Elizabeth takes a collaborative, mindful, and individually-tailored approach to therapy, engaging with her clients in a joint effort to resolve personal and interpersonal stressors. Coming from a long line of mental health practitioners in her own family, Elizabeth grew up with a passion for mental wellbeing and an understanding that life often oscillates between periods of balance and imbalance, sometimes requiring extra support.
Approaching therapy from a holistic point of view, Elizabeth focuses on the mind, body, and sociocultural factors known to affect mental health and relationships. She uses both her clinical and scientific backgrounds to help clients communicate their needs, identify their strengths, and build long-term strategies for well-being. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Elizabeth also offers therapy in Spanish (ofrece terapia en español).
In 2013, Elizabeth completed a Master’s in Counselling with a speciality in Marriage and Family Therapy, which included particular emphasis on understanding complex relationship dynamics and effective strategies to assist couples and families through periods of stress.
Prior to moving to Melbourne in 2015 to begin a Ph.D., Elizabeth worked as a substance abuse counsellor for teens and as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas with couples and adults.
As a therapist in both public and private sectors, she gained extensive experience supporting both same- and opposite-sex couples in working through communication-style mismatches, infidelity and mistrust, medical stressors such as HIV+ diagnoses, financial stress, and child rearing conflicts.
In addition, Elizabeth is skilled in supporting clients coping with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, trauma, and addiction, including conducting regular substance dependent support groups and completing a specialized suicide intervention training (ASIST).
Since beginning her Ph.D. in 2015, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to researching mindfulness-based treatment interventions and the impact these have on mental health, sleep, and biological markers of stress such as cortisol and inflammation. She has several scientific articles published in leading psychology journals and frequently gives public talks and lectures about the health benefits of psychological treatment interventions.
As a licensed provisional psychologist, Elizabeth uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help her clients. She draws from Mindfulness, which focuses on staying present to your experiences, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helps you identify and explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which helps couples have more empathy for each other so they can build deeper connections. Elizabeth also works from an Attachment Theory perspective, which means understanding the type of bond you had with your parents while growing up and how this plays out in your relationships.
She looks forward to working with you towards restoring balance in your life.