Dr. Elizabeth Waterman, PsyD.
Dr. Elizabeth Waterman began her work in the recovery field in 2008 and has held positions as a clinician in residential treatment centers, mental health clinics, and private practice. She has extensive experience in conducting psychological evaluations and disability determination evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. She began her clinical training in the field of neuropsychology and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Elizabeth has over three years of experience working with children and adults with TBI at SeaStar School for Neuroeducation in Irvine, CA, and The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Program at Coastline Community College in Costa Mesa, CA. Elizabeth also held a teaching position at the ABI Program where she taught courses in the cognitive rehabilitation program for adults. Following her training in neuropsychology, Elizabeth accepted a position in chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders at Gerry House, a residential treatment center in Santa Ana, CA.
Elizabeth’s psychology internship was completed at Western Youth Services, Inc., in Anaheim, CA where she was trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT). During her internship, Elizabeth provided comprehensive mental health services to a culturally diverse clientele in elementary school and community clinic settings. As a Post-doctoral Resident in psychology, Elizabeth worked as a clinician in a private practice in Choctaw, OK, where she worked with children, adults, and families, where she received advanced training in psychological assessment and forensic work. It was during her post-doctoral residency that she was introduced to a holistic treatment approach for clients, which supports no medication or minimal medication for clients with any diagnosis, including those with Bipolar Disorders and psychotic disorders. It is Elizabeth’s willingness to embrace this approach that makes her a forward-thinking practitioner.
She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and primarily works from this treatment orientation. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which has its roots in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), is a comprehensive and effective treatment for clients who have co-occurring disorders. In our DBT program, clients attend individual and group therapy where they learn and develop skills necessary for building a life worth living. Elizabeth is dedicated to providing superior therapeutic services to clients and their families, as well as educating the public about mental illness and chemical dependency.
Elizabeth graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County is a licensed Psychologist in the state of California.