Elissa (Ellie) Scano, LSW
Elissa (Ellie) Scano, LSW
Bethany Commons – Hazlet Office / Telehealth.
Elissa, who also goes by Ellie, completed her undergraduate education at Monmouth University in Communication. She went on to attain her Master’s Degree, also, from Monmouth University in Social Work. While earning her degree, she was trained in clinical counseling for children, adolescents, and adults in both, in and outpatient settings. In these positions, she was trained under live-supervision in cognitive-behavioral theory (CBT) with a focus on person-centered practices with a diverse client population.
Ellie has worked with youth, ages 4-15 years old, both in the school setting and outpatient setting with the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County. This experience gave her exposure to children and families who were adjusting to a variety of situations, whether it be divorce, sexual abuse, trouble with school (ADHD, social anxiety, etc.), and the hardships that come with life transitions and finding oneself/purpose. More recently, she worked at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in the palliative care department where she was able to provide emotional support and therapeutic intervention for patients and families who were living with chronic illness and grieving those they had lost to their illness. These positions have helped her develop and shape her therapeutic technique while working with adults, children, families, and couples. Some of these techniques and perspectives include elements of cognitive behavioral theory, mindfulness, family systems, and psychodynamic outlooks.
- Depression (Situational and Chronic)
- Panic Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Illness
- Palliative Care
- Grief and Loss
- Women’s Issues
- Life Adjustments
- Self-esteem Issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Stress Management
- Relationship Issues
Ellie’s Specialty Areas:
Ellie uses various mindfulness and body-awareness techniques to help the client evaluate their quality and meaning of life. She also utilizes mindfulness to help her clients tap into their emotional needs and intuition. This leads to an increased self-awareness and sense of self and can help decrease any symptoms of anxiety and depression or mitigate them when they start to occur.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapies
Ellie appreciates the idea of the mind and thoughts affecting one’s behaviors and actions. She has observed and recognized the impact that adjusting perspective and healing past trauma can have on a person’s quality of life. She believes that much of what shapes our realities are things that have happened to us or that we have allowed to dictate our thoughts and emotions. By evaluating these things, we are free to move forward and create the outlook we want to have.