We occasionally spotlight therapists on Mental Health Match. Elizabeth Wilkins is a Houston therapist who specializes in Anxiety, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Couples Therapy. View Elizabeth's profile here.
Where do you go to find peace in Houston?
I love sitting on the patio of Brasil Café in Montrose in the mornings. I can be outside but covered from the elements, enjoy my coffee, and watch life happening around me.
What is one mental health resource in Houston that you wish more people knew about?
Family Services of Greater Houston. They see people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds and offer therapy on an income-based sliding scale. They also provide financial coaching at no cost.
There are many approaches to therapy. What is something interesting about your approach?
My approach to treating anxiety and trauma focuses on both the mind and the body. I offer both biofeedback and neurofeedback which teach you skills to self-regulate your nervous system, allowing you to feel more in control of your bodily sensations and reactivity. I also utilize a newer form of trauma therapy called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART is evidenced-based and allows you to address the trauma without having to describe all the details or continuously re-live your trauma over and over again. People describe feeling lighter after just the first session.
Additionally, I’m trained as a family therapist, which means I take a relational approach in all of my therapy. Even when I’m working with an individual, we still approach issues from the framework that our relationships and feelings of connection directly affect our patterns of thought and behavior.
What is one piece of advice you have for people trying to find a therapist?
Searching for a therapist can be really overwhelming. Pick out what matters most to you – whether it’s availability of session times, cost, specialization, etc. – and narrow your search criteria based on that. Someone might be a fabulous therapist, but if they can’t meet your logistical needs, then it’s not a good fit.
How can people know if they’ve found a therapist who is right for them?
So many of the benefits of therapy come from the relationship you build with your therapist. If you feel safe enough to be real and vulnerable, you’re probably in a good place.
Elizabeth Wilkins is a Houston therapist who specializes in Anxiety, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Couples Therapy. View Elizabeth's profile here.