Hello, my name is Beth Elder L.C.S.W. and welcome to my practice!

I have been practicing social work and have been a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) now since 2002.  I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2002 with honors as a member of Phi Alpha Honors Society.  I have started working on my Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in 2012, and expect to it be completed by late 2014.

Being in therapy over the years myself, I’ve gained a unique insight into the difficulty involved in learning to resolve one’s problems.  I understand that therapy can be a process that involves courage, initiative, and perserverance to gain the ability to overcome personal conflicts or obstacles in one’s life.

My mission statement is to provide to you a reasonable method of overcoming your challenges in the shortest amount of time, while adhering to the highest ethical and legal standards in a safe and comfortable environment.

I believe therapy can be intimidating to some people, while others welcome the prospect of change.  I believe each one of us is unique and no two people are alike regardless of the issues.  I believe in using an eclectic approach to therapy because people and problems do not fit a “cookie cutter” theory.  I will attempt to explore your issues in a manner which is suitable to your personality and learning style.  Often times a “good laugh” can help.

I appreciate your interest in my practice and look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your journey into therapy.

I am currently treating, but not limitted to the following areas:

ADD/ADHD                                                                 Gay/Lesbian Issues
Bipolar Disorder (I or II)
Depression                                                                  Divorce/Separation
Anxiety Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Trauma
Self Esteem
Caregiver Issues
EMDR
Relationship Problems
Parenting Issues
Blended Family Issues
Work Stress and Anxiety
Grief/Bereavement
Boundary Setting
Life Choices or Life Direction Issues
Coping with Difficult Life Changes