Elle Daoust, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in delivering evidence-based treatments for youth with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, anxiety disorders, selective mutism, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Elle is trained in multiple behavioral treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure-response prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) adapted for selective mutism (SM), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Elle is also a certified provider of Support Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) through training with Yale University’s Child Study Center. SPACE is a short-term intervention for caregivers of children and adolescents who experience anxiety and related challenges. SPACE has been shown to be as efficacious as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating child and adolescent anxiety.
Elle joins us from the North Shore Medical Center’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), where she provided DBT and CBT group and individual treatment to adolescents with anxiety disorders and depression, and CBT with ERP to those with OCD.
Elle graduated with her Master’s from Boston University’s School of Social Work, along with an award for academic excellence. Elle completed her advanced clinical training practicum at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), where she provided individual and group CBT to youth with OCD and anxiety spectrum disorders, as well as PCIT-informed intensive group and individual treatment to young children with selective mutism.
Prior to her graduate studies, Elle was trained in DBT at McLean Hospital’s 3East Adolescent DBT Treatment Program. She also conducted clinical psychology research in the area of complicated grief and related disorders, with supervision from Dr. Richard McNally in the Laboratories of Harvard University’s Department of Clinical Psychology.
In her current role, Elle works half-time with the Pediatric Psychiatry OCD and Tic Disorders Program where she provides bridge CBT, ERP and CBIT therapies. Elle is also developing group-based treatment using CBT and SPACE for parents of anxious children. Eventually, Elle hopes to develop CBT informed child and parent group-based treatment. Elle also works half-time in the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program, where she provides CBT and parent coaching to younger children with anxiety and related disorders.