Categories Archives: Clinical Supervision

Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Carolyn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has been in practice over 12 years. She has been the Executive Director of a therapeutic school in Philadelphia for 8 years, working with schools, students and their families. Carolyn has also worked at a group practice in Springfield prior to moving to Montgomery County.

Her experience includes working with children, tweens, teens, new moms and families, addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, building frustration tolerance, behavior management, navigating school challenges and parenting. She is trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral therapies.

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Contact Carolyn to learn more at CarolynAbeleTherapy@gmail.com or (215) 354-7941.

Individual and Family Counseling

Children, Tweens and Teens encounter stressors and challenges daily. Carolyn loves to work with these age groups to teach strategies and skills to manage anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, poor self-esteem, and peer conflicts, in the school setting or at home. Therapy sessions can be individual to address the challenges and skills, and/or include parents/guardians to reinforce skills to work on at home, between sessions. Therapy is most successful when clients know their goals, and have support to achieve them.

Behavior Support

Behavior challenges can impact the whole family.  When treating children with behavior challenges, Carolyn works with parents and siblings, offering support and techniques.   Behavior support plans for home and/or school can be key in improving a child’s functioning, relationships, self-esteem, confidence and overall success. Topics to tackle include opening lines of communication, creating healthy boundaries, and setting limits and consequences consistently. Carolyn and also support parents in accessing Special Education support if academic, emotional or behavior concerns qualifies student for supports in school.

New Parent Support

Adjusting to parenthood is a major transition in life, and can bring highs and lows. Pregnancy and becoming a new parent can bring up a lot of feelings that most women (men, too!) experience, but aren’t comfortable addressing openly. It is so important that new parents take time to take care of themselves, so they can be the best parent they can. Carolyn has experience working with women and couples to navigate this exciting, and sometimes difficult, transition.

Adoption Support

Carolyn has a certificate in Adoption from Rutgers University. Adoption can present unique challenges at key points in development for adopted children, their siblings and families. Carolyn can offer support around emotional and/or behavior issues that can affect a child’s typical development.

LPC Clinical Supervision

Carolyn offers clinical supervision for counselors earning hours towards their Licensed Professional Counselor PA state credential, as well as ongoing support for professional counselors.

Moms Club

Mom’s club is a supportive, stress free zone for moms to gather, learn tips tricks and information on topics such as development milestones, managing behaviors, how to promote healthy communication within the family, and to promote wellness for mom. Group meets monthly on Mondays during the day.

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Clinical Supervision for Psychologists

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for psychologists.

Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges has hundreds of hours of experience in supervising graduate students and mental health professionals in the practice of psychotherapy. He is often sought out by licensed therapists whose training has been more cognitive or traditionally psychodynamic and who want to incorporate emotion focused and experiential approaches into their practice.

» For more information, contact Dr. Bridges at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

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Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

MichaelBridges-ProfilePhoto-RCClinical Psychologist

Michael R. Bridges, Ph.D. is a former Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at Temple University and a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania.

25 Years of Experience in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges has 25 years of experience in providing psychotherapy, assessment, psychotherapy research, teaching, supervision, and continuing education. For six years, he worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for the U.S. Department of justice and contributed to the scientific literature on the assessment and treatment of various types of offenders.

Academic Research

He then became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Director of the in-patient Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unit at John Umstead State Hospital. He moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to become an Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Temple University. He received international attention for his research on the physiological and emotional processes involved in healing attachment injuries. Because of the importance of this research he was asked to contribute an article, “Activating the Corrective Emotional Experience” for a special issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychology on emotion regulation in psychotherapy.

In 2006 he joined the Council for Relationships and Jefferson University to help develop their graduate program in Couples and Family Therapy.

Full-time Practice of Clinical Psychology Since 2012

Since 2012, Dr. Bridges has been involved in the full-time practice of clinical psychology with an emphasis on individual therapy and couples therapy for issues related to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, infidelity, and attachment injuries related to abuse or family of origin issues. Recently, he was also a consultant, supervisor and therapist on a multisite research project that examined the impact of cognitive-behavioral and emotion focused psychotherapies on depression with woman suffering from Ovarian Cancer and men who were recovering from Prostate Cancer.

Dr. Bridges is sought out as a guest lecturer in graduate programs and to provide continuing education to professional organizations of therapists.

Psychotherapy Specialties

Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy specialties include depression, trauma and anxiety, job stress and career transition. He has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds but currently works with many physicians, health-care professionals, attorneys, business professionals, academics and other therapists who function in demanding work environments.

He is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which is one of the most empirically informed treatments for couples who are struggling with negative cycles related to infidelity, or early attachment injuries and trauma related to their family of origin. Dr. Bridges also has an interest and experience in working with college students and those involved in the creative-arts.

Many clients who had been in psychotherapy before but found themselves talking about the same issues over and over with no real change, have found Dr. Bridges’ skill at helping them access the core emotions in sessions that their problems stem from very helpful.

An Attachment and Emotion-Focused Approach to Therapy

The foundation of Dr. Bridges’ work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational and empathetic and based on the importance of early and later attachments in our life and the basic human emotions that form the basis of these relationships. Dr. Bridges’ warmth, sensitivity, humor and intelligence help most clients experience a sense of respect and safety in just a few sessions so that deeper issues can start to be addressed.

Strategies and Solutions Used in Psychotherapy

Dr. Bridges recognizes that people come to therapy looking for new information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of depression, anxiety and trauma. As a former professor in top graduate programs in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy, and as a psychotherapy researcher and practioner, Dr. Bridges has extensive knowledge and training in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, somatic and emotional focused approaches.

The following are the approaches that have most influenced his practice.

Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dr. Bridges was one of the first psychologists to use DBT with incarcerated, personality-disordered offenders in the early 1990s. When he became an assistant professor of clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, he was appointed director of the inpatient DBT unit at John Umstead Hospital.

While Dr. Bridges’ approach is more experimental than cognitive, he uses principles from DBT, particularly mindfulness to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of emotional pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated experiential-dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. This innovative method was developed by Dr. Diana Fosha and has roots in and resonances with many disciplines, amongst them attachment theory, affective neuroscience, and body-focused approaches.

Dr. Bridges was among the first psychologists that realized the important contributions of AEDP and sought out training and supervision with Dr. Fosha. Dr. Fosha was also impressed with Dr. Bridges’ ability to use somatic approaches in accessing core affects and has invited him to present to her graduate classes and at AEDP trainings.

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Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

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Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples counseling formulated in the 1980’s by Dr. Susan Johnson and Dr. Leslie Greenberg that integrated the emerging science on adult attachment and the importance of different types of emotional expression that bring couples closer or tear them apart.

A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.

The founders of this type of therapy, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Greenberg, eventually went their separate ways, with Dr. Johnson continuing to refine the EFT approach to couples counseling and Dr. Greenberg focusing more on EFT approaches in individual therapy.

Dr. Bridges considers himself fortunate to have experienced advanced training in EFT couples therapy from Dr. Johnson and her colleagues as well as advanced training and supervision from Dr. Greenberg in individual EFT. Dr. Greenberg also agreed to serve as a consultant and mentor for Dr. Bridges’ psychotherapy research at Temple University and Dr., Greenberg and Dr. Bridges have presented together at national and international conferences.

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EMDR Consultation

The Resiliency Center offers EMDR Consultation for licensed therapists who have completed the EMDR Basic Training and wish to pursue EMDR Certification and/or deepen their knowledge and understanding of EMDR in practice.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart

As a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, Elizabeth Venart offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their skills and gain certification. She is also the Regional Coordinator for the Montgomery-Bucks EMDRIA Regional Network, passionate about building a professional community of trauma-informed clinicians.

Initially trained in EMDR over fifteen years ago, Elizabeth has used EMDR Therapy successfully with hundreds of clients with diverse presenting issues. She continues to attend advanced trainings regularly.

Individual and group EMDR Consultation includes case presentation, discussion of challenging issues and obstacles to effective EMDR processing, creative case conceptualization with complex trauma, and a review of the latest research findings and clinical applications. EMDR has the power to help people make sense to themselves and heal at the deepest levels. EMDR Consultation supports clinicians in using EMDR effectively so that clients can experience the significant transformation possible.

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Clinical Supervision for Play Therapists

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for social workers and play therapists earning hours towards their Registered Play Therapist credential.

Practitioners

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

Kathleen Krol, LCSW, RPT-S has over eleven years experience in diverse client settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health, home and school-based settings. Her strong background in Contextual Family Therapy and trauma enriches the case conceptualization process.

In supervising Social Workers and Play Therapists, she practices from a child centered play therapy approach combined with knowledge of developmental stages and their connection to subsequent trauma and attachment issues. Supervisees will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills using Sand Tray Therapy and learning concrete strategies when coaching and providing feedback to parents.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at kasiakrol17@verizon.net or 215-289-3101

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LPC Clinical Supervision

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for counselors earning hours towards their Licensed Professional Counselor credential, as well as ongoing support for professional counselors.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart, LPC

Elizabeth Venart’s approach to supervision is rooted in a humanistic, relational framework. She has been providing on-site and adjunct LPC supervision to clinicians working in diverse practice settings for over 15 years.

While providing clinicians with a variety of concrete strategies to strengthen their work, her primary focus is on the quality of the relationship between counselor and client—and any obstacles to empathy and mindfulness. Elizabeth invites counselors to listen deeply to clients and their stories and to trust themselves and their intuition more fully.

Understanding the influence of practice setting challenges, I provide LPC candidates with a supportive environment in which they can be authentic, share their struggles and triumphs, cultivate a trauma-informed perspective, and promote resiliency in themselves and the people with whom they work.

Elizabeth Venart is eligible to provide 100% of the required supervision hours to LPC Candidates and 50% of the required supervision hours to Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Social Work candidates.

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002, and learn more at  www.elizabethvenart.com. Learn about Elizabeth’s LPC Supervision Group.

Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn Abele, MS, LPC

Carolyn Abele is a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice over 12 years. She provides individual Clinical Supervision for post master’s degree counselors and therapists pursuing a license in PA as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Supervision focuses on developing theoretical foundation, case conceptualization, and working through ethical issues new counselors face when working with clients. Supervision is supervisee driven and can end with developing a self-care plan to combat burnout.

» Contact Carolyn at CarolynAbeleTherapy@gmail.com or (215) 354-7941.

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LCSW Clinical Supervision

The Resiliency Center offers clinical supervision for counselors earning hours towards their License in Clinical Social Work, as well as case consultation and ongoing clinical support for social workers.

Practitioners

Kimberly Katz Vargas, LCSW

Kimberly Katz Vargas, LCSW

Kim Vargas

Kim Vargas provides supervision for both new and experienced social workers.  A Licensed Cinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania, Kimberly Vargas is eligible to provide 100% of the required supervision hours to LCSW Candidates.

LCSW Supervision for Licensure Candidates

Kim really enjoys helping new clinicians to discover their own therapeutic style and to understand their own reactions to their client’s thoughts and feelings. She assists therapists in integrating their classroom learning with their work in the actual therapy room.

LCSW Consultation

For more experienced therapists, Kim provides case consultation and ongoing clinical support.

» Contact Kim at 267-568-7846 or kimvargastherapy@gmail.com

Elizabeth Venart, LPC

Elizabeth Venart’s approach to supervision is rooted in a humanistic, relational framework. She has been providing on-site and adjunct LPC supervision to clinicians working in diverse practice settings for over 15 years.

While providing clinicians with a variety of concrete strategies to strengthen their work, her primary focus is on the quality of the relationship between counselor and client—and any obstacles to empathy and mindfulness. Elizabeth invites counselors to listen deeply to clients and their stories and to trust themselves and their intuition more fully.

Understanding the influence of practice setting challenges, I provide LPC candidates with a supportive environment in which they can be authentic, share their struggles and triumphs, cultivate a trauma-informed perspective, and promote resiliency in themselves and the people with whom they work.

Elizabeth Venart is eligible to provide 50% of the required supervision hours to Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Social Work candidates, and 100% of the required supervision hours to LPC Candidates.

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002, and learn more on www.elizabethvenart.com about Elizabeth’s supervision groups.

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Kimberly Katz Vargas, LCSW

KimVargasKim Vargas is a Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Brown University and graduated from Catholic University with a Masters in Social Work.

She has been a psychotherapist for over 12 years working with clients to address a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and relationships. She is trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies, and utilizes techniques from both to promote growth, empowerment, and a greater level of happiness in her clients.

Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families

Anxiety and Depression

Everyone has some degree of anxiety or worry in their lives.  At times, however, this worry can become overwhelming, making it difficult to enjoy daily activities, or preventing people from taking part in important events.  Anxiety can interfere in relationships with significant people, including partners, children, co-workers, and friends.

Similarly, feelings of depression can limit an individual’s ability to engage and take pleasure in life.  Symptoms of depression may include general feelings of unhappiness or malaise, isolation, changes in eating or sleeping, and difficulties experiencing emotional and physical intimacy.

Kim has a great deal of experience helping clients identify the factors contributing to anxiety and/ordepression, and creating plans to address those factors.  She helps clients better understand how underlying thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and past experiences affect mood in the present.  She then assists clients in figuring out how to make changes that ultimately result in a major reduction in anxietyand depression and the symptoms (emotional and physical) associated with them.

Self-Esteem

A positive sense of self is key to feeling happy and satisfied overall.  For many people, feeling good about themselves is challenging.  For some, low confidence or self worth is pervasive in most areas of their lives.  For others, it may be difficult to feel confident in particular settings.  Kim addresses issues surrounding self-esteem by examining the roots of the negative self view, looking at faulty perceptions of self, and helping clients to rework their self view.  Ultimately this results in individuals who are happier, more confident, and more optimistic about the future.

Relationships and Couples Counseling

Relationships with significant others are sometimes a tremendous source of stress.   Communication, differences of opinion about child-rearing, finances, major life transitions, and lack of quality time together can contribute to feelings of alienation or isolation in a relationship.  As relationships evolve, differences in world view, religious background and cultural upbringing can start to emerge.  Kim helps couples to communicate better with each other, reach compromises in problem areas, and reconnect to each other.  She also works with couples who are moving toward a deeper commitment, and want some counseling before taking the next step toward engagement, marriage or cohabitation.

Parenting

Kim has expertise in working with parents to manage the challenges of parenting, from birth or adoption through becoming a grandparent.  Parenthood is a wonderful and rewarding time of life, but it can also be very overwhelming.  It can bring up unexpected thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to share with friends and family.  New motherhood can be an especially challenging time as moms struggle with their new identity (and loss of old identities), body image, feelings of isolation, relationships with significant others, and anxieties about doing the “right” thing.  Kim helps parents navigate this unchartered territory by providing emotional support, as well as assistance in problem-solving.  Parenting work may be done in individual sessions, or in a support group.

New Moms Support Groups

Kim offers support groups to new moms to address the challenges and joys of new parenthood.  These groups are an opportunity for moms to meet other women at the same stage of life, and to share thoughts, feelings, fears, and accomplishments in a nurturing, confidential environment.  Mothers are invited to bring their pre-walking babies to these groups.  Please contact Kim for more information about joining an upcoming group.

Clinical Supervision for Social Workers

Kim Vargas provides supervision for both new and experienced social workers.  Kim really enjoys helping new clinicians to discover their own therapeutic style and to understand their own reactions to their client’s thoughts and feelings.  She assists therapists in integrating their classroom learning with their work in the actual therapy room.  For more experienced therapists, Kim provides case consultation and ongoing clinical support.

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Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

KathleenKrolKathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S provides individual counseling and child and adolescent family therapy.

She uses Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy, two established modalities that are recognized for their effectiveness with children and adolescents.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years post graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. She is credentialed  as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Certified Play-Family Therapist. She has completed the EMDR Basic Training, EMDR Training with Children and Adolescents and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy training.

Family and Child Centered Therapy

Typical therapy sessions begin with a comprehensive developmental and life history to identify and resolve “root” causes of problems to promote long-term healing. Treatment includes family therapy with the parent and child together, individual play therapy or sand tray therapy with the child, and parent coaching and feedback sessions.

Family Therapy

My work is with the family as well as with the child or adolescent. My family focused approach to treatment looks at both the immediate problem and the underlying causes. Through training and experience, I understand how unless the ‘root’ cause of the problem is addressed, symptoms will cease only temporarily, manifest in different behaviors later or develop in another family member. I recognize that problems or behaviors exhibited by one child often impact other members of the family and when family dynamics may play a role in their continuation.

Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy

As a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Kathleen facilitates healing through play therapy and sand tray, the child’s tools for communication and self-expression.

I enjoy using play and sand in my work with children and find myself blessed to observe the healing process as it unfolds.  I strive to be open to the unique characteristics and resources of each family with whom I work.

Adult, Children and Teen Therapy Specializations

Kathleen brings with her a range of experiences over the course of the past ten plus years including work with children, adolescents, and families at an outpatient mental health clinic, home settings, schools, acute and chronic inpatient hospital units, and employee assistance programs.

I provide a safe and supportive environment for children, adolescents and adults experiencing trauma, grief and loss, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, behavior issues, and ADHD.  The treatment approach I use to best fit your individual or family needs may incorporate Sand Tray, Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, cognitive behavior techniques, stress management and relaxation techniques,EMDR, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy and Filial Family Therapy.

Kathleen Krol's Sand Tray Office

Kathleen Krol’s Sand Tray Office

Sand Tray Therapy with Adults and Teens

Kathleen provides Sand Tray Therapy, in addition to counseling, as an approach to working with adults and teens. Sand Tray therapy offers another modality for reluctant teens to express themselves. Both adolescents and adults may experience emotional release through use of symbolism and projection of feelings unto the sand tray miniatures. Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions.

Focusing Sand Tray Therapy 

This is a specialized means of using sand tray therapy that allows one to focus specifically on a problem, issue or fear. It might be a problem or place where one feels continuously stuck. This sand tray approach uses mindfulness meditation techniques combined with guided exploration or dialogue leading to deeper insight into the problem, issue or fear. It involves tuning into one’s somatic (body) experience and feeling affect awareness. The experience of Focusing Sand Tray can be profoundly meaningful. Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions.

Supervision for Play Therapists and Social Workers

Kathleen Krol, LCSW, RPT-S, provides clinical supervision for social workers and for play therapists earning hours towards their Registered Play Therapist credential. Kathleen has over eleven years experience in diverse client settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health, home and school-based settings. Her strong background in Contextual Family Therapy and trauma enriches the case conceptualization process.

In supervising Social Workers and Play Therapists, she practices from a child centered play therapy approach combined with knowledge of developmental stages and their connection to subsequent trauma and attachment issues. Supervisees will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills using Sand Tray Therapy and learning concrete strategies when coaching and providing feedback to parents.

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Elizabeth Venart, MEd, NCC, LPC
Founder and Director of the Resiliency Center

Elizabeth Venart is the Director of The Resiliency Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.

She is also a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Elizabeth has 25 years of experience in providing counseling, clinical supervision, and training services. For nearly ten years, she worked in non-profit crime victim centers providing individual and group counseling—as well as crisis intervention and critical incident stress management services—to women, children, and men impacted by traumatic grief and crimes of violence. Elizabeth also worked as a school counselor for seven years—at an independent school for boys and with an alternative school for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.

Elizabeth Venart’s counseling office

Individual, Couples, and Group Counseling

Elizabeth’s counseling specialties include trauma and anxiety, job burn-out and career transition, and working with people who are highly sensitive, empathic, creative, and intuitive. She also supports couples to identify current patterns and create changes that allow for greater compassion and intimacy.

A Person-Centered Approach

The foundation of Elizabeth’s work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational. Before any other work can occur in counseling, an atmosphere of respect and safety must be developed within the relationship.

Trusting in the power of individuals to find their own solutions to life’s difficulties, she uses a person-centered therapy approach in her work with clients—working as a facilitator and coach to help people discover and access their inner resources. Bringing a trauma-informed perspective to her work, Elizabeth recognizes that unresolved grief and hurt are often at the root of individuals feeling stressed, “stuck,” or unhappy.

Strategies and Solutions for Healing

Elizabeth recognizes that people come to therapy looking for information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of grief and trauma.

Cognitive Therapy

She uses principles from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a comprehensive, trauma-informed therapy that integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and insights from neuroscience to get to the root of the symptoms, triggers, and obstacles that bring people to therapy.

Elizabeth is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. She offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their EMDR Therapy skills and gain certification. She has undergone several advanced training programs on the use of EMDR with children, severe trauma, and dissociation. She is experienced in using EMDR to facilitate clients’ successful healing from trauma, grief and anxiety.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world.  Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

One example of an inner conflict that might arise among parts could be as follows: (1) Part of you looks outside on a sunny day and really wants to go on hike, (2) Part of you is determined to clean the house because company is coming tomorrow, (3) Part of you feels pulled to visit a sick friend, and (4) Part of you feels overwhelmed by the choices and just wants to stay in bed. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Highly Sensitive Persons

Elizabeth provides a safe, emotionally attuned healing environment in which Highly Sensitive persons (HSPs) can heal emotional wounds and move towards greater self-understanding and acceptance. Our work focuses on helping HSPs validate and appreciate their strengths and learn effective coping strategies for living in a world where the majority of people are not highly sensitive.

Group Counseling

In her groups, Elizabeth provides opportunities for individuals to connect with others, tap into their strengths, participate in activities and discussions designed to promote greater self-awareness, and receive support in creating positive changes in their lives.

Laughter Yoga

Elizabeth Venart became Certified as a Laughter Yoga Instructor in 2011. Laughter yoga is a fun and uplifting form of exercise that combines playful laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. The proven health benefits of laughter include reducing stress, improving mood, increasing cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, and generally helping people feel more relaxed and comfortable in their bodies and in the world. Elizabeth leads laughter yoga classes at The Resiliency Center, works individually with people teaching them laughter yoga, and integrates laughter yoga into her professional trainings and Resiliency Retreats.

Clinical Supervision and Training Programs for Health Care Professionals

Elizabeth provides clinical supervision and training programs to individuals, groups, and organizations and is available to provide LPC supervision to counselors seeking licensure. She has over ten years of experience supervising counselors across a variety of settings.

Clinical Supervision

Her approach to LPC and clinical supervision is rooted in a humanistic, relational framework. She supports counselors in deepening their understanding of clients’ challenges and goals, identifying any obstacles to empathy and mindfulness, and providing concrete strategies to promote change. She helps counselors cultivate a trauma-informed perspective and invites them to listen for stories of resiliency.  Elizabeth also provides career guidance to counselors as well as vicarious trauma consultations to both individuals and organizations.

Training Programs for Professional Helpers

Elizabeth has been providing training programs to professional helpers since 1996. She has presented at the local, regional, and national levels, and her strength lies in making the material come to life for participants through reflective exercises, dialogue, and opportunities for creative expression and the development of personal insights.Her training specialties include trauma, vicarious trauma, counselor wellness, team-building in organizations, and creativity development.

From 2003 through 2007, Elizabeth served on the American Counseling Association’s Task Force on Impaired Counselors. Part of her work on the task force included the development of effective intervention programs to facilitate counselor wellness and serving as a co-editor for a special journal issue on counselor wellness through the Journal of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development.

Elizabeth was an adjunct instructor with the Behavioral Health Counseling Sciences Program of Drexel University from 2003 -2008. She taught Group Counseling I and II, Theory and Practice of Counseling, Assessment and Treatment Planning, and Cognitive Therapy II.

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