Ms. O'Brien has been in private practice since 2004. In addition to being a licensed professional counselor, she is also a consultant, speaker, yogi and educator who specializes in maternal mental health, early childhood mental health, parenting concerns, complex trauma, and relationships problems. Elizabeth is also widely respected as a "therapist's therapist," providing support for other "helpers" in our community.
Elizabeth has a passion for educating other professionals about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders, and has trained therapists, maternal providers, birth workers, public health nurses, early childhood educators and the community on this important topic. Another hat she wears is as a volunteer coordinator with Postpartum Support International (PSI), and she is currently Board President of the Georgia Chapter of PSI.
Elizabeth grew up outside of Chicago and received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She began working as a counselor at a battered women's shelter in 1993 in Fairbanks, Alaska. There she was exposed to complex trauma within a diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic settings. Elizabeth then obtained her masters degree in Dance Movement Therapy at Columbia College, Chicago where she learned the significance of the Mind/Body connection within the context of emotional and physical health. During graduate school, Elizabeth developed and facilitated non-veral attunement support groups for mothers and babies while interning as a postpartum doula. After graduation Elizabeth returned to Alaska where she gained a wealth of clincial experience in hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, grammar schools, a juvenile correction facility, preschools and an infant learning program to name a few.
In 2004, Elizabeth launched her private practice, working in groups and individually with children, families and adults. Due to some of the unique demands of working as a therapist in Fairbanks, Alaska, she had therapy sessions in traditional offices, homes, and even in remote Alaskan Native villages, accessible only by plane. In 2008, Elizabeth began working as Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant with Head Start, a private day care, and later with an Infant Learning Program. Two years later Elizabeth was one of the founding board members of Alaska's Early Childhood Mental Health State board. After years of interest in yoga, Elizabeth completed her 200 hour training in yoga. She loves to incorporate meditation and yoga into all her sessions.