ELISSA VARADI LCSW
Individual sessions focus on challenges, experiences, or feelings that block clients from building or maintaining a healthy sense of self and a well-balanced life. These therapy sessions are tailored to clients’ specific needs and provide a safe and nurturing environment to foster communication and growth. Therapy begins with understanding YOU and the mental, emotional and behavioral patterns that might be preventing you from feeling your best.
MARRIAGE & RELATIONSHIP THERAPY
Grounded in dialogue in a supportive, neutral setting, couples counseling sessions explore the issues that create and foster patterns of distress and uncertainty in relationships. Together, couples learn to reconnect to each other in a more transparent, loving way.
Family counseling explores patterns of family interactions to better understand underlying issues that create tension and discord within family units. New methods for managing maladaptive behaviors and communication are developed so family members can establish a more effective, and enjoyable, way of being together.
Being a teen or a preteen isn’t easy. Academic demands, social peer pressure and relationship concerns deserve attention. Elissa establishes trusting relationships with her adolescent clients so they feel comfortable sharing their feelings while developing strategies to guide them into adulthood.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Elissa Varadi has over 30 years of experience helping adults, children, couples and families achieve a better quality of life. She is committed to creating a safe, judgment-free environment where clients can explore personal issues while developing the tools and skills they need to improve their state-of-mind and emotional well-being. Elissa guides individuals through life’s challenges through her support and compassion.
In her private practice, Elissa focuses on the treatment of a variety of issues including:
• Depression and Anxiety
• Parenting and Family Issues
• Relationship Issues (Divorce, Infidelity, Remarriage and Blended Family)
• Adolescent Concerns
• Personality Disorders
• Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
• Eating Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Personal/Spiritual Growth
• Stress Management and Anger Resolution
• Loss, Bereavement and Grief
• Mindfulness and Awareness
Elissa utilizes a broad range of psychotherapy treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy, strategic family systems therapy, client-centered therapy, mindfulness practice techniques and crisis intervention.
She is accessible for consultation outside of regular business hours by phone, text and/or email, which sets her apart from other therapists. This added benefit has proven to be extremely helpful to her clients. Contact Elissa to set up a consultation today.
Elissa Varadi offers a wide range of psychotherapy services in order to empower her clients to make healthier choices and live their lives with greater intention and purpose. Whether you choose to participate in individual, couples, or family therapy, you are taking the first step to make positive changes in your life.
“My experience with Elissa has been nothing short of positive, powerful and life changing. She has a way of making our relationship feel personal while keeping it professional and she always goes above and beyond. During my divorce she was a source of strength, support and reassurance – a judgement free sounding board, keeping me on the track I wanted to be on. I trust her whole heartedly and I am so grateful to have been referred to her. After seeing Elissa, I can assure you that you’ll be better off than wherever or however you started.”
"I am so grateful to have Elissa on my family's team. Having her as a sounding board - for them and me - is invaluable. And I cannot imagine my children connecting more solidly with anyone. I recommend her to anyone who asks!"
“I started going to Elissa when I was going through a very dark period after I had contemplated taking my life. I knew I needed to start seeing a therapist and I’d actually always heard about Elissa, but had never gotten the courage to go. I made an appointment, and after my first session, my life already felt different. It has been so nice to have someone to talk to – someone who truly listens to me. I’d seen a few Houston therapists before, but she was different because she made me feel special. I consider her a friend. When I had a baby, she was one of the first people I wanted to tell. She even came to see me in the hospital because I was having a hard time emotionally and needed her support. She’s the best therapist I could ever ask for. Even though I don’t go as often as I used to, I will always see her once a month because seeing her makes me feel better. It’s so nice to have her as a source of stability in this crazy thing called life.”
"I originally sought out Elissa for grief counseling. She helped me work through a very difficult time in my life through grounded, practical advice, compassion and kindness. As my trust in her grew, I introduced her to my husband and children and she has been invaluable in helping us (both as a family and individually) to navigate through the teenage years. My daughter has a wonderful relationship with Elissa and listens to her when she doesn’t want to listen to me. I have recommended Elissa several times to friends going through difficult times and I will continue to do so. Her professionalism and expertise is without question."
"Elissa has been an integral part of keeping our marriage together. Not only is she a great listener, she always has great situational advice and is there for us no matter what. I hate to think how much different our lives would be if we had not found and put our trust in her."
"I started seeing Elissa twelve years ago to help me cope with family issues. She has remained a constant source of positive support ever since and gives sage advice that has helped me to grow and maintain healthy relationships. She is absolutely wonderful!"
“Elissa has been my therapist for over 5 years. I was in a terrible, abusive marriage and she gave me the courage to get out. She was in touch me often outside of work hours to make sure I was ok. If it hadn't been for her, I would still be in that horrific situation. She empowered me to have a better life. My teenagers also saw her and got through it all with her support. I highly recommend her!”
"I wouldn't have made it through high school without Elissa. I can tell her anything and truly feel like she accepts me for who I am. I'm SO thankful I can see her through virtual appointments from college."
“Our family has been blessed by Elissa’s guidance. We started seeing Elissa two years ago for marital issues we are thankful to have overcome. We have since seen her individually, as a couple, and as a family with our teen. We have seen other therapists in the past and, hands down, have never had a therapist that was as helpful as Elissa. She is so easy to open up to, and we always feel hopeful, encouraged, and emotionally equipped after talking to her. We have even texted her after hours/on weekends and she has generously and thoughtfully responded. She has a huge heart and truly cares for her clients – even our teenage daughter trusts her. We are so grateful we don’t have to navigate life without her!”
What are your fees?
Please call Elissa for session fees as they are subject to change.
What forms of payment can I use?
Cash, check and credit card payments are accepted for both in-office, virtual, and phone sessions. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are acceptable.
Do you take insurance?
Elissa is not part of any insurance networks at this time. This allows her to focus entirely on patient care. Therefore, payment is required in full at the time of service. Elissa will provide clients with receipts they can submit to insurance carriers for out-of-network reimbursement.
Does Elissa offer virtual appointments?
Yes. Elissa offers virtual and phone appointments throughout the year, regardless of the pandemic.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please notify Elissa at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. The full fee will be charged for sessions missed without advance notice.
How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy depends on each client’s needs. Sometimes therapy can last only a few sessions while other situations may call for a more intense or longer treatment plan.
When is Elissa available?
Elissa is available during business hours, and for emergency appointments on evenings and weekends if needed.
What about confidentiality?
Everything you discuss with Elissa is confidential without your specific request for a release of information in writing.
Can Elissa refer me to other professionals?
Yes. Elissa has a large network of physicians in the Houston area and can suggest physicians and resources upon request.
Where are you located?
Elissa’s office is conveniently located in the Houston area at 5851 San Felipe St, Suite 215 , Houston, TX 77057
There is free parking directly in front of the building and in the parking garage. Disability parking is available.