Elena Zagarskas, Psy. D.
Dr. Zagarskas provides therapy and formal assessment for children and adults ages 5 and up. Areas of assessment include intellectual and learning abilities, memory, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), major mood disorders, and personality functioning. She is experienced in treating mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), grief/loss, trauma, eating disorders among adults, personality dysfunction, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.
Elena’s treatment approach is integrative with a foundation in existential psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She also frequently uses skills and approaches from dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and psychodynamic theory. A deep value for social justice underlies her focus in which individual differences are explored and appreciated. Elena also welcomes the use of creative arts in sessions for those interested.
Dr. Zagarskas earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, her master’s degree from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings since 2007.
"Challenges to maintaining wellness come at various ages and times in our lives. These challenges can become opportunities to discover more of our authentic selves, develop greater resilience, and create more balance. The process of this growth itself is unique and incredibly meaningful for each of us." - Elena Zagarskas, Psy. D.
Testimonial Disclosure Statement: Testimonials herein are unsolicited, anonymous and are received after care has been received in an attempt to assure healthy therapy relationships and confidentiality.
"Dr. Zagarskas was amazing! Aftercare Program was much needed….Follow up with patients and the level of care you provide… giving patients practical skills to use to help with mental health issues."
Dr. Glovan, Health and Wellness IOP; Dr. Zagarskas, Individual Therapist; Katie Petrochic, Adult Aftercare Program)"I miss everyone in IOP! I believe you have given me so much opportunity to grow and learn! Thank You so much for all that you have done for me! Aftercare is going well after the first visit. My 1:1 sessions with Dr. Elena (Zagarskas) are also going really well! Setting my world up the way I want it to feedback to me is an ongoing effort! But yes, I am determined to continue to grow and learn with whatever life throws at me! I believe you have an amazing program/practice with an incredible team! Keep being true to you! I love what you are, what you stand for, and what you potentially do into the future! I promise I won’t be a stranger!"
"Hi Dr. G, I hope you are doing well! I do miss you and The Health and Wellness Intensive Outpatient Program! I continue to apply all of your teachings as I move through life! Dr. Elena Zagarskas has been a blessing to me as well. She definitely points out my blind spots, which I’m so grateful for. I’m also wishing and sending the rest of your amazing team my utmost respect...They all have touched my life in a way that is priceless."
John Glovan, PsyD Michael Pollak, PCC, LICDC Barbara Ballash, MA
Stephanie Cerula, LPCC Karen Conkey, LPCC Jordon Distad, LPC
Anna Gray, PA-C, MSHS Cory Hersh, MEd John Hertzer, MD
Kelli Hess, MA Migyeong Jang, M.A. Cathy Knezevich, M.Ed., PCC
Dr. Erin Kotkowski Joanna Koutros, MD Sara McCormick, MA
Elizabeth Caldera, MA Lisa McDonough Madeline McDowell, LPCC
Jennifer Merthe-Grayson, M.A. Kim Mueller, Office Mgr Juliana Muir, LPC
Erika Nathan, MD Dawn Ostrowski, LPCC-S Erin Pawlak, LPCC-S
Ashley Perkins Katie Petrochic, LPC Lauren Plott, LISW-S
Ashley E. Poklar, PhD Michael J. Primc, M.D. Ikeshia Smith, PsyD, LSW
John Spiesman, Ed.D., MSW, LISW Korinne Stanich, LPCC Brahmaiah Tandra, MD
Marta Vigerstad, LISW Genna Weinberg, LPC Racheal Wilson, LPC
Emma Wolfe, LPC Elena Zagarskas, Psy.D. David Zavasky, LPCC-S LICDC-CS