Heroes for Health: Elizabeth Hanson

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Elizabeth Hanson, Owner and Individual Operator of Elizabeth Hanson, LCSW, LLC

Website: http://elizabethhanson.org

Email: LizHansonLCSW@gmail.com

Phone: 262-995-3395

About Liz: Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing at Therapy House in Racine, Wisc. She is originally from Racine and has been working in the community since 2000. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through a goal-oriented and solution-focused model to achieve greater peace and happiness. With children, she also utilizes “Art and Play Therapy” techniques. Life is not perfect, but she believes many of us are living with more dissatisfaction or stress than is necessary. If your life is being interrupted by anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, grief, communication difficulties, or high stress, please give her a call. She wants to work together to improve your well-being.

Words from Elizabeth, a Hero for Health:

Growing up, I spent many afterschool hours at the Women’s Resource Center of Racine, where my mother was a former director. I observed my mother and others at the Resource Center provide support to so many individuals facing major life challenges, and it made a lasting impression on me. I set off for college with a clear vision of becoming a therapist and working with children. Since then, I’ve done just that, and I’ve found that when working with children, it’s important to remember this means working with parents, as well.

Supporting and involving parents is imperative to providing care. Even today, parents often feel stigmatized when a child faces mental health challenges. One of my hopes is to see mental health issues normalized as any other health issue and to see parents treat mental health challenges as they do other illnesses or sicknesses. Parents and children would greatly benefit to seek help rather than go it alone when their child experiences mental health issues much as they would seek help if their child came down with pneumonia.

Some opportunities include: observing a student or students in the classroom, addressing issues as they arise, pulling together small groups of students to work on friendship and other skills, and communicating with private practitioners, parents and teachers. This degree of collaboration really positions us to support students while allowing teachers to focus on their primary objective of teaching, rather than managing behavior issues. While this will require a commitment to attracting and keeping an increased number of school-based therapists, I truly believe Racine would see its return on investing in these professionals.

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