Elizabeth M. Siemer, LISW Founder, Psychotherapy
My clients say that what we do together is special. That our therapy relationship allows them to understand their feelings and their behavior in ways they haven’t before. They tell me that they finally “get” why they feel stuck, why they feel depressed or anxious, why their lives aren’t what they’ve hoped for or expected.
Together, we will use my training as well as my warmth and compassion to shed light on you and your life. By gently listening to your unique story, I will help you understand yourself, and, in so doing, help you become “unstuck”, effect the change you desire, and find your way to your own happiness.
I founded InStill because it is my passion to help others, and my work is something I dearly love. I welcome the opportunity to offer you a nurturing and empathic environment where you can find what you need. I look forward to the pleasure of meeting you.
My Background and Education
I completed my Masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago in 2002. Prior to and after my graduation, I did my clinical internship at Turning Point Behavioral Healthcare in Chicago, where I worked with chronically mentally ill patients, which was an experience that I loved, and still treasure. After four years there, I opened my own private practice in Chicago in 2005. My training focused on psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, internal family systems (or "parts" therapy), strengths-based models (using therapy to understand your strengths as opposed to focusing on deficits), and relational-based therapies. Despite having knowledge of many different types of modalities, what I do with each client can vary widely, and I base my approach on the needs and wishes of each client, always.
Prior to graduate school, I was a lawyer, and completed my law degree in 1997 at Capital University Law School, from which I graduated magna cum laude. I did my undergraduate work at Lehigh University.