Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Approved Supervisor. She earned her Masters degrees from Denver Seminary in Counseling and Youth ministry. Before going into private practice in 1998, Liz served on staff at two different churches, giving leadership to student, family, discipleship, worship and counseling ministries.
Liz offers individual counseling for women who are eighteen years of age and older. She specializes in:
- Disordered eating/body image issues
- Relationship issues (particularly between mothers and daughters)
- Burnout for those who have or are serving in ministry
- Sexual identity issues/same sex attraction
- Anxiety and depression
- Spiritual issues
- Singleness and contentment
- Family conflict
- Co-dependency/Emotional dependency
In 2005, Liz started Nikao Counseling Center. Liz chose the Greek word “Nikao” because it means “to have victory over”, “to conquer”, or “to overcome”. Liz’s foremost desire is for people to know that they can have victory over the trials and confusion they face in this world. She believes this victory comes from having a relationship with Christ and knowing He pursues us, loves us unconditionally, and desires for us to trust Him with all things. She also knows that “trusting” can be incredibly hard in the midst of difficulties, disappointments and discouragements, and she desires to offer a safe place to those who need to wrestle and ask hard questions about themselves and God.
Liz enjoys speaking at churches and Para-church ministries on topics such as mother-daughter relationships, disordered eating/body image issues, female sexuality, identity, and finding contentment in singleness. Liz has also been a speaker for two video projects about the impact of social media in today’s culture and also what Scripture teaches about sexuality.
As a Board Approved Supervisor, Liz is passionate about equipping and mentoring those who are pursuing licensure as professional counselors. She challenges those she gets to mentor to work towards emotionally healthy spirituality. For more than twenty years, Liz has been involved in mentoring, discipleship, and counseling. Because of this unchanging desire to equip others, Liz is back in the classroom getting her doctorate in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. When she is not studying, she is most likely in her garden getting the goods to make salsa, taking on a home improvement project, hitting golf balls, or running with Lola, her silver lab.
Liz’s favorite quote is from author Henri Nouwen: “Every time you feel hurt, offended or rejected, you have to dare say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am a chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace.’”