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Elizabeth Franssen, LSW

Associate Therapist

Elizabeth joined the NEDFYS team in 2021 as an intern and now works as an associate therapist. Elizabeth provides counseling services to individuals and families and facilitates multiple therapeutic diversion groups, including Re-Direct and Step-Up. 

Before joining the NEDFYS, Elizabeth interned at the Hope House for Teens through the Chicago Dream Center, where she coordinated a summer social-emotional learning program, provided individual counseling, and facilitated various therapeutic groups. Elizabeth also completed an internship with the Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center in Nebraska, where she co-facilitated an adolescent support group and supervised various educational groups.

Elizabeth is passionate about empowering the clients she serves through a strengths-based, relational, client-centered approach. 

Fun fact: Elizabeth loves to travel and is a classically trained opera singer. In college, she combined these two loves when she spent six months in South Africa singing in a university choir, studying, and working at a non-profit community organization.


  • Children & Adolescents 
    Group and Individual Therapy
    Restorative Justice 
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
    Trauma Informed Care
    Strengths-Based Approach

Education & Certifications

  • Loyola Chicago University, MSW, Specialization in Clinical Mental Health

  • Creighton University, BS, Psychology with a minor in music

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