Elise Bhagwat, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Individual Therapy for children, teens and adults, Family Therapy, Couples Counseling
Portrait of Elise Bhagwat

Elise uses a combination of strategies and approaches to meet the clients where they are, and help to move them to a place of increased stability and confidence. She has experiences utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal and Skill Building. She enjoys also working with clients through more creative approaches such as: Expressive Therapies, Bibliotherapy and Play Therapy approaches. In couples and family work she focuses heavily on both systems approaches and improving communication strategies. She believes that building a trusting reliable relationship in therapy is paramount and the basis for all the work and growth that follows.

Elise works with clients to manage depression, poor self esteem, mood disorders, anxiety, family conflict, couples discord,  communication difficulties, school or work stress, and life transitions.

Background & Credentials

Elise is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over thirty years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field. She is also a Board Approved Certified Supervisor and enjoys helping to train and mentor newer therapists in the field. Elize specializes in working with children, adolescents, youth in transition, adults, families and couples. Through her extensive clinical experience, she has provided services in schools, community based settings, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, partial hospital programs, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, intensive outpatient programs, mobile treatment and residential crisis service settings.

Elise received her Master’s Degrees from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical and Community Counseling in 1995. Prior to that she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1989 in Psychology.  She earned her Clinical License in 1998 and has maintained it since that time. Elise has held Clinical Licensure in three states (Ohio, VIrginia and Maryland). 

Therapy Services

  • CBT
  • DBT Techniques
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Play Therapy
  • Social Skills Training
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Stress and Relaxation Skills
  • Behavior Modification
  • Positive Psychology
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Parent Coaching 
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience Building
  • Couples Therapy 
  • Group Therapy


  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Self-injury
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Failure to launch
  • Transitional Youth
  • Bipolar Disorder I and II
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Learning Differences
  • Impulse Control concerns
  • LGBTQ+ support
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss

Personal Life

Elise is from Maryland and has lived in Montgomery County for the past 16 years. She and her husband have two adult children and one playful 2 year old golden retriever. She enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, art projects and hiking

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help or to schedule an appointment.