Elise Howell, M.A., LCMHC
Counseling is a space for authenticity and vulnerability in the midst of the challenges you face. Elise creates a nonjudgmental space for clients to process their stories, build skills to move them toward their goals and reconnect with what’s most important to them in life. She believes that health is not found in the elimination of pain, but in changing our relationship with pain and pursuing our values.
Elise collaborates with adults and teen girls (11+) in their journeys with anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, grief and loss, identity development, life transitions, body dissatisfaction, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and chronic health concerns.
She is passionate about helping teen girls and their families navigate the unpredictable years of adolescence, and supporting women to cultivate healthy relationships with their authentic selves. Elise also enjoys working with individuals seeking to understand painful relational patterns and establish peace and boundaries in the present. She supports parents of teens/pre-teens in building skills to coach and connect with their children in tough emotional moments, and to foster confidence and independence in their child.
Elise’s approach to therapy is holistic and relational, informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She uses Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR to support clients to heal from acute and chronic trauma. Elise also provides ERP for clients seeking to overcome anxiety, OCD, and disordered eating patterns. She incorporates creative activities and spirituality into therapy when desired by the client.
- Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Winthrop University
- Extensive experience counseling teens, adults and couples through clinical internships at Southeast Psych & Eternal Church
- Clinical practicum placement serving hospice patients and their families
- Author for Psych Bytes
Areas of Expertise
- Chronic Health Problems
- Eating/Body Image Issues
- Grief & Loss
- Identity & Growth
- Life Transitions
- Spiritual/Faith Integration