It is of the utmost importance to validate individuals and families, and I consider it a privilege to work with individuals and families at those times when they are courageous enough to seek support. Ultimately, my goal is to help people experience their vulnerability as a strength. I pride myself on being able to connect with clients of all ages. I have found that using a dynamic and adaptive approach has allowed me to get to the heart of issues, relatively quickly. Specifically, I often use art, music and drama therapy as artistic mediums to allow expression through metaphor. I feel my role is to create awareness. I believe it is my responsibility to hold hope for individuals and families until they can see that hope for themselves.
Experience: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Elizabeth Chatel, has spent the majority of her career working with children and families. She holds an undergraduate degree from Fairfield University with a double major in Communications and Television and Film. Ms. Chatel then earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in 2009, graduating at the top of her class. During her graduate training, Ms. Chatel interned at Stratford Community Services, working directly with Denise Parent, former President of CTAMFT. During her postgraduate work at Mid Fairfield Child Guidance, Ms. Chatel ran social skills groups for children as well as parenting groups. She also developed unique groups for the Prospects Program, The Extended Day Treatment program for children 5 – 12 years old. Additionally, Ms. Chatel was a clinician on the emergency mobile crisis team, responding to mental health crisis situations in the community. Ms. Chatel also completed a certification with CANY (Creative Arts of New York) where she was trained in treating trauma in a long-term drama therapy workshop. She uses a multi-modality approach to working with children and families. Ms. Chatel comes from a strengths based approach and often infuses humor into her work.
Types of Therapy practiced: Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, play therapy and drama therapy techniques
Works With: Individuals, Couples, Families
Client Age Range: Children, Adolescents, Adults