Muir Wood Teen

Liz Fischel, LCSW

Clinical Director

Liz Fischel has a background in clinical program development and substance use disorders with over a decade of experience specializing in treating trauma and co-occurring disorders. Liz graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychiatric Social Work, then began her post-graduate career as a clinician working within the correctional system in Idaho as a therapist and clinical supervisor. She later transitioned to an outpatient clinic providing treatment for adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders. Due to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress that Liz observed in clinical practice, she became certified in EMDR, an evidence-based best practice intervention for the treatment of PTSD. Liz relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2012, where she began working as an LCSW in the Neuro/Trauma Critical Care Unit first at Swedish Medical Center and then at the University of Colorado Hospital. Based upon her experience working in the ICU and after receiving specialized training and education working with neuro-trauma patients, Liz was appointed a Faculty Position for the University of Colorado School of Medicine (Department of Neurosurgery) as a Clinical Instructor and Neuro-Psychotherapist. Liz worked for the University of Colorado Hospital for several years, including 3.5 years as a psychiatric consultant in the Emergency Department. Liz relocated to Northern California and accepted a position as Director of Outpatient Services for Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital in January of 2018. During her time at Aurora, Liz developed IOP/PHP programs for both adults and adolescents with often complex psychiatric presentations. She was responsible for clinical supervision and program development, regulatory compliance, interdisciplinary treatment planning, building and fostering community partnerships, and the overall implementation of outpatient programming for both adult and adolescent patients with primary psychiatric disorders and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

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