Elise is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Ball State University. Since graduating in 2004, she has continued to grow as an individual and clinician with additional graduate-level coursework, professional trainings, and volunteer work. Her compassionate, non-judgmental approach in therapy allows a safe environment where healing and growth can take place.
Elise’s theoretical approach to counseling is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rogerian Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. For trauma-related treatment, she also utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Experiential Reframing (ER). ER uses affective associations rather than cognitive associations to identify experiences for therapeutic intervention, allowing the client to connect and weave between associated recent and remote experiences, contrasting/positive experiences, resource memories, and future projections. After a session of ER, clients often state that they will never view the incident in the same manner, feeling more confident and grounded.
Elise's main areas of specialty are assisting adolescents and adults who have experienced abuse/trauma, or who are struggling with anxiety or depression. Throughout the course of nearly 20 years in practice, she has gained a considerable amount of experience working with individuals who have survived sexual/physical/emotional abuse, trafficking, domestic violence, the death of friends/family, abandonment, and other traumatic events. She also has significant experience working with individuals who are having difficulties with anger management, self-harming behaviors, life transitions, and stress management.