Hi! I'm Louisa Peluso, a Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have over 30 years experience in managing change. My training consists of a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Masters in Business Administration in Organizational Change from New York University, and thousands of hours in organizational change and community mental health.
I love to help people create positive change in their lives, their families, and their communities.
ABOUT MY APPROACH
My approach stems from our basic human drive for happiness and wellbeing. We do not only want to survive – we want to thrive! We want to enjoy life at its fullest!
As your partner and guide, I will help you explore your unique journey, past, present, and future. In therapy, we will identify, explore, and notice patterns that help you to make sense of things and define a way forward. We will work together to identify plans of action every step of the way. As Chinese Master Lao-Tzu set forth in his writings nearly 2500 years ago -- “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life”.
An essential element to our work is confidentiality and trust. The therapy I practice is Person-Centered. YOU are the expert in your life. Through empathic understanding, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness, we will build a rapport in therapy that empowers and motivates you to achieve your therapeutic goals.
I look forward to meeting you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
GA LCSW CSW007264
CT LCSW 12196
I cannot recommend Louisa enough. I found her when I was at one of the lowest points in my life and she’s been there with me ever since. She’s genuine in her desire to help her clients find peace within themselves and she’s gentle in her approach. If you’re struggling, you can reach out to her and know that she’ll respond quickly.
I’ve been with Louisa for over a year now and I can’t even imagine where I would be if I hadn’t found her.
Written on Jul 13, 2023 after therapy with Louisa for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Louisa is a very warm and active listening therapist. She has long and broad experience is very empathic and has a very open mind for all kinds of topics and identities. I recommend her confidently.
Written on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with Louisa for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Louisa is amazing!! Helped me sooo much just within a few weeks, I'm feeling so much better, happier and excited with life. I'm learning and working through a lot and feel great doing it.
Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Louisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Louisa is great - empathetic, supportive, non-judgemental - she's been an absolute rock as I've been going through some major life and relationship changes and in such a short space of time has helped me feel like myself again.
Written on Apr 25, 2022 after therapy with Louisa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes