ELIZAVETA GAGLIO, MA, LCAT
Are you feeling that your emotions are becoming too much to bear?
As humans we have a deep need for connection, a trusted "other" to make us feel understood. However, the idea of looking for a therapist can seem intimidating - many of us feel uneasy when we think of opening up to a stranger.
My goal is to help you find the inner resources to handle your daily stress and lead a fulfilling life. Thus, my first and foremost focus is to make you feel at ease and open to share anything you have in mind. This does not always come easy - sometimes words feel too shallow and we're left with a sense of being choked by our emotions. This state can be very isolating.
In this case what we need is to switch to a different language. As an art therapist, in addition to using traditional “talk therapy” (CBT) I can teach you to use visual language (doodles/drawings/collage) to express your thoughts and feelings. As a result, you will be able to process the difficult feelings that previously held you back.
It is very important to me as a therapist to see you becoming the master of your condition and learning to manage it independently from me. To achieve this, I spend a lot of time educating my clients about their symptoms and methods of self care that will help them to gain more control over their inner states. I approach therapy holistically, so in addition to art and discussion, I will provide you with training in mindfulness and relaxation as well as nutritional guidance to help your body improve its resilience to stress.
I am a licensed art psychotherapist and a life coach. During my career I focused on the treatment of
identity and adjustment issues
chronic stress and burnout reduction
I use multi-modal approach to therapy by combining
“talk therapy” (different forms of CBT, including Internal Family Systems therapy)
analytic art therapy (combination of psychoanalysis and art)
naturopathic guidance to mental health
This combination of therapeutic methods helps me target my clients' problems on multiple levels, achieving a more enduring, positive change.
I work collaboratively with my clients during every step of treatment and foster a warm, accepting environment that helps enable my clients to feel at ease during our therapy sessions.