Any strong therapeutic relationship is built on collaboration, honesty, and the desire for change. I practice using a social justice framework, and I believe that therapy offers the opportunity for personal growth, increased understanding, and deeper connections with other people and the world around us. 

First and foremost, my approach is relational, which means that our work will focus on mutual participation in sessions to increase understanding and develop the capacity for meaningful connection and engagement both in and out of therapy. Through this relationship, we can begin to identify deeply rooted maladaptive patterns, gain skills to better manage and navigate life transitions, and work towards the resolution of interpersonal issues. I also work psychodynamically, acknowledging that our histories and past experiences have an important impact on how we move through and engage with the world in the present.

I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and trauma-focused intervention.  I work to provide an integrated approach to therapy that is best suited to each client's or family’s individual or collective goals.

Please call 510.292.4510, e-mail mira.elwell.lcsw@gmail.com, or use the contact form to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to determine if we might be a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you.