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Elizabeth Dean, LCSW
My Mission:“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously” said Steve Maraboli. My passion has always been to help restore hope to others and to help them work to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their relationships and life goals. Life is meant to be good, but it can be very difficult at times, and we can all benefit from empathic and objective insight-oriented therapy.
My Focus: I do Individual Psychotherapy, Marriage Counseling, and I work with adolescents. This may include symptoms such as depression, anxiety, grief, school avoidance, anger, eating disorders, and more. I also do supportive work with clients in active twelve step recovery programs.
My Background: Masters of Art in Social Work from University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Business Minor from Stephen F. Austin State University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
My Experience: My first five years were spent working in long-term residential treatment for adolescents. This treatment was mostly behavioral modification within a collaborative team. I interned at West Oaks and Spring Shadows psychiatric hospitals. The next eight years were spent as a psychotherapist in private practice, working for Sandra Carlson, LCSW-AP. I worked with a wide variety of clients and developed a synthesis of modalities - from traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy to cognitive plans for clients with anxiety, play therapy with children, and emotionally focused therapy. I also did Adoption Home Studies, community presentations, and group work.
My Technique: My approach is interpersonal, supportive, insight-oriented therapy. I use a variety of techniques determined by your primary issues, striving to use research based protocols. I work with all ages. Parenting today is increasingly challenging and I work within the format ‘Parenting with Love & Logic’, developed by Foster Cline, MD, and Jim Fay. I do play therapy with children under the age of 12. I strive to be culturally sensitive, and empathic.
About Me: I am a native Houstonian, raised here in Spring Branch. I am married, have three children: ages 27, 25, and 15. I love animals, I am owned by a cat, and I volunteer at the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Commission where I feed baby birds. I love gardening, and I play violin with the Houston Civic Symphony. I retreat to nature whenever possible, hiking in Colorado is one of my favorite places. Give me a book and I am a happy soul.