Elizabeth Mullins grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a BS in Psychology, then from the University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in Social Work, where she was a Master’s Scholar. Elizabeth brings over 16 years of clinical experience to Impact Recovery Center. She worked in inpatient psychiatry, chemical dependency treatment for impaired healthcare professionals and active-duty soldiers, as the clinical director for an inpatient treatment center for eating disorders, and worked exclusively with veterans and their families. She has received numerous awards in her career for her creative work, her passionate style, and her advocacy approaches. She holds an LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker) and a PIP (Private Independent Practitioner) from the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners.
She is trained as a Level II EMDR clinician through the EMDR Institute and is certified in cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for PTSD. She has received training on family systems theory, shame reduction, utilizing EMDR with trauma and dissociation, attachment and intimacy issues, utilizing psychodrama in group and individual therapy, sexual addiction from Patrick Carnes, and mindfulness (MBSR.) She has written a curriculum on gender specific issues in addiction relapse and recovery for a nationally recognized extended care treatment program, and another on using mindfulness skills for chronic pain that is being used at the VA. She enjoys public speaking and training others. Some of her past talks have been on mindfulness, self-care, compassion fatigue, trauma, eating disorders, gender specific chemical dependency treatment issues, sexual addiction, and the effects of the disease of addiction on individuals, children, and families. She has been published in journal articles and magazines. Elizabeth believes in Impact Recovery Center’s mission because of the changes made in her own life through working a 12-step program, taking responsibility for her own actions, and hard work in therapy.