Elyse Gong, LCSW
Elyse Gong, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Addiction (Chemical and Behavioral)
Grief and Loss
Interpersonal Relationship Issues
Prenatal and Postpartum Related Issues
MSW from Columbia University
BA in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey
Sessions available in the Berkeley office location ranging from 45 - 75 minutes on weeknights and Saturdays.
Sessions available via teletherapy on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
In my clinical experience, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families with diverse presenting wants and needs. My clients come into therapy with concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, shame, relationship issues, and/or distress in response to a recent life transition. Many times I hear the frustration in response to ‘feeling stuck’ and ‘things not changing’ that is bringing someone into therapy with the goal of better understanding and resolving this stagnation.
I would describe my style in therapy as directive, collaborative, and supportive. I am invested in helping you make the changes needed to benefit your daily decision making and live your life as fully as possible. I am ready to hear what has been going on for you, and what you are needing at this point in your life. To me, a good session is one where you leave feeling heard, understood, and armed with some practical tools for change to practice over the next week. To help you meet your goals for therapy, I will be transparent about the skills we can learn so that you are in control of your own change process. I apply a strength-based approach to therapy, meaning that I will help you harness your strengths, identify your resources, and foster your resilience.
Additionally, I hold the belief that one size does not fit all when working with each person who enters into my office. I will teach you tools that emerge from the following evidence-based approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Gottman Therapy. By accessing these therapeutic techniques, I will help you to identify and break unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and doing that have become learned and habitual.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
I love this work because I get the honor and privilege of watching someone’s journey towards creating the kind of life they always wanted to live, and overcoming previously identified barriers towards accomplishing change.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
I want to help you learn to manage distress, increase personal efficacy, and create positive and lasting change. My goal is to help you understand what your distress is about, and learn tangible skills that will help you shift ways of thinking, feeling and doing that are no longer serving you well. By increasing your tolerance of unpleasant emotions you will feel less limited by them, and can connect to the purpose available in your life.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
After completing my graduate degree, I completed over three years of clinical supervision at Montefiore Medical Center where I spent the next five years working in a community-based intensive outpatient clinic treating adults with co-occurring disorders in the Bronx, NY. During this time, I received training and supervision with the NY State Psychiatric Institute for the practice of Motivational Interviewing. Before receiving my clinical license in NY, I completed the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) course at Columbia University and became a Supervisor of graduate students in the Montefiore clinic. After relocating to CA, I continued treating co-occurring disorders in a partial-hospitalization program/intensive outpatient program. I have extensive experience in working with individuals and families struggling with addiction and in different stages of recovery.
Outside of work, you will most likely find me in the kitchen cooking as well as spending time with my family and dog outdoors exploring the Bay Area.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) Trained
Gottman Level I Certification .