Eliana graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago. She has experience working with children and parents in a variety of contexts, including community centers across Chicago, therapeutic preschools, juvenile justice facilities, and child welfare agencies.
With a deep respect for the difficulties of parenting in our contemporary climate, Eliana loves working with parents to understand the meaning behind their child’s behavior and how they can meet their child’s emotional needs. Eliana also loves using the power of play to communicate with children in their own language as they work through inner conflicts and overwhelming emotions. She incorporates values of cultural humility, radical acceptance, and anti-adultism in her work.
Eliana is a rostered Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider, an evidence-based model focused on helping the parent and child together process traumatic stress through play. Eliana has also received training in the Attachment, Regulation, Competency (ARC) model as well as DIR/Floortime. Eliana is currently pursuing a fellowship at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis for the 2021/22 academic year.
As a child (and into her young adulthood), Eliana believed that she was going to be a stage actress. Now, Eliana brings that imagination, character analysis, and appreciation for emotional expression into the playroom. She still loves watching plays and movies and discussing them with her friends. Eliana also enjoys traveling, playing with her cat, going to art museums, listening to podcasts, and spending time on the Chicago lakefront.