Elise is a practicum student in her second year of her PhD in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at University of Toronto. She received her MA in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University in 2007 and her BA in Honours Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2003. She has research experience in the fields of health psychology at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) and career psychology at the University of Toronto. She is currently assisting with a psychosocial oncology project at the University Health Network (UHN) Research Institute.
Prior to her PhD studies, Elise worked as a therapist, psychometrist and researcher in a variety of community, education, private practice and health care settings. She lived and worked in the Middle East for nearly a decade before returning to work in the GTA. She is particularly interested in working with clients to foster resilience after facing adversity, such as a critical illness or injury.
Elise works from an experiential framework and incorporates therapeutic techniques and tools that will best match her clients’ needs and goals. She has training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems therapy. She works with individual clients, couples and families who are seeking support navigating their anxiety, depression, transition, identity, grief and improving their coping skills. She is honoured to help her clients continue their work towards a better, more comfortable way of being in the world.