Elaine Lang, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

At the end of our final session, a graduate student handed me a note
with some of her reflections on our work together. She subsequently
gave me permission to quote from it:

I feel very thankful that I have had a place to go every week for the last 2 years where I knew I wouldn't be judged, but instead, understood. Today I am a different person than I was in our first session, and yet all of the pain I was experiencing back then is still a part of me, but it has evolved into strength. You were an integral part of that evolution.

You have taught me that I deserve to be here, to be loved, and not to feel sorry or guilty for it. You have shown me what a healthy relationship looks like, and demonstrated what it means to set boundaries. You have helped me understand the difference between being motivated by guilt and being self-motivated. You have helped me discern empathy from loss of self, and have made me believe in the importance of the former in forming healthy relationships.

Most of all, you have helped bring me back to health, have helped me feel alive again, and have made me happy to get (and stay) out of bed in the morning.

Thank you so much for everything you have done.

 

A fellow psychologist wrote:

Dr. Elaine Lang has been a trusted colleague for over 25 years and during that time she has become someone whose judgment and perspective I rely on.  We have had many thought-provoking conversations over the years about the nature of psychological healing and the process of psychotherapy. She is someone I trust implicitly, to whom I would refer a close relative or friend.  Dr. Lang has a warm and approachable manner while at the same time she is smart, insightful, and firm in her approach to helping clients make the changes that they are seeking to make in their lives.

Linda Luz-Alterman, Ph.D.
Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis

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