Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Young adult mental health
Maternal Mental Health
Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
Sex therapy & sexual health
Elizabeth Elliot is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in the Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood in Chicago. She specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, depression and mood disorders, maternal mental health, substance abuse, sexual issues, and Millennial issues. Many of her clients are young men and women who recently graduated and are experiencing anxiety or panic for the first time, pregnant women, and new mothers who are navigating depression or the baby blues.
Elizabeth utilizes a number of different treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), interpersonal work, Supportive Therapy, and psychoeducation. She spends time helping her clients better understand their symptoms and what might be triggering them. When working with new moms, Elizabeth likes to get the family involved and will make home visits if appropriate. She also frequently collaborates with nurses, midwives, and a developmental psychologist to ensure her client’s needs are being met.
Elizabeth ultimately wants to help her clients navigate their symptoms and develop healthy coping strategies. She received training in maternal mental health at the Selini Institute and was part of the Illinois Masonic Medical Center Crisis Team for over five years. She looks forward to meeting you.
Young adult mental health – Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Pregnancy & postpartum mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Sex therapy & sexual health – Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life
Substance abuse – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
ADHD – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Initial/ongoing sessions: $100-$250 (30min-60min)
Therapist's note: Elizabeth can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Hi! I’m Liz. I’m an experienced and compassionate therapist in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. I work with a variety of clients, but central to all my therapeutic relationships is the belief that everyone has the potential to feel and function better and more effectively than they think. Whatever may be troubling you, I will hold space for you while working collaboratively to get at the roots of what may be making your life harder than it needs to be. I am very casual and use humor abundantly, so sitting down with a total stranger and discussing your innermost self isn’t nearly as hard as it might seem. I’d love to meet you!”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support.
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2013 - Present
Illinois Masonic Medical Center Crisis Team, 2010 - 2016
University of Minnesota, MSW, 1998
Carleton College, BA, 1992