When I was growing up, my parents, siblings and friends said they always took solace in spending time with me and sharing their intimate thoughts and feelings. They found that being able to talk with me—openly and freely without judgment—was both empowering and a great source of relief. As I grew older, it became clear that I profoundly enjoyed relating to people from all different backgrounds and beliefs.
I became a therapist because I’m passionate about connecting with and helping others. The stressed-out professional, the mother of three, the 20-something looking for companionship—we all go through trying times when we need additional insight and support. Therapy provides an environment to clarify trials, no matter how big or small, and receive impartial guidance that promotes long-lasting change in your relationships and life.
I specialize in the following areas: relationship counseling, couples counseling, women’s counseling and anxiety treatment. These specialty areas grew as a result of my awareness of how much these issues can impact daily life. Relationship issues are of particular interest to me because struggling to navigate day-to-day relations often causes heavy feelings that affect every other part of your life, including work performance, the ability to enjoy activities and more. And, the fast-paced schedules many are expected to maintain these days, combined with the uncertainty of what the future holds, can also affect your relationship dynamics as well as your ability to feel happy. It’s my aim to help people work through relationship issues so they can experience more satisfaction and ease in their everyday lives.
I take pride in going above and beyond for my clients. I genuinely care, and I’m here to provide you with the support and practical guidance you need to effectively process and overcome pain. I specialize in working with women, because as a woman, I understand the many unique challenges and stressors we’re faced with. My coursework in women’s and gender studies as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis broadened my understanding of these issues.
As a business owner and full time Chicago therapist, I understand the many stressors of balancing work and home life with taking care of yourself and those you love. I also understand the importance of creating a healthy life-work balance. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my spouse, friends and family, exercising, cooking and reading. No matter what I’m doing, I truly enjoy getting to know people on a deeper level.
Chicago therapist Elizabeth J. Burke, owner and founder of Empowered Therapy, Inc. is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the state of Illinois. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women’s and gender studies from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2011, she received a fellowship for her work in Psychoanalysis from the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Elizabeth has also completed the Gottman Method level I training. In her private practice, she provides a variety of services to women, including relationship counseling, couples counseling, depression therapy and anxiety treatment. She presents regularly on anxiety treatment and relationships management in local health clinics throughout Illinois.