Elena was my son's therapist for 2 1/2years. Words cannot do justice to describe that involvement, concern, love, determination that she put into helping him work through the trauma he had been through. She was so considerate of our unique family dynamics, always somehow made therapy available at times that may not have been the most convenient for her, but worked for us. I do not believe that Elena left a stone unturned looking for ways to help our son and our family. She did EMDR, art therapy, took him for walks with a dog, spent incredible amounts of time and energy just talking, emailing, and texting the parents to discuss progress, problems and options. I do not think we would have to make it without the support she gave us. Elena is no longer my son's therapist, but this was not because of our choice; it is because of her selfless devotion that she wanted him to get more help and try other approaches to help him continue to recover, but she continues to keep in touch asking how he is. He wasn't just a patient to her. He mattered to her and our family mattered. I am deeply indebted to her.
Elena began guiding my process of healing using visual imagery, EMDR and art therapy. Through integrating these tools and experiences, my brain began to change. I developed new neural pathways which allowed me to consider and experience alternative thoughts and emotions regarding my past, present and future. My nervous system calmed, and for the first time in decades I became more grounded and detached from the familiar emotional angst. She showed me what else was possible, how it felt, and how to access it.
Of note, my growth wasn't a smooth, linear path. A series of life events got the best of me and I took a nosedive into darkness. It was during this time that Elena's compassion and patience became as essential to my healing as the tools we had been using. Through her professional competency, genuine talent, and authentic humanness, I learned how to start living a new kind of life with stability and peace, most of the time.
There are no words that can thoroughly express the gratitude I have for my work with Elena. She facilitated the change in my noggin. She altered my course of existence from darkness to light. I'm aware that unpredictable, uncontrollable, and painful circumstances are unavoidable, and I can't guarantee I'll meet each one with the grace and strength I hope to, but I'm not afraid anymore. And that's a miracle.