Elizabeth Deardorff, LCSW

Position: Family Intensive Therapist (contract)

Liz is driven in her practice by her purpose- to bring togetherness and understanding to families and communities so we can feel more connected and less isolated in this lonely and traumatized world. Liz believes in communal and relational healing, starting with the family system. Liz deeply believes in the importance of repair, healing, and growth within our relationships to fully develop a secure sense of self. She has worked with adolescents, adults, and families since 2010 in and out of the wilderness setting. Liz is an expert in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Brainspotting, EMDR, and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). She bridges these therapeutic techniques with experiential wilderness-based activities that have proven very effective in creating connection in our wilderness therapy model. This leads to a powerful treatment experience for the entire family, mutually gained insights, and healing.

Liz will always be a midwesterner at heart. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She achieved her Master of Social Work with a focus in Child and Family and Mental Health from Loyola University- Chicago. In her free time, you can find Liz trying to find every waterfall in Oregon, dancing, reading, rooting for the Wisconsin Badgers, and playing with Oliver, her golden retriever pup.