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Elizabeth Fong, LCSW


 
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 1991, Elizabeth's passion for language led her to Seville, Spain, where she lived for a year and learned to speak fluent Spanish. She then began her professional career as a bilingual elementary school teacher, which she continued for 4 years. She loved working with children, but began to realize that she was far more interested in the children's mental health and family dynamics than in teaching reading and writing. She decided to pursue this interest, and moved to New York to study Social Work. Elizabeth received her MSW from Columbia University in 1999, and is presently an LCSW in private practice with Gelbart and Associates.  During the course of her clinical practice, Elizabeth developed a deep interest in Mindfulness Meditation, and has cultivated a meaningful sitting practice of her own. She uses the healing and transformative principles of Mindfulness as the foundation of her clinical practice. She has worked with adolescents and adults who present with issues of depression, anxiety, loss, and family relationship problems, and she specializes in working with parents of children with special needs.
 
Elizabeth is trained as a Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She has several  8-week groups, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.
 
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys running, practicing yoga, spending time with her children, and hiking with her dogs.
 
 
Education
 
MSW, Columbia University, 1999
 
MS Psychology, UC Santa Barbara 1991
 
Specialties
* Relationships
* Mood Disorders and Anxiety
* Autism
* Special Needs and Learning Differences