Elizabeth  Handley

Elizabeth Handley

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Framingham practice (updated November 14, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Academic issues
  • Anxiety
  • College mental health
  • Depression

Professional statement

Elizabeth Handley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Ashland, MA who specializes in supporting clients across the lifespan to reduce and defeat anxious thoughts and behaviors. In addition to her work with individual adults, Elizabeth also has experience in helping children and teens navigate academic and behavioral challenges.

Elizabeth is a highly seasoned clinician and dedicated to integrating clinical compassion with cutting-edge therapy techniques. Elizabeth's treatment approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while drawing upon the neurobiology behind anxiety and stress. She helps clients understand what is happening in their brain and why it causes them to feel anxious, stressed, or angry. She then works with them to develop healthier, sustainable coping strategies they can activate in their daily life.

Elizabeth's goal is for clients to leave each session with a set of tools they can immediately implement when they find themselves in situations that are anxiety or stress-inducing. Elizabeth empowers her clients to walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the confidence to overcome life's challenges.

Message to clients

Thanks for stopping by my profile! Looking for a therapist can be a challenge. It is perfectly ok to meet with a few of us and and take some time to decide who you or your child connects with best. Of course, you can also meet us one at a time and see how it goes. Like effective therapy, there are lots of options available to you and current treatment methods are very effective. I am always happy to be part of the process so I look forward to speaking with you!


Academic issues - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College mental health - Navigating the transition into college and stressors of academics, personal relationships, and self-development

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $140 (50min)
  • Initial session: $140 (50min)

Therapist's note

Elizabeth can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Framingham practice

217 West Union Street

Ashland, MA 01721

  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present

Mass. Mental Health Counselor Association, President, 2017 - 2018

Mass. Mental Health Counselors Association, Director Professional and Practice Development, 2013 - Present

Cambridge College School of Professional Counseling, Senior Instructor, 2018 - Present

Cambridge College, M. Ed, 2007


  • English

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