As a pediatric cancer survivor, Elisabeth understands the ripple effects of trauma can create throughout the lifetime. As a therapist, Elisabeth’s main goal is to foster a healing relationship with her clients that make them feel heard and supported no matter what trial they may face. She specializes in working with clients (both children and adults) that have experienced trauma and clients that experience anxiety and mood disorders.

“The world can be a scary and confusing place. Our lives can be equally as distressing and terrifying. As a therapist, I want therapy to be a sanctuary of sorts, where a client can be present and feel safe. I do this by providing unconditional support and care for my clients and the topics they present. Therapy is an epic journey that clients undertake, and I feel grateful and excited to set off with them. I want to hike through this adventure with them and help them find the path that makes them feel fulfilled and hopeful for the future.”

When working with adult clients, she practices from a mainly psychodynamic perspective with some supplemental cognitive behavioral techniques. Elisabeth also believes it is important to work with clients through a multicultural lens; factors such as race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, and more impact her treatment plans and diagnostics. She strives to create a welcome and inclusive space for all clients. 

When working with children, Elisabeth tailors therapy to meet each client’s developmental needs. “Children are much wiser than adults give them credit for.” Elisabeth says. “They feel just as deeply, and they can be wounded just as grievously as adults. However, they often do not have words to express how much they are hurting, and will act out through behaviors instead. It is my purpose as a therapist to help children find the words to heal these wounds, with the ultimate goal being that they get to continue enjoying their childhood despite past struggles.” By integrating play therapy with psychodynamic work, she helps pediatric clients work through their emotions in an age appropriate manner. 

Elisabeth graduated with academic distinction from Northwestern University, Evanston IL, with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a specialization in working with children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.