Elena Dietz

Practicum Trainee

Graduate Program:

Master of Social Work

Clinical/Counseling Interests:

I believe that my clients are the experts of their own lives and counseling should involve a collaborative, strengths-based approach. Through the creation of a caring and empathetic therapeutic relationship between myself and my clients, healing and growth can flourish. I believe that trying to push away or push down negative emotions creates more suffering and through compassionately embracing our thoughts and feelings, we welcome peace and acceptance.

My counseling interests include anxiety, depression, concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and interpersonal/relationship concerns. I also have a strong interest in couples therapy, healthy relationships, and sexual concerns such as abuse, dissatisfaction, and dysfunction.

Mulitcultural Interests:

I have a strong interest in advocacy issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and domestic violence. Additionally, I believe that a large part of my role as an advocate for those with mental health concerns is working towards reducing stigmatization of those who seek help. As a mental health provider, I believe it is important to decolonize the mental health field through culturally-affirming practices that foster and encourage meaning-making, healing, and connection.