Interview with Elizabeth Bodett-Dresser, Licensed Professional Counselor

What do you enjoy about being a counselor?

I find being a counselor to be very satisfying because I love entering into the therapeutic relationship with a client and coming alongside them in their struggles. I consider it a privilege to be allowed to see the deeper parts of a person that doesn’t often get shown to others.  

What specific issue(s) are you skilled at helping with?

While I enjoy working with all types of clients, I particularly enjoy focusing on sexuality issues, such as sexual abuse or compulsive sexual behaviors and trauma. 

What is my role as a counselor?

My role as a counselor is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for the client to be heard and to assist the client in better understanding themselves and their desires. 

What is your view on the purpose of counseling?

The purpose of counseling is for the client to develop a better understanding of who they are and any changes they might want to make in their lives. This can be a really scary and overwhelming task initially, but I firmly believe the results are worth it.  

How have your own life struggles helped you become the counselor you are today?

The primary thing my life struggles have taught me is empathy. I have also learned that not everything can just be rationalized away and sometimes we really need to process through things on an emotional level. 

What is your counseling focus?

My counseling focus is client centered with some CBT and narrative mixed in.