Elizabeth Furbish

"Life is filled with difficulties, but I believe that you can learn to use them as stepping stones on the way to becoming your most authentic self."

Why I became a therapist

Welcome! I’m Elizabeth and I spent 15 years in advertising before becoming a therapist. I changed careers because eventually I realized that I was far more passionate about human stories than brand stories. ‍ Now, I am in the fortunate position to be able to help people connect to and shape their own stories; working with them to explore their identities, experiences, and relationships in order to live authentic and meaningful lives. ‍ People inspire me every day with their ability to be vulnerable and brave, and being able to provide a safe and collaborative space in which to do so is an honor and a privilege.

Who I work with

I work with young adults, adults and couples of all backgrounds. I have experience working alongside folks looking to focus on anxiety, depression, the stress of emerging adulthood, executive functioning difficulties, identity development, life transitions, addiction recovery, career discernment, and relational issues (family, friends, and/or partners).

"Do not underestimate the power of an empathetic voice to inspire vulnerability and effect lasting, meaningful change."

Working With Me

I root my approach in existential theory. This means I believe that although pain and anxiety are inherent to the human condition, we each have the power (and responsibility) to confront our negative thoughts and experiences to build a life that feels rich and meaningful to us. I pull from multiple modalities to accomplish this based on client desire and need. I also center myself in cultural humility, recognizing the oppressive systems and societal norms that contribute to stress and anxiety for many of us, as well as my own place in those systems as a cisgender, heterosexual white woman. Therapy-speak aside, with me you will find a safe space to show up exactly as you are. We will work collaboratively to help you set and work towards goals that feel authentic to you. Also, despite the inevitable hard work, I believe strongly in the power of humor – so expect some laughter along the way!

My Qualifications and trainings

  • I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English from Boston College
  • I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University
  • I also work as the Clinical Director of the Chicago Chapter of Camp Mariposa, a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use of a family member
  • I am a member of the ACA.

Ready to overcome the barriers holding you back?