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My therapeutic style is warm and inviting, and I see my role as therapist as a compassionate guide in your inner journey. I count on my ability to form a relationship with you to be instrumental in the success of therapy. We are multi-dimensional, contextual beings and I work from the perspective that emotional wellness comes when all parts of us are seen as vital and important parts of the whole. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space where together we create a new narrative about who you are. Change becomes possible when our perceptions begin to shift about ourselves in relation to others.
I completed my master's degree in Social Work at California State University, Sacramento in 2004 and my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Sonoma State University in 2002. I have worked for over ten years as a psychotherapist and in a supervisory capacity at a large psychiatric hospital. I am an avid mindfulness meditation practitioner and Buddhist.
Elaina Scrutchins, lcsw