Elizabeth Burgess, M.S.W., LCSW, LCAS-A, CI
Outpatient therapist specializing in CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Ms. Burgess grew up in Charlotte where she attended a variety of public, private, and home-based schools. She dropped out of school after completing 10th grade, earned her GED, and began college at the age of 16. Four years later, Ms. Burgess earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a focus in Outdoor Education and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy from Warren Wilson College. Her service learning experiences include designing and facilitating esteem-building games for residents of Presbyterian Home for Children, tutoring Boy Scouts for their astronomy merit badges, and working with incarcerated juveniles through an early-release residential wilderness program. After five years of providing individual supports to residents of local group homes, Ms. Burgess returned to school to pursue a Masters in Social Work. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2008, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate.
Ms. Burgess’ work experience has included service to people of all ages – from newborns to elders who have celebrated their 100th birthday. She has worked in schools, offices, homes, health departments, hospitals, hospices, jails, homeless shelters, detoxification centers, and a locked psychiatric stabilization unit. Her work environments have included being placed within Child Protective Services unit at DSS to provide behavioral health assessments and reduce the risk of children entering DSS custody, and being placed within the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to perform behavioral health assessments and recommendations upon request of the court. Ms. Burgess enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and appreciates the richness that diversity and a nonjudgmental stance brings to the therapeutic experience. This includes working with individuals who are dealing with issues that can be particularly sensitive or unsafe to address: substance use issues, persons who identify in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, and persons in kink/polyamorous relationships.
Ms. Burgess specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In addition to her work as an outpatient therapist, she has also worked for local government organizations to assure compliance with laws, administrative code, and federal regulations that govern how behavioral health supports are provided and is a certified investigator for ethics complaints. Ms. Burgess currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and field placement supervisor for various MSW programs in North Carolina and Tennessee and is the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.