Elaine Hernandez-Cordova is a Latin-American psychotherapist, life coach and author. Both professionally and personally she has dedicated herself to a holistic lifestyle which integrates mind body and spirit for over 20 years. Elaine is a true humanitarian who views herself as a citizen of one world. For her, bonding with people is not only a natural gift but a privilege.
Elaine earned a Masters of Social Work degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Central Florida in 2003. She continues to train as aYoga therapist and incorporates pranayama and meditation therapy in her psychotherapy practice. She is especially interested in the use of yoga practice for addiction and post-traumatic stress.
As the wife of an Army veteran -now police officer, Elaine is very invested in sharing her experience, strength, and hope with all those who have served in the armed forces and their family members.
Elaine is a social advocate and takes time to visit with veterans, prisoners, consumers and the underserved. Born in a very poor neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, she was fortunate enough to be adopted by a prominent family who gave her opportunities she would never otherwise have had. For this reason, she never forgets where she came from and that her primary mission is to give back. She encourages people to take time to write letters and emails, make phone calls, sign petitions, and donate to causes they believe in. Elaine is very passionate about each individual having a voice in this world.
Elaine combines both her community building efforts and psychotherapy training and experience as the Practice Manager and integral clinician at Dr. Sam Von Reiche and Associates. True to Dr. Sam’s treatment philosophy, Elaine utilizes an integrated approach to health and wellness rooted in Buddhist philosophy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. It is mindfulness as well as solution-focused.
Elaine authored a chapter in the Addictions textbook, Lyceum Publishing 2003 while attending the University of Central Florida, and looks forward to authoring more projects. She enjoys participating in fundraising initiatives, and most recently recruited team members in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness Walk”, and the New Jersey Mental Health Association’s “8th Annual Fight Stigma, Walk/Run for Awareness”. Elaine is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Professional Women, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She prides herself on being an active member of Our Community Against Drug Abuse.
When not serving the community, Elaine enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children–and 2 cats. Currently, Elaine and her daughter are co-authoring and illustrating a book for parents and children to implement positive behavior change. In her free time, Elaine also enjoys being an assistant lacrosse coach.