Elssa Kenfack, LGPC
My clients are often emerging adults and adults who want to learn long and short term strategies to manage difficulties with peers, experiences related to mood changes and crying spells, being immigrant 1st/2nd/3rd generation American, anxiety related to work/school, adjustment and grief related to changes in relationships and relocation, feeling unloved, inadequate and/or insecure, early life experiences that currently affect self-esteem and relationships, school or career challenges, transitions to new adult roles and responsibilities.
I provide evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, solution-focused therapy and person-centered therapy to:
Identify life events and relationships that cause, maintain or exacerbate symptoms and identify, change, accept or adapt to those situations,
Set realistic goals for the future and accept limitations,
Identify distorted thoughts and cognitive patterns or unhelpful behaviors that contribute to feelings of hopelessness, worry, sadness, isolation and helplessness,
Develop short and long term strategies and skills to manage symptoms and problems, and identify or prevent experiences of distressing mood, behaviors and events,
Learn mindfulness and grounding techniques to help decrease the intensity of distressing situations and emotions.
I am sensitive to the necessity of juggling cultural, gender and racial identities and managing cultural differences while meeting the expectations of community, family, and self. It is important for all people to feel safe and that they have a place of belonging. Through my practice, I try to ensure that my clients feel heard, seen, felt and supported.
My clinical practice is rooted in a Trauma-Informed Care (practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I use these frameworks along with along with motivational therapy, support of self-determination, and a strengths-based approach, to positively influence and encourage each client in serving their treatment plan and goals.I am able to incorporate Christian beliefs and values into therapy.
I provide a supportive space to talk and understand themselves while also identifying and altering negative thought patterns and feelings and working towards personal goals.
We'll explore the origins and purpose of behaviors, moods and thought patterns; how they are sustained and how they impact psychological and overall wellbeing. I create a collaborative treatment plan with each client. I have several years of providing clinical assessment of mental health conditions and disorders; providing individual psychotherapy; conducting intake, concurrent and discharge sessions and creating safe social and cultural environments for adolescents and adults to learn skills like informed decision making, making positive behavioral change and enhancing relationships.
I provide supportive and culturally sensitive individual therapy--a consistent, intensive experience which enables clients to resolve root issues and achieve treatment goals.
I am designated as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) by the Maryland Board of Professional Therapists and Counselors and received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Towson University.