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Christiane Elsbree, MSW, LICSW


My goal in my work is to hold each client and their unique presence in honor as we work together on what is important to them. I've been in practice for more than 40 years, working with clients from age 3-85.

My areas of interest include: children and adolescents, relationship/divorce/parenting/step-parenting, grief, chronic illness (such as such as ALS, MS and Crohn's disease and HIV/AIDS), life transitions, school problems, and issues of diversity.

Christiane Elsbree

The Gestalt approach I use is based on developing awareness, often now termed as mindfulness. I use clay, sand tray, puppets, drawing materials, games, music, books and other materials to help children and adolescents enhance their contact skills and awareness.

I enjoy work with clients who come into therapy on the cusp of making a relationship or career change in their life. I enjoy working with diverse client populations. My practice includes clients from many differing ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as LGBTQ. I am interested in recognizing the effects institutional racism has on one's life and bringing that into our work. My own family is a multi-cultural family. I have recently expanded my work to be a support for children who are gender non-conforming.

I primarily work individually with my clients, although, of course, I include parents regularly in my work with children and adolescents. My clients generally are experiencing anxiety or depression, sometimes caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I use that as indicated with a small percentage of my clients. For more detailed information about my background and experience please refer to my Disclosure Statement found on the Practitioner Forms page of this website.

My office is completely ADA accessible. I am only fluent in English, I am sorry to say that I have not furthered my Spanish or German language skills.







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  • Master of Social Work - University of Southern CA, 1975
  • Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, 1978-84


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation

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