Elaine Skoulas,MA, LMFT

Elaine Skoulas,MA, LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Los Angeles, California 90025
San Francisco, California 94108

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My Approach to Helping

I deeply believe in the power of therapy and that real change can happen at any stage in life. When you are met with support, compassion, and attunement, those old wounds can begin to heal. I always invite honoring the authentic self, even when life gets messy and feelings are painful.

I know the value of providing a warm and inviting space where you feel seen and heard. Therapy can be that safe space for you to explore what you've been holding inside, especially if it can be hard for you to open up in daily life. So often in life and relationships, people are not receiving the validation that all humans need. You will be able to know and to feel that I am on your side and here for you. I view this as a collaborative process, and I am committed to partnering with you to achieve your goals and empower you to live your best life.

My philosophy with therapy is that people are not their diagnoses or traumas. People need perspective, compassion, kindness, and depth they often don't receive in their daily lives. Therapy can help from the start to provide some of those unmet needs. Therapy can be hard work at times and also one of the best gifts to give yourself.

People and their stories are complex, and there is no one mold that fits all. Clients who get the most out of therapy with me are often motivated, curious, and sensitive individuals who have a strong desire to work on their personal growth. I use a very individualized approach to see how we can best support your needs.

More Info About My Practice

I am currently providing virtual therapy through a confidential and secure platform. Teletherapy can be more accessible, convenient, and comfortable from your own home.

I am trained in Eye Movement Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic EMDR, and Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT). I use a fluid blend of approaches including psychodynamic and narrative therapies, somatic therapy, and mindfulness for holistic healing.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Listen to your instinct. After all, you are the expert of your own life. An important part of therapeutic work can be to continue to strengthen your inner knowingness. Consider your needs and whether you feel comfortable being vulnerable with a potential therapist. While credentials and training are important, I believe that the transformative power of therapy lies within the therapeutic relationship. Feel free to reach out for a free consultation and see if I might be the right fit for you.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individuals who possess deep empathy and are often natural caregivers connect well with me and my approach. Sometimes these traits can result in prioritizing others' needs over your own leading to stress, burnout, and unmet personal needs. I work with highly sensitive persons (HSPs), creatives, and those in the helping professions.
    I work with people who live with the effects of trauma including high levels of anxiety. I use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories and negative beliefs, offering relief from distressing triggers.

    I work with individuals coping with chronic pain through Pain Reprocessing Therapy, which fosters a mind-body connection to alleviate mindbody, primary pain. This approach aims to transform the relationship with pain and decrease the associated fear and anxiety often present in cases of chronic pain and illness. My support extends across various life domains, including career, finances, relationships, family dynamics, social interactions, and self-esteem for those managing chronic pain, illness, and physical disabilities,

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Career Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inadequacy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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