If you’ve found my information, chances are you’re looking for a therapist to help you navigate a complex situation in your life. Perhaps it’s something that has happened suddenly, or it could be something that you’ve been dealing with for a while.
Whatever the circumstances, you’ve made a good decision in seeking professional help. We all face difficult transitions, complex personal and relationship issues, and traumatic experiences that can be overwhelming to navigate alone.
I understand that it takes courage to seek help, and that it is difficult to show your vulnerability. That is why I offer a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental and relaxed therapy environment. Together we can collaborate to work on areas of your life that you would like to change, while also making time to acknowledge and cultivate your strengths and life skills.
My name is Elizabeth Harles (she/her), I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and am certified by the North Carolina State Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors.
Whether at work or in my personal life, I have a HUGE lust for life and am excited about lifelong learning.
When I am not working, I am passionate about volunteering for LGBTQIA+ youth and traveling the world. I also adore pit bulls and vintage fashion.
I identify as a cis, queer/bisexual/fluid, polyamorous, white, 41 year old woman, who not only lives and works in Raleigh today, but was born and raised here too! I returned to Raleigh in 2009 after living and working in New York City for 9 years.
In addition to a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Hunter College, City University of New York, I have a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the same institution. I am trained in on site Critical Incident Stress Management / Debriefing and Psychological First Aid for workplace or organizational trauma via the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s approach.
I believe in continuous professional improvement and lifelong learning, and I will continue to add to my skills and credentials throughout my career.
As of 2021, I have accumulated over 9 years of professional practice as a counselor, including one on one counseling, working with groups in workplace and school settings, and teletherapy.
My primary areas of practice include life transitions, polyamory, consensual/ethical nonmonogamy, workplace stress and trauma, anti-oppression, supporting individuals most affected by systems of oppression, sexual exploration, sexuality, LGBTQIA+, gender identity, self-esteem, anxiety and various relationship issues.
I have worked with people from various backgrounds at all ages and life stages, and I truly believe that lasting, meaningful change is possible with the assistance of a therapist.
The first step in finding the right therapist is often to ensure that they are licensed, skilled and experienced in the type of counseling you need.
As you can see, I have both the professional training and the hands-on experience necessary to fulfill these criteria, but I think that finding the right therapist is so much more than just checking the official boxes.
There is a personal commitment required from any therapist, to their patient’s well being and the therapeutic relationship.
It is this passion for for meaningful change and that I bring to all my therapeutic interactions, and it is very often why my people choose to work with me.
I will approach my clients respectfully and with positive regard. I am open minded in all my interactions and will help you to discuss uncomfortable topics and deeply hidden traumas, without shame or judgement, as we work together towards a healthy long-term solution. There is no such thing as “TMI” in the therapy session. I am not an aloof, without opinion, “blank slate” type of therapist.
I also bring my lived experience into the therapeutic relationship. As a Queer person, I have had my own journey with my sexuality and my experience in interacting with social and institutional entities. My journey has had its share of traumas and celebrations. I also identify as polyamorous, I’ve felt the feelings, and have made tons of mistakes along my path. I am a trauma survivor, I manage ADHD and anxiety. I have done the hard work of healing and growing, and will continue to do so. I bring myself, my personality, my intersecting identities, and my wholeness into my work with people.
Change Starts Today
If you are struggling to work through any personal, workplace or sexuality issue, or you are finding that life is becoming too much, don’t wait to seek help. The sooner you start working with a therapist you can trust, the sooner you can begin to feel relief and create lasting changes.
Feel free to browse this site for more information about my practice and the services I offer or contact me to discuss your needs in person.