Elizabeth is a PhD Candidate at the Ontario Institute for studies in Education, University of Toronto. She recently completed her predoctoral residency at FTPS and is now finishing her doctoral studies.
She holds a MA in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from OISE and a MA degree in Psychology from Ryerson University. She has completed a great deal of training, providing psychotherapy and assessment services at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Bariatric Program at Toronto Western Hospital. She worked as a psychometrist at the Bariatric program in Toronto Western Hospital from 2019-2020 conducting psychological assessment pre and post bariatric surgery, and providing therapy for eating-related concerns (emotional eating, binge eating, body image).
Elizabeth has experience working with people struggling with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, needle phobia, perfectionism, low self-esteem, depressed mood, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, grief, academic-related stressors, eating and body image concerns.
Elizabeth has seen individuals with individuals with a variety of OCD symptoms, including obsessions and compulsions related to contamination, harm, sexuality, health, relationships, perfectionism and just rightness. Elizabeth also works with individuals with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), such as excoriation disorder (skin picking), trichotillomania (hair pulling) and nail biting. She also works with individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Elizabeth uses evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, with a focus on ERP as needed. She uses this when working with individuals with OCD and anxiety. She also offers Inference-Based Cognitive Therapy (I-CBT) as an alternative and complementary approach to Exposure with Response Prevention. Elizabeth also takes a trauma-informed approach as needed, integrating emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural approaches to assist clients through the process of healing from trauma.
In therapy, Elizabeth aims to work collaboratively with clients to understand their difficulties, utilize your strengths, and develop tools and skills to improve their functioning within a warm, understanding, and empathic environment. She integrates client centered and cognitive behavioral approaches to help clients understand their current struggles and combines different techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy to help meet clients needs and treatment goals.
Elizabeth’s doctoral research examines the impact of stigma about mental health treatment on client’s participation and engagement in the therapy process.