Elena Sledge, M. Ed

Qualifications

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern – IMH# 18476

Specialized Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Gatekeeper training

Fees For Services

$60 per hour

Elena Sledge is a compassionate counselor who walks with individuals and families through the journey of therapy.

Child and adolescent counseling, trauma and PTSD, depression and anxiety, play therapy

Life presents challenges for us all. Each human being deserves to thrive and live in their truth. Navigating the ups and downs can be overwhelming, stressful and confusing. Through the therapeutic process, it is my hope that people will discover themselves, become empowered and feel happier in day-to-day life. I can help you work through behaviors, emotions and thoughts to address stress, trauma and various emotional difficulties. I feel that therapy is a collaborative process in which I am always learning from clients so that we can best address your needs.

I graduated from the University of Montevallo, located in Alabama, with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During my graduate school internship I began working at a child advocacy center. It was during that time that I became dedicated to helping the young ones of this world. Children and adolescents experience unique challenges. It is my goal to help them discover their inner power and abilities. They may feel lost, disconnected from friends and family, searching for their identity, feeling low self-esteem, or trying to process life changes and traumas.

All of this is not only difficult for the child, but for their family. Family sessions may be appropriate to address anger, behavioral issues and more.

I feel it is important to work with families to provide guidance, resources and support.

With younger children, I use play therapy techniques. Young children do not communicate verbally in the same way that adults do. Since they primarily express themselves through their play, play therapy is a wonderful opportunity to help them process, learn and heal.

I have also worked extensively with clients in crisis, struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation. Through Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/ and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper training https://qprinstitute.com/, I am able to calmly assess risk and make appropriate recommendations. Crises are intense and scary for clients and their loved ones, but no one should feel alone in it. If you are currently in crisis, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-237-8255.

Based on client needs, I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive arts, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and strengths based therapy. Ultimately, I want clients to feel heard, honored and respected. The techniques used can vary greatly and together we will discover what best fits you!

I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have! Feel free to call or text me at 407-279-9529 to set up your free phone consultation or your first appointment. I can also be reached by email at egscounseling@gmail.com.

 

 

Proudly serving clients in Central Florida’s Orange County and Osceola County, including Orlando, Southwest Orlando, Dr. Phillips, Metrowest, Windermere, Gotha, Hunters Creek, Hunter’s Creek, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Celebration, Southchase, Poinciana, Lake Nona, Lake Wales, Southchase, Bay Hill, Clermont, Lakeland, Minneola, St. Cloud, Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Mount Dora, Davenport, Haines City, Conway, Groveland, Azalea Park, Sebring, The Villages, Avalon Park, UCF, East Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Oviedo, Maitland, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Longwood, Apopka, College Park, Orlando, Dr. Phillips, Metrowest, Windermere, Gotha, Hunters Creek, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Celebration, Southchase, Orange County, Osceola County.