Elisabeth  Sackton

Elisabeth Sackton

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Belmont practice (updated March 26, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Parenting
  • Gender identity
  • Trauma
  • Divorce
  • LGBTQ+ topics
  • Academic and learning issues
  • ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Chronic illness and health challenges
  • Pre-cohabitation and pre-marital challenges
  • Interfaith/multi-faith couples and families

Professional statement

Elisabeth Sackton is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Belmont, MA. Her private practice centers on working with people who consult with her about relationships, parenting, gender identity, trauma, and separation/divorce, and a wide variety of other issues. Elisabeth is trained in family systems and narrative approaches to therapy. She uses a variety of ways to work actively with clients as they face challenging or painful situations in their lives, and is particularly interested in working with people to develop their resilience and restore a sense of agency as they work toward their goals and towards generating a sense of hope.

Elisabeth has a unique specialty in assisting parents with children who have learning disabilities. She is knowledgeable about educational and emotional issues that parents are navigating as they advocate for their children in both schools and non-educational settings. She is also particularly interested in working with families who are planning post-secondary transition, and in helping students with disabilities become strong self-advocates. She also works with adults and couples who are managing learning or attentional issues that affect them in work or relationships.

Elisabeth works with many LGBTQ+ people and is deeply familiar with many issues LGBTQ+ clients might bring to therapy, including internalized oppression, dilemmas about coming out, and life cycle decisions. She works with individuals, couples and families around gender identity and gender affirmation; considering parenting, and general couple and individual issues.

Some of her other areas of interest: working with writers, artists, and musicians; working with interfaith couples; pre-marital/pre-cohabitation counseling; working with separating parents seeking help to minimize the impact on children during a separation; individuals facing divorce/separation; couples and individuals coping with acute or chronic illness; young adults in transition to college or post-college.

Message to clients

Liveliness, warmth and connection are the ground for my practice, where I focus on you and your passions and commitments in life, the places you are stuck or feel vulnerable, and the hopes and capacities that you bring to difficulties in your life. I love the work I've done for the past 30+ years, consulting with a wide variety of individuals and couples, artists and performers, and parents of young children through adolescents.
Individuals and couples can expect careful and collaborative listening, and an appreciation of context, culture and meaning.
Couples often experience relief when they are able to utilize a safe and calmer context for difficult conversations. With appreciation for each person's story, I help couples move from blame towards compassion and understanding. Often, these conversations can bring new energy and closeness to couples, and help each partner to clarify new directions for growth.


Couples counseling - Working with couples at moments of transition, stress, crisis, on issues of communication, closeness, conflict,parenting choices, relationship skills

Parenting - Working with parents who are in need of support or consultation around child developmental issues or personal issues that are raised by being a parent. Working with parents of children with developmental or learning disabilities with a focus on reducing parental stress, supporting parents relationships, and navigating larger systems of care (schools, medical systems)

Gender identity - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Trauma - Working with effects of trauma by establishing self care and safety, and working with the effects of trauma including profound losses, history of sexual assault or being a target or witness of violence, or similar experiences

Divorce - Working with individuals or separating couples on the meaning of ending partnership, developing self care and intentionality for the process of divorce or relationship dissolution. Parenting through divorce, including managing co-parenting at various stages of child development, protecting children from parental conflict, and supporting ongoing parent-child relationships in the new family configuration

LGBTQ+ topics - Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges

Academic and learning issues - Emotional and social issues related to academic challenges, transition to college or other post-secondary trajectory

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing the effects of ADHD on work, relationships, self esteem and self care

Chronic illness and health challenges - Working with effects and meaning of illness with individuals, couples and families; living with acute and chronic illness

Pre-cohabitation and pre-marital challenges - Working with couples on building relationship foundations

Interfaith/multi-faith couples and families - Relationship issues that emerge because of different religious backgrounds or values, including parenting decisions, identity, family celebrations

General expertise


Elisabeth Sackton is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160
  • Initial session: $160

Therapist's note

Elisabeth can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Belmont practice

38 Lexington Street

Suite E

Belmont, MA 02478

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Wed 7:30am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 7:30am-12:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1990 - Present

Eastern Middlesex Human Services, Clinician, 1986 -1993

Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW, 1985


  • English