Elena Salisbury, MSW MCJ PLMHP


Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

Elena Salisbury, MSW MCJ PLMHP PCMSW (she/her/hers) is a clinical social worker and therapist. Elena is a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she obtained her Master of Social Work. Elena also earned a second Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO. Elena is a queer-identified therapist with a refreshingly diverse variety of work experiences. She has provided services to adolescents who are pregnant and parenting, people impacted by homelessness, substance abuse, violence and incarceration, as well as people with disabilities and severe/persistent mental illness.

Elena’s therapeutic style echoes her personality: deeply empathic, authentic, insightful, and always anchored in a commitment to social justice. (She’ll also surprise you with a sprinkling of understated humor now and then!) Elena uses evidence-based therapies in her work, including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She enjoys working with people experiencing mood disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, gender identity and sexuality concerns, and people impacted by the legal and criminal systems. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ equity, reproductive justice, and supporting system-impacted individuals and their families.

 In addition to her diverse work experiences and valuable therapeutic skills, Elena brings extensive community engagement, including political canvassing, volunteer recruitment, and field organizing. Elena is also involved as a scholar with Huespring LGBTQ Leadership Organization, and as a volunteer with CARE and Planned Parenthood. As such, one of Elena’s guiding quotes is by Angela Davis: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change; I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

Elena describes her values and intentions as a therapist in the following way:

I want my clients to feel empowered, affirmed, supported, and valued. It’s important to me that the therapeutic process is collaborative, and that clients are respected and understood to be the experts of their own lives and experiences. I operate from a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective with a profound respect for the resilience of each individual. In the process of identifying and resolving challenges with clients, it’s also important to me to examine the larger systemic issues that may be impacting their lives.

Insurance Accepted as In-Network

  • BCBS
  • Medicaid
  • Nebraska Total Care
  • United HealthCare (Medicaid)
  • WellCare
  • Elena also offers out-of-network services and cash-paying arrangements for clients electing not to use their insurance.