Lizzie Chitale is a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy and received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is passionate about helping families, couples, and individuals reach their full potential through insight, acceptance, and integrity. Lizzie works from a humanistic perspective, and believes humans are inherently good at heart and mean well. She believes that change and healing happen through meaningful relationships, including the one between therapist and client. Lizzie plays an active role in helping clients to identify unhealthy patterns and how they first developed and she creates a safe, non-judgmental environment to help her clients identify and express their deepest emotions. She specializes in working with children, adolescents and young adults who may struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma & PTSD, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, family conflicts, sexuality and identity issues. Lizzie is especially interested in issues of social justice and believes that they are relevant and necessary to address in the therapy room. She also has a strong belief in the connection between the mind and body and is an avid yogi. Lizzie has completed her 200-hour teacher training in Baptiste Power Yoga. She offers clients the option to incorporate the fundamentals of Yoga to promote treatment goals.
While at Drexel, Lizzie received specialized training in cultural competency and issues of social justice from Ken Hardy. She prioritizes providing treatment to a diverse populations, acknowledging how people’s experiences may differ greatly based on their cultural background.
Ms. Chitale has spent the last two years working in private practice in Springfield, VA and is working towards her play therapy certification, as well as her MFT license, under the supervision of Dr. Eliana Gil.