Conversations with Clinicians: Elizabeth Dausch

Center for Mindful Psychotherapy is a non profit collective of 80 Associate Marriage and Family Therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can learn more about each of them from perusing our Therapist Directory. In our Conversations with Clinicians series, we interview therapists in more depth. They share more about the work that the do, the clients that they work with, their inspirations, passions, personal interests and more. Today, we’re talking with Elizabeth Dausch.

Where is your therapy office located?

I’m offering online and in-person sessions. My office is located at 2831 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland.

What is your therapeutic orientation?

What are your areas of specialty?

What is it like to work with you?

My style is gentle, warm, and collaborative. Humor is welcome!

Who do you LOVE working with as a therapist?

What inspires you about this work?

Getting to witness someone come home to themselves: reconnecting to their body and authentic emotions, finding their voice, recovering lost parts of themselves, and experiencing the healing force of self-compassion & loving presence.

What do you do outside of this work to stay inspired?

I love nature walks, dancing, and experiencing great stories through film and books.

Best job (or most interesting job) before becoming a therapist?

Shooting/editing employee video profiles for a global hospitality company.

Recommendation for managing moments of overwhelm:

Diaphragmatic breathing

Recommendation for the best place to cry in the bay area:

Having a cry during a movie at The Roxie or New Parkway theaters.

Recommendation for the best place to find a laugh in the bay area:

Mortified: people share their childhood diaries, letters, lyrics, and home movies in front of an audience of strangers. Hilarious, wacky, and relatable.

Recommendation for self care practice on a budget:

  • Grab a notebook and write down what you notice going on in your inner world. You could also get a journal with prompts to support your processing.
  • Insight Timer phone app (free): guided exercises, sound healing, and more.
  • Take a 20-30 minute walking break before, during, or after your workday.
  • Bring some natural beauty into your home with a plant or flowers from Trader Joe’s.

Learn how plants improve mental health.

Recommendation for self care practice investment:

Save up for a class, workshop, or retreat on a topic that interests you or pertains to your goals for growth and healing. My alma mater CIIS offers amazing public programs.

Favorite non-therapy book:

Currently: “Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats” Words by Eckhart Tolle & Art by Patrick McDonnell

Favorite self-help book/ therapy book:

Anything by Anne Lamott

See other books our therapists recommend on Goodreads.

Favorite quote:

“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you…and becoming who you are.” -Rachel Naomi Remen

See other therapists’ favorite quotes.

How can people contact you?

  • Name: Elizabeth Dausch
  • License #: 130432
  • Supervisor: Sasha Wright LCSW #70802
  • Phone number: (510) 683-5858
  • Website:
  • Email:

Or contact us today for a therapist consultation.