Elizabeth Samuelson, MA, LPCC
Hello, my name is Liz Samuelson and I am a therapist here at Flatirons Counseling Services. I am committed to partnering with you in working towards desired change and enhanced quality of life.
It is a pleasure and privilege for me to collaborate with clients in all stages of life, to identify areas of desired growth, to set goals, and develop skills that enhance communication, relationships, self-understanding and leads to overall life satisfaction. I take an eclectic therapeutic approach, utilizing the techniques best suited to each unique counseling situation. The genuine therapeutic relationship I endeavor to build with individuals is the basis for successful work. I bring a sincere empathy and concern towards every individual I serve as well as a spiritual perspective to my work, while foremost honoring the unique life view of each person I support.
For all my career I have been dedicated to “helping professions”, working to support a variety of people with a wide range of difficulties – from trouble adjusting to life changes, to relationship problems, to coping with a mental health diagnosis. My college education began with a bachelor’s degree in the dual majors of English and Religious Studies from Denison University in Ohio, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I then started my career in the Human Service field serving as a Case Manager, empowering individuals with major mental illness, dual diagnosis, and developmental disabilities.
I returned to college to obtain my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University in Massachusetts, where I graduated with honors. I also completed a clinical internship at a community mental health facility, where I worked with single adults, couples, and families with a variety of presenting problems, such as parenting difficulties, substance abuse and grief and loss. Further, I worked with kids, utilizing play therapy. At times I served as a liaison between children, their parents and the school system to foster communication. Lastly, I co-facilitated psycho-educational groups around topics such as anger management, substance abuse, and parenting.
Since my internship, my ongoing experience has been working with children K-12 through scholastic volunteering, children’s ministry work and several years as a substitute teacher in BVSD. I have pursued continuing education and training around childhood disorders, giftedness, 2e, and topics such as perfectionism, executive functioning, stress management, sibling rivalry, pediatric nutrition, and innovative education. I am familiar with the process of pursuing assessment and navigating the school system in pursuit of 504 accommodations or IEP services. I have a passion for supporting kids and families facing learning and developmental challenges and equipping them with coping skills to navigate challenging circumstances.
Personally, I have been married to my husband since 2004. Together we are raising two active adolescent children. My husband and I have worked hard to cultivate a strong, loving relationship amidst the demanding, ever-changing challenges of parenting. By working to keep our marriage healthy, we have also helped to strengthen our nuclear family, providing a foundation for our kids. We try to model effective communication, conflict resolution, Christian ethics, and values. I bring an understanding of both the stresses and joys of family life and a desire to help spouses, parents, and kids build solid relationships that can endure the bumps of life.