Elizabeth was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. Her parents always emphasized the importance of hard work, compassion, kindness, love and discipline. Elizabeth's mother and grandmother both lost their battle to cancer which helped Elizabeth to realize that serving others was part of her life mission. Having the courage to go to counseling during this process benefited her in countless ways!
After graduating from college with a BA in Communication, Elizabeth married and started a family. One of her three sons struggled with inattention and hyperactivity which lead her to begin studying ADHD and parenting. She returned to college and began working towards her Masters in Counseling. She also started working as a Health Coach while working on her Masters. She was fascinated with the subject matter in her psychology courses and found her Life Coaching deeply rewarding. It was an easy decision to decide to pursue her dream of becoming a Counselor. It was a fantastic match to her interests, life experience, and abilities.
She has lived in Fairhope, Alabama since 2003. She’s experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults in mental health facilities, schools, and private practice settings since 2010. She and her husband, Jack, have five active boys 15-21 years old. Elizabeth is a Level 2 trained Gottman therapist and The Gottman Method has meaning in her own life. Elizabeth and Jack are thankful for the ways the Gottman Method has taught them how to have the best marriage possible.
The Gottman Method and Elizabeth’s yoga practice have helped Elizabeth learn how to navigate many challenging times throughtout her life. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves spending time with her family, reading, taking walks and fishing with her husband. She also enjoys teaching Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Healing Crystal Bowl Sound Therapy and Kids Yoga!
Education and Professional History
Licensed Professional Counselor 2010-present, Alabama. License # 3059
Bachelor of Arts in Communication after attending Ole Miss and graduating from The University of South Alabama.
Master of Arts in Counseling after graduating from Liberty University.
Relevant Clinical Experience
She’s had a tremendous amount of training, supervision, and experience during her studies and her internship at The Harbor - Thomas Hospital. She’s worked with clients with a wide variety of presenting problems in many diverse counseling settings and as a Life Coach. These include intensive outpatient, church volunteer counseling centers, domestic violence shelter, local mental health center and the school setting. She’s experienced in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Today, she is a highly trained, experienced counselor and life coach with a passion for helping people improve their relationships and find their own harmony and inner peace. She is proud to be Level Two trained Gottman Couples Therapist.
Finally, she knows what it's like to seek professional help and challenge herself to grow. In her life, she has personally benefited from individual, couples, group and family counseling. She believes that everyone can benefit from counseling or coaching, as long as they are open to grow. Most of all, she believes that everyone can heal, grow, and learn from their experiences—sometimes we just need to have more support, knowledge, or expert guidance to do so. She has also personally benefited from her own Life Coach to help her grow and change as she constantly strives to be her best self! We are all a work in progress! It’s the beauty of life!
Questions about Gottman Method Couples Therapy?
Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed by Dr. John Gottman. He and his wife, Julie, are world renowned for over 40 years of breakthrough research with over 3000 couples. Dr. John Gottman has written over 40 books. Elizabeth is excited and passionate about practicing the Gottman Method Couples Therapy. It gives her a powerful structure that is based on science. Couples learn the skills to manage conflict in a calm and constructive manner. They also learn how to improve intimacy and friendship to re-capture those loving feelings. It is grounded on what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable, not idealistic notions or anecdotal evidence of what marriage ought to be.
Elizabeth is proud to be Level Two trained Gottman Couples Therapist providing clients with the complete Gottman couples therapy treatment, including a thorough online assessment, feedback session and ongoing therapy.
Step 1: Couples Session
Elizabeth will first meet with you as a couple for 90 minutes to learn about your history together and learn about your goals for couples therapy.
Step 2: Online Questionnaire
After meeting with Elizabeth, she will ask you to separately complete an online questionnaire. It will identify the strengths and challenges in your relationship which gives your couples therapy a tremendous head start towards improving your relationship. The Gottman Institute created this “Relationship Checkup” to thoroughly assess your relationship so your therapist knows exactly what tools will help you improve your relationship quickly and effectively.
Step 3: Individual Interviews
After you’ve completed the online assessment, Elizabeth will then meet with each of you individually for 45 minutes to discuss your own beliefs, concerns and viewpoint of your relationship. This allows Elizabeth to get to know you better and an opportunity to speak candidly with her about your relationship.
Step 4: Feedback Session
Elizabeth will spend this 90 minute session explaining your strengths and areas for growth using the “Sound Relationship House Theory.” During this session, you will gain a better understanding of the strengths and challenges of your relationship and how the Gottman research based philosophy establishes a road map for your relationship work together with specific priorities and goals. She will then ask you if you are ready to proceed with the recommendations for couples therapy to improve your relationship.
Step 5: Couples Therapy Begins
Once you’ve completed the assessment process, you and Elizabeth will begin your sessions. Most couples work with her anywhere from 3-15 sessions, every week or every other week. Some couples continue therapy longer for more complex concerns, such as history of trauma, addiction and recovering from infidelity.
After Couples Therapy
After you’ve successfully completed couples therapy, it’s recommended to schedule a 6 month check in to ensure you’ve continued to practice your new patterns and tools. Most couples find the check in comforting in case any new concerns arise.
Don’t wait any longer to invest in your relationship!
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