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Elaine Ahmad, LCSW

Elaine Ahmad, LCSW

She/her

Licensed in CA #19118
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth
Speaks spanish
I believe that counseling can help people to become the best version of themselves in terms of their personal, professional, and relationship goals.

My Therapy Style

I believe open, honest communication is crucial in building a strong therapeutic relationship. I strive to create a warm, calming, empathic therapeutic environment and welcome both tears and laughter along the way. I believe that counseling can help people to become the best version of themselves in terms of their personal, professional, and relationship goals.

Every client is different so I want to tailor my approach to each client's specific needs and goals. I have spent the majority of my career working with adults dealing with a variety of personal issues.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Work, University of Southern California

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I was studying English literature in college when I took a few psychology courses and started volunteering as a peer counselor. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to work in a helping profession and that I loved listening to people tell their stories and witnessing their journeys of self-discovery and personal growth.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love cooking, baking, reading, writing, and spending time with my family.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I try to get outside to walk or run daily. This is time for myself, whether it be listening to music, or podcasts, or just observing nature around me.

What book have you read more than once?

I've read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein over the years and find myself getting something different from it depending on my stage of life.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I've stayed connected to the Los Angeles LGBT Center for decades, first as a volunteer peer facilitator for groups and also as a resource for myself and my clients. I appreciate how this organization has adapted to the community's ever-changing needs and has resources (from housing to mental health to social events) across the lifespan for people who identify as LGBTQ+.

How do you recharge?

I recharge by watching my favorite shows and going to the theater with friends or family.

Do you have any pets?

I was running on a trail when I found our newly adopted rabbit, Ollie. Sadly, someone had abandoned him at only 8 weeks old, leaving him in a box on the trail with some food. Ollie has grown to double his size and is a happy member of our family, along with our retriever-spaniel mix.