Opal Food and Body Wisdom LogoElizabeth Neilson, MSW, MPH

RO-DBT Co-Leader

Elizabeth co-leads RO-DBT and is also the 24/7 phone coach. Lizzie Neilson received her masters in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan in 2008. After graduation, she worked as a clinical social worker in Chicago where she practiced individual and group psychotherapy in outpatient and school settings to children, parents, and families experiencing trauma and abuse. Lizzie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington where she researches the nexus of sexual violence, sexual risk-taking, and alcohol.

As a clinician, Lizzie is dedicated to providing care that is both grounded in empirically supported treatments and intersectional feminism with consideration of race, class, ability, sexuality, and gender-based inequalities. Her overall aim is to support and collaborate with clients in building lives they experience as worth living. Through this lens, she has worked with clients struggling with trauma and abuse, depression, eating disorders, and difficulties forming interpersonal connections. Lizzie has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). When she is not working, Lizzie can be found growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers in her garden, meditating, and appreciating the company of friends.