Liza is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (ALMFT) at the Boston Child Study Center where she offers a humanistic view of counseling to individuals, groups, families, and couples. Utilizing the evidenced-based model of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Liza provides supervised treatments for youth and adolescents struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, conduct-related disorders, and overall adjustment challenges. Working particularly within a systems perspective, Liza also engages with all subsystems of the family, including parents, guardians, and siblings. Situating each individual’s experiences within the context of family relationships and societal and cultural influences is essential to the success of treatment.
Prior to joining BCSC, Liza worked as an individual and family therapist at Mercer Island Youth and Family Services in Washington State. There she specialized in supporting LGBTQ+ youth navigating gender identity and sexual orientation, with focused support around family integration and acceptance. Working from a humanistic and anti-oppression perspective, Liza focused on equity and inclusion, often also supporting school-based clinicians and guidance counselors working within the Mercer Island School District. MI schools worked with Dr. Jim Mazza and Dr. Lizz Dexter-Mazza’s DBT STEPS-A Program, which was further integrated with narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral, and attachment-focused techniques.
Liza holds a Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle, WA, and a B.A from Williams College in both theater and religion. Liza believes that everyone is equipped with the potential to heal and fully experience a life worth living, and views human suffering through a non-pathologizing lens. Liza is thrilled to be a recent addition to the BCSC and is grateful for the guidance of the incredible clinical team.