12751 Marblestone Dr, Suite 200, Woodbridge, VA 22192 | info@thecenterforconnection.com | (703) 878-3290 |

Elaine Kramer

Elaine Kramer, MA, Ph.D., Resident in Professional Counseling

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, adolescents and groups.

Issues I work with: Anxiety, depression, family of origin issues, emotional intimacy, life purpose or identity, trauma, PTSD, chronic pain, dis-ease, grief, end of life, perinatal mental health, and substance use/addiction.

My work is focused on the creation of deep self-acceptance, emotional calm and the healing of issues that limit us. I believe that what we tell ourselves, about our self and the world around us, holds great power. Self-talk shapes the way our brain functions, our emotions, self-worth, and behavior.

It can be easy to beat ourselves up with narrow narratives about “who we are” or “why we do what we do”. I can help you expand your self-talk in ways that allow for compassion, strengths and self-acceptance to emerge.

Together, we work to confront and change any damaging or limiting beliefs and find ways to live with greater safety, security and respect for your authentic self. Where there are core conflicts that keep you stuck in old patterns or emotional pain, I work alongside you as a journey-mate to resolve them.

I work with individuals and couples grappling with: depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, emotional intimacy, life purpose or identity, trauma, PTSD, chronic pain, dis-ease, grief, end of life, perinatal mental health, and substance use/addiction.

Couples therapy sessions focus on building emotional connection, safety and understanding within your relationship. I work with couples to calm communication patterns when conflicts emerge and find new ways to resolve issues that promote closeness and respect. My goal is to help you create healthy relationships for long-term.

I often employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, humanistic therapy, and Gottman Couples Therapy in my work. Where talk therapy is no longer enough, I specialize in Guided Affective Imagery. GAI is a gentle and yet powerful process that allows issues beneath the surface to float up in imagery form or symbolic representation. I work with you to safely confront, process and resolve these issues at their core.

I have over 30 years of experience working with clients to create the change they seek. My education includes an MA in Developmental Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling and Psychotherapy. I have been fortunate to train with Albert Ellis, PhD and colleagues in CBT and studied further in this model at the Institute for Rational Living in New York City. I have also studied at the Carl G. Jung Institut in Kusnacht, Switzerland. I am one of only two therapists in the U.S who are trained in Guided Affective Imagery.

Elaine Kramer is a Resident in Counseling, working under the supervision of Maureen Flaherty, LPC, Approved Supervisor. In the event that clients have any questions or concerns about Elaine’s work, her supervisor can be contacted at: mflaherty@thecenterforconnection.com, (703) 878-3291, or The Center for Connection, Healing & Change, 12751 Marblestone Dr, Suite 200, Woodbridge, VA 22192.