Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling
In addition to directing Therapy Training Boston, Liz Brenner, LICSW, maintains a part time private practice.
There are many ways to solve problems and live a good life. Finding the right help for each situation is a unique balance of being seen and heard, working to change the present and recovering from the past.
I will help you clarify your intentions and meet your goals. In my experience, change happens when we develop deeper understandings of and compassion for ourselves and others.
My approach is grounded in theory, practice, caring and common sense. My thinking has been influenced by social work, family therapy, psychology, organizational development, recovery orientations and ancient healing traditions. I am well grounded in dealing with many problems including trauma and relationship work. I have Level 2 EMDR, Level 2 LifeForce Yoga am a Level 3 trained Certified Internal Family Systems therapist, I also have Intimacy from the Inside Out and AEDP for Couples training. Ideas about how couples and families work is a specialty I bring to support change even when there is one client in the room. My working model takes into account the way our socio-political milieu creates problems for individuals in our culture.
Living with a father who is affected by mental illness is a significant factor in my clinical approach. In particular, ideas about coping, resilience as well as knowing how to set limits and create safety while respecting all family members. My model of working is greatly influenced by my desire for people to find ways to live more peacefully and capably with their unique gifts and despite their challenges. I sees adolescents and adults of all kinds in individual, couple and family therapy in my Watertown, MA office.
More about my work: I am the course director and primary instructor for the Intensive Certificate Program in Family Systems Therapy. My clinical work and teaching integrates family systems, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, mindfulness, trauma and recovery orientations. My work in child psychiatric inpatient, home based, residential and outpatient settings inform my passion for working competently and compassionately. I am a Supervisor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Cambridge Health Alliance as a teaching associate for Harvard Medical School, the co-director of the Harvard Couples Conference and formerly on the Executive Committee for Clinicians United. I also provides individual and group supervision, agency consultation and training.
My second floor office has access to free on-street parking. There are two small dogs in our office suite, Teddy, a border terrier and Sadie, my colleague's cavachon.