Eliza McDermott, MA
I was excited when I opened the doors to my practice in 2015. I started studying Philosophy in 2004 at DePaul University where I earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy (2008). While in Chicago, I worked in adult education teaching GED classes in a local homeless shelter. I studied critical theory & feminist ethics, I was greatly impacted by the wealth of knowledge about life, society, politics and history that women of color brought into philosophical and cultural dialogues. My understanding of how philosophy & philosophical inquiry could affect society changed. I felt I had to pursue an applied philosophy so took up work in ethics and moral philosophy with special emphasis on women, race, and reproductive health justice.
In 2010, after teaching for a couple years in Colorado, I moved to Washington DC to study ethics and moral philosophy at American University (Master's of Arts 2012). While working on my Master's, I continued to do direct services and teaching work in area reproductive health oriented non-profits doing direct services work along my academic work. I found being a moral philosopher helped me to understand my work and world better which helped me develop into apt and astute interventionist.
After moving to New Orleans in 2012, I began training as a crisis counselor. I studied CBT and other modalities through my work in a crisis center and other independent certification programs. After coming across Philosophical Counseling, I decided to pursue my certification in that field and worked with both national organizations, the American Philosophical Counseling Association and the National Philosophical Counseling Association, as they have distinct approaches and philosophies about counseling. I was certified in Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy from the latter.
Though I am certified and trained as a philosophical practitioner, clients ought to be clear that I am not a clinically licensed psychotherapist. There can be some confusion since the interventions share the designation, 'counselor.'