Elizabeth Gillette, LCSW
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I became a therapist because I believe people are pretty incredible. We experience many emotions on a daily basis, some of which are extremely difficult to sit with, and still manage to get out of bed in the morning (or sometimes not). We set goals, and even when we fail to reach them, we somehow manage to be okay (or sometimes not). We create families. We have our hearts broken. We fall in love and fight and stay in relationships longer than we should because we are afraid to leave. Same with jobs. We endure experiences that change our lives forever. And we don't have to do it alone.
When I was 21 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer and I was not sure I would recover. I felt everything, then nothing, and everything again. Without my supportive family and friends, I honestly cannot imagine how I would have coped with the experience. Looking back, I wish I had someone to talk to who could give me some skills to really process my intense feelings because years down the road, after a full recovery, I realized I had been pushing those feelings down (and they hadn't gone away). I know the feeling of not being sick but not feeling quite better yet. In our sessions, people who have experienced really difficult events are able to find space, relief, comfort, safety, and trust. They create new relationships with their bodies and their loved ones. I want to help you feel better and move forward without the baggage.
In my experience as a birth and postpartum doula, I have attended a number of births and helped new parents adjust to the first terrifying, exhausting, exhilarating days of parenthood. Parenting is hard. Relationships are hard. Trying to figure out how to navigate your relationship with your partner after having a baby is something most people do not consider as their due date is nearing. Having a baby changes your life in ways you never could have anticipated. With the stress of trying to be a perfect parent and a perfect partner, the postpartum period can become a very dark time. I am here to help you and your partner find your way and feel more friendship and love for each other, even when things are hard. You don’t have to do this alone.
I work with clients who are experiencing major life transitions: having a baby, recovering from a difficult birth experience, relationship challenges, illness (chronic or acute), exploring gender identity and sexuality, and career change, just to name a few. I also work with clients who are in a funk and don’t know why. Life may feel heavy and solutions may feel limited—let’s work through it together.
I love working with people when life is tough because I have been there and I can teach you tools so you can feel better. When I meet with clients for sessions, I do it with empathy, respect, humor, and love. Our experiences may not be identical, but I can meet you where you are right now and I would be honored to walk with you on your path. I am here to provide support and encouragement, and challenge you to live your life in a way that feels genuine for you.
Babies in arms are welcome to attend sessions!
Accepted Insurance Providers: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Healthgram
Education | Training | Professional Associations
Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington, Seattle
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Externship, in Certification Process
Postpartum Support International Certificate, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Level 4 Certification
Yoga for Trauma Advanced Training
DARe (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning), Level 1
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (C008023) in North Carolina
Member of the National Association of Social Workers
Member and Volunteer Coordinator of Postpartum Support International
Member of the Perinatal Emotional Health Network