Elizabeth (she/her or they/them) has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration in Community-Centered Integrative Practice, and is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate. She identifies as a queer, neurodivergent, multi-racial woman, and is especially passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC youth who have experienced trauma and/or identify as neurodiverse. From a small farming town in rural Indiana, she was once a kid in need herself, and understands just how meaningful positive connections with humans, animals, and nature can be.
Elizabeth has worked alongside youth and families for 10 years as an educator, clinical therapist, professional mentor, academic tutor, group therapist, athletic coach, and more. Her background in education in addition to personal experiences of feeling "othered" by dominant culture drive her passion for engaging youth and families in healing work and alternative methods of education with a goal of creating spaces where all young people have the opportunity to shine.
Elizabeth’s clinical work takes a person-in-environment approach, and is grounded in an understanding of how acute, complex, and generational trauma & oppression impact the brain and daily functioning. Elizabeth utilizes a clinical toolkit that includes evidence-based practices such as: Motivational Interviewing, Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Movement, Family Systems Therapy, CBT, and DBT skills training.