Elle Bernfeld


Elle Bernfeld


Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 089807
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: $175 for 60 minute session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Brooklyn , New York 11201

My Approach to Helping

Are you a creative professional with stressors due to your work? Are you an entertainer with self-esteem and rejection issues? Are you an artist feeling a creative block? Are you looking to leave or get into the arts? I not only specialize in these issues, but have experienced them myself. With my prior experience as a performer, I understand how difficult it is to be a creative, and at the same time, how fulfilling the arts can be.

Imagine, feeling not only confident in yourself, but clear in your artistic vision. Imagine feeling ready to handle the stress of your work and having a healthy work/life balance. Imagine not being stuck creatively or professionally. Imagine feeling like you can reach your true potential.

Work on yourself to work on your craft. It is a simple idea with a powerful pay off. While the cliche is that being miserable is part of being an artist, I disagree! Attending therapy can be your secret weapon to accessing your best work in your craft. While there is no question that training is important to your work, there is also no denying that the work of an artist is emotional! In therapy, we are able to develop your ability to be vulnerable, we are able to build your self esteem, and we are able to help you gain direction again.

My Role as a Therapist

My style differs from other clinicians, not just because of my history in the arts, but because of the active role I take in sessions. While the importance of listening and silence cannot be denied, I want my clients to know we are in this process together. I speak up in session to ask my clients questions that will help them gain insight, and to explore their true therapeutic needs. I examine each client?s individual needs, and provide education and tangible coping tools when clients are looking for more direction in therapy. I believe in creating a treatment approach that is catered to each individual client.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

I believe in a client centered approach modeled after Carl Rogers who believed that the true magic of therapy comes from the relationship between client and therapist. I do my best to be authentic in the room and let my personality come through. I believe in the importance of sharing a laugh with my clients when appropriate and connecting to them as a person.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    -Artists, Entertainers, Creative Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
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