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    Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS

    Welcome to the world of transformative healing guided by Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS an experienced psychotherapist specializing in trauma therapy. With a proven track record of trust, skill, and education, Liz brings her expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, ensuring a holistic approach to your well-being.

    Who is Liz Chelak?

    Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS is a compassionate and skilled clinical therapist who has dedicated her life to providing trauma therapy and substance use disorder treatment.

    She utilizes a collaborative and relatable approach, drawing on evidence-based techniques such as art therapy, somatic therapy, and psychodynamic therapy to assist clients in reducing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and increasing self-awareness.

    Liz is dedicated to helping you identify your goals and aspirations, and works with you to create a roadmap towards achieving the fulfilling life you desire.



    Clinical Counselor With First-Hand Insight Based on Lived Reality

    Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS is a highly experienced and compassionate clinical social worker based in West Palm Beach, Florida. With a focus on trauma, substance use, and mental health, Liz has extensive experience working with individuals who are struggling with:

    University and Clinical Trained Professional

    Liz attained her Bachelor's degree, majoring in psychology with a minor in biology, at Baruch College. She then earned her Master's in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. Subsequently, Liz underwent specialized trauma training for individuals at the Arizona Trauma Institute and received training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDR Connect. Additionally, she holds the designation of Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, accredited by the Florida Certification Board.

    She has honed her expertise through work in a variety of settings, including:

    Most recently, Liz worked at an outpatient program where she provided clinical therapy to patients with dual diagnoses. Through these experiences, Liz has developed a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of trauma, substance use, and mental health, and is committed to using her expertise to help her clients achieve lasting wellness and healing.

    Authentic Perspective Informed by Lived Reality

    What sets Liz apart from other therapists is that she has a personal understanding of the challenges her clients may face.

    Liz's own life experiences include:

    Healing through these experiences has given Liz a unique perspective and empathy for those who are also dealing with these issues.

    Through her own journey to recovery and healing, Liz has gained valuable insights that she applies to her practice today. She has been in recovery for many years and has successfully navigated her own healing process.

    Liz's personal journey of overcoming addiction inspires her work and allows her to connect with her clients on a deep level, and provide a safe and supportive environment for them to heal and grow.

    An Empowering and Relatable Approach

    Liz's approach to therapy is focused on empowering her clients to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives. She believes in helping clients find their own answers and path by providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment where they can explore and discover all parts of themselves.

    Through this process, clients are able to:

    Throughout your entire journey, Liz will work with you to develop a personalized plan for success.

    Creative and Charitable Pursuits

    In addition to her professional work as a therapist, Liz is a visionary individual who enjoys developing new projects and expressing herself through art. She has channeled this passion into co-founding the Sam Risso Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing resources, guidance, and support to individuals experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, and mental health diagnoses.

    Liz is also the owner and operator of several halfway houses that provide a safe abd comfortable environment for individuals in early recovery. These houses offer a supportive community, as well as accountability and structure, to help individuals build a strong foundation in their recovery journey.

    Through these endeavors, Liz is making a positive impact on the lives of those in her community and demonstrating her commitment to helping others achieve lasting wellness and recovery.

    Self Expression

    In her free time, Liz enjoys expressing herself through art and finds joy in painting and creating digital art. She also has a passion for learning and can often be found engrossed in a good book or exploring new topics.

    Additionally, Liz loves to dance and uses movement as a form of self-expression and stress relief. Through these activities, Liz nurtures her own creativity and personal growth, which informs her work as a therapist and enriches her life as a whole.

    Expertise In Trauma Healing

    As a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, I bring specialized knowledge and techniques to help you navigate the challenges of trauma. Whether you’ve experienced recent events or past wounds, I am equipped to guide you toward healing. I have personally engaged in trauma healing and have emerged stronger and more resilient. I understand the journey firsthand and can offer insights, empathy, and guidance based on my own recovery experience.

    Clinical Social Worker (MSW)

    With an MSW degree, I am able to provide expert therapy and counseling services. My holistic approach considers your emotional well-being and how external factors impact your life.

    Certified Recovery Peer Specialist

    My role as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist means I understand the unique challenges of recovery. With six-plus years of personal recovery experience, I can provide a safe space for you to explore your journey and support you in achieving lasting transformation.

    Comprehensive Support

    My approach is tailored to meet your specific needs, whether you’re seeking individual therapy, trauma-focused treatment, or EMDR sessions. Together, we’ll create a plan that addresses your unique goals.

    Empowerment through Healing

    My goal is to empower and inspire you to begin your healing journey. Everyone has the capacity for growth and transformation, and I am committed to walking alongside you on this path.

    Safe and Nonjudgmental Environment

    You’ll find a warm and nonjudgmental space where you can openly discuss your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Your comfort and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me.

    Client-Centered Approach

    I prioritize your needs and preferences throughout the therapeutic process. Together, we’ll collaborate to create a therapeutic plan that aligns with your values and aspirations.

    Holistic Well-Being

    I believe in treating the whole person, considering the interconnectedness of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Our sessions will explore ways to enhance your overall quality of life.

    Client-Centered Approach

    I prioritize your needs and preferences throughout the therapeutic process. Together, we’ll collaborate to create a therapeutic plan that aligns with your values and aspirations.


    "I believe that everyone has the power to overcome trauma and live a happy and fulfilling life. It's not always easy, but it's possible with the right support. If you're struggling with trauma, please know that you're not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. Reach out for help today, and start your journey to healing."

    Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS

    The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.