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Meet Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth is masterful at helping people feel safe in her presence, and getting to the heart of the matter. Her style is non-judgmental, with a curiosity and intelligence that helps move clients from suffering into their strength. She has helped all kinds of working parents and working mothers find their footing, and is adept at helping parents when they are wrestling with the dark and seemingly unbearable aspects of parenthood. Elizabeth is unflappable with couples struggling with being parents who want to learn to make their relationship fun and loving again. As a partner in a relationship for over twenty years, raising two sons—she brings a kind of experience to therapeutic work that can’t be acquired any other way.

Where Elizabeth really shines is being with parents who are on the brink — struggling with depression, anxiety or anger, and helping to transform that state of suffering. She is also leading groups for mothers who are therapists and the special type of “nurture drain” that can happen with parents in nurturing professions.

Elizabeth also works outside the parenting realm with corporate and entrepreneurial individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or even substance abuse issues, often triggered by work. Her training, smarts and warmth help men and women face the psychological blocks that have gotten in the way of creating a work life that has meaning and balance. As founder of City CarShare and a social entrepreneur for years (Streetline.com, Senti.us), Elizabeth understands leadership and the power of a healthy work-life balance.

Elizabeth’s Training:

  • 2007-2008: Program in Spiritual Counseling at the Center for Intuitive Listening with Kim Chernin, Ph.D
  • 2009-2010: Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center
  • 2010-2012: Community Healing Center, Internship with Dr. Ellen Hammerle
  • 2012-2013: UCSF Positive Women’s Health Program of Rita da Cascia (HIV+ women and children)
  • 2013: Collaborative Couples Therapy workshop with Dan Wile
  • 2014: The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couples Therapy, with Ellyn Bader of the Couples Institute
  • 2014: Sue Johnson, author of "Hold Me Tight" training in Emotionally Focused Therapy: On Target Couples Interventions in the Age of Attachment
  • 2013-2016: PPTP program, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Center

Elizabeth's License:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, License Number 77529