Elise Keoghan, LPC-Intern
Supervised by Sara Weber, LPCS, CEDS
I have enjoyed fitness all of my life and competed in various sports throughout high school, college, and the years following. My longtime love for fitness and sports has given me a special passion for working with athletes, particularly with eating disorders, body image, after injury, life after college or pro sports career, and anxiety and depression.
Athletes experience unique pressure to perform, and eating disorders and body image issues are much more prevalent among athletes than the general population- this is one of the issues I work with athletes on the most. As an athlete myself, I understand the importance sport plays in an individual’s life. Athletes devote a tremendous amount of time, energy, and resources into physical training, and I believe we can achieve even more in life and perform at our best physically when we train emotionally and mentally as well. I have worked with athletes at various levels including high school, elite club teams, D1 colleges, Ivy League, at national level, and those who just love exercise.
I also have experience working with first and second generation immigrant clients/students around cross cultural body image issues, identity, and relationship issues.
Another passion of mine is working with adults and adolescents who have grown up in homes with alcohol or drug abuse, mental health issues, and domestic violence. Growing up under these circumstances can lead to learning survival strategies that don’t benefit a person moving forward in life as an adult. These coping mechanisms can impact relationships, finances, and manifest into eating issues or alcohol addiction. Developing healthy ways to manage life and interact with others could break these generational patterns and allow one to move forward in a healthy way.
I truly believe there is something for everyone in therapy, and have been witness to the transformation it renders in people’s lives. It provides support in difficult times, helping us to become more resilient in the future. It helps us see new perspectives, achieve goals and move closer to the person we want to be. It helps us change patterns and cycles that cause us pain, and it allows us to begin healing from the past. Let’s get started today!
Elise is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and fitness and nutrition enthusiast. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas and her Masters in Counseling from St. Edwards University, and has completed Level I of John Gottman’s couples therapy training. She has a passion for health and nutrition and has her Sports Nutrition Certification through AFPA.