Elaine Allen, MTS, MSW, LCSW

Elaine Allen, MTS, MSW, LCSWElaine Allen, MTS, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director
Phone: (203) 392-5475

Theoretical Orientation

Strengths-oriented, empowerment approach, drawing on cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, family systems, narrative, and psychodynamic perspectives. Active, collaborative, non-directive style. I view therapy as an experiential learning process in which students can test hypotheses about themselves, identify and let go of self-defeating behaviors, and practice new, more fulfilling ways of relating to themselves and others.  Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitzation and Reprocessing), a treatment approach particularly useful for persons affected by trauma.

Professional Interests

Anxiety, depression, graduate student development, gender issues, sexual orientation, sexual assault and abuse, relationship and family of origin issues. Modalities include individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, as well as development and support of student-initiated peer education, peer counseling, and community-building activities.

Mental Health Philosophy

Self-acceptance is the foundation for self-change. By honoring the healthy intention (a longing for connection, competence, or self-preservation) underlying even our most negative and self-defeating behaviors, we can develop the self-compassion and confidence necessary for risking positive change.

In counseling sessions, I work to create a safe, respectful environment in which students can allow themselves to acknowledge, express, and examine all aspects of their inner conflicts and concerns. We work together to identify and clarify internal and external stumbling blocks and to develop the strengths and skills necessary for resolving problems, overcoming fears, and making desired changes.