We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
From a young age, I had a vision of creating a safe space where people could heal. Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of settings including recovery centers, emergency psychiatric centers, and private practice. While each of these settings provided services to specific populations and provided me with invaluable experience, none of them filled the unique void of serving women who experienced trauma and chronic health conditions. My goal was to start a private practice where I could provide humanistic and integrative psychotherapy services to individuals and couples seeking more specialized care.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Elizabeth Miller Therapy is a unique private practice located in the heart of Montrose. My mission is to serve clients from an integrative, person-centered perspective in an empathetic, safe, and compassionate environment. Being human, especially a human with a history of trauma or chronic health conditions is hard and comes with a unique set of challenges. My goal is to meet each client, wherever they are in their healing journey and support them through their joys and struggles. While I work with clients who have a range of emotional and physical concerns, I specialize in compassion-focused trauma recovery, women’s health, and chronic illness. I value the integration of ancient wisdom traditions and modern neuroscience to help clients achieve and experience the transformation they desire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Houston is such a diverse city and has so many great places to eat and explore. I love to visit Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and then head to Levy Park or Buffalo Bayou with my family. Houston has so many incredible restaurants, it is hard to just name a few, but Vibrant for Sunday brunch and Nobies for dinner and cocktails definitely stand out. You can oftentimes find me working away in one of the many cozy coffee shops in Montrose, Pondicheri Bake Lab, or practicing yoga or pilates at a nearby studio.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I know that I would not be where I am today without the support of so many people and my community. As I look back on all of the experiences I have had, I feel so grateful to have had so many people support me along the way. I started my educational journey at Texas Tech University, where I learned from so many inspirational professors who nurtured my skills and encouraged me to follow my dreams. While earning my Master’s degree, I was pushed to explore a variety of therapeutic techniques, including mindfulness-based psychotherapy which sparked my interest in integrative psychotherapy. As I near the end of my Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine from Saybrook University, I feel honored to have had incredible professors who have supported me and encouraged me to conduct research in an area that I am passionate about. I would not be where I am today without Dr. Walker Ladd, my dissertation Chair, who has pushed me to be my authentic self and has supported me throughout the dissertation process. When I moved to Houston, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was met with the warmest community. The mental health community in Houston is tight-knit and I firmly believe that the relationships I have formed with other therapists in Houston have contributed to my success. More specifically, I am so grateful for my mentor, Jyl Scott Reagan. Jyl is the Director of the Center for Creative Resources and was my clinical supervisor during my internship. Jyl helped guide me through opening my private practice and has continued to support me in all of my endeavors both personally and professionally. Lastly, I want to send a Shoutout to my incredible clients who trust me to hold space for them in their healing journey. I feel honored that I am able to sit across from my clients each and every day. Outside of the clinical realm, I feel grateful for my family, friends, and husband who continue to be an invaluable support system for me and encourage me to follow my dreams.
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