Elena Layton, MSW, LISW-CP

Elena Layton, MSW, LISW-CP

Clinical Counselor

Elena grew up in a small town in New Jersey, much of her childhood and early adult years were focused on playing competitive soccer. Her junior year of high school Elena served on her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic; Elena credits this trip for sparking her passion for helping others. Elena has her master’s degree in social work (MSW) and holds a clinical license in social work (LISW-CP). During her last semester in grad school, Elena was diagnosed with Leukemia. This was pivotal time for Elena’s faith as she experienced God’s unwavering presence during her two years of chemotherapy. Once in remission, Elena entered the social work field as an addiction counselor at a methadone clinic.

Elena left the addiction field for a few years to concentrate on ministry work. In between working in the addiction field and living in the Dominican Republic as a missionary, Elena attended a semester long outdoor leadership program in the Adirondack mountains. The opportunity to disconnect from the man-made, manufactured environment and be surround by the simplicity and beauty of nature created a profound space for self-reflection and growth. This program played a vital role in Elena’s personal and professional development. Since finishing her wilderness program, Elena’s professional work has primarily been focused in addiction and forensic counseling, conducting mental health and/or addiction focused individual counseling services.

Elena also facilitated a variety of psycho-education and therapy groups; these groups included domestic violence, anger management, substance abuse treatment and education, in addition to a specialty group focused on high risk behaviors.




  • Precision guided Behavioral Health-Diagnostic Assessments. Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Evaluation (where clinically indicated).
  • Family Counseling
  • Trauma Touch Therapy®
  • Intervention Program: Triage and screening of the client’s needs, a comprehensive clinical assessment, report writing, family consultation\counseling and case management\care coordination for placement in a compatible treatment program.
  • Coordination of Medication Assisted Treatment & Medication Maintenance Treatment (where clinically indicated).
  • Coordination of Primary Care, Health\Medical and Medication interventions, education and monitoring.
  • Group & Individual Therapy\education.
  • Relapse Prevention-Basic and Advanced utilizing the Gorski-CENAPS model. Design and integration of support systems that enhance wellness and recovery efforts.
  • Coping and Life Skills development.
  • Spiritual Exploration and Formation Counseling.