Warmly Irreverent Change Agents
Elizabeth Burns M.A. LPC
Elizabeth Burns M.A. LPC is an advanced intensively trained DBT therapist. She has provided DBT therapy and skills training to individuals and families for 19 years. She has been the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia 2015-2016.
She joined with Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals in 2011; where, in less than a year, she developed Peachtree DBT hiring and training 5 clinicians and creating 7 DBT classes. Upon completion of the initial development in 2012, she repositioned her DBT to focus on client care in her own practice and her position as a Benefit Committee member for the Linehan Institute. She has had the honor of joining her esteemed colleagues in serving on the Benefit Committee for the Linehan Institute the past four years and was Master of Ceremony for the Linehan Institute’s Award Benefit 2015.
In the last several years, she enjoyed the privilege of presenting DBT training to her peers at the Georgia Psychological Association’s annual conference, The Marriage, Family Therapist Continuing Education and various settings around the country. She had the opportunity to be intensively trained in Mentalization for Borderline Personality Disorder at Mclean Hospital with Dr. John Gunderson, Dr. Anthony Bateman, and Dr. Peter Fonagy. She among the few clinicians from around the world to twice complete the Advanced Intensive DBT Training with the developer, Marsha Linehan Ph.D.
She served as a speaker for the Anti-stigma in Mental Illness Campaign of South Carolina. She opened the Anti-Stigma march for NAMI South Carolina. In each case, she identified herself a provider AND consumer of mental health services. Thereby, disclosing her experience with a major depressive episode 20 years ago. After surviving her major depression, her mantra became: “Refuse to be defined by the lowest point in your life.”
Nisha Patel M.A. LAPC
Nisha Patel M.A. LAPC has completed her foundational training in DBT. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Mercer University in marketing and management in 2006, Nisha worked in aforesaid field for five years. During this time, she realized that helping others was her true passion. In 2015, Nisha earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. During an extensive internship at Ridgeview Institute, Nisha worked with individuals suffering from various addictions and mental health disorders in the inpatient and outpatient programs. Shortly after completing her internship, she joined the Admissions Department at MARR as an admissions coordinator and began working at DBT South. She provides individual therapy and skills training. She is also formally trained in Exposure Therapy.