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Elena Papathanassiou LCSW

VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Elena Papathanassiou Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Fridayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Saturdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Sundayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session, as with all Thriveworks therapists, will involve talking through your needs and goals for therapy — whether those involve managing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or another mental health challenge. This will enable you to receive the very best care, as a personalized treatment plan will then be developed for subsequent sessions. Thriveworks helps people live happier, more fulfilling lives. Clients are guided and supported as they work through their unique mental health challenges – and, along the way, shown the life-changing power of therapy.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I offer a variety of counseling approaches including CBT / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems.

What should we know about your experiences and background?

Elena Papathanassiou is a Supervisee in Social Work in Virginia who is practiced in providing therapeutic care to teens and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, and the LGBTQIA+ community. She strives to maintain a high level of cultural competency while working with diverse groups of people and sensitivity to the unique struggles of those with intersecting identities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Elena utilizes strengths-based and person-in-environment theories while collaborating with the client to ensure their unique needs are met. These inform her usage of solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral techniques to provide evidence-based therapy that is flexible, responsive, and tailored to the individual. Elena seeks to provide a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship with her clients that invites openness and insight to achieve your goals. Through collaboration and building on your strengths, she will assist you in developing a meaningfullife in accordance with your values.






Sexuality Based Issues

General Expertise





Aging related concerns

Anger management

Gender identity & transgender health

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

In-Network Insurance




Cigna EAP



First Session$220
Individual Therapy$160
Marriage & Couples Counseling$160
Family Therapy$160
Group Therapy$160

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Family Therapy

Group Therapy


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Eclectic Therapy

Feminist Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy


  • Virginia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 904016516


Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

Work History


Online Therapy

Office at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

Frequently Asked Questions About Elena Papathanassiou, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Elena Papathanassiou, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Elena Papathanassiou accepting new clients?

Yes, Elena Papathanassiou is accepting new clients for online therapy in Virginia and in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria, 6076 Franconia Rd Suite D, Alexandria, VA, 22310.

Does Elena Papathanassiou accept insurance?

Yes, Elena Papathanassiou accepts insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Cigna EAP and Optum.

What types of therapy does Elena Papathanassiou offer?

Elena Papathanassiou offers therapy for couples, families, groups and individuals.

Does Elena Papathanassiou offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Elena Papathanassiou offers in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria, 6076 Franconia Rd Suite D, Alexandria, VA, 22310.

Does Elena Papathanassiou offer online therapy?

Yes, Elena Papathanassiou offers online therapy via video sessions to people in Virginia.

How quickly can I see Elena Papathanassiou?

Elena Papathanassiou typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Elena Papathanassiou speak?

Elena Papathanassiou conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Elena Papathanassiou online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Elena Papathanassiou online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.