Elnaz Afousi holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling
And Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College and is completing her Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University.
Elnaz has worked in outpatient clinics as well as crisis intervention settings and has experience with adults, adolescents and children as well as couples and families. She has experience with issues including but not limited to, depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, PTSD and trauma, LGBTQIA+ issues, women's issues, relationship issues, cultural integration & assimilation, etc. Elnaz utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques among other methods of treatment and is an advocate of Mindfulness practices.
Elnaz’s therapeutic style is caring, encouraging and individualized. She strives to help each person learn the skills necessary to deal with their emotions and recognize solutions that fit the client’s personal values. She has a strong emphasis on diversity and social justice in her practice.
As a child of immigrants, Elnaz has been exposed to many transitions and adjustments and her personal experiences have been integral in her pursuit of a career in mental health as a means to help those in need of guidance and support. She is also bilingual in English and Farsi (Persian).
In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, live music, yoga and travel.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. - Marcus Aurelius