Elizabeth Davis, MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, is a registered and board certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATR-BC) and a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). Elizabeth is also a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association and its New York chapters, WNYATA and NYATA. Elizabeth has over 14 years of experience working with at-risk youth in the communities of Buffalo, helping them with a variety of needs and challenges.
In addition to art therapy, Elizabeth has extensive experience and training utilizing play therapy and mindfulness-based techniques in her clinical practice. Her primary focus of specialization is with children and families affected by trauma. Elizabeth is certified in EMDR, through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), and has completed certification as a trauma specialist through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC). She also completed training through TLC as a provider of trauma-focused group therapy (SITCAP-ART), a sensory and drawing-based trauma intervention program for children and teens (an SAMHSA-approved, evidence-based program). Elizabeth is also an Advanced Gang Specialist, certified through the New York Gang Investigator’s Association. In conjunction with Community Connections of Western New York, Elizabeth has given lectures on trauma-informed practice as it relates to the treatment of youth affected by gangs. Elizabeth has also given numerous lectures and workshops on Art Therapy. In addition to Elizabeth’s specialties, she has experience providing individual and group art therapy to persons diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, those in outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, special education students, children with developmental disabilities, and adults with dementia.
Elizabeth currently works in private practice and is the director of the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute’s new satellite clinic in Amherst, NY. There, she provides intensive therapy retreats, consultation in EMDR, and individual therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families.