Lotus Point Wellness

OUR HOLISTIC
PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Maryland License #17790

DC License # LC50082947

Email:
elana@lotuspointwellness.com

Phone:
301-960-1198 ext. 701

ELANA BENATAR
MSW, LCSW-C

Individual Therapy for Children, Adolescents & Adults Parent Guidance

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY

At its core, My work with clients is collaborative and creative. With children and adolescents, I love the process of working together to find playful ways to explore emotional challenges. Through sand tray,  art, and play therapy, we will together create an understanding of their emotional landscape (and have some fun in the process). I feel passionate about helping kids develop the language to express their feelings and develop a stronger sense of self.  

I believe relationships are key to psychological health, and much of my academic and clinical training has focused on the importance of attachment throughout the lifespan. One of my goals with every client is to improve the attachment relationship between parents and children. I enjoy using playful techniques to help parents and children find mutual enjoyment, and I am always amazed at how much healing can happen through that connection. 

PARENT GUIDANCE

With parents, I use my background in Child Development and my own experience with countless kids to decode problematic behaviors and help parents understand how to meet their children’s underlying developmental and emotional needs. As a parent myself, I can bring an understanding and empathy to the daily struggles of parenting and try to help parents find compassion for themselves and their children.  The process of parenting provides an amazing opportunity for self-discovery. My work with parents focuses on more than practical  strategies, and I enjoy helping parents parent from the “inside out.”  Together, we will shine a light on the internal parts that are easily activated by a child’s behavior, providing a unique opportunity to break intergenerational cycles while also healing the wounds of one’s childhood.

ADULT THERAPY

I also take this playful and creative mindset into my work with adults and teens. I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and I love to use this model to help clients understand and tolerate the various parts of themselves. I believe we all have parts within us that serve important functions for our survival. Trauma, challenging experiences, addiction, or mental illness can create an imbalance between these parts that can cause individuals to feel out of control. Through IFS, we will work together to help you understand and embrace each of those parts and find ways to create more internal balance, clarity, and self-acceptance. 

I also use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to help clients access and heal early trauma. EMDR has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and is a  great tool to promote deeper healing.  

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to participate in the process of exploration and change with my clients. It is a privilege to witness the profound changes that individuals and families are capable of.​

EXPERIENCE

Before entering private practice in 2012, I worked for seven years in  Chicago, IL, at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center, an outpatient family service center and therapeutic nursery, where I offered a variety of intensive therapeutic services to families with young children. I have experience doing family, individual child,  individual adult, and child group therapy. I have also supervised social work interns and worked as a mental health consultant in an early childhood setting.​

SPECIAL TRAINING

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy – Level 1Trained 
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy 
  • Play-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 
  • Mindfulness with children 
  • Sandtray therapy 
  • Dyadic Developmental Therapy

EDUCATION

  • B.A. – Wesleyan University – 2000
  • M.S. in Child Development – Erikson Institute,2005
  • M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work) – Loyola University Chicago – 2006

I have also completed Level One Training in Internal Family Systems and 46 hours of training and practice in EMDR therapy. 

I regularly attend workshops, seminars, and conferences to stay abreast of the latest research and techniques in the field. I seek out regular supervision and consultation with colleagues and experts in the field. 

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