Elizabeth Milano, LCSW
Concerns Elizabeth Treats:
- personality disorders
- mood disorders
- relationship difficulties
- identity issues
- life changes
- overwhelming emotions
Elizabeth loves helping people and genuinely cares about the people she treats in therapy sessions. You will feel warmth, compassion and safety during your sessions. She believes in treating everyone with respect and sensitivity while avoiding judgements or negative assumptions.
Elizabeth focuses on helping people process their emotions, better understand themselves, decrease their pain or anxiety and change unhelpful patterns. Elizabeth assists people in healing, learning and implementing new techniques to rewire their brain and change their lives.
Her therapeutic approach is holistic and explores many areas of life to discover what is causing or contributing to the current problem and what changes can be made to improve mental health and overall wellbeing. Elizabeth’s primary therapeutic modality is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Areas of Focus:
Emotion Regulation: Elizabeth helps you to explore which of your thought and behavior patterns may be destabilizing your mood and implement new healthy habits to remain in a more balanced emotional state. These skills help to decrease the frequency of negative emotional states like anxiety, overwhelm, depression and anger.
When you don’t feel in control of your emotions it is difficult to have an enjoyable life, be productive, achieve your goals and have healthy relationships with other people. Emotion Regulation techniques help you rewire your brain to decrease the frequency and intensity of emotional pain.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness encourages a focus on the present moment- observing your thoughts, noticing your feelings and being intentional about your actions rather than reactive, avoidant or impulsive. Mindfulness helps you to feel more in control of your life and allows you to make healthier choices and disrupt unhelpful patterns.
Mindfulness also encourages a focus on sensory experience, teaching grounding techniques to regulate the nervous system. This helps to reintegrate the body and mind, which can become disconnected due to anxiety, depression, trauma or stress. Elizabeth encourages meditation, breathwork and incorporates a connection to nature and spirituality. Elizabeth teaches you mindfulness techniques which help to decrease judgmental thinking and increase your awareness and acceptance of yourself, others and your life circumstances.
If you’re experiencing anxiety you may notice yourself feeling stressed or nervous about what could go wrong, anticipating bad things that might happen in the future. If you’re dealing with depression, stress or trauma you may notice yourself reliving the past, thinking back on regrets or yearning for “how things used to be”- mindfulness can help.
Managing Painful Emotions: Elizabeth supports people dealing with overwhelming emotions by exploring how they are currently coping with these feelings and why they may be using these methods. Elizabeth helps people to determine for themselves what coping strategies are most useful and which ways of responding to their emotions are detrimental to their wellbeing.
These techniques include mind-body/ somatic strategies, cognitive strategies focused on changing thought patterns and mindsets, perspective building, behavior changes and and illuminating the impact of how life experiences are being interpreted and internalized.
While you may be trying very hard to battle anxiety, depression, stress or trauma- without access to a safe place to process your feelings, support, insight and new strategies to handle your emotions it can be nearly impossible to feel better. The insight and techniques taught in therapy can help.
Improving Relationships Dynamics & Communication: Elizabeth helps you to understand how you relate to your significant other, family, friends, coworkers and strangers. Sessions focus on observing relational patterns, improving communication and clarifying boundaries.
Relationships can also be improved by exploring the impact of attachment style, understanding your needs while working to decrease the frequency of unhelpful relationship dynamics like “taking things personally,” “people pleasing behavior,” being aggressive/ reactive or interpreting others behavior in a negative way. Sessions may also focus on fostering more connections with people who share your values, interests.
Human beings thrive when they have meaningful connections. Healthy and fulfilling relationships are essential to your happiness, success and wellbeing. Cultivating healthy relationships can drastically change your life experience and help you to feel supported and safe while providing companionship, connection and opportunities for joy.
Elizabeth also incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and utilizes motivational interviewing techniques when indicated.
Elizabeth is educated regarding the mind-body connection and encourages practices to regulate the nervous system which soothe anxiety and stabilize moods. She also discusses the impact of specific diets and exercise which can be supportive to mental wellness.
Elizabeth understands that each person and their situation is unique. There is no “one size fits all” approach to happiness and mental health. She will custom tailor your conversations, and your treatment, to meet your unique and specific needs. Therapy sessions will focus on what you want to, in order to get you feeling better as quickly and sustainably as possible.
Elizabeth Milano, LCSW has been helping people improve their mental health and live happier lives for over 10 years. Elizabeth is a former Professor of Clinical Psychology at the College of New Rochelle (now Mercy College). She has trained other mental health practitioners in how to perform therapy and published articles on Goodtherapy.org. Elizabeth reviews the latest research and consistently integrates new helpful techniques to ensure the most effective therapeutic experience for her patients.
Elizabeth received her clinical education at New York University where she studied Clinical Psychotherapy and attained a Masters Degree in Social Work with a concentration in co-occurring addiction and mental illness. Elizabeth’s educational background also includes focus on the areas of trauma, relationship dynamics, racial and cultural identity, and the dynamic interplay between physical and emotional health.
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Taking the first step and making an appointment is often the hardest, but your future self will inevitably thank you if you start engaging in therapy today. Investing in your well-being through therapy can lead to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.