Elizabeth Milano, LCSW
Concerns Elizabeth Treats:
- Personality disorders (NPD & BPD)
- Mood disorders
- Relationship difficulties
- Self esteem, self concept & self love issues
- Overwhelming emotions
- Trauma (sexual assault, physical & emotional abuse, betrayal and abandonment trauma)
Areas of Focus:
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. She teaches skills help to decrease the frequency of negative emotional states like anxiety, 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.
Improving Relationships & Communication
Therapy can help you better understand how you relate to your significant other, family, friends, coworkers and strangers. Sessions with Elizabeth focus on observing patterns in relationships, improving communication and clarifying interpersonal boundaries.
Therapy can also help you to understand your “attachment style” or the way you connect to others in relationships. Elizabeth helps people to clarify their own legitimate wants and needs in relationships 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 an automatic negative way. Sessions may also focus on fostering more connections with people who share your values, interests or navigating workplace dynamics.
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.
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 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.
Coping with Intense Emotions
Elizabeth supports people dealing with overwhelming emotions by providing space and time to process painful, intense feelings. Therapy sessions may explore how you are currently coping with intense emotion, the impact of your current coping strategies and education about additional healthy strategies to deal with painful feelings. Elizabeth helps you to determine for yourself what coping strategies are most useful and which ways of responding to your emotions may be detrimental to your wellbeing.
Techniques such as mind-body strategies for slowing down the nervous system and inducing relaxation, strategies focused on changing unhelpful thought patterns and mindsets, perspective building using narrative therapy exercises, behavior changes and a focus on self compassion, self validation and supportive self talk.
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.
Self Esteem & Self Love
Numerous factors can damage the relationships people have with themselves. Past trauma, neglect, abandonment or abuse can shift individual’s beliefs about whether they are inherently lovable, “good”, worthy or deserving of happiness. Family roles, cultural dynamics and social systems also play a role in shaping individuals beliefs about what they deserve and their value as a human being.
Issues with self love can lead to perfectionism, narcissism, social anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationship dynamics, personality disorders, stress, self harm and addiction. Elizabeth helps people to repair their relationships with themselves by understanding the root causes of their negative beliefs about themselves. She helps people to build healthy, stable self esteem.
Having a positive relationship with yourself is a core component of mental wellbeing, happiness and stability. Truly loving and accepting yourself can lead to increased resilience, life satisfaction, professional success and healthier relationships with others.
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 understands that 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 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) but also incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational interviewing techniques when indicated.
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 with a concentration in co-occurring addiction and mental illness. Elizabeth’s educational background also includes focus on the areas of trauma, personality disorders, relationship dynamics, racial and cultural identity, and the dynamic interplay between physical and emotional health.
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