Elissa Klein, LCSW


My approach to therapy is embodied in the quote by Shunryu Suzuki: 'Each of you is perfect the way you are...and you can use a little improvement.'


Elissa Klein, LCSW

My approach to therapy is embodied in the quote by Shunryu Suzuki: Each of you is perfect the way you are...and you can use a little improvement. This means that I will help you to work through any shame you feel about your perceived problems so that you can integrate the self-awareness that we will together uncover. I work with patients either long term or short term, depending on each person’s individual goals. I specialize in treating struggles with intimacy/isolation, addiction and compulsive behaviors, impulse control, anxiety, anger management, trauma and sexuality/sexual behavior. I am highly attuned to emotional experience and will help you to understand how unmet emotional needs contribute to negative or destructive thoughts and/or behaviors and how self-acceptance lights the way to deeper connections with others. I am flexible in which techniques I employ, depending on the client’s goals and personality, and am practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, Gestalt, mindfulness practice and solution-oriented psychotherapy.

I earned my Master’s in Social Welfare with a focus in mental health from UC Berkeley. I have worked for 12 years in an outpatient setting that specialized in helping clients change destructive behaviors and recover from addiction and compulsivity.

Reviews for 

Elissa Klein, LCSW

Elissa is more than a “good listener”. She helps me focus on the root cause of the issue and then provides useful insights and tools I can use to get past the roadblock. I feel heard and helped.

Elissa is an amazing therapist. She listens well and provides very helpful feedback. You can tell that she is a very caring person with the best intentions.

[Elissa Klein] is very helpful and is always on my side. She pushes me. I would recommend her.

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Practice Location(s)

2970 Camino Diablo Suite 100 Walnut Creek CA 94597

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