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DC Therapeutic Services

Meira Ellias, LCSW-C, LICSW, TCTSY-F

Meira (Pronouns: she/her) is a psychotherapist with extensive expertise in parent/child relationships, sexual and relational trauma. She graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2010 and has spent her career working in the field of relational trauma.

Welcome to

DC Therapeutic Services

Meira Ellias, LCSW-C, LICSW, TCTSY-F

Meira (Pronouns: she/her) is a psychotherapist with extensive expertise in treating sexual and relational trauma. She graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2010 and has spent her career working in the field of trauma.

Services

Meira works in private practice in Bethesda MD. She is also available for speaking engagements, in academic and communal settings.  Meira has spoken on topics of sexual abuse, child safety, parent/communal responses to abuse, parent/child relationships and more. Continue to scroll down for more information.

Psychotherapist in Private Practice

Meira believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship. Her approach to therapy begins with forming mutual trust. She believes this foundation of support empowers clients to explore their past and analyze their environment. Meira is an ally for clients as they seek to identify and understand the nature of their behavioral and relational patterns, and she works hand-in-hand with clients to develop and work toward goals.

Before going into private practice, Meira was the supervising social worker at the only in-patient psychiatric hospital in the Washington D.C. area to focus on trauma and dissociative disorders. In that role, Meira provided clinical therapy to adult survivors of trauma, including childhood and relationship-based abuse. She has worked with clients exhibiting a range of behaviors, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and various forms of self-harm. Meira also has experience helping people cope with grief and loss. She provided therapy to hospice patients and their families, including work with pediatric hospice patients.

Meira offers Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an empirically validated treatment for complex trauma. Meira obtained certifcation following completion a 300-hour TCTSY training program. More information about TCTSY can be found at www.traumasensitiveyoga.com

Currently Meira is practicing at Healthy Foundations Group in Bethesda, MD. If you would like to request to work with Meira please visit www.healthyfoundationsgroup.com.

Meira runs two groups at The Heartwood Program in Bethesda, MD:

  • High School Sexual Assault Support Group
  • Parenting Through Trauma Support Group

To learn more please visit theheartwoodprogram.com.

Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels

Speaker/Educator

Meira would love to speak to your parents’ group, community center, place of worship, workplace, or school about empowering communities, parents, and children on sexual abuse prevention and child safety. Meira is also available to speak to practitioners and others on specialized clinical therapeutic topics relating to childhood and adult sexual abuse, assault, harassment, and associated trauma. For more information about speaking engagements, please contact Meira.

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SEEN and HEARD

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Eldavitch DCJCC Parent Workshop
Virtual Workshop: Parenting In the Age of Coronavirus (Still!)
June 4, 2020 8pm
Free but Registration Required!

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Eldavitch DCJCC Parent Worshop
Raising Tough Targets: What Parents Can Do To Keep Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse
Postponed Due to COVID-19

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As Seen In

ShareCare
Experts Are Worried About Child Abuse During the Pandemic
By Regina Wheeler
April 29, 2020

BestLife
25 Dangerous Myths About Your Mental Health You Need to Stop Believing
By Kali Coleman
April 2, 2020

The Muse
8 Tips for Combating Coronovirus Anxiety When You Still Have to Do Your Job Every Day
By Leah Campbell
March 31, 2020

POPSUGAR
Meditate, Exercise, Limit Social Media; 12 Expert Approved Ways to Manage Coronovirus Anxiety
By Maggie Ryan
March 19, 2020

The Jewish Standard
Taking Care of the Victims
By Meira Ellias and Rahel Bayar
May 2, 2014

Past Speaking Engagements

EDCJCC Parenting Center, April 2020
Virtual Workshop: Parenting In The Age Of Coronovirus
Washington, DC

International Society for The Study of Trauma and Dissociation, March 2020
When the Community Is Against You: Treating Sexual Abuse Survivors from Insular Communities
Selected to Speak, Conference Cancelled Due to COVID-19

JOFA Conference, January 2017
Panelist “Confronting Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Institutions” and “Ask an Expert Who Confronts Sexual Abuse”
Manhattan, NY

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