Empowering you to live the story you desire.



This is a place to learn about ways a therapist or counselor may be useful in helping you make sense of, and overcome, challenges you are experiencing in your life.

Elizabeth Basile
What hopes do you have in relation to seeking therapy?

What do these hopes say about what is important to you at this time in your life?

Hi! I'm pleased to have you visit my website and I hope it will be helpful to you. This is a place to learn about ways a therapist or counselor may be useful in helping you make sense of and overcome challenges you are experiencing in your life. It's filled with information, thought-provoking questions, and resources. People choose to attend counseling for many different reasons. It may be in response to a difficulty or problem, or you may want to find ways to bring about hopes and dreams you have for your future. Some people turn to counseling when they have acted in ways which they regret and would like to find ways of coming to terms with what has occurred. And when there are stories that you haven't been able to tell anywhere else, it can make a difference to have someone to share these stories with. When things are getting us down, or causing distress, having someone to talk to can be significant.

I welcome your telephone call or email, and am happy to answer your questions. Please call 408.718.6915 or contact me below.



You may like to know something about me.

I care about people, and realized that in becoming a psychotherapist I could use the empathy and compassion I have for people to good purpose by helping you deal with emotional struggles you face. I know how problems can make us feel overwhelmed, trapped, and at a loss as to what to do; they can limit our ideas for solutions, negatively influence the ways we think about ourselves, and disconnect us from leading a life that holds more meaning to us. I'd like to help you change your relationship with problems you face by addressing challenges and obstacles that make it difficult to resolve them, or otherwise find preferable ways to respond to them. In living with Type 1 diabetes I've come to appreciate the idea that most of us have been touched by illness, either personally or through a family member or friend. This shared experience has deepened my desire to help you and your family deal with the psychological impact of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, cancer, or another chronic or acute medical condition. And because I've witnessed the ruthlessness of an eating disorder and its way of stealing a person's life and identity, I've sought additional education and training to earn my certification in treating eating disorders, including diabulimia, anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Through my lived experience with it, I'm one of the few therapists in our area with specialized knowledge of diabulimia, the unique blend of Type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and enjoy providing counseling and psychotherapy to children, teens, and adults, individuals, couples, and families. I use a solution-focused approach that takes into account your uniqueness, including the skills, knowledge, ideas, and beliefs you've developed in the course of living your own life. Other areas of specialization include anxiety and depression, effects of domestic violence and other traumas, bereavement/grief, caregiver challenges/burnout, and compassion fatigue/burnout for people in helping and healthcare professions.



Diabetes Advocates

I have Type 1 Diabetes, with my own experiences and ideas of what it's like to live with.

Diabetes is anything but stable in terms of the severity of its fluctuating symptoms. It can isolate us, and make us worry or fearful of what the future may hold. Diabetes can have psychological impacts on a person, in addition to the physical toll it takes. What effects has diabetes had on you and your family? What are some of the ways it has tried to limit your life? Has it placed a stigma on you?

And I'll listen very carefully to your stories of diabetes, what it's like for you, and where the obstacles and challenges lie for you. Living with diabetes, whether Type 1 or Type 2, is hard work. It is anything but stable in terms of the severity of its fluctuating symptoms. It can isolate us, make us worry or fearful of what the future may hold, and impacts us emotionally, all in addition to the physical toll it takes. What effects has diabetes had on you and your family? What are some of the ways it has tried to limit your life? Has it placed a stigma on you?

I'll help you find ways to challenge and cope with the psychological impacts of diabetes and manage overwhelming emotions, including frustration, guilt, shame, blame, depression, discouragement, or loss of hope. Working together we'll craft plans to remove barriers to self-care, and come up with strategies to live with complications, if needed. If it is hard to communicate with doctors in ways they can hear and understand what you're telling them, we can work to help you have an active voice in your care. You'll be able to acknowledge who you are now, appreciating that person, and what hard work it took to get here.

As the parent of a son with Type 1 Diabetes, I am heart-felt in my desire to help parents who have a child or teen with diabetes. All at once, you are called upon to be a nurse, physician, dietitian, and psychologist while trying to deal with your own emotions and feelings about this diagnosis. Let's find ways for you to creatively adapt and cultivate a sense of wellness for yourself and your family by discovering and utilizing your resources, skills, and ideas.

I meet with children, teens and adults, as well as their family or partners, to find ways to incorporate diabetes into their lives.

Are you struggling with both diabetes and an eating disorder, named diabulimia?

What ways does diabulimia interfere with how you want to live your life?

Are you struggling with both diabetes and an eating disorder, named diabulimia? What ways does diabulimia interfere with how you want to live your life? When an eating disorder and diabetes occur together, a media term known as Diabulimia, yet another layer of danger exists. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for much of my life, as well as successfully recovered from an eating disorder, I understand the complexities of how diabetes and an eating disorder operate in your life, and the ways it uses diabetes management against you. Recovery from diabulimia requires a team of healthcare professionals to support you in this process. As a counselor on this team, I am devoted to collaborating with you to find ways to confront it, create skills that promote self-care with diabetes while letting go of the eating disorder's influence, discover new ways of tolerating strong emotions, and manage times of distress. We can work to bring hope back into your life, and see alternative perspectives for who you are, and how you want to define yourself. I will work to support you in constructing a life apart from diabulimia and into the life you choose to live.

I offer support and consultation for families and couples to assist you in your journey to recovery.

"Once you stop blaming yourself you can see the eating disorder's tactics against you. It is not your fault and now you can do something to reclaim your life."

Other Medical Conditions

Is your life increasingly organized by a chronic or acute illness?

Are there times you give up talking about what you feel because others don't understand?

Does illness affect your relationships with others? At times do you get left out of activities with friends and family because of the limitations your illness places on you?

What benefits can psychotherapy or counseling provide to you?

Whether you've recently become ill, with cancer or another illness, or have lived with this for some time, illness can bring out the best and the worst in us. It can be helpful to engage in conversations that reconstruct your own sense of value and worth, purpose, fulfillment in life, and learn strategies to deal with a changing body, nostalgia or grief, sadness or discouragement. We can work together to help you reconnect with your knowledge of coping skills that work for you, and create new skills to draw upon. Sometimes illness can make it challenging to deal with other people in your life. We can find ways to improve these relationships and let others understand what you experience.

Do you have a child or another family member with an illness which requires your help or management? What challenges and changes does this bring to family life? Talking about your concerns as well as your successes in navigating this difficult course can be helpful in considering what may work better, or reaffirming that you're on the right path.

I offer consultation and support for families, couples, and caregivers affected by illness, as well as bereavement, grief, and loss.

"How we talk about illness, with ourselves and others, shapes the way we experience it."

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Eating Disorders

Having an eating disorder, whether anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder, is not an indictment that something is deficient in you. Instead, it is something that takes you over, has tremendous influence and power over your behaviors, thoughts, and ideas, promotes your detachment from your body, and undermines your best efforts to care for yourself. It can erase your sense of who you are. As a counselor I am unwavering in my desire to help you recover from an eating disorder. Together we can create successful strategies and find practical ways to challenge its dominance, learn new ways to deal with strong emotions, manage stress and discover practices of intuitive eating. Including a counselor on your recovery team can bring to light those times when you've resisted the eating disorder's influence over you, help you restore your spirit and your identity, reclaim your passions and interests, and fully participate in life again. I offer therapy and consultation for families and couples to assist you in recovery.

"In conversations with the therapist, we create alternative possibilities for who you might be. You discover information about yourself and your resources. This leads to responding in ways that pave the way for change."

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Caregiver Support

Becoming a caregiver isn't usually a role you have time to prepare for. Instead, you find yourself suddenly thrust into this challenging undertaking. There is so much to learn, including the particulars about an illness, becoming well-versed in speaking with physicians and others on a healthcare team, learning to communicate in different ways with your loved one, and developing ways to work together with other family members to minimize straining these relationships. At the same time, it becomes important to design ways to practice self-care and shield yourself from caregiver burnout. It can be helpful to talk with a counselor about the new and shifting roles you find yourself taking on in order to consider what support you need, and how to obtain it. Learn how to locate that space between caring for someone else and caring for yourself. Develop skills to manage stress, to become flexible in living in the moment, grieving lost dreams, while at the same time taking time for yourself without guilt.

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Pet-Assisted Therapy

Animals can aide in healing when people are in distress. Numerous studies and articles reveal the ways in which dogs may complement healing on biochemical and neurological levels, as well as on an emotional level. If you have a connection with a dog in your life, you may like to bring him or her along to our meetings. Alternatively, we can make arrangements for my young Newfoundland, who is in training for pet-assisted therapy, to visit.

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Additional Services Include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Effects of domestic violence and other traumas
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Caregiver challenges and burnout
  • Compassion fatigue and burnout for people in helping and healthcare professions

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Hotlines and Crisis Numbers

Emergency 911
First Call for Help (Referrals) 211
CONTACT: Hotline for Other Hotlines (408) 279-8228

Asian Women's Shelter Hotline (408) 279-2962
Bill Wilson Center - Contact Cares 24-hour crisis hotline, referrals (408) 850-6125
CORA (24-hour English/Spanish hotline) (800) 300-1080
EMQ Acute Crisis Response Team Child and Teen Crisis Programs (408) 379-9085
EPS - 24-hour Emergency Psychiatric Services (408) 885-6100 (Valley Medical Ctr)
Gay Youth Hotline (415) 863-3636
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
National Runaway Switch Board (800) 621-4000
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence Hotline (408) 279-2962
Parent Support Line (650) 579-0358
Rape Crisis Line (Community Solutions) (408) 779-2113
Rape and Sexual Abuse Hotline (408) 287-3000
Santa Clara County Mental Health Crisis - 24 hr. (800) 704-0990
Suicide and Crisis Hotline - 24-hour (408) 279-3312
Support Network - YWCA Network for Domestic Violence - 24 hr. (800) 572-2782
YWCA Santa Clara Valley Rape and Sexual Abuse Hotline (408) 287-3000
24-7 Teen Hotline (888) 247-7717 (for teens and young adults)
24-hour Parental Stress Hotline (800) 442-4453


Born This Way Foundation bornthiswayfoundation.org
Bullying Information Center - Bullying at School and Online education.com
Common Sense Media commonsensemedia.com
No Bully nobully.com
Project Cornerstone projectcornerstone.org
Roots of Empathy rootsofempathy.org
Stop Bullying stopbullying.gov
Stop Cyberbullying stopcyberbullying.org

Caregiver Support

Care Zone carezone.com
Caregiver Action Network caregiveraction.org
Caring Bridge www.caringbridge.org
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California coalitionccc.org
Family Caregiver Alliance caregiver.org
Life Chronicles lifechronicles.org
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers caremanager.org
Well Spouse Association wellspouse.org

Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)

American Diabetes Association diabetes.org
Behavioral Diabetes Institute behavioraldiabetesinstitute.org
Carb DM carbdm.org
Diabetes Sisters diabetessisters.org
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF.org
You Can Do This youcandothisproject.com
Your Diabetes May Vary ydmv.net

Domestic Violence/Shelters

AACI (Asian Americans For Community Involvement) (408) 975-2730 aaci.org
Asian Women's Shelter (415) 751-7110
- Hotline (408) 279-2962
Community Solutions communitysolutions.org
- Gilroy (408) 842-7138
- Morgan Hill (408) 779-2113
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
National Network to End Domestic Violence (202) 543-5566 nnedv.org
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence nextdoor.org
- Main Number (408) 501-7550
- Hotline (408) 279-2962
Support Network YWCA Network For Domestic Violence supportnetwork.org
- Main Number (408) 295-4011
- Hotline (800) 572-2782
Woman, Inc (finds shelters for battered women) (877) 384-3578 or (415) 864-4722 womaninc.org
WOMENSV Great resources available for psychoeducation, safety, legal answers losaltosscf.org (650) 996-2200

Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Weight Acceptance

Academy for Eating Disorders aedweb.org
Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) sizediversityandhealth.org
Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders aptedsf.com
Body Positive bodypositive.com
Center For Discovery Treatment Program for Teens (800) 760-3934 centerfordiscovery.com
Diabulimia Helpline diabulimiahelpline.org
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center edreferral.com
Eating Disorders Resource Center (408) 559-5593 edrcsv.org
Gurze Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue gurze.com
International Association of Eating Disorder Specialists iaedp.com
La Ventana Treatment Program (408) 244-9500 or (415) 345-1238 laventanatreatment.com
National Eating Disorders (NEDA) nationaleatingdisorders.org
Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders something-fishy.org
The Body Positive thebodypositive.com

Sexual Assault and Rape

EMQ Child Sexual Abuse (408) 379-3796
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network Hotline (800) 656-4673 (656-HOPE) rainn.org
Rape Crisis Line (Community Solutions) (408) 779-2113
Rape and Sexual Abuse Hotline (408) 287-3000 communitysolutions.org
YWCA Santa Clara Valley Rape and Sexual Abuse Hotline (408) 287-3000

Get in touch

I'm based in Mountain View, CA on San Antonia Cir. Please contact me through the form below for additional information about my services. You can also call me at (408) 718-6915 or

201 San Antonio Cr, Ste C-125
Mountain View, CA. 94040
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