Dr. Elizabeth Torres is a member of the Mobius Transformational Faculty, serving as an In Programme Coach in deeper immersive leadership workshops. She is also the lead supervisor for the 1:1 coaching and listening circles being conducted by Mobius for the Every Day Respect Task Force.
Elizabeth is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and master clinician specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma and mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Torres is licensed to practice in both California and Massachusetts and has deep experience in her many roles as a clinical psychologist: individual therapist, couples and family therapist, consultant, therapy supervisor, mentor, teacher, group facilitator, and thought leader. In 2019, she published her first book “Just This Moment: A Guide for Moms who want to Enjoy Parenting, Raise Great Kids, and THRIVE!” This was a culmination two decades of working with mothers and her vision to teach mothers everywhere how mindfulness, acceptance, and cognitive behavioral therapy can improve their sense of themselves and quality of their lives.
Dr. Torres received her PsyD at Rutgers University-the Graduate School of Applied Psychology in 1996. She completed the APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship there in the treatment of Women’s Trauma and Dissociative Disorders where she was supervised by preeminent leaders in the fields of trauma, dissociative disorders, and women’s psychology.
For 21 years Dr. Torres held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and jointly in the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital. She served as Instructor in Psychology teaching seminars and providing clinical supervision for pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. She was a consultant for the Pavilion Programme at McLean Hospital, an internationally recognized psychiatric evaluation programme. In her community, she served as a consultant and guest speaker for various organizations. In 2008, she received the Partners in Excellence award from Partners HealthCare at McLean Hospital.
Dr. Torres has owned a private psychotherapy practice for 25 years, starting in Boston area and since 2018 in San Diego. Using a mind/body/spirit approach to trauma-informed care, her specialties include mindfulness and acceptance, maternal mental health, cross-cultural issues/ internalized racism, and couples therapy. Since 2005 she has been teaching moms about mindfulness in their everyday lives, with additional resources for them on her website mindfulmother.com and from her book, Just this Moment.
For five years, Dr. Torres was the clinical director of the Massachusetts-based Moving Beyond Depression treatment program funded by the Department of Public Health. She became one of the few experts in maternal depression in the New England region. The program was based on the first validated treatments at that time for maternal depression. In that role she co-developed an adaptation of the protocol for the specific patient population and at the same time building a state-wide clinical work force. She was certified as the In-State trainer by Every Child Succeeds, Inc. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) to train clinicians to use the protocol. Besides this program, Dr. Torres has also provided training in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Maternal Mental Health to a variety of organizations. She was on the Speaker’s Bureau for McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and has been a contributor to print and online media, TV, and radio.
Dr. Torres is a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, American Psychological Association, National Latino/a Psychological Association, San Diego Psychological Association, Postpartum International, and San Diego Postpartum Health Alliance. As a clinician participating in Immigrants Rising’s newest initiative, the Mental Health Connector, she provides free psychotherapy for undocumented young people. As the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, she enjoys mentoring other women of color. She is also a “Tribal Counselor” for the TV show, “Survivor.”