Elise Kotin, Psy.D.
Supervised by Oxana Kopeikin, Ph.D.
My professional and personal motto is to “courageously and lovingly focus on the
I believe it is a courageous step to seek psychological services. Clients choose to take this step for a variety of reasons. As a therapist, it is important to me to honor this very first step in their process. Clients invite me into their world. They tell me their stories and I have the privilege of witnessing their lives. Along the way, I join with them in their process. I place value in a collaborative approach with clients and utilize the therapeutic relationship to develop helpful patterns of relating to oneself as well as relating to others. I also believe that it is important to tailor the treatment to the individual’s needs. Additionally, tailoring the treatment means honoring the various unique aspects of the individual and the individual’s presenting concerns. Awareness of the individual’s needs is essential to the collaboration process. Exploring aspects of the client’s presenting concerns from a nonjudgmental and curious perspective is how I approach working with clients. Providing a safe environment where clients can express their joys and pains is foundational in my work as a therapist.
I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado. After living there for the first six years of my life, my family and I moved to the central Texas area. I have lived in central Texas most of my life. I attended Texas State University to obtain my bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Sports Psychology. I was a group facilitator at Hays County Corrections and Supervisions within the Domestic Violence Prevention Program. As a facilitator, I taught groups for male and female probationers who were changed with domestic violence crimes. Additionally, I attended massage therapy program in Costa Rica. I have always been fascinated with the mind-body connection. After my undergraduate experience, I moved to Fresno California when I attended graduate school at Alliant International University. I completed my APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas. I worked in a hospital setting from an integrative health approach. I have worked with clients across the lifespan with a variety of mental health concerns. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active, walking my dog (Leo), salsa dancing, engaging in anything outdoors related, and hanging out with my boyfriend (Damian), family, and friends.