Based in Halifax, Elizabeth has a Masters degree in Social Work with over 30 years of experience in the field of clinical and community social work. She has extensive experience in mental health and addictions clinical practice and community-based prevention and promotion programs in diverse rural, northern, urban and First Nation communities. Elizabeth specializes in the areas of trauma and vicarious trauma recovery; depression; anxiety; grief and loss; chronic pain and illness; gender identity and sexual orientation; and relationship concerns.
Human resiliency is at the heart of all her work. Elizabeth believes in people’s inherent wellness and helps them build on their natural strengths and wisdom in creating a full, meaningful life. She has a strong interest in mindfulness-based practices for health and healing as well as in the restorative power of nature and the land.
Elizabeth worked as the Mental Health Consultant to the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program for Health Canada in the Atlantic Region. She is a member of the Atlantic Region Health Support team for survivors and descendants and continues to support individuals, families and communities. She has also been called on to work with family members of murdered and missing Aboriginal women.
Elizabeth is trained in a social justice model of adult education. As a workshop facilitator/trainer, Elizabeth engages participants at a real-life level to facilitate programs on wide ranging topics that promote health and resiliency. She is known for creating warm, safe, respectful and open learning environments.