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Elena Gonzalez, MS, LMFT #97660


I am a Licensed Therapist with over 8 years of experience working with individuals (children & adults) and families. I graduated with Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in 2011 and have worked in various settings: non-profit agency providing therapy to children and youth in a local school district, agency offering housing and mental health treatment to youth "at risk", and mental health department at neighborhood clinic offering therapy to individuals of all ages and families.

Thanks for visiting my website and considering taking steps to improve your mental health. Life can be challenging at times and it takes courage to seek help. I am truly passionate about helping others have a better life and reach their full potential.  I strive to provide my clients a solid therapeutic relationship, safe and trusting environment, evidence-based interventions, professionalism, and hope for a better future. My areas of specialty include the following:

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting
  • Behavior concerns in children and teens
  • Family Conflict
  • Postpartum/Prenatal depression and anxiety
Women's Issues
Relationship Issues, dealing with divorce

My clients describe me as deeply empathetic & caring while also highly effective at facilitating growth and positive changes in their lives. I use evidence-based approaches in my practice, such as Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Family Systems and I incorporate mindfulness techniques in working with clients. My private practice therapy office is located off I-5 freeway in Carlsbad near Oceanside & Encinitas. 

I understand what you're going through and the challenges you're facing. I've helped countless clients work through similar problems and I can help you too. Let's find some time to talk!

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Individual Therapy


Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through therapy, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. 



Children & Teens

We will work together to give your child or teen, the tools they to deal with underlying issues possibly caused by bullying, school stress, conflict, definance and traumatic events. Play Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy are proven to work, providing a safe, healthy outlet for children and adolescents to process feelings and regain self-control of emotions and stressful situations.

Family Therapy

“Why family therapy… because it deals with family pain.” – Virginia Satir

Attending family therapy has numerous benefits. When you attend family therapy, you can improve your communication skills, develop conflict resolution skills, which will help reduce family conflict and help develop and maintain a healthy, functional family unit. 

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

What is PMADs?


PMADs stand for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Perinatal - pertaining to the period after conception and up to about a year after birth. 1 in 5 moms and 1 in 10 dads suffer from PMADs. Good news - it is highly treatable whith combination of therapy and medications.

Therapy for PMADs


PMADs are the most common complications of pregnancy and may manifest in a range of emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and PTSD with symptoms varyng in severity. I utilize and tailor evidence-based therapeutic interventions specific to each client's diagnosis.

If you recently had a baby or are pregnant and feeling sad or anxious, take this Quiz to understand your symptoms better:


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