Elizabeth  Torres
Zencare Vetted

Elizabeth Torres

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Torrey Hills Accepting In-person
Updated July 22, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Elizabeth Torres is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in maternal mental health, women’s mental health, cross-cultural issues/internalized racism, and couples therapy. A 3rd generation Mexican-American, Dr. Torres is a graduate of Rutgers University and completed her pre-doctoral internship training and post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Torres enjoys wearing many hats as a psychologist. While offering individual and couples therapy, she is also a supervisor, mentor, consultant, and trainer. She served for over 20 years on the training faculty at the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry Psychology Internship Program. Dr. Torres has also led groups in the community on mindfulness and motherhood and enjoys doing presentations to advocate for mental health awareness. She enjoys mentoring professional women of color through the many organizations to which she belongs.

Dr. Torres works from a trauma-informed, acceptance-based cognitive behavioral approach. Whatever the presenting issue, Dr. Torres considers the impact of childhood losses and traumas while taking a here-and-now, skills-based approach to therapy. A cognitive behavioral approach emphasizes the impact of thoughts, feelings, and actions on each other and utilizes these connections to drive change. Often, clients also need to learn to live with what is beyond their control using acceptance-based skills and strategies. Dr. Torres is a collaborative and engaged therapist and seeks to individualize therapy for her clients. For couples therapy, Dr. Torres is informed by the work of the Gottman Institute, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and behavioral approaches to couples issues.

Dr. Torres is the author of Just This Moment: a Guide for Moms who want to enjoy Parenting, Raise Great Kids, and THRIVE! She is passionate about enjoying life and empowering others.


Message to clients

Therapy can be a helpful way to find clarity and courage about what you are wanting for your life. I work well with people who “think too much” and are “too sensitive” or “intense”. I take a practical approach and am happy to answer any questions you may have. I’m currently offering telehealth only for clients in California and Massachusetts.

Before the first meeting I send some questionnaires through my secure online portal to get a sense of how someone is doing using standardized measures (5-10 minutes max to complete). In the first meeting for individual therapy, or Initial Evaluation (75 minutes), we will talk about what you want help with and what your life is like. I will be interactive and collaborative as we identify things you would like to work on or things you would like to change. I will be honest about whether I think I can be helpful.

For couples, I will spend 120 minutes for a first session so there is time to hear from both members of the couple about their lives and what they are needing help with. After the initial evaluation individual sessions are typically 50 minutes and couples’ sessions are 90 minutes, unless otherwise arranged.

While many clients come weekly at first, I also work with people on a bi-weekly, monthly, or even episodic basis. I invite you to reach out and see if we are a good fit.


Specialties

Pregnancy & postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Elizabeth Torres is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $250
  • Initial session: $320 (75min)
  • Couples sessions: $450 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Torrey Hills practice
11300 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 106, San Diego, California 92121
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9-8pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9-8pm
  • Fri 9-3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 25 years

Private practice, 1996 - Present
McLean Hospital, 1994 - 96
Rutgers University, 1990 - 96

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology--Rutgers University, PsyD, 1996


Licensure

California: 30860

Massachusetts: 7337


Languages

English