Elle Bernfeld, LCSW is a therapist located in Brooklyn, NY. Many of Elle’s clients come in to address anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and identity. Elle is particularly passionate about working with artists, entertainers, and creative professionals of all kinds. Elle’s passion for this group comes from her own experience previously working in the arts. Elle also has extensive work experience in the areas of substance abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, eating disorders, and domestic violence.
Elle’s approach is eclectic, incorporating CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic Theory, Person Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Elle believes in strengths based trauma informed care helping to empower her clients. Elle helps client identify thought patterns holding them back, identify helpful coping skills, and explore their history to address and resolve trauma. This approach supports clients to improve overall wellbeing, allowing for better expression in their art and in their relationships. Elle’s therapy style is active, accepting, and warm. Elle believes the most important part of therapy is the working relationship between therapist and client, and that a therapy session can include a good laugh AND a cry!
Elle received a MSW from NYU, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She currently works full time in her private practice, while also writing for Backstage's website as part of their “Backstage Experts” series. A life long devotee to the arts, she attends her weekly movie club religiously, and attends live theater and concerts whenever possible.
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Creative blocks & writer's block - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity
Peak performance - Addressing mental barriers to realizing full potential; overcoming performance anxiety and self-doubt to reach personal and professional goals
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
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