Elizabeth Wheeler, LLMSW, CAADC

Elizabeth relocated to Traverse City in March of 2017, after 20 years of working in the mental health and addictions field in both New York City and Durham, North Carolina.  She received her BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, and her MSW from New York University in 1995, after which she spent the next ten years working in NYC as a therapist for clients of all ages, and from all walks of life, including those struggling with HIV/AIDS and addiction. She also became adept in a variety of therapeutic interventions including REBT, Gestalt Therapy, DBT, CBT and Positive Psychology. Her background in the performing arts also sparked an interest in the techniques related to Drama and Music Therapy, which she incorporates into her work with clients open to the arts therapies.

Elizabeth has also been an addiction counselor for the last 15 years, and has a strong grasp of the issues people face when struggling with an addiction of any kind.. She has held a CAADC in Michigan since March of 2017, She understands that the transition from addiction to recovery can be incredibly challenging,  but also one of the most monumental changes one can experience. She refuses to give up on clients who are struggling with an addiction. She also has a strong background in trauma, and recognizes as many turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate trauma. She has had many clients in this predicament, and feels strongly about helping them get their lives on track.

Elizabeth also loves working with people who are dealing with other major life transitions. Even those changes that are “for the best”, along with excitement and positive emotions, can evoke  emotions like grief and loss. Elizabeth assists clients as they navigate these challenges, whether she’s working with teenagers and young adults or older adults on the verge of retirement.  She also has a great deal of experience in Complicated grief brought on by death of a loved one, whether it be a person or a beloved pet.

Elizabeth loves living in Traverse City with her husband and two cats, Jasmine and Jingles. She has a passion for hiking, and is an avid runner on the Boardman Lake trail during any season and any kind of weather. She also  loves singing, playing piano, and acting in productions at the Old Town Playhouse.