Elizabeth P.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Spend family time with my husband, our 3-year-old son, and our 2 cats. I engage in fitness, photography, and art in my free time as well.

My Work Style

My graduate education is in clinical mental health counseling, so my work style comes from stances of advocacy, empowerment, and validation. My goals as a clinician are to make each parent and client heard and for their goals (or wishes) to become tangible realities, even (and especially) when someone has been told that their goals/wishes are unattainable. I make these goals happen by regularly checking in with each parent and client, making each goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Realistic (SMART goal), and then making action-based goals for myself to ensure that those goals actually happen.

Areas of Expertise

Functional communication training, functional/adaptive/independent living skills, puberty and sexuality, early learner skills, Dr. Greg Hanley’s IISCA, PFA, & SBT, social-behavior maps and cognitive perspective taking, prompt dependency and prompt and stimulus fading, pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and Natural Environment Training (NET)

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Spend family time with my husband, our 3-year-old son, and our 2 cats. I engage in fitness, photography, and art in my free time as well.

Why I Became a BCBA

To fiercely advocate for the sheer humanness of autism, to squash and reverse stigmas, and to be a direct catalyst to very real and significant changes in people’s lives.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

I think they would say that I believed in them when few did and that I was able to shine light onto their untapped potential. And also that I’m a little weird and also colorful and immensely caring!

What I Love Most About What I Do

I love connecting with each individual on a relational, human level and finding the “hook” with each client. Finding that connection with each client lays the foundation for effective and meaningful work. I also love advocating for my clients and helping support, guide, and empower my clients' parents throughout the ABA process.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

My most challenging professional moment was when I earned my BCBA credential and I immediately experienced the cognitive dissonance of having all the knowledge required to be certified yet needing oversight and mentoring because I had just met the foundational minimum standards to begin my independent clinical practice. In this field, there’s never a day when I’m not being challenged and when I’m learning and growing. I now love that!

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

My most rewarding professional moment was when I worked with teenagers and young adults in Northern California. I taught some how how to live more independently, whether that meant them paying rent while they lived at home and searched for a job, learning how to ride public transit to attend social groups at the local mall, or speaking to cashiers and making transactions while out in the community.

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