Elizabeth "Liz" Polinsky
Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Intern
I’m trained in several research-based models; this means I’ve learned techniques that really work for people. Discovering new perspectives, exploring new ideas and discussing possibilities is exciting to me. I especially love to talk about theories and the science behind things. In every conversation with a client I learn more about life.
Trauma is my area of expertise, especially relational trauma in couples and families. I’ve spent the past five years working specializing in military related concerns. PTSD is usually associated with soldiers returning from war, yet the vast majority of people who experience it have never been anywhere near a combat zone. One partner can experience severe trauma and the other may experience symptoms too. Things we don’t think of can cause trauma—such as having a serious illness or a difficult birth, being in a verbally abusive relationship, loving someone with an addiction, or being abused or neglected as a child.
I know the negative impact trauma can have on your life and how difficult it is to overcome. Feelings of guilt and shame are common when you believe your situation isn’t “serious” enough. It is especially frustrating when difficult emotions and issues resurface after a stressful life event such as moving, career change, a loss or a betrayal. You might feel some anxiety about the idea of starting this work and that’s understandable. We will work together to move at your speed. I can help you enjoy other people’s company again, have the relationships you long for, and feel at peace.
Reaching out and allowing somebody to help you sort through pain can be an intimidating process. It takes courage. Not every therapist is a good match and the most important thing is you. I offer a free 20-minute consultation to see what it would be like to work together. My goal is to provide a safe space for your story and to help you achieve healthy relationships and self-worth. I would be honored to be part of your healing process.