Elizabeth Kresojevich Vitale, LAMFT
Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
I believe very strongly in human resiliency and the ability for people to change from within. I grew up in a family where it felt as though resilience was passed down by genetics. I feel very lucky to come from a family with deep cultural roots and stories of hard work, perseverance and bravery. For a long time, I created a narrative that embodied the idea that in order to honor my ancestors, I had to prove to the world a sense of perfection and strength in all ways, which ultimately caused anxiety in most areas of my life, allowing narratives of shame and disappointment to seep in to my everyday thoughts.
I sought therapy primarily to process grief, loss and intergenerational traumas, but soon came to realize that my own personal journey in therapy became so much more than this. I was able to process my grief and loss, while also discovering a new narrative to honor my culture, my family and create new definitions of strength eventually reducing my anxiety. I was able to slowly step away from the label of “perfectionist,” which is still a work in progress; and create new definitions of what it meant to me to be brave and embody strength while allowing myself to find compassion in areas I needed it most.
Therapy is continually a positive resource in my life. Through life transitions such as moving back to Arizona after living in Portland, Oregon, to navigating married life and starting a new career, therapy has been a source that has provided me with more strength and positive narratives than I could have ever imagined.
Allowing someone to be a part of such a personal and sacred journey is an honor, and this is how I view my time with my families, couples and individuals. I approach therapy with a systemic perspective, recognizing culture, family history and current environment effects. I work to take a holistic approach honoring the whole person, while taking a collaborative stance to walk alongside this journey beside you. I hope to be able to support those battling with grief, loss, trauma, shame, relationship conflicts, anxiety, and parenting struggles; being a partner in creating preferred narratives that support and embrace compassion, love and resilience.
Elizabeth Specializes in:
- Couples and Marriages
- Therapy with Children: Trauma, loss, anxiety, school behaviors, and blended families
- Grief and Loss
- IVF, Infertility & Adoption
- Trauma, Abuse, Intergenerational and cultural trauma
- Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
- Co-parenting and parenting support
- Sex positive
- LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Education & Affiliations:
- Arizona State University: Bachelor’s in Psychology and Family and Human Development
- Lewis and Clark College: Master’s of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy
- EMDR Level 1 and Level 2 Trained
- The Gottman Method
Affiliations include, the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).
Elizabeth is currently working toward independent licensure and is under the supervision of Kelly Ontiveros, LMFT.
8666 E San Alberto Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85258