Elizabeth Edwards, L.C.A.T., R.D.T., M.A.

Director of Clinical and Community Outreach for greater New York City

Liz Edwards is Mountain Valley’s Director of Clinical and Community Outreach for greater New York City. In this role, Liz provides connection and maintains relationships between MVTC and Manhattan and its surrounding communities, and includes the families, educators and mental health professionals who help support our mission.

Prior to Mountain Valley, Liz served as Director of Outreach for Fusion Academy at the Park Avenue and Lincoln Center campuses in Manhattan. Through this role, Liz furthered her passion for connecting community and being a resource for others. Liz is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Registered Drama Therapist, and before entering the world of Marketing and Outreach, served as a group therapist for The Animation Project in NYC, where she worked with students in various settings, including ACS and Probation Centers. She also spent over two years working in Inpatient Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as two years working in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. In these previous roles, Liz developed a diverse clinical background, and intensified her knowledge of the efficacy of the creative arts in mental health treatment. She enjoys bringing her love and knowledge of Creative Arts Therapy to the MVTC community.

Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College, majoring in Theatre Studies and minoring in Psychology. After living in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career, Liz found that she was more interested in using her love of theatre in a therapeutic way. This led her to New York University, where she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Drama Therapy. She served on the North American Drama Therapy Association’s chapter board for five years as both President and Vice President. While on the board, she co-chaired a thought-provoking conference for the eastern region NADTA and oversaw monthly educational events for the Creative Arts Therapy community in the tri-state area. Liz currently serves as co-chair of the New York Providers Liaison Association, supporting that organization’s quarterly meetings featuring engaging speakers.

Originally from Nashville, Liz and her fiancé, Drew, live in Brooklyn, NY with their Pitbull mix (named “Dolly”, after Liz’s role model, Dolly Parton). When not doing outreach in the community, Liz is often found officiating weddings, playing with Dolly in the park, or enjoying the fantastic food, live music and theatre that New York City has to offer. Her passion for making meaningful relationships has been a common thread throughout her diverse career, and she is enthusiastic to continue this important work with Mountain Valley Treatment Center.

Liz can be reached at eedwards@mountainvalleytreatment.org, or on her cell at 615-479-5499.