Elena Shand, MSWI
Welcome! I’m so glad you made it here. I enjoy working with teens, LGBTQ+ persons, and individuals who have experienced grief/loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, and understanding attachment styles.
I believe anyone can benefit from therapy; it’s all about finding a good fit that suits your goals and aligns with the trajectory of the person you’d like to become. I believe progress is marked by a return, which may look like a review of past traumas and an understanding of how you made sense of the world around you. Doing this is grueling work, and it may feel uncomfortable at times. Still, it is through that return that we can be pointed to our purpose and be provided direction for our lives. Each return looks different, and we’ll work to craft a plan that’s paced uniquely for you.
In this journey, I view my role as providing support, acting as a guide, and serving as a sounding board in an environment that is non-judgmental and intended to foster personal growth, healing, and exploration. I know that seeking therapy can be challenging, so I thank you for coming this far.
In my free time, I powerlift at the gym, create very specific playlists on Spotify (sorry Apple Music users), or hyper-fixation on a new hobby (lately I’ve been really into building Lego sets). As an ENFP and an Enneagram 4w3, I find myself to be equal parts curious and passionate. I look forward to meeting you where you’re at, connecting and exploring what it tastes like to reclaim your life’s story.
- Currently enrolled at Loma Linda University working on a dual degree for a Masters in Social Work and Criminal Justice.
- My experience has taught me that sometimes the key to navigating life is holding on long enough to see how it will all play out.
- My hope is that through our collaboration, you never have to question whether you will survive the traumas and hardships that may have led you to therapy. But instead, we can work towards a state of being ready and willing to receive the good and all the other beautiful things that await when you do.