Hello! I’m Liz.

Owner & licensed professional counselor


I’m so glad you’re here (giddy giggles)! I would love to share with you my story, which has everything to do with why I created Woman Emerging to be not just a counseling practice, but a safe, healing, fun community for women.

Scroll down for education & credentials. Less fun, but necessary.

 
 

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”

~Brené Brown


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My Story

When I think about telling my story, I typically have the thought, “I’m a completely different person than I was ten years ago.” But the truth is, I’m ME now. I’m so much more ME than I was ten years ago, and I’m becoming more ME every day.

Over a decade ago, before I started my own healing journey, I was trapped in my own mind by relentless obsessive, ruminating thoughts (trying to figure out what other people thought of me, how not to say something “stupid,” etc.), and I didn’t know the way out. Paralyzed by trying to be perfect, I hid my true self from others; and honestly, I was so caught up in trying to make others like me that I didn’t know who I was. My self-worth depended entirely on what I assumed others thought of me. I wore masks and changed my behavior depending on what type of “Liz” I thought each group of friends might like that day. I lived to help others and tried like hell not to let myself be vulnerable; I certainly couldn’t let others see all the stuff I thought was wrong with me. Who’d want to be in a relationship with me then?

Because I didn’t know how to live another way, I developed symptoms of extreme anxiety and panic attacks, depression, self-harm, disordered eating/exercise, and suicidal thoughts.

My dream was to have an amazing partner, and also awesome girlfriends who really knew and loved me. I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted (you know, the ones we all have), and it included feeling secure in myself, belly laughing with my partner and friends, giving each other tons of shit, and sharing inside jokes.

My dream was to be loved, seen, and safe with the people I loved. And to feel good about me.

But my reality then was that I didn’t have any of that, and I didn’t feel anywhere close to attaining it. I was incredibly lonely, isolated, and no one really knew me. I didn’t know myself.  

I was ready for help.

So, I plucked up the courage and got help. When I started grad school to become a therapist in 2009, I started seeing my own therapist.  This is where my world started to change.  The work was really freaking hard, really interesting, and then.. really cool… and like, life-changing in the best possible way; all of these things, over and over again.

And as I continued in my healing, the more I noticed a return to myself.  I started trusting my own inner voice.  I started noticing how much less anxious and depressed I was feeling; the obsessive, ruminating thoughts were lessening each day.  I felt.. good (wtf??).  I felt good in such a way that couldn’t have comprehended just how bad I had felt before. I started knowing what it felt like to love myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.  I started just being ME - no matter who I was around - and I practiced not changing who I was to attempt to please others.

It was hard at first; really, freaking, hard. But when I noticed how much more aligned (and a-MAZ-ing) I felt on the inside, AND how much the people around me started really SEEING me, it got easier. It started feeling really good.

And, I started having the relationships I wanted.

My relationships transformed; some strengthened, some ended completely, some transformed into something new, some entered my life because I was ready to have relationship with healthy people. I noticed very clearly that when I changed how I felt on the inside, my outside world reflected it in the form of healthy, loving relationships.

I was drawing people who could see and love me well.

I’m still FLOORED by my transformation. I have an amazing husband and friends that I connect and belly-laugh with (tons of shit is given). I no longer have the symptoms I mentioned above, and I know how it feels to love myself. It’s more than I ever thought I could have; the gratitude and awe still overflow.

I’m not exempt from hard times - by any means; I still strugle and am just as wonderfully human as always (therapists mess up, too!). The difference is that I’ve learned to navigate the hard things differently, in a way that I don’t lose myself or sacrifice my wellbeing.

And I know that I am where I am now because of the work I put in. I changed my patterns and created my new reality.

And I believe you can, too.

(Nice to meet you!)


Counseling was a huge part of my journey, and what REALLY helped me soar was finding safe, healthy community with other women.

This is why I created Woman Emerging to incorporate both counseling AND community. When we disconnect ourselves from others due to shame and fear, we become dangerously isolated, anxious, and depressed. We need to know and really experience in our bones that we’re not alone.

And we’re really not. I’ve sat with countless women with the same story. We experience cellular healing when someone looks at us lovingly in the eyes and says, “I know exactly what you’re talking about.”


Education, Experience & Credentials

education

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

  • Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

licensure

  • Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider Designation (LPC-MHSP) in the state of Tennessee, License #3477

special training

  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level II

  • Trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples

  • Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

experience

  • Serving clients within the mental health field since 2006

  • Worked with children and teens struggling with sexual trauma in an inpatient setting

  • Served as a Case Manager and Employment Specialist for clients with severe and persistent mental illness

  • Led support groups for women recovering from domestic violence

  • Led therapeutic groups for women striving to have healthier relationships

  • Served as an individual and group counselor for men and women struggling with addiction and underlying trauma and mental health issues within a residential setting

  • Served as an outpatient counselor for women, men, and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship/marital issues, grief, personal growth, trauma, and a range of other issues