About Elizabeth Dickson, LCSW
Elizabeth (Eli) Dickson has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years and in private practice in Manhattan for the past 18 years, during which time she has been integrating cognitive-behavioral and other cutting-edge approaches, such as guided imagery and focusing-oriented therapy, with a psychodynamic relational approach that is more intuitive. Eli works with individuals and couples on relationship themes are well as financial psychotherapy, career concerns, anxiety, depression, and the integration of psychological and spiritual issues in creating a balanced life.
Experience and Training in Psychotherapy
Eli’s approach has been formed by a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1995, psychoanalytic training at The Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, an affiliation for several years with The Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, and a two-year credentialing program in Focusing-Oriented Relational Psychotherapy. For her, psychotherapy and spirituality go hand in hand, and she has pursued her interest in spirituality, meditation and eastern religion for over 30 years.
Eli has specialized training in couples therapy, including Harville Hendrix’s Imago Therapy, programs at The Ackerman Institute for the Family, and, most importantly, the theory and practice of John Gottman.
Experience and Training in Finance
Eli’s work as a therapist has been enriched by a prior career in business and finance. After graduating from Sidwell Friends High School and Smith College, she received a Masters in Public Policy from The University of California at Berkeley and went on to spend sixteen years: 1) at a think tank, The Urban Institute; 2) as Director of Policy Analysis for Finance and Economic Development in New York City government under the Koch administration; and 3) at Smith Barney, where she was promoted to Vice-President and worked as a bond analyst.
Eli remains fascinated with economics, investing and finance, but her first love since childhood has been to understand people and psychology. She decided to become a therapist for two reasons: she wanted to have an overview of the field of psychology and how people function, and also to connect at an emotional level with people and with the poetic, inspirational, “heart-felt” side of life.
Journey of Integration
For an overview of Eli’s perspective on how therapists integrate different psychotherapy approaches, visit her separate website on psychotherapy integration.
New York City, New York