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.

CBT for Relationship Anxiety

By |2023-08-31T22:33:47+02:00February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Adults, Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mental Health, Relationships, Social Anxiety|

Defining Relationship Anxiety We, as humans, are thought to be social beings.  Most of us are reliant on having relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances. For those individuals who have an interest in dating, a romantic relationship become a major component for social interaction. Relationships can provide a sense of comfort, as well as, a [...]

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and How to Work Through it

By |2022-09-02T14:07:30+02:00February 19th, 2022|Categories: Adults, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Everyday tips, Health, Mental Health, Treatment, Wellness|

What is SAD? After the excitement of the holiday season ends and we begin a new year, Winter can begin to feel like a drag.  We find ourselves dreaming of warmer weather and craving breaks from our daily mundane routines. While experiencing bouts of sadness in any season can be completely normal, those who deal [...]

5 Ways to Set Boundaries in Relationships

By |2022-02-10T03:44:02+02:00February 10th, 2022|Categories: Adults, Mental Health, Relationships|

Defining Boundaries Let's start out with a very important question: What exactly is a boundary? As far as the definition goes, a boundary is a line, whether it be real or imagined, which marks the edge or limit of something. Cambridge Dictionary  This can be seen through boundaries on properties, such as a household having [...]

Keeping a Balanced Lifestyle with an Empathetic Mindset

By |2022-01-25T04:08:42+02:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Mental Health|

The Journey to Empathy For as long as I can remember, I have felt things so deeply. I recall multiple times when I was in middle school watching a movie where one of the characters died or a show where a parent was ill. My brother would come into the room to see me bawling [...]

Navigating Stress and Change in the Pandemic

By |2022-10-02T21:13:40+02:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Health, Mental Health, Stress|

Tips for Navigating Stress and Change in the Pandemic As we approach the two year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is only natural that we all reflect back on the last, unquestionably unique, two years. Our lives have been changed exponentially since the start of the pandemic. Some people’s lives have [...]

The Stigma on Men’s Mental Health & How to Combat This

By |2021-06-23T23:48:37+02:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: Adults, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Personal development, Treatment, Wellness|

The stigma surrounding mental health has impacted society by impacting individuals who are suffering from these illnesses. These individuals are often afraid to disclose this information to others, oftentimes believing that something is wrong with them for dealing with these disorders. Stigma in mental health includes social stigma, self-stigma, professional stigma, and cultural stigma. When [...]

Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health and How to Prevent a Negative Influence

By |2021-06-24T16:57:09+02:00June 9th, 2021|Categories: Adults, Anxiety, CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Social Anxiety, Wellness|

Living in a society that is so intertwined with social media, it can make it hard not to find ourselves comparing our appearances, careers, and lives in general to other people. Between Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Online dating profiles, Youtube Channels, Tiktok, and the vast number of additional social media sites, there is an obscene [...]

How to Cope with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a Relationship

By |2021-06-17T18:49:11+02:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Adults, Anxiety, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Relationships, Social Anxiety, Stress|

Romantic relationships can be a wonderful part of life—a source of support, a companion to share time with, and someone who helps to encourage their partner through journeys and hardships. However, on the other hand, relationships can also be a stressor; depending on the state of the relationship. Many different factors can negatively impact the [...]

Combat Depressive Episodes Using Behavioral Activation

By |2021-06-17T18:50:02+02:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Mental Health|

Behavioral activation is a way to cope with depression, which is oftentimes combined with other forms of depression treatment, such as therapy or psychotropic medications. One of the most common symptoms of depression is withdrawing from regular activities or social supports, oftentimes by avoiding activities that one normally finds enjoyable. This can often lead to [...]

Best Coping Skills To Combat Anxiety

By |2021-05-28T16:56:49+02:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Everyday tips, Mental Health, Panic attack, Social Anxiety, Stress|

Anxiety is a normal response to stress, which involves a feeling of fear of what is to come. This is a natural reaction for one to experience, however, when this response becomes severe or constant, that is when it can turn into a disorder. Anxiety can be a helpful response by controlling impulsivity, regulating the [...]

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