I avoided returning to counseling for nearly 2 decades, after only having experienced awkward interactions that did not feel at all helpful or genuine in the past. But I reached a point where I admitted I couldn't do this on my own anymore. Cue Elika. Before even our first session, Elika kindly and openly asked about my therapist history because she wanted to understand my hesitancies and doubts. This is only one example of how Elika values learning not just about how you are feeling today, but your life experience as a whole, ongoing journey that builds upon itself. After our first session, my spark of motivation to heal increased so much that it surprised me. This was coupled with a confidence and belief in myself that Elika gently yet directly helped me cultivate. That is how Elika is with me: Gentle yet direct, like a close friend but with knowledge and experience to fill my toolbox of how to better manage my mind, move through my moods, and accept the timing of the whole process to be something I can trust and believe in. I've only worked with Elika for a couple months, but I'm so grateful she entered my life when she did. I look forward to our weekly calls as one of the top highlights; I'm always excited for what I'm going to learn and for the comforting compassion and contagious laughter she always gives. I can't remember ever believing in myself as much as I do now. Thank you, thank you, Elika.