Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC is the Director of The Resiliency Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania. A trauma-informed therapist with over twenty years of experience, she is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. She is also a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are really princesses who are only waiting to see us once, beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest being, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Individual and Group Counseling
For more than twenty years, I have had the honor of providing individual, couples, and group counseling, supervising and mentoring therapists, and leading training programs.
Working with Trauma Survivors
First as a volunteer during college and then for seven years as a young professional, I worked in rape crisis and crime victim centers providing individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and critical incident response to women, children, and men impacted by traumatic grief and crimes of violence. As a Counselor and then Counseling Director, I developed innovative healing programs for survivors, supervised a team of counselors and counseling interns, and trained new staff and volunteers in counseling, trauma, and crisis intervention skills. Advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management gave me the skills needed to provide on-site response in the aftermath of September 11th and other workplace tragedies.
Working with Children and Families
My work experience has included outpatient counseling in a comprehensive addiction center and serving as a school counselor in two school settings. During my four years at Wordsworth Academy, I provided individual and group counseling and case management for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. I also worked for three years at The Haverford School for Boys, serving as the School Counselor for students in Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade. Through these experiences, I gained extensive understanding of the multiple needs facing families today.
Private Practice since 1998
In private practice since 1998, I founded The Resiliency Center in 2008 as a way to bring together the expertise of skilled professionals from a variety of disciplines. As a community, we offer counseling, acupuncture, Rubenfeld Synergy body-mind integration, nutrition coaching, mindfulness courses, Qi Gong, and free meditation. We also provide educational talks and support groups, training programs for therapists, and fun opportunities for people in the community to learn, play, and connect with each other.
I have advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and have provided on-site critical incident stress management services through Crisis Care Network since 2001.
A Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved EMDR Consultant, I also have advanced training in diverse applications for EMDR, from complex trauma and dissociation to play therapy with children to enhancing creativity and performance.
My ongoing study includes the integration of mindfulness practices, artistic expression and poetry writing, and the use of metaphor in helping people create new stories for their lives. Additionally, I have advanced training in Couples Therapy, Play Therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
Consultation and Training for Professional Helpers
In 1996, in response to growing awareness of the secondary impact of trauma work on practitioners and organizations, I offered my first workshop on vicarious trauma and practitioner self-care. Since then, I have offered programs on trauma, wellness and systemic vicarious trauma at The Resiliency Center, national conferences, and on site at educational and human services organizations. Supporting clinicians from a variety of disciplines, I provide clinical supervision, vicarious trauma consultation, and practice-building guidance.
From 2003-2007, I served on the American Counseling Association’s Task Force on Counselor Wellness and Impairment. My work included developing content for the ACA website, leading programs to facilitate counselor wellness, and co-editing a special issue on Counselor Wellness for The Journal of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development.