Elisabeth Edwards, Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida

Elisabeth Edwards, MA, LMHC, LMFT

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I treat trauma, abuse, and grief in adolescents, individuals, and families. I also treat trauma resulting from spiritual abuse, as well as ADHD and Autism.

Most people come to counseling as a last resort. Coming to counseling can feel intimidating and awkward. At some point during the process, clients almost always express some kind of shame centered around the fact that they are coming to counseling and receiving help.

As a client looking for a counselor, it is important to find someone who you connect with and someone who you feel understands your pain. You should not feel shamed or stupid; your painful places should be treated with dignity and respect.

At our practice, we work hard to create a safe place for people to come to and work through their areas of pain or distress. We understand how uncomfortable and messy counseling can be and we work hard to help their clients find relief.

I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the Gainesville area. I am also a Qualified Supervisor for both Registered Mental Health Interns and Registered Marriage and Family Interns with the State of Florida. I am a Fellow of the American College of Advanced Psychotherapists, and currently serve on the Counseling Program Advisory Committee (CPAC) of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2001 and then went on to receive my Master of Arts in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL in 2004.

I lead the private practice of Elisabeth A. Edwards, MA, LMHC, LMFT and Associates and specialize in the treatment of trauma and abuse history, grief and loss, eating disorders, cutting, rage, and addictions. I also specialize in many facets of adolescent and family counseling.

I employ various techniques from Gestalt Therapy, Object Relations Theory, Attachment Theory, Systems Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existentialism, Cognitive Behavioral work, Animal Assisted Psychotherapy, and Art Therapy into my work with clients.

I live in Gainesville, FL with my family and my three Italian Greyhounds, Sue, Wyatt, and Conall, and enjoys many outdoor activities, including spending time with the horses and gardening.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Adoption & Fostering
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Binge Eating
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Developmental & Intellectual Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Neuropsychological Issues
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dance Or Movement Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Gestalt
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • American Indian Or Alaska Native
  • Autism
  • Biracial
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Hiv / Aids
  • Immunodisorders
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Faith Based Specialties

  • Atheism/Agnosticism
  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$130.00 - $150.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Anthem
,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
,
Cigna
,
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
,
Geha
,
Optum
,
Out Of Network
,
United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
19
License(s)
License #
state
LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)
MH 9427
Florida
Marriage and Family Therapist
MT 2620
Florida
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Reformed Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Counseling
2004