Elise Alexander Bhagwat, Psychotherapist


CBT, DBT Techniques, Expressive Therapies, Play Therapy


Elise is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over thirty years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, youth in transition, adults, families and couples. Elise has provided services in school, community based, inpatient psychiatric, partial hospital, psychiatric rehabilitation program, intensive outpatient, mobile treatment and residential crisis services programs settings.

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.


At Rebecca Resnik & Associates Psychological Care, Elise offers the following:

  • CBT
  • DBT Techniques
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Play Therapy
  • Social Skills
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Stress and Relaxation Skills
  • Behavior Modification
  • Positive Psychology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parent Coaching
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience Building
  • Couples Therapy
  • Skill Building Groups
  • Pycho-therapy Groups
  • Wellness and recovery
  • Individual Cognitive Behavior Therapy, ages 8 and up

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.


  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder I and II
  • Trauma Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Learning Differences
  • Impulse Control concerns
  • LGBTQ support
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Couples Conflict

Credentialing and Education

Elise is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland (LCPC). She is also a Board Approved Certified Supervisor. She enjoys  helping train and mentor newer therapists in the field.

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).

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.

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