• Elizabeth Harvey

A Bit of Therapist Backstory

Today I'm sharing a little about the path that led me to become a therapist. I changed careers into counseling after years in government and corporate settings. It's been so meaningful to pursue this calling, and particularly to connect one-on-one with clients. My goal is to provide an emotionally safe and attuned space where clients can share their toughest stories and be seen, heard, and supported.

An influence on my path to becoming a therapist was experiencing September 11, 2001 and its aftermath while working in the US Capitol complex in Washington, DC. Feeling the great loss that day brought, witnessing heroism, and seeing the impact of those events on day-to-day life and work made a big impression on me.

This drew me to consider the unseen things each person carries with them as they go about fulfilling the demands of work and life, often in workplaces and environments that don't support the acknowledgment of personal challenges. This can be very isolating.

After I left work in the national security community to become a mental health professional, I was driven to better understand how human wellness can be supported by environment, whether the natural world, or a work or home setting. This led me to a certification in ecopsychology, an approach to understanding the relationship between human wellbeing and that of the rest of the natural world.

Recognizing interdependence and interconnection, particularly between humans and the rest of nature, now underpins my approach to counseling. This has grown out of my own connection with the beautiful nature of my home region in Southern New Mexico, in cultivating a garden as a food source, and in moving therapy outdoors for "walk and talk" in the desert.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll reach out if you relate to these thoughts and are looking for support.

A woman sitting cross-legged in white sand.