Categories Archives: Professional Development

Performance Enhancement with EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a potent intervention for healing those experiences of the past that create obstacles in the present day. EMDR is a powerful tool for performance enhancement, because it removes blocks to achievement and builds mental strengths and resources. Self-defeating behaviors, attitudes and beliefs can be modified and replaced with high-functioning behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs for positive, permanent change.


Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Elizabeth Venart, a Licensed Professional Counselor and skilled EMDR clinician, guides people through this process, facilitating individuals’ ability to obtain the positive change and professional success they seek.

For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, contact Elizabeth at (215) 233-2002 or More information is also available at

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Practice-Building Coaching

Healthcare professionals often struggle with the idea that their private practice is a business that requires entrepreneurial skills to thrive. Business and practice-building skills are absent from academic programs, and practitioners are often uncomfortable with the idea of marketing their businesses. Practice-building coaching helps professionals discover new ideas for how they can spread the word about their work — and create opportunities for people seeking support to find and connect with them.


Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Elizabeth works one-on-one with practitioners to develop a personalized approach to practice-building that is sustainable over time.

Elizabeth helps professionals:

  • Evaluate how they would like to transform their practices;
  • Speak about their work with clarity and confidence;
  • Assess their marketing style;
  • Create a big picture marketing strategy to strengthen community awareness of their programs and services;
  • and Begin taking concrete, meaningful action steps to generate greater prosperity in their businesses.

Through my experience in private practice and my role as Founder of The Resiliency Center, I know what it takes to succeed in the business of private practice. I help professionals learn to view marketing as an extension of their work – based in principles of education, service, and relationship. I believe that one’s passion and skills offer the best guide for creating prosperity, and the only surefire way to grow a business is to have a clear vision and a solid plan.

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Career Coaching

In career consulting, you work one-on-one with one of our practitioners to explore your career identity, develop strategic plans for career advancement, enhance work-life sustainability, and more.


Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Professional Development for Helping Professionals

Elizabeth Venart provides individual consultations to helping professionals wishing to explore career identity and development. Consultations can focus on practice-building, creating individualized career-development plans, enhancing professional sustainability, and more. By focusing on what is most meaningful and rewarding in the work and addressing energy drains, Elizabeth helps create lasting change.

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Tracey A. Smith, M.Ed., CTRS

Recreational Therapy and Behavioral Health

Tracey is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist, through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation, certified since 1983. Tracey has extensive experience in the behavioral health field specializing in Adjunctive Therapies and Program Development. She creatively uses Recreational Therapy to encourage resiliency and healing for participants.  Her mission is to promote Wellness and the “Playful Spirit” for individuals, families, and communities to help manage and maintain a stress-less lifestyle.

Wellness Education and Healing

Tracey is committed to promoting emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual health and empowering participants to experience greater well-being and actively engage in creating positive lifestyle changes. She also enjoys assisting participants in the healing process using techniques that encourage self-care, personal responsibility and resiliency.

Creative Programs that Get Everyone Engaged

Tracey has provided workshops and trainings for various populations including women, adolescents, teen parents, elementary school students, adjudicated/at risk youth and participants with recovery challenges. She enjoys designing an atmosphere where participants can feel safe to explore their own personal challenges, issues of self-care and lifestyle management, while learning alternative ways of healing.

Tracey’s workshops of special interest include:

  • wellness education
  • self-esteem
  • stress/anger management
  • resiliency
  • relationships
  • trauma, and
  • spiritual growth.

Utilizing the creative arts, her workshops are interactive and experiential addressing individual strengths and developmental assets to enhance awareness of positive choices. Her interactive and holistic approach to program leadership enables her to engage even the most resistant participant.

Restorative Practices

The programs Tracey facilitates integrate Restorative Practices, a positive communication style at the center of the conflict transformation model. She is committed to assisting in the creation of peaceable communities. As President of Wellness Wrks LLC & Associates, Tracey assures that her organization provides workshops that introduce participants into the healing arts such asReiki, Music for relaxation, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Tai Chi Kung, Visual Arts, Yoga, and Dance/Movement.

Clinical Experience

Tracey has provided consultation and professional staff development for hospitals, nursing homes, community-based, state, and non-profit agencies. Tracey’s clinical experience includes employment for ten years at Temple University Hospital, Department of Behavioral Health as Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies, Director of Therapeutic Programs, and Director of Partial Hospitalization program. She has provided clinical supervision and department management for various disciplines and students, fulfilling the expectations of a teaching hospital, and served non-profit, municipal, government and private agencies in self-care and peaceable communities.

Certification and Professional Affiliations

Certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

NCTRC is a charter member organization of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NCTRC is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying agencies (NCCA), National Recreation & Parks Association (NRPA). Additional memberships and professional associations include:

  • Ethnic Minority Society Membership
  • The American Therapeutic Recreation association (ATRA)
  • The Institute for Restorative Practices and Institute for Family Professionals
  • The African American Holistic Healers Association

Programs at The Resiliency Center

Tracey has facilitated several different group workshops at The Resiliency Center and is always looking for new ideas for how to bring wellness and recreational therapy benefits to the community. Workshops led have included Women and Wellness, Teen Wellness Leadership, and Wellness for Women of Color.

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Elizabeth Venart, MEd, NCC, LPC
Founder and Director of the Resiliency Center

Elizabeth Venart is the Director of The Resiliency Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.

She is also a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Elizabeth has 25 years of experience in providing counseling, clinical supervision, and training services. For nearly ten years, she worked in non-profit crime victim centers providing individual and group counseling—as well as crisis intervention and critical incident stress management services—to women, children, and men impacted by traumatic grief and crimes of violence. Elizabeth also worked as a school counselor for seven years—at an independent school for boys and with an alternative school for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.

Elizabeth Venart’s counseling office

Individual, Couples, and Group Counseling

Elizabeth’s counseling specialties include trauma and anxiety, job burn-out and career transition, and working with people who are highly sensitive, empathic, creative, and intuitive. She also supports couples to identify current patterns and create changes that allow for greater compassion and intimacy.

A Person-Centered Approach

The foundation of Elizabeth’s work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational. Before any other work can occur in counseling, an atmosphere of respect and safety must be developed within the relationship.

Trusting in the power of individuals to find their own solutions to life’s difficulties, she uses a person-centered therapy approach in her work with clients—working as a facilitator and coach to help people discover and access their inner resources. Bringing a trauma-informed perspective to her work, Elizabeth recognizes that unresolved grief and hurt are often at the root of individuals feeling stressed, “stuck,” or unhappy.

Strategies and Solutions for Healing

Elizabeth recognizes that people come to therapy looking for information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of grief and trauma.

Cognitive Therapy

She uses principles from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a comprehensive, trauma-informed therapy that integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and insights from neuroscience to get to the root of the symptoms, triggers, and obstacles that bring people to therapy.

Elizabeth is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. She offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their EMDR Therapy skills and gain certification. She has undergone several advanced training programs on the use of EMDR with children, severe trauma, and dissociation. She is experienced in using EMDR to facilitate clients’ successful healing from trauma, grief and anxiety.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world.  Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

One example of an inner conflict that might arise among parts could be as follows: (1) Part of you looks outside on a sunny day and really wants to go on hike, (2) Part of you is determined to clean the house because company is coming tomorrow, (3) Part of you feels pulled to visit a sick friend, and (4) Part of you feels overwhelmed by the choices and just wants to stay in bed. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Highly Sensitive Persons

Elizabeth provides a safe, emotionally attuned healing environment in which Highly Sensitive persons (HSPs) can heal emotional wounds and move towards greater self-understanding and acceptance. Our work focuses on helping HSPs validate and appreciate their strengths and learn effective coping strategies for living in a world where the majority of people are not highly sensitive.

Group Counseling

In her groups, Elizabeth provides opportunities for individuals to connect with others, tap into their strengths, participate in activities and discussions designed to promote greater self-awareness, and receive support in creating positive changes in their lives.

Laughter Yoga

Elizabeth Venart became Certified as a Laughter Yoga Instructor in 2011. Laughter yoga is a fun and uplifting form of exercise that combines playful laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. The proven health benefits of laughter include reducing stress, improving mood, increasing cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, and generally helping people feel more relaxed and comfortable in their bodies and in the world. Elizabeth leads laughter yoga classes at The Resiliency Center, works individually with people teaching them laughter yoga, and integrates laughter yoga into her professional trainings and Resiliency Retreats.

Clinical Supervision and Training Programs for Health Care Professionals

Elizabeth provides clinical supervision and training programs to individuals, groups, and organizations and is available to provide LPC supervision to counselors seeking licensure. She has over ten years of experience supervising counselors across a variety of settings.

Clinical Supervision

Her approach to LPC and clinical supervision is rooted in a humanistic, relational framework. She supports counselors in deepening their understanding of clients’ challenges and goals, identifying any obstacles to empathy and mindfulness, and providing concrete strategies to promote change. She helps counselors cultivate a trauma-informed perspective and invites them to listen for stories of resiliency.  Elizabeth also provides career guidance to counselors as well as vicarious trauma consultations to both individuals and organizations.

Training Programs for Professional Helpers

Elizabeth has been providing training programs to professional helpers since 1996. She has presented at the local, regional, and national levels, and her strength lies in making the material come to life for participants through reflective exercises, dialogue, and opportunities for creative expression and the development of personal insights.Her training specialties include trauma, vicarious trauma, counselor wellness, team-building in organizations, and creativity development.

From 2003 through 2007, Elizabeth served on the American Counseling Association’s Task Force on Impaired Counselors. Part of her work on the task force included the development of effective intervention programs to facilitate counselor wellness and serving as a co-editor for a special journal issue on counselor wellness through the Journal of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development.

Elizabeth was an adjunct instructor with the Behavioral Health Counseling Sciences Program of Drexel University from 2003 -2008. She taught Group Counseling I and II, Theory and Practice of Counseling, Assessment and Treatment Planning, and Cognitive Therapy II.

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