RESILIENCE: 

the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune, setbacks or change.

Elizabeth Vitale,

MSN, PsyD

EDUCATION

 

Master's Degree in Nursing (Midwifery) from Yale School of Nursing

Degree in Psychology from University of Hartford. 

CERTIFICATIONS

Certifications in EMDR and Havening Techniques®

Certification in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Advanced training in Pro EFT, a variation of EFT developed by Lindsay Kenny

ABOUT

I took a roundabout route to becoming a psychologist.  Having majored in psychology in college, I took some time off to explore possibilities, and became enamored with midwifery.  I trained as a Certified Nurse Midwife, and practiced in that field for several years.  In that work, I was struck by how much the mind and body work together in pregnancy, childbirth and health and well-being in general.  I found myself doing a good deal of counseling in my midwifery practice, especially around childbearing losses.  It seemed to come naturally for me to provide that support, and I began contemplating further training in Psychology, which I was fortunate to be able to pursue.  The process of pregnancy and childbirth provide a beautiful metaphor for the natural process inherent in our bodies and minds.  Healing from emotional wounds functions similarly, and many of the processes I offer capitalize on the natural healing capacity we all have built into us.  The outcome is often a resolution as unique to each individual as is the baby born at the end of pregnancy. It is a joy to witness people healing, shedding painful baggage they’ve carried sometimes for many years, and discovering their powerful and wonderful best selves – kind of like the butterfly that emerges from a chrysalis, having entered it as a caterpillar and transformed through the wonders of nature.

 

I became a Psychologist (PsyD) in 1992, and worked first at a residential facility for teens and young adults, and then at an outpatient facility with people of all ages (mostly adults).  Early in my career I learned EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and began using it to assist people in resolving traumatic memories, ease anxiety, resolve phobias, and develop and strengthen inner resources.  In 1997, I opened an office where I ran a private practice, working with adults and older teens, focusing largely on helping my clients to resolve trauma, and to clear blocks to functioning as their best selves.  Along the way, I added new skills and techniques that further augmented the possibilities of clearing traumas and eliminating obstacles to reaching one’s goals.  These include EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique – meridian tapping), and Havening Techniques®, which, along with EMDR, fall under the category of Psychosensory Therapeutic approaches.  I find these to be powerful and creative tools for reducing stress and anxiety, and for building resilience. 

 

I transitioned to providing therapy remotely in 2019. Once COVID hit and many businesses were shut down, I was fortunate to already be up and running with a remote practice. Medicare and Medicaid (HUSKY) began covering these services, and currently at this writing (November 12, 2020) all the insurance companies I participate with (CIGNA, Aetna, Anthem, Medicare, Medicaid/HUSKY) are continuing to cover remote therapy. I am hoping this will continue after the pandemic, as many clients love it and prefer it for many reasons.

I am happy to answer questions you might have via phone or e-mail, so that we can determine together whether this form of therapy would be a good fit for you.