about working with Elisha

Most of the parents/families I work with seek help when despite all your heartfelt attempts to alleviate your child's struggles with anxiety, stress, or traumatic circumstances, the unwelcome behaviors or big feelings persist. And you've reached the point of frustration, exhaustion or helplessness. You feel like you've failed. (You haven't). You are filled with worry and sadness over your child's suffering, and you are grappling with the loss of your dream of what parenting and family life would be like. Parenting a fearful, hurting or struggling child is isolating and lonely. Seeking support when you've exhausted your parenting resources is strong and brave and wise.
Why consider therapy or classes for your child? Because being a growing human with a developing brain and body is hard, and life is sometimes confusing, scary and can seem downright unfair. All of us, children included, do the very best we can to respond to emotional hurts, stress, fears and uncertainty with the skills we have at the time. Sometimes those responses look like unwanted behaviors, but I assure you they are an earnest (often very creative!) attempt to cope with discomfort or suffering.

Mindfulness-based counseling and skills-learning can positively influence your child's brain development and help your child access a deep inner steadiness to develop and choose healthier responses to the ups and downs of the human experience. I incorporate what I've learned from my trainings in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Attachment Theory, and Kid's Yoga to help resource your child and family on the path to lifelong peace of heart and mind.

Contact me below to begin soon, or read on to learn more about me.

Contact

Email me to schedule a FREE phone consultation

elishabidwell@gmail.com

My Story

These are the foundational wellness-skills I wish I had learned when I was a child (the ones we both want for your child): the ability to ease stress and experience difficult emotions without becoming overwhelmed, shutting down, or acting out. If I had, my teens and twenties would have looked a lot different!! I was a sensitive child without a model or method for how to be with all I was feeling. By the time I was a teenager and a tragedy struck within my immediate family, I began having panic attacks--my body's way of alerting me that what I was doing to avoid feeling the increasingly uncomfortable feelings was not working. Thus began my personal, not at all linear (in fact, quite wandering and long), journey toward presence--waking up to and experiencing all the hard stuff (as well as the good stuff) with more ease. It is an ongoing practice. Being able to share the benefit/outcome of my practice with children and their families gives it all the more meaning and purpose.

I often find myself thinking up and studying ways to help young kids (including my own child) develop an infrastructure for resilience, emotional balance, and self-compassion. All my personal experience and professional training have and continue to add up to what I value/believe most--there is so much power in emotion, and leaning into the discomfort in the presence of a caring other is where healing, resilience and freedom are born. I would love to partner with you to empower your child and family with this way of meeting and experiencing life.

Credentials

Education & License

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (#202133)
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in English

Certification & Training

  • Somatic Experiencing (Intermediate)
  • EMDR
  • Certified Kid’s Yoga Teacher
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention