You don't have to spend your life suffering from anxiety or depression. It is possible to heal and to discover peace and joy in your life.
During sessions, we explore together the underlying causes and meaning of your distress, so that painful feelings from the past can be processed in a safe, supportive environment. This is a primary method of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Our work can be enhanced, if you choose, by using mindfulness to help you develop the skills that facilitate the healing of your emotional pain.
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Most major insurance is accepted, including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Optima, Southern Health/Coventry, United Behavioral Health, and Value Options.
Sessions are billed at the rate of $75 for a 50 minute session.
Payments (including insurance co-pays) may be made either at each session or by statement at the end of the month. Cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted.
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What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about reducing one’s suffering. This reduction of suffering is accomplished through awareness – awareness of sensations in the body and thoughts in the mind – and by letting go of resistance to what already is.
Through mindfulness, one can be aware of the physical sensations and the mental thoughts that comprise painful emotions (sadness, grief, fear, anger, jealousy, shame). This awareness reveals the sensations and thoughts to be unpleasant but bearable and not worth the suffering caused by frantically trying to get rid of these feelings or by denying their existence in the present moment.
Mindfulness is valuable on its own or as part of counseling or psychotherapy. It has been found to be helpful for a wide range of conditions including anxiety and depression.
Eliot is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Charlottesville, VA. He specializes in working with adults, students, and couples. He was formerly at the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry, Under Fives Study Center and Clinic.
Eliot has been practicing meditation since 1972, and teaching meditation since 1995. He was the Administrator and a teacher in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Virginia.
Eliot received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology at American University in 1970. He received his MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2003. He also attended Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and the University of Connecticut. Additionally, he received training at the Tavistock Clinic in London, England.
In addition, Eliot completed the 3 year, 1500 hour teacher training program in The Alexander Technique in 1999.