Elizabeth Schaefer, LCSW - Illinois Therapist at Grow Therapy

Elizabeth Schaefer

Elizabeth Schaefer


6 years of experience
Solution oriented

Whether you are dealing with stressful life changes, relationship conflict, cycles of anxiety and depression, or just need someone to help process all of life's complicated emotions, I am here to help. I believe a person grows best when given authenticity and encouraged to be as their authentic selves. Emotional disconnection from oneself can cause difficulty coping which often lead them to unhealthy coping skills in an attempt to relieve pain. Therapy is not just solving those immediate problems, but working to create lifelong stability through coping skills and tools.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session, I will guide us in gathering a comprehensive history of you - taking the time to really understand your background and what prompted you to seek therapy. I will gain an idea of the struggles you are facing and together we can collaborate on a treatment plan to best fit your needs. I know therapy can be intimidating, so we can go at your speed and create a relaxed enviornment while we get to know eachother.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

I like to use the following treatment methods and tools: cognitive-behavioral- therapy, mindfulness exercises, role-playing, and journaling exercises. I also believe in the healing power of moving our bodies and spending time in nature. There are many different tools and treatment methods used in therapy but I believe it depends on the individual when determining which would be most beneficial.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My biggest strengths are being non-judgemental and easy to talk to. I am empathetic to others, as I have also struggled with some interpersonal conflicts myself throughout my life. No two people experience the same struggles, but it allows us to empathize with others when going through a tough time. I am able to bring authentic relational skills and humor into our sessions, to make the experience a safe yet challenging one in order to promote each client to grow into their best selves.

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