Frequently Asked Questions:
What conditions and concerns are treated in this practice?
Conditions treated in this practice include:
- Overwhelming emotions
- Work/ Life Balance Issues
- Trauma history
- Relationship concerns
- Self esteem and confidence issues
- Mood disorders
- Life changes
- Low motivation and drive
- PTSD & CPTSD
How is therapy with Elizabeth Milano unique?
Elizabeth understands that many people are struggling and carrying deep pain when they seek therapy. Elizabeth’s goal is to leave you feeling supported, cared for and like you have an ally during painful and challenging moments.
Over the past 10 years, Elizabeth has helped thousands of people live healthier and happier lives. She truly loves helping others heal their pain, find joy and maximize their potential. Therapy is Elizabeth’s life passion- she uses a warm, compassionate and accepting approach to treat each person with the care they deserve.
During sessions, Elizabeth does more than passively listen. Elizabeth uses science backed techniques & teaches new skills while providing insight on unconscious thought processes that may be influencing your behaviors, thoughts and emotions. Elizabeth uses a holistic approach and often directs you to additional resources that may help you to feel like your best self, such as health practitioners, yoga instructors, career resources, book recommendations, nutritional advice and psychiatric services. Elizabeth also focuses on helping you to improve your most important relationship- your relationship with yourself.
Elizabeth’s goal is to help you learn to care for yourself, even if you have never truly been cared for in the way that you deserve to be. Elizabeth understands that when people experience neglect or abuse they often have a tendency to abuse or neglect themselves. She helps people learn healthier patterns of responding to themselves, heal their pain and enjoy their lives to the fullest. The goal is never to keep people in therapy indefinitely, but instead to help people gain insight, learn new tools, maximize their potential and live life happily.
Because many people experience memory and concentration issues when they are dealing with mental health issues, Elizabeth ends many sessions with an email or secure message full of practical information discussed during that session. This gives you something to refer to on the days between your therapy sessions and even after you conclude your therapy.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Therapy sessions are currently offered via phone and video to residents all across the state of Florida. Evening and Weekend Sessions are available.
Elizabeth also provides “walk and talk” therapy in Miami. Walk and talk sessions are conducted in Brickell Key or Bayfront Park Miami- these sessions consist of slow paced walking while talking through therapeutic concerns. Walk and talk sessions can help to integrate the body and mind, provide exercise, in person connection and vitamin D. COVID-19 precautions are taken and masks are worn at all times.
A specialized and tailored approach is employed to meet each person’s unique needs. During therapy sessions Elizabeth allows people the space and time to process painful emotional experiences in order to move past them. She also provides education about practical techniques and strategies that can be used to better manage emotions, improve relationships and tolerate difficult situations.
Elizabeth’s therapeutic approach is trauma informed and helps people work through painful triggers and reminders of what has happened to them. Elizabeth’s goal is to help those who have experienced trauma feel better and put the past in the past- where it belongs.
Elizabeth’s primary therapeutic Modality is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)– A type of therapy that offers practical techniques for learning to regulate emotions, increase self love and self care, tolerate intense feelings in distressing situations, cultivate mindfulness and meditation and improve relationships with others. This type of therapy is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in many ways and helps to illuminate the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It is often helpful with anxiety, depression, stress, life changes and healing from trauma.
Elizabeth also address the mind-body connection and assists individuals in re-training their nervous system. This is often indicated if an individual is dealing with a lot of stress, anxiety or has a history of trauma. Mind body work may focus on:
– Relaxation strategies
– Breathwork techniques
– Nutritional information and supplements that may support mental health
– Progressive Muscle Relaxation
– Meditation, Guided Imagery and Mindfulness practices
What are the benefits of Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy provides a non judgmental, unbiased, comfortable space to discuss and process your thoughts, feelings, life circumstances and behaviors. Therapy can teach you new techniques for communication, as well as different ways of thinking and behaving.
Potential Positive Benefits of Therapy:
- Improved mood
- Decreased anxiety
- Letting go of pain from past experiences
- Increased self love
- Increased self confidence
- Reduced stress
- Decreases in negative thinking
- Increased energy
- Increased productivity and earning potential
- Better Physical Health
- Healthier relationship with drugs, alcohol or compulsive behaviors
- Improved relationships
- Increased motivation
- Deeper understanding of yourself and your needs
- Better quality of life
- Accomplishing personal & professional goals
How much does therapy cost?
$125-150 for 60 minute individual therapy sessions
What are common therapy goals?
- “Improve my mood”
- “Decrease my anxiety”
- “Learn how to manage my emotions effectively”
- “Build self esteem”
- “Increase self confidence”
- “Heal from past trauma”
- “Reduce my use of drugs and alcohol”
- “Improve my relationships”
- “Improve my communication”
- “Learn to set healthy boundaries”
- “Increase mindfulness”
- “Achieve professional goals”
- “Improve work/ life balance”
- “Change unhelpful life patterns”
How will I know if therapy is working?
- You may notice an improvement in your mood and more mood stability
- You may notice a positive change in your mindset, thoughts and perception
- You may find it easier to accomplish personal goals
- You may feel more focused and motivated
- You may extend more kindness to yourself
- Your relationships with others may improve
- You may feel more motivated and clear headed
- You may bounce back faster from challenges
- You may use healthier techniques to manage stress
- Your body might feel less tense
- Negative emotions might occur less frequently/ intensely and you might feel better able to manage them when they do occur
- You may depend less on unhealthy coping techniques like drug or alcohol use, overeating or staying constantly busy to avoid thinking about your problems
- You might better understand yourself and your needs
- You might find it easier to forgive yourself and others
- Your personal history may no longer feel like it is negatively impacting your present life
- You may be able to move past your trauma
- You may have a clearer sense of your boundaries and how to communicate them
- You might be better able to identify patterns in your life and make conscious decisions about whether to continue them
- You may clarify your life purpose and path
- You might set and achieve your personal and professional goals
- You may feel a sense of inner peace
How can I have a successful telehealth session?
- Meet in a private and comfortable place
- Ensure you have a good internet connection (use an ethernet cable and wired connection if possible) and adequate battery power on your electronic device prior to beginning a session
- Let your therapist know as soon as possible if you experience difficulty hearing or a lag in video calls
- Schedule adequate time before and after your session to give you a buffer if you’re taking a break during the work day or meeting before an important event
- Use a sound machine outside your room if privacy is a concern (your ipad/ phone playing a video of white noise works too!)
- Try to avoid a video session while you’re going on a walk (phone is best when you’re walking around)
- Avoid driving and talking or make calls in public if you have privacy concerns
- Make your therapy space comfortable- burn candles/ oils, dim the lights, sit in a comfortable chair etc.
- Ask any questions you may have about how to make sessions most impactful!
How does “Walk and Talk” therapy work?
Elizabeth provides “walk and talk” therapy in Miami. Walk and talk sessions are conducted in Brickell Key or Bayfront Park Miami- these sessions consist of slow paced walking while talking through therapeutic concerns.
Walk and talk sessions can help to:
- Integrate the body and mind
- Provide exercise or gentle movement
- Facilitate in person connection during socially distant times
- Provide exposure to nature
- Give a useful dose of Vitamin D and sunlight
COVID-19 precautions are taken and masks are worn at all times. Sunscreen or sun protective clothing is recommended and adequate hydration is encouraged.
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