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Hi! I'm Elizabeth!

Pronouns: She/Her

From boots on the ground to the therapy office, I know we all have a different story to tell and I am honored that you are considering me to share that story with.  Deciding to reach out to a therapist can be really daunting, but together we can work together to empower you to write your own story.

Why I am a Social Worker

"And now for something completely different!"

I finished a chapter in the military, and while that may seem different from working as a licensed clinical social worker,  I wanted to continue the part of that job that I loved, which was listening to other’s stories, walking with them. As a veteran, I am passionate about working with our military, government, and first responders and have experience working with active duty and reservists struggling with substance use disorder and other challenges such as trauma and injury, and work diligently to destroy the stigma and barriers to improving mental health. I believe in empowerment and provide trauma informed care that is goal directed and collaborative.

 

Change is where growth is. I hold your story and help you discover new tools to try out and put in your own toolbox as you journey through this “one wild and precious life”. I have experience supporting adolescents and adults, cisgender as well as LGBTQIA+, living with anxiety, ADHD, trauma, depression, autism spectrum disorder, substance use disorder, as well as loss, life transition and conflict. 
 

Current Adventures:

  • Summer 2022 I begin EMDR Training.

  • Currently Reading: "The Body Keeps The Score" by Bessel Van Der Kolk

  • Just Finished Reading: "My Grandmother's Hands" by Resmaa Menakem.

  • Finding Mindfulness in music, hot yoga (20 year practitioner), camping, and spending time with my dog.

Specialties and Services

  • Substance Use Disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Individual Therapy​

    • Family Support for Recovery

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    • Interpersonal Trauma

    • Military Trauma

    • First Responder and Medical Worker's Trauma

  • Gender Affirming Mental Health Care

  • Gender Confirmation Surgery Evaluations and Letters

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy Letter Writing

  • Treating Military Members and their Families

  • Federal Employees and their Families

  • Grief, Loss, and Life Transitions

  • Working with Clients 15 years old +.

Treatment Style and Methods

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) coping skills, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.

Education and Credentials

Education

  • 2017 The Catholic University of America, Masters of Social Work, clinical concentration

  • 1991 Georgetown University, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, BSFS

Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Virginia since January 2021

  • Current Training Goals: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Training.