We believe that caring for our patients goes well beyond the scope of therapy.  In fact, therapy is just one of the essentials of wellness.  Your mental health care counts for very little if you aren’t taking care of yourself!  These essentials to wellness are critical elements of your healthcare plan and your wellness.  Your life depends on all of these essentials, and our goal at Elpis Institute is not only to provide you with therapeutic counseling, but to help guide you to wellness.

This section of our website is designed to help you to understand the essential elements of wellness. We call them essentials because they are all required.  For example, having a healthy diet doesn’t mean much if you don’t exercise, and having great mental health is irrelevant if you’re eating nothing but fast food.  Without all of the essential pieces coming together, the system will eventually fall apart.

In an effort to help educate and guide our patients towards wellness, we work with other professionals and frequently refer our patients to them.  We call these professionals our “wellness partners”.  We highly scrutinize their practices and credentials and decide if they can meet the level of care that we demand for our patients.

Benefits of Exercise (pdf)


Referral Resources

Below you will find various resources specific to mental health diagnosis.   

Files coming soon.

The Brain and Mental Health

The Brain and Mental Health:  Nucleus Health

Stigma of Mental Health

Breaking the stigma and shame around mental illness:  Kitty Westin

Food and Mood

 How Diet Affects Depression 

Benefits of Exercise

The Brain Changing Benefits of Exercise:  Wendy Suzuki


How to Identify and Treat Depression:  NIMH


ADHD, Signs, Symptoms and Research:  NIMH

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention and Research:  NIMH


How to Cope with Anxiety:  Olivia Remes


How to get stuff done when you are depressed:  Jessica Gimeno