Dr. Elizabeth Hooks

About Me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed professional teacher with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. I started on this track when I was a teenager myself and worked with children at camps during my summer breaks from school. I went on to receive my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of North Carolina (1996) and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia (2001). I worked as an educator in various roles for ten years prior to returning to school to earn my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver (2010).

During my time as an educator, I worked as an elementary classroom teacher, special educator, literacy coach, and reading specialist. In these roles I served as head of the student intervention teams, developed individualized curriculums to meet student needs, and developed programs to build relationships between parents and the schools. I have continued to use this background in my work as a psychologist in order to provide comprehensive psychoeducational assessments, and to work with parents to help them make the best educational decisions for their children.

In my role as a psychologist and therapist, I have specialized in issues that frequently affect children and adolescents. One primary focus has been in working with children who experience trauma, and understanding how these early experiences can impact subsequent development. I have also gained extensive experience in working with developmental disorders and mental health disorders that frequently affect youth.

I work from a systemic and developmental perspective. I believe that children and adolescents are unique because their stage of development significantly impacts how they view the world, how they cope with stressors, and what resources they are able to use to overcome obstacles. I also believe that the family plays an important role in supporting youth. Therefore, I often integrate family therapy in my treatment approach. In developing interventions, I draw from research in resiliency and positive psychology in order to try and strengthen coping skills and resources for my clients as well as their families. I also believe it is important to take a collaborative approach in working with clients in order to respect and cultivate their perspectives, cultural values, and beliefs.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my own family. As a mother, I am continually amazed, as well as challenged, as I watch my own children grow and develop.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me, and I hope that I can be of service to you in the future.

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