Elena Bennett, LMSW (LMSW)
As a staff psychotherapist at Sol Associates, PLLC in Austin, Texas I have a plethora of support in my learning and development community. I am supervised by Steven A. Milan, LCSW at Sol Associates and consult with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. As a learner in life, in social work, and in therapy, I hope I will have the opportunity to learn with you.
I am passionately dedicated to helping others while they build self-esteem, heal, and learn to practice kindness and self-compassion. I am humbled daily by my clients, who honor me with their hearts and allow me to be with them through self-exploration, as they boldly face fears, change, tragedy, unfamiliarity, and devastation through therapy. I am also elated by the subsequent joy, happiness, and new way of life that can arise after examining important ideas, events, and values in one's life.
The stories and interactions with my clients over time has shown me a common, human thread between us - we are all driven by ideas about ourselves. For most of us, those ideas come from the people who were most influential in our childhoods. Our current families, support systems, and families of origin are instrumental in the process of evaluating one's worth. For example, as a child were you told that you should shoot for the stars? Or that you should keep your expectations realistic or low? Were you told that you were beautiful just as you are? Or that you must work to acheive beauty? Are you inherently worthy of love, attention, a job, or a life goal? Or do you believe that you are not worthy of some of the things that life has to offer? These are all questions that can be examined, evaluated, and even changed with the guidance of a caring other, in a safe environment, and without judgment.
It is my personal belief that we are all worthy of unconditional love, which is modeled in my relationships with clients through unconditional positive regard and non-judgment. As a therapist, I most enjoy authentically connecting with clients, building relationships, and celebrating the good in people.
I do not mean to suggest that life is one dimensional, by any means. For many, it is a struggle to feel sadness, mourning, loss, anger, and negativity. I believe that it is important to validate the range of emotions felt, address conflicting emotions or thoughts, and understand the complexity of living a full life in order to embrace that life. Please let me know if I can be helpful to you in this journey!
Elena Bennett, LMSW
Elena Bennett, LMSW
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