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Elizabeth Melissa DeHeart, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist     #LMFT100488

Phone: 619-858-3105 x 141

Mission Valley Office & Chula Vista Office

The therapeutic stance I take in my practice is a collaborative Strength-Based Therapy focusing on setting individualized goals, highlighting your best qualities and building on your strengths to build resilience. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique life circumstances and challenges. I also provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that helps you become more aware of negative or inaccurate thinking so you can view those life challenges more clearly and respond more effectively to stressful situations. I also provide Christian Based Therapy following Biblical truths and principals allowing God to shine His light on specific problem areas that may have been keeping you from experiencing true joy and peace in your life.

Most people find that at some time in their lives they may need to reach out for help in dealing with problems that feel overwhelming and stress that seems beyond their ability to cope. It may be that you are so busy distracting yourself with work, taking care of others or unhealthy habits that it may be time to invest in yourself. Another common method of dealing with tough issues is stuffing and hiding your feelings and emotions. You may have reached a point that now is the time to take care of your emotional and spiritual health. My approach to therapy is about building you up and providing encouragement along with identifying root causes and self-defeating beliefs that may be keeping you stuck.

You may be wondering what to expect as you begin your journey toward healing. It is important to find a therapist that you can be open, honest and comfortable with being yourself. A good therapist expresses genuine empathy and compassion without judgement. Effective therapists conduct an assessment early on in treatment, develop a treatment plan and share the treatment plan with you to guide your therapy and track your progress. I look forward to meeting with you as you take the next step toward learning and practicing new skills and coping methods to more effectively deal with challenges and life’s ups and downs you may face.

Education and Training

  • Doctorate Degree (PsyD) Program in Clinical Psychology (in progress)

  • Southern California Seminary

  • M.A. Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

  • M.A. Degree in Religious Studies

  • Southern California Seminary

  • B.A. Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Addictive Disorders

  • National University

Clinical Experience and Specialization

  • Individual Therapy (adolescents and adults)

  • Family Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Mood Disorders

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Psychotic Disorders

  • Bereavement, Grief and Loss

  • Substance Use

  • Relationship and Interpersonal Conflicts

  • Secondary Trauma/Work Stress

  • Compassion Fatigue/Burnout

  • Anger Management

  • At Risk Teenagers Behavioral and Emotional Issues

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Professional Organizations

  • Marriage and Family Therapist Licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Science, #LMFT 100488

  • Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Ministries

I have a heart and passion for missionary work and I have traveled to Africa several times with Adventures in Missions, Dream for Africa, and Heart for Africa visiting remote villages, schools and orphanages.

History of Employment and Experience

I have worked in various school settings with at risk youth and students in special education classes. I have also worked in residential programs for children, adolescents and adults that have experienced trauma and abuse. I have worked with adolescent girls with eating disorders. I have experience working with families with complicated grief and loss. I have worked in substance use programs for adults and adolescents, mental health outpatient and inpatient programs and locked facilities. I have provided community based crisis management, mobile assessments, and outreach to individuals with severe and persistent mental health challenges. I have worked with the County of San Diego and County Funded Programs working in collaboration with The Public Conservator’s office, (NAMI) National Alliance for Mental Health, Mental Health America and Law Enforcement Divisions.


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