Welcome

Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. Presently I am only working with a limited number of folks and not accepting new patients. This will change after December 2022. 

For the last 20 years I have worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, therapist, and since 2009 as a  bilingual licensed psychologist (English - Spanish). As such I have worked with adolescents, families, and all ages of adults. I have worked and still work, with dual diagnosis clients. 

As a psychologist I practice hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) as my main therapeutic strategies. Please know that since March 16, 2020 I have been working using telehealth services exclusively.  As adjuncts I utilize a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies. 

How do I work? I like setting specific targets, short or mid term, and reviewing progress periodically. If we are not making progress, if your needs are higher than what i can offer, if your concerns are beyond my areas of expertise, or if we are not making progress after 13 or 14 sessions, I will refer you to someone else.  Even though I am presently  working with folks insured with Medicare who also have a supplemental insurance, and other private medical insurances, this will also change after December 2022. I will send patients a superbill, so that they can recover from their insurance company. Patients will be responsible for payment, ahead of the session. My fee is $275 per session. 

Overall, folks who seek therapy do so because they want to change patterns of behavior that do not serve  them any longer. Or they want to finally work through trauma. Others suffer from anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress disorder. My work consists on taking away the vividness and intensity of memories, at the same time that we work on altering the negative beliefs that people have about themselves or others or the world. That is, some people become triggered by situations into feeling vulnerable, out of control, powerless, ineffective, or inadequate.  While you and I cannot change the past, we can change the way you perceive and think about the past or the present so that you are not negatively affected in that way. What we do in the future depends on the now. 

I  was born in Argentina, and emigrated to the USA in 1987.  I am a Certified EMDR Therapist as well as an Approved EMDR Consultant (I offer consultation to other clinicians who are on their way to becoming EMDR certified).  I have trained in other treatments that have a record of being effective -evidence based approaches, because my goal is to offer the most effective and efficient professional psychological services, in the shortest time, with the best results. 

As for the times we have been living through, some of us have lost our forward momentum, finding ourselves disoriented and angry at having lost some of the routines of our lives. Some of us have suffered more deeply; financially and personally through human loss. More than ever we want to look at the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that may be keeping us stuck in negative perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world. 

Please know that I no longer work with folks that need more than one session a week, or who need phone support. I no longer work with folks that have a history of crisis or hospitalizations.  

I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals of overcoming trauma or limiting beliefs about yourself, others, or the 

Elisa A. Gottheil PhD, licensed psychologist, PSY22753

EMDR Certified Therapist

805-667-0955