Elizabeth Dondero, LCSW

I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 with a Master's in Social Work. I have worked in the triangle area providing direct clinical services to numerous populations over the last 15 years.


I believe when we can sit with our feelings and examine our thoughts we have an increased ability to understand our decisions and behaviors as well as the choices that are available to us. I utilize a non judgmental and warm approach to fully understand where my clients are in their journey.  I believe my clients present me with an enormous gift by sharing their vulnerabilities and strengths; I take therapy seriously and hope that each session is productive and my clients leave with a broader understanding of themselves.  I openly welcome clients of color, immigrants, queer and trans* clients, and clients of all genders.


I provide individual counseling to adolescents, and adults; I work with individuals, couples, and with families to help each person identify their own strengths and contributions to creating a life worth living. I have over ten years experience  providing trauma focused work, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and family systems therapy.  I am comfortable treating a number of symptoms, including, but not limited to:  depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, difficulties with emotion regulation, self harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, parenting and co-parenting difficulties.


  • Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy--an evidence based practice for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents. Learn more here


  • Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) therapist--EMDR is an evidence based treatment for PTSD. By using bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements) traumatic experiences are integrated and fully processed resulting in a reduction in disturbing memories, present triggers and other symptoms of anxiety, depression, and physical reactions. Learn more here.


  • Intensively Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy--an evidence based practice for creating a life worth living and increasing skills for emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and distress tolerance. I am able to provide this to adults and adolescents. Learn more here. 


  • Accredited in the Positive Parenting Program, "Triple P"--an evidence based program to increase parenting skills for parents of younger children. Learn more here.


As a therapist in this field I also recognize the need to care for and support the community of people who provide clinical services. I have spent several years providing therapy to therapists and helping clinicians in their own growth process develop their skills and take care of themselves.






Individual and Family Therapist