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About Me

Mrs. Switzer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. She attended Catholic schools since elementary school. As one of six children in a large, Italian family, she was raised in the Catholic faith and values the importance of the family system in her work with clients. She received her license in Clinical Social Work in the State of Missouri in 2007 and has been in direct practice as a social worker since 2001 in multiple states. In 2014, she was approved as a clinical supervisor for social work licensees in the State of Missouri and has provided licensure supervision to a total of seven other social workers.

As a Catholic Therapist, Mrs. Switzer’s faith is constantly integrated into her social work practice. She strives to respect the faith background or beliefs of her clients while always adhering to her own Catholic Church’s teachings. Some issues she addresses in counseling sessions include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, trauma, family violence, parenting, social skills, divorce/separation, grief/loss, educational challenges, and general family dynamics. She has worked with a variety of populations: children, adolescents, families, sexual abuse/trauma victims, victims of domestic violence and their children, children and families experiencing divorce/separation, immigrants, homeless individuals and families, students with special needs, and families in poverty. As a mother of three, she also draws from her own parenting experience in her practice, offering support and guidance to parents while also working with their children.

Mrs. Switzer is passionate about helping individuals and families from a strengths-based approach, as well as a faith-based approach when clients are open to doing so. She believes that all clients have a set of strengths and virtues from which to draw. Rather than focusing only on a client’s problems, Mrs. Switzer will highlight and augment the client’s strengths to help address his/her concerns. Mrs. Switzer considers the client-therapist relationship as a collaboration among God, the professional, and the client, rather than “fixing” individual and family problems.

Services Offered

  • Pediatric, adolescent and adult counseling
  • Treatment for a broad spectrum of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, ODD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, trauma, family violence, parenting, social skills, divorce/separation, grief/loss, educational challenges, and general family dynamics.

Licensed States

Missouri

Patients

Elena provides counseling for all ages on a broad spectrum of issues.  She practices in Missouri.