Gain clarity, navigate painful life experiences, & reconnect with yourself & loved one's. Find joy!

Life is imperfect, challenging, or even painful at times. There's no road map telling us which way to turn. No magic spell which can cast away those unwanted feelings. Thankfully, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. Through the confusion, hurt, and longing - there is profound acceptance, connection, and joy! Your life can be an amazing, beautiful adventure.

A Boutique Private Practice providing Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy Services as well as Coaching & Consultation. Located in Columbia, Missouri, home of the MU Tigers!

Meet Elizabeth Hocker

A safe place to let down your defenses as you gain insight, encouragement, guidance, and support.

My name is Elizabeth Hocker, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, Missouri. If you've found me, there is a reason. You’re searching for someone who can help you. While you might be a little curious about who I am – you’re more interested in knowing if I’m the right counselor for you. You're wondering if I can help you. The answer is, yes, I can help you.


I love working with adults from all walks of life and value diversity. I provide treatment for a variety of mental health issues, substance use disorders along with couples and family therapy. Although treat an array of concerns, I’m particularly passionate about helping you with the following:


  • Anxiety, Worry, & Stress
  • Depression & Sadness
  • Body Image, Weight-loss, and Disordered Eating
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Worth
  • Substance Use & Addiction
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma 
  • Women's Issues

The foundation of treatment build on honoring my client's values and personal experiences, creating a positive therapeutic relationship, and striving for clinical excellence. My treatment method is integrated, blending a compassionate person-centered approach along with proven research and evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, trauma-focused therapies, among others.


We all have a unique story. I invite you to share your story with me. You are safe to be your authentic self. I ask you to explore those elements which collectively make you who you are. Because I invite you to be real with me, I pledge to be real with you. When you feel safe to be you, the real work can begin. 


You'll find I believe in comfort over fashion as I'm typically wearing jeans and sitting with my feet propped on a small ottoman (partly because I'm short, but it's also comfy). I encourage you to get comfortable as well, making your space your own! You'll also learn I use humor in my sessions, knowing laughter is sometimes the best medicine. I'm also transparent, so what you see is what you get. You'll never wonder what I think because I'll tell you.


I'm honored to be a part of your journey towards healing, growth, and self-empowerment. I value your ability to sit with me and face your challenges. Therapy provides the spark you need, empowering yourself and creating the life you deserve. You are not alone. I'm ready to walk beside you, guiding and supporting you towards a better tomorrow. There is no better time than the present, contact me now. 


If you'd like to learn more about my approach, what it's like working with me, or why I became a counselor, you can continue to read on or click on each link.

Education | Experience | Clinical Qualifications

Education


  • Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College
  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri
    • Multicultural Certificate from the University of Missouri.

Experience


From an early age, I’ve cultivated unique and diverse experiences in the helping profession. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering, training, and working in a variety of settings helping people from all walks of life at every stage of life; including kids, teens, college students, adults and older adults. My colorful background provides a wide range of experience. 


Thus far, I've focused on helping young adults and adults with substance use and addiction issues, self-esteem/self-worth, life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma and more.


Clinical Qualification & Continues Training


Credentials: State of Missouri,

Licensed Professional Counselor (#2014037901)


As a lifelong learner, I continue to enhance my clinical skills through on-going research, consultations, online training, workshops, professional conferences, which focus on evidence-based practices. 


As the daughter of an educator, I know the importance to pushing yourself to expand your mind daily. Knowledge sparks change, which is why I take the time to provide my clients additional resources.


My continued desire to help you fuels my passion for learning and growing!


Would you like to learn more about my specialties and areas of focus? 

What's My Approach to Counseling?

Elizabeth Hocker with her husband Kyle Walker on vacation.

As a therapist, I'm honored to be allowed the privilege to listen to your story, and to be a part of your journey towards healing.

My counseling approach is holistic, integrative and eclectic, utilizing person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapies in conjunction with other proven, evidence-based practices and approaches.


Ultimately my approach is simple—I endeavor to remain authentic/genuine, empathetic, compassionate, honest, fully present and when necessary straightforward. I will strive to meet you where you are while challenging you to move towards where you wish to be. 


I take the time to get to know you and create the foundation of our relationship on trust, acceptance and mutual respect. I see you as a collaborative partner in the process. Although I have expertise in my field, I view you as the expert on your life. I believe the answers you seek lay within yourself. Only you know what is right for you. No one can make these decisions for you. As you work to discover these answers, I will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings as you seek to create healthy changes and grow as a person.


My genuine friendly demeanor coupled with my approach and style, allows you to feel safe and fully accepted, resulting in your ability to share your concerns and experiences, and move forward in a positive direction. Using an optimistic and hopeful lens, coupled with realistic treatment goals – I help you see your potential to construct your reality. I also help you appreciate and celebrate your success along the way. Together we will create a collaborative treatment plan uniquely tailored to you, resulting in lasting positive changes beyond counseling. 

What's it like to work with me?

You receive ongoing support, compassion, and acceptance coupled with knowledge & tools!

When working with me, you will receive ongoing support, compassion, and acceptance. I will arm you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to move from surviving to thriving! 


From your first session to the last, I help to smooth the path for you to share your concerns. I often encourage you to guide our sessions, disclosing at your pace without being bombarded with tons of questions. I trust your ability to acknowledge struggles and share your goals. 


When that negative voice inside of you begins to criticize your efforts and judge your process harshly, I’ll be there to help you put things back into perspective. Where others see failure – I see opportunities to learn and grow from painful experiences. 


And if you get stalled or slip back into unhealthy thoughts or patterns, I’ll be there with an encouraging nudge forward. My clients appreciate my ability to challenge them with compassion and humor. You aren't coming to counseling to have someone co-sign everything you say and do. You're looking for honest feedback and support which leads to progress. 


It’s common for us to get stuck in loops which are harmful to us. I won’t let you get stuck there long. You can also count on me to help you learn to get unstuck on your own.

Move from existing or surviving towards loving and thriving!

Why I want to help YOU.

Why do I want to help you? I became a counselor because...

At my core, I’m a helper! With an innate sense of compassion and the belief in the goodness of humanity, I see the best of who you are and your potential within.


My experiences further brought into focus my deep passion and desire to help you recover and heal from those profoundly painful experiences. Few of us reach adulthood without facing challenges or experiencing significant pain or loss. I believe my own experiences continued to navigate me towards my life’s purpose, to help people.


Looking back, every challenge I have faced is overshadowed by the joyful moments of my life. In the darkest most painful times of my life, I was never truly alone. There was always someone holding my hand – providing support, encouragement, and unconditional acceptance. Every person deserves to have another battling the darkness with them as they reach towards the light.


I share this with you because it's important you know we are all human, and we all need help at times. My story and personal experiences aren't any better or worse than anyone else's. We all have our own story to share. We all need support. Let me hear your story. Let me walk with you on your journey. 


Let me help you create a full, meaningful life, with love and joy.

There is hope. Reach out now. Talk to me, I’m listening and I care.

Outside of sessions, you'll find me...

Elizabeth Hocker Counseling

Spending time with my husband, family and friends.

Checking out the Aquarium in Florida with my husband, Kyle.

Elizabeth Hocker Counseling

Looking for an adventure, swimming, walking, or reading outside on my deck.

Snuba Diving with my husband, Kyle.

Elizabeth Hocker Counseling

Loving on my puppy, Isabel!

My Beautiful Spoiled Puppy.

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Get In Touch

There's no middle man. When you reach out for help, I will be the one you speak with every time.

Please Note:  

I will always contact you within one business day. Therefore, if you do not hear from me, I did not receive your message. Please reach out again as I desire to help you in any way I can

Elizabeth Hocker Counseling LLC

2401 Bernadette Dr, Suite 203N, Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 505-0071

Hours

Monday - Saturday


By Appointment


Feel free to schedule an appointment by phone or email at elizabeth@hockercounseling.com