Elaina Gardner, LMSW

About Elaina Gardner, LMSW

I am a professional clinically limited licensed social worker with experience working with a wide range of Diagnoses. I have a Master of Social Work degree with a Concentration in Psychodynamic Theory, which I obtained from Wayne State University. In addition to Psychodynamic Theory, I often utilize a Cognitive Behavioral approach, as well as incorporating Mindfulness into sessions. I have been working through an agency that provides Mental Health services to inmates in county jails since August of 2018 where a primary part of my job is to meet one-on-one with individuals having difficulty coping with their incarceration. I also have experience working in Outpatient settings, doing one-on-one therapy, where I worked primarily with Substance Abuse. I have worked predominantly with adults, but am more than eager to also work with families, couples, and adolescents. I strive to use empathy to relate to my clients as well as building rapport. My experience working in a Criminal Justice setting has allowed me to show my client’s acceptance, reflective listening, motivational interviewing, and assisting client’s in forgiveness for themselves and others. My experience with Substance Abuse has allowed me to teach and reflect with the client on the five stages of change. I individualize your treatment based on your necessities. My goal for my clients is to collaborate to create and maintain treatment goals that will allow for growth and healing. I aim to give my clients a safe place to work through trauma, mental distress, hopelessness, etc.

Wear it Purple Day! What is it & How to Get Involved

By |2023-08-31T13:54:18+02:00August 24th, 2023|Categories: LGBTQ2+, Mental Health, Sexuality|

What is the Purpose of Wear It Purple Day? Wear It Purple is an organization that was originally founded in 2010. The inspiration was a response to stories of teenagers taking their own lives due to bullying and harassment in regard to their sexuality or gender identity. The organization aims to create supportive, safe, [...]

Facts About Overdose & Treatment

By |2023-08-31T14:02:40+02:00August 18th, 2023|Categories: Adults, Health, Mental Health, Treatment|

What is an overdose? Overdose (OD) happens to a person when a toxic amount of a drug, or multiple drugs, overwhelms the bodyWritten by Harm Reduction . Overdosing can occur with a variety of substances, even over-the-counter painkillers and alcohol. Opioid overdoses occur when there are too many opioids in the body or a [...]

Human Trafficking Awareness & Tips to Protect Yourself

By |2023-08-31T14:04:08+02:00July 27th, 2023|Categories: Adults, Health, Mental Health, Trauma|

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Sexual Assault Awareness

By |2023-08-31T14:30:32+02:00May 8th, 2023|Categories: Adults, CBT, Health, Mental Health, Sexuality, Trauma, Treatment|

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Telehealth vs. In Person Therapy

By |2023-08-31T14:31:57+02:00April 25th, 2023|Categories: Alternative Therapy, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health, Personal development, Treatment|

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10 Ways to Show Support to the Transgender Community

By |2023-08-31T14:33:19+02:00April 3rd, 2023|Categories: Adults, CBT, LGBTQ2+, Mental Health, Relationships|

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6 Common Sleep Disorders & Signs to Look out for

By |2023-08-31T14:33:39+02:00March 24th, 2023|Categories: Mental Health|

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Coping Skills & Distraction Techniques to Utilize when Feeling Triggered to Self-Harm

By |2023-03-03T18:35:23+02:00March 3rd, 2023|Categories: Adults, Anxiety, BPD, CBT, Depression, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Social Anxiety, Stress, Treatment, Wellness|

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8 Ways to Nurture Intimacy in your Relationship

By |2023-08-31T22:36:50+02:00February 27th, 2023|Categories: Adults, CBT, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Personal development, Relationships, Wellness|

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8 Common Miscommunications Affecting Your Relationship

By |2023-08-31T14:49:31+02:00February 13th, 2023|Categories: Adults, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Personal development, Relationships, Wellness|

Improve Your Communication this Valentine's Day Reducing miscommunications affecting your relationship February means Valentine's Day, which means heart-shaped candies, flowers, and chocolates. On a more fundamental level though, it is an opportunity to intentionally prioritize your romantic relationships. No matter the strength of a couple, we are always able to improve [...]

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