ELIZABETH CASEY - COUNSELOR, MAPC, LPC
One of my favorite writers, Henri Nouwen said, “Your future depends on how you remember your past.” This quote holds the foundation of my approach to therapy. I have leaned through the years that there is much to be said for the beliefs about oneself that are tangled up in traumatic memories. I have become certified in EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING or EMDR as a way to shed usually negative self-beliefs that can become cemented to a memory. It is not about forgetting that memory as much as it is to relearn positive beliefs about oneself and attach them to the memory.
I understand that approaching counseling for many can be overwhelming. It is not easy to begin the task of self-exploration. However, for those who do, I firmly believe the reward is worth it. The reward can be an ability to recognize the strengths within that allow us to face the stress and obstacles that life inevitably throws our way. Another of my favorite quotes is “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass; it is learning how to dance in the rain.”
I utilize an eclectic approach, including EMDR when appropriate, combining several different counseling methods with a down to earth style. I tailor the therapeutic process to your needs work with you to identify goals that are attainable.
I specialize in creating connections. Connections that we all innately strive to achieve. These connections may be hindered by grief and loss, or difficulties with attachment that may be a result of adoption or bonding issues. I passionately believe that many emotional issues are the result of unrecognized or unresolved loss. These responses make healthy relationship building difficult. My background professionally and personally in adoption allow me to offer insights into bonding and attachment difficulties in past and present relationships. Depression and anxiety certainly are issues that one can develop from the experience of past trauma or anxious attachment.
I am a seasoned counselor, which is a polite way of saying well aged. After obtaining my BA degree in Psychology from Moravian College I worked with various social service agencies starting in the 1980’s. This led to working more directly with people suffering the acute results of mental illness in an inpatient setting. I then worked in adoption field preparing both families and children for relationship building. I obtained my master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling in 2008. This allows me to join with you if you choose to explore a spiritually based journey. I obtained my licensed professional counseling designation in 2011 and followed a path to private practice. This experience brings with it the ability to quickly assess situations as well as solutions. I enjoy working with adults and couples. I strive to connect in a way that enables you to find the confidence that is within yourself to live an emotionally rich life!
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Post-traumatic Stress
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC007802
I honestly cannot say enough good things about Ms. Casey. She is the first therapist I’ve ever worked with that saw my behavior for what it was, a reaction to repeated traumas. With her expert guidance and help, she has helped me come out of the cloud of depression and face the past and cope with the present.
Written on Sep 08, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 years and 6 months on issues concerning parenting issues, and anger management
She has helped me learn how to self-soothe, emotionally regulate, and offer a safe space for healing through my trauma. I value her expertise!
Written on Aug 31, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd
I really like what she has made me discover so far about the possible route of my anxiety
Written on Jul 04, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd
Elizabeth is a great listener and offers insight on various situations. She remembers past conversations and is able to tied many topics together. I enjoy talking with her.
Written on Sep 16, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Enjoy my sessions. Wish I could do more than 1 a week
Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Elizabeth is caring, respectful, knowledgeable. I like the way she listens to what you then sums it up and it makes so much sense.
Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd