Leticia Elias, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"Whether you're here for yourself, a family member, or a friend . . . welcome!  I am a strong believer in the capacity for people to heal and grow from adversity and am honored to be a part of your restorative journey.  Being allowed to enter the most vulnerable aspects of the human condition involves the utmost trust between therapist and client.  I consider it a privilege to work side by side towards your vision of wellness."

Leticia is a licensed clinical social worker and earned both her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW, 1996) and Master of Social work (MSW, 1998) degrees from San Jose State University.  She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2003.  Leticia has over 25 years of clinical experience providing therapy to various age groups including children, adolescents, and adults. She has extensive experience working with families facing the challenges of separation and divorce, addiction, and parent/child conflict. Leticia has a wide-breadth of knowledge treating issues such as anxiety/depression, substance abuse, learning challenges, ADHD, ASD, LGBTQ+, phase-of-life transitions and end-of-life.  Her most recent work includes serving families in IOP (Intense Outpatient Program) providing family therapy and leading support groups for both parents and teens.  She operates from a strength-based transcultural lens and collaborates with clients to invite solution focused results.

Licensing and Education

  • Clinical Social Work License #21250

  • Master’s in Social Work, San Jose State University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, San Jose State University

Specialized Certification/Training

  • Strategic Family Therapy Family

  • Cognitive & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness

  • Wellness Instructor Certification

Personal Skills/Languages

  • Fluent in Spanish

Clinical Background​

     

  • LifeMoves, San Jose, CA

    • provide individual field instruction and group supervision to MSW interns entering the case management track for social work

    • provide clinical supervision to MSW interns entering the clinical track for social work  

    • developed and implemented the telemedicine program due to COVID-19 restrictions

    • create and provide didactics focused on mental health to assist students on understanding the correlation of mental health challenges and homelessness

    • coordinate internship opportunities for students and partner as a liaison with MSW university program staff to promote meaningful learning experiences for students placed within homeless shelter sites and services

    • evaluate internship program and student experience by using student feedback

 

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry, San Jose, CA

    • provided outpatient therapy services to children, adolescents, parents, and families who self-referred and/or referred by pediatricians for anxiety, trauma, depression, eating disorders, oppositional behavior, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, LGBTQ+ challenges and parent/child problems

    • conducted intakes/assessments for treatment planning and goal development, and phone-triaged the needs of children/teens entering therapy

    • advocated for families with children with learning disorders and/or ASD by collaborating and communicating with school districts/staff to ensure educational needs were being met

    • delivered parent education classes to Spanish-speaking families to better support their child(ren) with ASD

    • provided parenting classes to parents with latency age children

    • co-led group therapy for variety of ages ranging from latency to high school including:  Middle school mood management, Anxiety, Anger Management, and Depression

    • led parent support groups and family therapy for high risk teens and parents participating in Intense Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

    • provided on call duties/consultation for 5150 assessments (patients at risk of suicide) and facilitated psychiatric placement

    • facilitated individual and group clinical supervision for Post-Masters interns completing hours for licensure

 

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry, Gilroy, CA

    • provided individual, couples, and group therapy for adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, work stress, and adjustment disorders

    • co-facilitated mood management groups for adults

    • conducted 5150 risk assessments for patients referred by primary care physicians

 

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Department of Psychiatry, Kensington, MD

    • managed day-to-day operations for behavioral health services for adults and adolescents

    • implemented first adolescent intensive outpatient program in the Mid-Atlantic region

    • ensured employee compliance, and collaborated across services lines, including primary care, call center, clinic operations, to improve delivery services

    • assisted with payroll management and scheduling of 20+ providers

    • recruited and hired providers and conducted employee performance evaluations and correction action plans

    • carried small-case load of adult clients addressing LGBTQ challenges, workplace stress, depression, and anxiety

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Child Division, Washington, DC

    • provided outpatient services such as individual and family therapy to address anxiety, depression, trauma, ASD, and parenting support

    • established the first ASD support group for parents, and social skills group program for children on the ASD spectrum

Associations & Memberships

  • NASW (National Association of Social Workers)

 

2577 Samaritan Drive, Suite 715

San Jose, CA 95124

408-962-9267 

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