Hello and Welcome!
Counseling works. It really does.
My clients are people who are curious about themselves and about how to improve their lives. They are people pleasers, young adults, older adults, professionals, nurses, doctors, stay at home parents, over achievers, college students, adventurers, people who think "they've got every body else fooled but really they aren't as together as people think" (their words, not mine!).
They are people who have realized they are stuck in patterns that don’t work for them anymore or are struggling to get through something difficult in their life.
Counseling is about having someone you can trust outside of the people in your life, without being judged, to help you gain new perspective, insight, tools, and even healing in your life.
Adults usually come to see me because they are trying to work out issues like improving communication in relationships; sadness; stress and anxiety; dealing with life transitions (relationship changes, careers, grief, etc). The reasons for coming into counseling are many and I believe that everyone can benefit.
Counseling is not just for the “mentally ill” or for “severe” issues. Nobody’s life is exempt from challenges, and counseling simply offers a healthy avenue to take on those challenges using your own strengths, and discover insights about yourself that will give you the momentum you need for healing and change. What I provide is the healing and non-judgmental space, combined with my professional knowledge, experience, and genuine empathy to guide you through this process. To me every client is unique, so I don’t just specialize in one type of counseling. I adapt and draw from many theoretical approaches according to the way you think, feel, and even simply what you want! Overall, I counsel using a very holistic, transpersonal, strengths based (wellness), and experiential approach.
“When I first started my search for a therapist, I was a little skeptical that therapy would work for me. The thought of sharing so many personal details and being so vulnerable in front of a total stranger was kind of terrifying actually... From that first session on, I have felt completely accepted and at ease... Her insights are spot on, and she has helped me see through a lot of my own negative tendancies, without making me feel judged in any way! She has also provided me with many excellent tips and strategies for fighting anxiety/depression and self esteem issues. Honestly, you will be doing yourself a great favor by giving her a call!”
“Liz is amazing. I was nervous about going to counseling but she immediately made me feel comfortable. She is relaxed and her presence is calming and friendly and down to earth. I've been seeing her for about a month now and I can't believe I waited this long! I realized this morning how much my life has changed because of the work I've done with her so I wanted to put it out there.”client
“I think you ARE a spectacular counselor. We both know I didn't have a lot of faith that my marriage could work when we started. In just a few short months, we've gone from probably going to divorce to being best friends again, like when we were dating, before the kids, and the bills, and all the stress of life. Our relationship is stronger than it has ever been. We can't thank you enough.”former clients
"Elizabeth provides an environment that is comfortable and relaxing. She is an experienced, capable, and dedicated professional whom always keeps her clients best interests at heart. Because of Elizabeth, my family enjoys a much improved open line of communication and greater understanding of each other. The outcome of our counseling has far exceeded my expectations and I would strongly recommend Elizabeth to anyone looking for ways to improve or enrich their lives.”
Is Counseling Right for You?
I understand that deciding to get counseling AND finding the right counselor can be difficult. It is important to make sure your counselor understands your issues, knows how to address them, and most importantly, that you feel comfortable. In order to make this first step a little easier, I offer the first session free. I find that it is helpful for both me and you (the potential client) to have a relaxed, and non-stressful first meeting that lasts about 30 minutes. No commitment or fee, you just come in to my office, make yourself comfortable, and share with me a little about what’s going on and what you are looking for in counseling. You can also then get a feel for me, ask me questions about how I work, and decide if I’m the right counselor for you. If I am not, I will be happy to send you home with referrals of other professionals in the community whom I trust and might be more suited to what you need.