Elizabeth Hortua, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical psychotherapist with over twenty years experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Her clients present with a range of issues and concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders and self-injurious behaviors, and marital conflict.
She particularly specializes in helping young adults transition into adulthood as well as working with couples struggling with relationship conflict and/or parenting concerns. Elizabeth is trained in Collaborative Practice and believes in helping couples navigate the divorce process, focusing on a plan based on a client’s needs and wants to help decrease conflict and stress.
Elizabeth sees problems from a family and systemic perspective in order to help create dynamic change. She works to help clients expand their understanding of themselves and discover opportunities for growth and change, often in the context of their relationships and families. Elizabeth focuses on helping clients change destructive relationship patterns, choose healthier lifestyles, and engage in fulfilling relationships.
Prior to having a private practice in Westlake, California, Elizabeth had a private practice outside of Philadelphia. She also worked in an adolescent residential treatment facility in New York City as well as in a non-public school in Los Angeles.
She has worked extensively with adolescents and their families. Being a parent as well, she helps families to work and communicate in more positive and developmentally appropriate ways. This includes work with both step-parents and divorced parents. She strongly believes in helping people cooperatively parent after separation and divorce.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduating Cum Laude with Distinction in Finance. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. She worked in corporate finance for two years, including a position abroad in Brussels, Belgium.
Elizabeth then decided to change careers and pursue a Masters in Clinical Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. Elizabeth received Honors for her second year field placement at Steinway Child and Family Services as well as her work in Social Welfare Policy and Foundations of Social Work Practice.
In addition to her educational and clinical experience, Elizabeth has travelled extensively and has incorporated her knowledge of different cultures into her work as well. She believes in understanding and respecting a client’s individual and cultural diversity in all aspects of the clinical relationship.
Elizabeth welcomes all calls and inquiries concerning her practice. For further information and inquiries, please contact Elizabeth at 310-694-7724 or by email: Elizabeth@WestlakeVillageTherapists.com