Victoria "Tori" Elizarde, LCSW
“To practice courage, compassion, and connection is to look at life and the people around us, and say, “I’m all in.” Brené Brown
The very idea of therapy can feel overwhelming, intimidating, and even confusing—where do you begin? Maybe you’re considering therapy because of a significant life event or you’ve found yourself feeling overwhelmed and stuck in patterns that just don’t seem to be working anymore. Whether this is your first time considering therapy, you’ve had previous experience in therapy, or therapy is something you’ve been putting off for awhile, I’m glad that you stopped by today.
Starting therapy is a lot like starting any new journey—we can expect there will be bumps along the way but you don’t have to walk this path alone. As your therapist, I can guide you, point you in the direction of your goals, help you navigate unexpected twists and turns, fill your pack with tools and strategies to face challenges as they arise, and provide support and encouragement. Growth can be uncomfortable and challenging. I want you to know that you are not alone in this. In our work together, I will help you identify and utilize your strengths to build resilience, improve your ability to cope with stress, and engage more positively in your life. I want to take those steps with you and celebrate each milestone as you take steps in your journey toward wellness.
Because your personal experiences are unique to you, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I will incorporate a variety of therapeutic principles and evidenced-based techniques to meet your specific needs. Together we can explore what works best for you and talk about how you can use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness strategies on your therapeutic journey. While my approach is eclectic, my priorities and goals as a therapist will remain consistent. My goal is to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for us to explore your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. My priority is our therapeutic relationship and like any relationship, it is important that you feel heard, valued, and safe.
I received my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Texas State University—San Marcos. I have extensive experience working with clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses, anxiety, depression, and suicidality in both inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. I am passionate about providing a place to heal, build skills, and empower you to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Outside of therapy, I enjoy spending down time with my wife and daughters. I love adventuring around Austin, trying new recipes, reading, and watching television—especially shows that make me laugh out loud.
If you are interested in working with me, please give me a call at 512/201-4501, ext. 241, or complete an online request form.
Area of Expertise
Anxiety, Stress, Low Mood, and Depression
Self-Compassion, Resiliency, and Personal Growth
Authentic, Relational, and Accepting