Elisabeth Gruber, PhD
Eating Disorders and Chronic Medical Conditions Expert
I’m Dr. Elisabeth (Liz) Gruber and prefer she/her pronouns. As a Florida licensed psychologist, I’m passionate about helping people heal their relationship with food and their bodies. Within this specialty, I’ve seen the impact eating disorders has across diverse backgrounds. This clinical passion is also reflected in my research including a recent publication on Latinx women’s relationship with beauty in an international body image research journal. Additionally, I specialize in complex trauma and chronic medical conditions.
Whether from childhood sexual abuse, debilitating chronic pain or other life experiences, oftentimes we experience a profound sense of inadequacy or not belonging that can manifest in different ways. Aside from the above specialties, I have experience working with a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders, skin picking and other obsessive-compulsive tendencies, identity issues, relationship issues, life transitions, sexual health, first generation issues and behavioral problems.
I earned my master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. I completed my predoctoral internship at The Ohio State University and post-doctoral residency at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling Centers. During my extensive clinical training in different geographic regions, I provided individual, group, and relationship counseling in a variety of healthcare settings to diverse individuals across the lifespan. Collaborating on multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment teams and in primary care settings have shown me the importance of treating the mind and body.
Regardless of identities, a lot of us are taught that vulnerability is a weakness and self-silencing “should be” prioritized. Avoidance of uncomfortable physical and emotional pain can then become very natural whether conscious or not. However, such avoidance can be costly to your physical and mental well-being.
As there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, I use mindfulness, self-compassion, feminist, CBT, anti-diet, and Health At Every Size framework. My values of contextual and inclusive perspectives to mental health are integrated throughout. I collaborate with clients on therapy goals, creating meaning, and recognizing strengths. During the counseling process, I balance supporting and challenging you to relate differently to uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and sensations so they no longer distract you from your potential.
This might be your first-time seeking counseling or another attempt to connect with a therapist that gets you. I work to establish a trusting and compassionate space connecting through humor, validation, and transparency. I’m a life-long learner and welcome feedback from clients to modify how I can better support them and possibly others. I encourage you to contact me directly at 561.600.1914 or email me at LG@drlizgruber.com to schedule a FREE 30-minute phone consultation for you to get a better sense of how we might work together. I look forward to hearing from you!