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Elizabeth Scala, LMSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

My name is Elizabeth Scala and I am a licensed social worker. I have practiced social work for 40 years in Michigan and Canada. My background includes 28 years as a medical social worker, and early years working with children and adults in psychiatric settings. I am new to remote work and look forward to learning and growing with you.

My focus is on how we as people are always trying to do what we think is best for our own safety, survival, and happiness. Yet we can feel unhappy, anxious, and have behaviors we want to change. I believe we are many parts that make one whole person, and it is helpful to recognize each part of ourselves. In sorting through each aspect of ourselves, we find a way toward happiness and healing.

Life has many opportunities for happiness. But our feelings and experiences can make us doubt our worth and ability to feel joy. As a therapist I try to be a partner in your journey to discover those parts of life and yourself you can trust and enjoy.

My techniques are learning from you, research and application of any therapeutic approach you may find helpful and finding resources in your world to help meet your goals. I follow established social work theories of psychosocial development, systems theory, and the strengths perspective of psychotherapy.
I have experience with people who are coping with medical problems, disability, grief, loss, caregiver stress, behavior problems, anger, anxiety, depression, and coping with difficulty social circumstances.

Medical issues and recent adverse medical diagnoses.
Grief and loss
Caregiver stress
Compassion fatigues
Behavior problems
Coping with difficult social circumstances

Professional experience

40yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Cancer, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, First Responder Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / loneliness, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Visually Impaired, Women's issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

MI LMSW 6801060920


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Elizabeth Scala. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Elizabeth is a great listener, is very supportive and kind, and offers solutions at appropriate times. She is very professional and helps me feel heard and seen.

Written on Jun 15, 2023 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I was so pleased to find Elizabeth help – – I find her to be very empathetic, logical, caring, thoughtful and extremely easy to talk to. She has directed me to lots of resources to concretely help me solve problems, both therapy-related and nuts and bolts of day to day life. I especially feel that she can identify with issues I may be having because we are closer in age than my previous therapist was, and I enjoy her calm demeanor and good humor. Our weekly sessions feel very much like catching up with a good friend who always seems to know what to say. I’m very glad to be able to check in with someone who listens carefully and suggests directions I didn’t see before — and grateful for her expertise and warmth.

Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and adhd

Elizabeth pays close attention to how I am feeling and provides valuable insight. I'm thankful for her

Written on Sep 11, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Elizabeth is attentive and offers valuable perspectives without cliche or platitudes.

Written on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Elizabeth has helped me through one of the roughest parts of my life. She has helped me gain a lot of insight, but more than anything, she listens to me and tries to guide me to bettering myself and my view on life. I owe a lot of my recovery to her kindness, encouragement, and patience, though I’m not back to 100%, but with her help, I’m slowly making my way there.

Written on Aug 16, 2021 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 months

Provides a very comfortable experience

Written on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Elizabeth for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd