Meet a Mom - Dr. Elizabeth Miller - FairfieldMoms

Dr. Elizabeth Miller is a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience working with
both adolescents and adults. After living in NYC since finishing graduate school in Boston, Liz
and her husband moved to Fairfield a year and a half ago with their two young boys. Liz owns a
private therapy practice, Miller Therapy, PLLC. She mainly treats depression, anxiety, and
relationship issues. Liz also has a passion for working with moms, as she knows first hand how
hard it can be navigating life with children.

Where are you originally from and how long have you been in Fairfield?

I am originally from West Hartford, CT. My husband, Andy and I moved to Fairfield a year and
a half ago, after being in NYC for almost 10 years.

Tell us about your Family!
We have two boys, ages 4 ½ and 2. They definitely keep us on our toes!

One thing you wish someone would have told you about motherhood?

That these tiny little beings have the capability of pushing every button you have and then they
smile and melt your heart, all within a minutes time. Motherhood is about navigating every
emotion possible (both your kids’ and your own)!

What’s your favorite thing about raising a family in Fairfield?

There’s so much to do around Fairfield! From carnivals, to dance parties on the beach, to all the
different restaurants, there is always something to do with the kids!

Best mom hack that makes your life easier?

Remembering it’s ok to take short cuts! Buy some foods that can be cooked in the oven or
microwave; let your kids watch TV if you need time for yourself. They will be ok! Also, always
carry snacks (in your car, in your purse, etc…). There is a fine line between hungry and hangry
and you need to be prepared!

Tell us about your business and when & why you decided to start up this business?

I spent seven years working as a psychologist at a middle school in the south Bronx. While I
loved working with kids, I was ready for a change, so I joined a group practice in NYC working
with adults. I spent the last two and a half years there. However, over the past few months I
started questioning why I was working for someone else when I had all the skills and tools to run
my own business. Miller Therapy, PLLC officially opened two months ago and I have not
looked back!

Why is it important for people to see a therapist?

Often, people think therapy is only for those who have something really “wrong” but that could
not be further from the truth. Everyone can benefit from a neutral, objective party, whether it is
to help deal with a short-term issue or address a longer-term problem. A therapist is there to help
you navigate your world and teach you the tools you need to succeed on your own.

How should people contact you?
It can be overwhelming and hard to find a therapist that fits your needs. It is important to find
someone that you feel comfortable with, as it is so important to be vulnerable in therapy. If you
are looking for a therapist, or even just starting to think about therapy, check out my website– I am happy to have a phone conversation to see if I am the right fit,
and if I’m not, I’m happy to refer you to one of my trusted colleagues.

Tell us about the different specialities you have for treatment?
I was trained eclectically, meaning I pull from various modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Relational Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness, based on my clients
specific needs.

What should we look to see from you in the future?

Since I am still relatively new to Fairfield, I am trying to get out in the community more and
network as much as I can in order to meet the wonderful people here. Hopefully this will create
connections so Miller Therapy, PLLC can continue to grow!

Best advice for moms who experience the inevitable MOM GUILT handling a career and raising
a family?

We all feel guilt at certain times but I try to reframe it into a positive. When I am working, I try
to remember that I am showing my boys what it looks like to be a hard-working woman who
helps provide for her family. When I am home, I try to be present in order to create fun and
lasting memories. But remember, no one is perfect and we are all just doing the best we can!

Who has most influenced you to be the mom that you are today?
My mom! She worked full-time as a lawyer (and still does!) but my brother and I were always
her #1 priority. She is a great role model for a strong, successful businesswoman while
simultaneously being the most attentive, loving mom. Of course, she is now the world’s best
grandmother and inspires me to be the best mom I can be.

What advice would you share with a new mom or other moms?

Continue to cultivate a life outside of motherhood. Have dinner with your girlfriends! Go away
for a night with your partner! These things will end up making you a better mother because you
will have more patience when you are home. Daniel Tiger has an episode about how grownups come back when they leave (with a catchy song too!). In order to create secure attachments in
our kids, it is good for them to see you leave (and be comfortable with a babysitter, grandparent,
etc…) and know you’ll come back and kiss them goodnight while they are sleeping.

We love supporting local businesses – favorite places in Fairfield to…
Have Dinner with Family: Old Post Tavern
Grab a Drink with Friends: Esh
Have a Date Night: Artisan (my husband and I got married at the Greenwich Delamar, so we
love all things Delamar!)
Spend time together as a Family: Southport beach
Outside Activities: Tennis at Tomlinson Middle School, playing with our kids at the playground
at Mill Hill Elementary School (or one of the many other amazing playgrounds in Fairfield)
Grab coffee: The Corner Market and Sandwich Shop

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