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  • Liz Coleclough, PhD, LICSW

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    Approach to Treatment

    I believe therapy is a pathway to enhance residency for those who have encountered trauma. My goal is to connect on a human level and build a partnership towards healing, recognizing strengths, and developing insight. I aim to help change the orientation for trauma survivors away from ‘what is wrong with me?’ and more towards identifying and healing from ‘what happened to me?’

    I integrate trauma-specific therapies, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and EMDR, within an environment grounded in collaboration, warmth, non-judgement, and humor. I customize my approach with each person, and I provide an affirming environment for clients of all religious, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as gender identities, and sexual orientations.

    License, Education, and Experience

    I am licensed in the State of Washington as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) – LW.60940295

    Master of Social Work – University of Maryland School of Social Work

    PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences – Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    Master of Public Health – Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

    Bachelor of Arts – Northwestern University

    Prior to beginning PNW Trauma Therapy, I held a position for over 6 years as a non-profit Director of Counseling and Domestic Violence Services. Within this role, I provided direct care, as well as supervised a multi-disciplinary team (mental health therapists; DV advocates; DV attorney) focused on survivor-driven, trauma-informed support.

    In addition, my clinical social work background includes supporting people experiencing homelessness, girls and women who have survived sexual assault / exploitation, and people living with HIV / AIDS.

    My PhD dissertation focused on supporting two different non-profit agencies in integrating / enhancing ‘trauma-informed care’ as a central value in providing services. I have since provided multiple organizations and audiences training and consultation in building a trauma-informed lens to their work.

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