Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Fedrick, Ph.D., LPC.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Fedrick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In my early twenties, after multiple experiences of working with struggling adolescent females, I decided I wanted to pursue my degree in Psychology, and eventually in Professional Counseling, to work with teens in a counseling setting. I knew from early on in pursuit of my degree that I wanted to work with children and adolescents in order to have the best opportunity of helping them break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and maladaptive behaviors. As I started the process of my education, I also dreamed at this young age that I would one day open my own counseling private practice.
While completing my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I had the opportunity to intern at what would become a safehouse for teen females who were survivors of sex trafficking all around the US. I served on the board for their prevention team and would travel around the Phoenix area facilitating events to provide awareness and prevention of these horrific events that were happening and continue to happen, right in our hometown. I then went on to complete my master’s degree in Professional Counseling and had the opportunity to work with various diverse populations in Downtown Phoenix while completing my practicum, including in juvenile detention centers and other various behavioral health facilities.
After completing my master’s degree, I worked as the Regional Behavioral Health Manager for a community behavioral healthcare agency and had the opportunity to provide services for children and families in the foster care system for multiple years. In this role, I also facilitated professional development training for therapists, as well as for other professionals in the community who were also involved with children in the foster care system, such as judges, attorneys, and court appointed advocates. My journey eventually led me to an amazing opportunity in a private practice setting, where I provided therapeutic services for children, teens, adults, couples, and families. In this setting, I expanded my services to work more with adults, couples, and families, which I quickly realized I had a passion for. While working in private practice, I completed my doctorate in Psychology, as well as obtained licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
After obtaining my doctorate and licensure, I decided it was time to open my own business and pursue my dream of owning a counseling private practice. I opened my practice in mid-2019 and have not looked back since. I was fortunate enough to have an extremely talented therapist and wonderful friend, Joanna, take the leap of faith and join me as the other provider in my practice. Since then we have been incredibly blessed to add an expert in the field of child and adolescent therapy to our team, as well as two interns. In January 2020, we will be moving into our recently expanded location, which will allow us to add more amazing therapists to our team. Though my journey has been a long one, full of twists, turns, and unexpected events, I have arrived at my original dream of owning and operating a counseling private practice. I am incredibly blessed and honored to work with other like-minded individuals, who are just as passionate and dedicated to providing high-quality mental health services, as I am. I am ready and eagerly waiting for the next leg of my adventure.
Has it been a smooth road?
As with any goal worth pursuing, there have certainly been bumps along the way. The road to opening my private practice has been long and laborious, but undoubtedly worth it. The number of years it took to obtain the necessary education and licensure to open a private practice was probably the most arduous aspect of this journey. There were many times it felt as though my dream would not be achieved due to the hurdles that had to be jumped and the hoops I had to go through. After obtaining what I needed to move forward, the goal of owning a business still felt foreign and very unlikely due to the tedious tasks involved in this entrepreneurial process. However, I am extremely thankful to my husband, whose education and multiple years of experience in the business world, afforded the necessary knowledge and skillset to successfully move forward with achieving my goal of opening a practice.
Please tell us about your practice.
Evolve Counseling & Behavioral Health Services provides a variety of counseling services, including child, teen, adult, couples, and family counseling. Our providers are trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and other various therapeutic modalities that are effective for treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, attachment, grief and loss, as well as assisting with life transitions and personal improvement (including motivation & self-esteem). We also provide treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Our providers are trained in various trauma treatment modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Our providers’ primary focus is to assist our clients in processing through previous experiences that may be continuing to cause distress, as well as work to equip our clients with the necessary tools and resources to function more effectively throughout their daily lives. We also strive to assist our clients in increasing healthy coping skills and effectively addressing negative thoughts and beliefs that may be leading to challenges in their daily moods, interpersonal relationships, and overall behaviors.
While we provide services for individuals of all ages, and for a plethora of different mental health concerns, most of our providers specialize in working with children and adolescents. We are known in the East Valley for providing services for children 3 years and up, as well as for the work we do within the context of the parent-child relationship. Our providers are all extremely knowledgeable in working with children and adolescents in areas such as anxiety, depression, trauma, ADD/ADHD, and behavioral concerns.
What I am most proud of as a company is the amount of passion and dedication that the providers at Evolve Counseling have for our clients and for the behavioral health field as a whole. We are all extremely dedicated to continued education and to working to improve ourselves not only as therapists, but also as individuals. We also share the same vision of helping our clients heal from previous life experiences, and to break free from the barriers holding them back from reaching their personal goals. We ensure to cultivate a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment, which is crucial to the healing and growth process.
What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
My favorite childhood memories consist of the adventures that we would go on regularly, including seeing different parts of the country, trying different foods, and being exposed to various cultures and traditions. I believe that these experiences have cultivated my love for travel and adventure and have also led to my passion and respect for the diversity of people and their own unique experiences.
- Address: 1206 E. Warner Rd. Suite 203 Gilbert, AZ 85296
- Website: www.evolvecounselingaz.com
- Phone: 4805903915
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @evolvecounselingaz
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