Elissa Bargas


About Me

Elissa Bargas has served as a licensed clinical social worker for over 10 years. She obtained her Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice in 2008. She has focused her practice on supporting people impacted by trauma. She currently supports individuals who have experienced trauma related to human rights violations. She has supported children and families impacted by complex trauma and significant mental health within a residential setting. . Elissa has also worked with women impacted by domestic violence while at a domestic violence shelter, survivors of rape, and relocated survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Her focus and clinical work has been associated with developing and implementing a trauma-informed therapeutic model to support all impacted by trauma. She holds a certificate in Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) from the Center for Adoption Support and Education. She also holds a certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation.


  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Coaching , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #119044 (Expires: 2023-07-25)


Written by M.A. on Jul 21, 2021 after counseling with Elissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Elissa is a an amazing and insightful counselor. She uses her expertise to listen in a comprehensive way. She is helping me through some situations I have found difficult and I am so thankful that I was able to meet with Elissa.

Written by M.A. on Jul 17, 2021 after counseling with Elissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I have always been hesitant about starting therapy simply because I questioned what type of relationship I can build with someone I don’t know. Talking to Elissa for that short time changed my whole outlook on therapy itself. My schedule doesn’t allow me to commit to therapist locally so it’s nice to be able to therapy in a safe space via FaceTime. I look forward to our future conversations.