Elena Locker-Torres specializes in helping individuals and families impacted by trauma, anxiety, and depression. She has worked as an educator and social worker in a variety of settings, locally and abroad. Elena’s work includes addressing issues arising from verbal and physical abuse and racial oppression. Currently, she works as a Clinical Forensic Specialist at a victim services agency.
Elena supports individuals and families who seek to explore healthy and effective ways to gain emotional strength. She also facilitates the strengthening of relationships. Elena, a resident of Harlem, is a life-long New Yorker, fluent in both Spanish and Arabic. She enjoys cooking, caring for her plants, and playing charades with her family. Elena hopes to help facilitate families thriving together, through COVID-19 and beyond.
Yale Child Study Center
Ongoing clinical supervision and training for the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)
National Child Advocacy Center
Ongoing training and clinical supervision of the forensic interviewing of children.
Trainee of National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
MA Social Work
Silberman School of Social Work-Hunter College 2019
BA Comparative Language and Linguistics
McNair Scholar, Earlham College 2013
Why work with me?
I am a former teacher
As a former educator, I am able to empathize with parents who are now living in the new reality of hybrid or online learning. Teaching presents its own unique set of challenges that many parents likely haven’t faced before. Many parents now have to juggle their own careers while taking on the new role of teacher; I can help you strike a balance without forfeiting the quality of your child’s edcuation.
I am a social worker
As a social worker, I can see the impact of trauma within family systems. Instances of trauma or crisis within the family, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce, can be scary and upsetting, especially for children. I can help you manage these distressing situations, so you can be the best parent you can be, even through crisis or hardship.
What to do in case of an emergency
While I am experienced in trauma intervention and work with those who have experienced trauma to identify and overcome its effects, I am not an emergency medical professional. If you or a loved one are experiencing the desire to self-harm, suicidal ideation, or are actively suicidal, please seek emergency medical treatment immediately by calling 911.
As a New York state social worker, I am required by law to disclose any information that presents a concern for the safety of the client or others to the appropriate authorities.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free 24-hour support: 1-800-273-8255
If you’re looking for better communication within your family unit, the next step is to get in touch.
Contact me for a free 15 minute consultation, and for rates and packages.