Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Couples counseling
- Gender identity
- LGBTQ+ topics
Elisabeth Sackton is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Belmont, MA. Her private practice centers on working with people who consult with her about relationships, parenting, gender identity, trauma, and separation/divorce, and a wide variety of other issues. Elisabeth is trained in family systems and narrative approaches to therapy. She uses a variety of ways to work actively with clients as they face challenging or painful situations in their lives, and is particularly interested in working with people to develop their resilience and restore a sense of agency as they work toward their goals and towards generating a sense of hope.
Elisabeth has a unique specialty in assisting parents with children who have learning disabilities. She is knowledgeable about educational and emotional issues that parents are navigating as they advocate for their children in both schools and non-educational settings. She is also particularly interested in working with families who are planning post-secondary transition, and in helping students with disabilities become strong self-advocates. She also works with adults and couples who are managing learning or attentional issues that affect them in work or relationships.
Elisabeth works with many LGBTQ+ people and is deeply familiar with many issues LGBTQ+ clients might bring to therapy, including internalized oppression, dilemmas about coming out, and life cycle decisions. She works with individuals, couples and families around gender identity and gender affirmation; considering parenting, and general couple and individual issues.
Some of her other areas of interest: working with writers, artists, and musicians; working with interfaith couples; pre-marital/pre-cohabitation counseling; working with separating parents seeking help to minimize the impact on children during a separation; individuals facing divorce/separation; couples and individuals coping with acute or chronic illness; young adults in transition to college or post-college.
Couples counseling – Working with couples at moments of transition, stress, crisis, on issues of communication, closeness, conflict,parenting choices, relationship skills
Parenting – Working with parents who are in need of support or consultation around child developmental issues or personal issues that are raised by being a parent. Working with parents of children with developmental or learning disabilities with a focus on reducing parental stress, supporting parents relationships, and navigating larger systems of care (schools, medical systems)
Trauma – Working with effects of trauma by establishing self care and safety, and working with the effects of trauma including profound losses, history of sexual assault or being a target or witness of violence, or similar experiences
Divorce and parenting during divorce – Working with individuals or separating couples on the meaning of ending partnership, developing self care and intentionality for the process of divorce or relationship dissolution. Parenting through divorce, including managing co-parenting at various stages of child development, protecting children from parental conflict, and supporting ongoing parent-child relationships in the new family configuration
Other areas of general expertise
Academic and learning issues – Emotional and social issues related to academic challenges, transition to college or other post-secondary trajectory
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing the effects of ADHD on work, relationships, self esteem and self care
Chronic illness and health challenges – Working with effects and meaning of illness with individuals, couples and families; living with acute and chronic illness
Pre-cohabitation and pre-marital challenges – Working with couples on building relationship foundations
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Interfaith/multi-faith couples and families – Relationship issues that emerge because of different religious backgrounds or values, including parenting decisions, identity, family celebrations
Elisabeth is not in network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/Ongoing sessions: $160
Therapist's note: Elisabeth can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Liveliness, warmth and connection are the ground for my practice, where I focus on you and your passions and commitments in life, the places you are stuck or feel vulnerable, and the hopes and capacities that you bring to difficulties in your life. I love the work I've done for the past 30+ years, consulting with a wide variety of individuals and couples, artists and performers, and parents of young children through adolescents.
Individuals and couples can expect careful and collaborative listening, and an appreciation of context, culture and meaning.
Couples often experience relief when they are able to utilize a safe and calmer context for difficult conversations. With appreciation for each person's story, I help couples move from blame towards compassion and understanding. Often, these conversations can bring new energy and closeness to couples, and help each partner to clarify new directions for growth. "
Treatment approachesFamily SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy aims to help individuals better understand and rewrite the stories they tell about themselves, with a focus on externalizing strengths. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1990 - Present
Eastern Middlesex Human Services, Clinician, 1986 -1993
Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW, 1985