Elizabeth (Betsy) was trained at Kansas State University (M.S.) and McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in counseling and psychotherapy. She is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
She practices the art and science of psychotherapy which is a form of listening and reflecting that engages our capacity to heal and transform the conditions and problems that undermine our mental health and wellness. It is useful for individuals, families and couples. It creates a safe space where the story of one’s life can unfold and become open for change.
As a health care justice advocate she articulates the moral imperative for faith communities to respond with integrity to the multitude of stigmatized diagnoses and health care gaps facing our poor and disenfranchised neighbors globally and across the Chicago metro area. Her experience has included building services addressing compromised mental health, the HIV epidemic and those facing AIDS, breast cancer, diabetes, asthma, infant mortality and teen pregnancy. She designs and implements model programs integrating spiritual care, mental health, education and community outreach into comprehensive, community based treatment programs.
She is a leader and ally for faith communities seeking to build health ministries and healthy congregations, especially as a response to disparities in resources and outcomes for chronic diseases, mental health and addiction issues and the crisis in access to health care..
A native of rural Kansas, she is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches of the USA, a pastoral counselor and a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois. Previously Betsy directed Midwest Resources, a church-based counseling practice with nine locations in metro Chicago and the AIDS Pastoral Care Network at Access Community Health Network.