Elizabeth Pugliese

It can be exhausting to navigate life when isolated, facing one stressor after another, exploring  who we want to be, or trying to recover from a traumatic experience. Now more than ever, people are re-evaluating their priorities and trying to cope with the relentless stress and grief of the last few years. Sometimes people feel stuck when a major live event happens, and this can cause turmoil, too. For many, these experiences interfere with day-to-day life, in our relationships, at home, work, school, and more.

But you can find your way through.

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Pugliese, I’m a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Addiction Specialist Associate here at Mathews Counseling. Therapy is a place that should be free of judgement or shame, and creates a space where you can explore how you want to grow as a person in an authentic way. It’s also a place where I believe you have the tools needed to live the life you want, and you have the answers to overcome the many challenges life brings. My job as a therapist is to guide and support you along the way, help draw out your insights from within, and sometimes challenge you to confront things you may be avoiding or to help you reach your goals. 

By far the most important part of therapy – and the biggest sign of success – will be the relationship between you and your therapist. This is one reason I approach therapy by getting to know you as a whole person, including your environment, who your supports are, what resources you have, and understanding your day to day life. People are so much more than a diagnosis or symptom they have. I use a collaborative approach to help empower your strengths and support you along the way. I’ll also work with you at the end of each session to come up with some type of action plan you can take home, so you can apply what we do in session to your life outside. A lot of work in therapy occurs outside of the session, and some days are harder than others. This is completely normal and in most cases expected. Like life, therapy also has its ups and downs, and healing can look different for everyone. This is because sometimes we discover more about ourselves in therapy, or confront things we’ve been avoiding, and this can cause discomfort and strong emotions. But with proper support, we can prepare for this and build coping skills to make this process feel safe. 

If you feeling unfulfilled, unsure how to navigate change, or you want your health and wellbeing to improve, I am here to support you as you move toward who you want to be. After all, “nothing changes unless something changes”. 

On a personal note -I got into this field because while I love learning about mental health and why humans are the way we are, my passion is working with people and getting to know others on a personal level. I work with individuals of all backgrounds and am LGBTQ+ affirming. I work with those who’ve experienced trauma, substance abuse, grief, depression, anxiety, and difficulty managing emotions and relationships. In my spare time, I love the warm weather and being outside, hiking, swimming, taking walks with my partner and dog. I also love to cook and eat and travel when I can. 

I would like to work with you and support you reaching your goals and living the life you want.  If you think you may want to try therapy, or get back into it, reach out to our office to schedule your first appointment. 

Elizabeth currently has availability for new clients with evening appointments available, but please be aware that due to the popularity of our therapists appointment times fill up quickly. Please call (919) 587-8018 to inquire about Elizabeth’s most current availability or request an appointment online and our Care Coordinator will get back to you asap.

What our clients are saying about Mathews Counseling therapists

“Therapy was tough, but in a good way. It challenged both my husband and me to think about how each of us interacts in the marriage.”

“After seeing several counselors elsewhere, this was the first time I felt genuinely heard and understood.”

“My husband was worried about the therapist “taking sides”, which doesn’t happen.  It’s a collaborative conversation and we are delving into other issues that were not readily on the surface.”

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