Elizabeth Nelson, Therapist in New Orleans, Louisiana — Zencare
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Elizabeth Nelson

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW PhD
Louisiana Accepting Online
New Orleans Accepting In-person
Updated July 14, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Mood disorders
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Elizabeth Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Orleans. She works with adults of all ages. Many of her clients come in to address trauma, life transitions, addictions, anxiety, or depression. She is particularly passionate about serving members of the Queer community, students in higher education, and academics. She also has advanced training in the areas of anxiety, PTSD, substance use disorder, and mood disorders.

She is trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, motivational interviewing and harm reduction. Each client requires a slightly different approach though typically we will look at the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that underlie symptoms of such as anxiety, depression, substance use, trauma in order to shift to ways of thinking and interacting with the world that serve us better. This approach supports clients to prepare to navigate life's inevitable ups and downs without losing themselves.

Her style is non-judgmental, supportive, and engaging. When clients first start therapy, we will focus on establishing a strong relationship where they feel safe to express themselves without fear of judgement.

She received her masters in social work from Tulane University and her PhD in social work from the University of Kentucky. She has worked at non-profits focusing on housing for individuals with serious mental illness. Outside of private practice, she enjoys DIY projects on her garden and taking her pup to City Park. She offers both in-person and telehealth session based on client preference.


Message to clients

It takes courage to commit yourself to the process of change and recovery. Having an objective, non-judgmental person to support you with that process can help you feel less alone as you set out on this healing journey. You’re thinking about therapy because something in your life doesn’t feel right or isn’t working for you. One of the most important aspects of the therapeutic process is the relationship between the therapist and the client. Our work will focus on creating a space where you feel comfortable sharing those parts of yourself that you hide from the world so that we can figure the best way for your to move forward in building the life you want and deserve. Let’s get started!


Specialties

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

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $50 - $125

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Louisiana)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10 am - 5 pm
  • Tue 10 am - 5 pm
  • Wed 10 am - 5 pm
  • Thu 10 am - 5 pm
  • Fri 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

New Orleans practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10 am - 5 pm
  • Tue 10 am - 5 pm
  • Wed 10 am - 5 pm
  • Thu 10 am - 5 pm
  • Fri 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

University of Kentucky, Instructor, 2020 - Present
New Beginnings, Director of Supportive Living Programs, 2015 - 2021
Bluegrass - ACT, Team Lead, 2014 - 2015
RHD - Pathways, Assistant Director, 2012 - 2014
RHD - Pathways, Clinical Case Manager, 2010 - 2012
RHD - ACT, Addictions Counselor, 2009 - 2010

University of Kentucky, PhD, 2020
Tulane University, MSW, 2008
Furman University, BA Psychology, 2005


Licensure

Louisiana: 10415


Languages

English