CARLA ELIA, PH.D.
Consulting and Adult, Couples, and Adolescent Psychotherapy
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Psychotherapy may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Feeling stuck or that life is out of control.
  • Finding yourself unable to find pleasure in activities.
  • Finding relationships not fulfilling or having trouble with current relationships.
  • Feeling anxious, sad, irritable, angry, or guilty.
  • Struggling with parenting your child.
  • Unable to get things started or accomplished.
  • Finding it challenging to cope with life transitions, stressors, or decisions.
  • Unsatisfied by where you are in life.
  • Experiencing isolation and loneliness.
  • Seeing yourself as repeating the same mistakes or “bad” habits.
  • Having fears that keep you from living your life fully.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by work, family, or relationships.
  • Having difficulty letting go of painful experiences from the past.

Dr. Elia specializes in the following areas:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem/Personal growth
  • Relationship and couples issues
  • Dating/Premarital counseling
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Post-partum and overall life transitions
  • Balancing the needs of home and work
  • Work related stress
  • Family of origin conflict
  • Parenting strategies
  • HIV

Are you ready to make positive changes and achieve your true potential?

Most people who consider therapy experience some ambivalence about beginning the process. Some may feel unhappy or stressed, but are unsure as to why. Others may know why, but feel that they should be able to cope with things on their own. It may feel uncomfortable to seek help from a therapist, especially for those who may believe that therapy is intended only for people with “serious” problems or “dysfunctional” lives. These are natural and common feelings.

Therapy is designed for people from all walks of life whose concerns may be mild, moderate, or severe. A therapist can provide an objective, safe, and non-judgmental environment geared toward inner exploration and growth. The psychotherapy process  empowers individuals to take control of their lives, sort through concerns, and make meaningful and lasting changes. Therapy may at times be emotionally challenging. It requires great courage, motivation, and commitment to examine yourself and make changes.

Ideally, therapy can be a rewarding experience that can bring insight and improvement to the quality of your life. The therapeutic process often results in you developing a sense of strength and peace as well as the capacity to maximize your potential, effectively cope with life challenges, make healthy choices, have satisfying relationships, and achieve personal goals.