.Elizabeth is originally from Indiana, where she graduated from Huntington University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She began her career working with teens in a residential facility, and later as a mentor and leader for youth in the community. She migrated to Kansas City where she completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Lenexa, KS in 2005. She furthered her education again in 2009 by completing KC Play Talk, an extensive training program in play therapy.
She is now a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) and treats children ages 2 and up. She is also level 2 trained in EMDR, a specific approach in treating trauma, which she does with both adults and children. She also has training in Trauma Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay, Dyad Developmental Therapy (Attachment Focused Family Therapy), and loves to utilize play therapy within these models of therapy.
While she began her career working with troubled teens in residential, church, and community agencies, she has worked for nearly 10 years in the Northland as a therapist. There she gained extensive experience treating children, teens, and adults facing a variety of issues from trauma/abuse, divorce and relational issues, to depression and anxiety. In 2011 she launched a private practice in Leawood, KS where she continues to utilize play therapy in working with families in need.
Elizabeth has been described as a “kid magnet” for many reasons. Her enthusiasm immediately draws both children and parents in. She has a gift at encouraging and connecting with even the most challenging or traumatized children and teens. Elizabeth has led groups for teens and parents addressing a variety of issues. She also offers supervision and consultation to new therapists in the field and is a AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Currently, she also provides supervision at Friends University for students completing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Member
Association for Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor