Liz has worked for many years with kids and families who have experienced severe trauma, and today she works with individual adults in her practice using leading-edge trauma, developmental psychology, and attachment theories through an anti-oppression lens. This work is applicable for severe trauma and long-standing pathological conditions, as well as for everyday hardship. She mostly employs the experiential modalities of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and other attachment models in her work. See links below for detailed information on these practices.
"The essence of trauma is disconnection. So the real question is: How did we get separated? And how do we get reconnected?"
Why Focus on Attachment & Trauma?
As social animals, we are all formed in great part by our historical, intergenerational, and neurobiological roots. From there, we make meaning and adaptations around needs that were or were not met, or harms that were incurred. These effects can be "stored" inside to become parts of us which define our personalities in both strengths and burdens, The "parts" that carry unhealed trauma correlate directly with our problems- the ones for which we seek out therapy.
According to Internal Family Systems theory (IFS), those symptoms, or parts, come forth in order to be seen, known and understood in order to be healed.
Similarly, in AEDP, the process of unburdening stored trauma is done through approaches that focus on contact with deeper-level emotions. Both methods prioritize in-session experiences that generate feelings and vulnerabilities, and do not put focus on intellectual talk, analysis, or cognitive processes, though these methods are applied to the extent that they are useful for the healing of the individual client.
Liz's practice is queer and trans-friendly and fat-positive, and she believes in de-centering whiteness in the mental health profession, particularly for those populations with historical barriers to wealth, citizenship, and land ownership. Please see information located under the Contact tab for more on how this practice addresses those issues in policy around racism and practice fees.
For More on Liz's Therapeutic Orientation:
Here's a short talk on the premise of IFS, by it's founder, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.:
For more information on what an IFS session may look like, check out this comic about IFS therapy by the artist Sacha Mardou:
Here is a summary of AEDP therapy from their website
For more information on working with psychedelics in therapy
An Article on use of psychedelics in psychotherapy in the New York Times:
Short Article on Psychedelic Integration in Therapy:
Gabor Mate Interview (30 mins):
For more information on healing trauma through an anti-oppression lens, see the anti-racism and systemic change work of the Education for Racial Equality website:
2008 Masters in Counseling from Seattle University
1997 Massage Therapy Certificate from Chicago School of Massage Therapy
1994 BA in Social Sciences from University of Victoria, BC, Canada
2022 Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 2 training
2021 Psychedelic Integration Training- Portland, OR
2021 "Fierce Love" AEDP Training with Sue Anne Piliero
2019 AEDP Immersion Training with Diana Fosha- NYC
2018 Neufeld Institute Parent Coach Training
2017 Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level I training
2017 Theraplay Training Levels I &II Vancouver, BC
2016 Certificate in Trauma and the Body Janina Fisher
2014 Certificate in Attachment Therapy with Deborah Gray, Kirkland, WA
2013 EMDR Training with Phil Manfield, Berkeley, CA
2012 Circle of Security Parent Education, Portland, OR
2011 Certificate in Psychological Trauma/University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Board Member since 2021 of Samaritan Center of Puget Sound
About Liz (She/Her):
"I am a mother to 2 school-aged kids, and am passionate about the arts, being active with my family in the community, and getting out into nature (backyard or back-country). I have a long career in the mental health field, starting in the early 1990's, as well as a varied experience of travel and odd-jobs along the way, including massage therapy. I also work as a freelance writer and pen the monthly Ask A Therapist column in the South Seattle Emerald. I live with my spouse, kids, cat and dog in Central Seattle, and am committed to working and living with a diverse population of people from all ethnic, gender, religious and cultural identities and backgrounds."