSelect
  • United Behavioral Health


  • English


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