Dr. Elisa Peterson
Ellie Peterson earned her Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. Her dissertation project explored how yoga impacts mindfulness in high-risk youth, and she incorporates mindfulness and strengthening of the mind-body connection into her therapeutic practice. Dr. Peterson is certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Plus (CBT+) for children and families to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, and externalizing behaviors. She completed the Child Mental Health Specialist Training and is also certified in Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT). Since 2009, she has worked with young people in various settings such as a school-based mental health clinic, a community outpatient agency, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Aside from individual and family therapy, Dr. Peterson has co-created and implemented group therapy curricula for adolescents on topics such as relationships, coping with the symptoms of trauma, safety planning and self-injurious behavior, mindfulness, and managing strong emotions. She is trained in administering and interpreting formal assessment batteries including IQ, personality, and projection tests.
Outside of therapeutic practice, Dr. Peterson teaches undergraduate psychology classes at Northwest University. Being able to foster and witness the growth of people's minds and experiences has always been her passion, whether it is in a therapeutic or educational setting. She values serving culturally diverse children and families. Through her graduate program, she traveled to rural Jamaica, India, and Kenya to spend time with youth in varying capacities. These experiences have greatly informed her work here at home. In her free time she enjoys skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer, Seahawk and Husky football in the fall, and cooking all year round.