Meet Liz Poston

The Basics

Where are you from?

Proudly from Memphis!

Do you have any pets?

Nope, but I love to play “Auntie Liz” to my friends’ pets!

How do you spend your spare time?

Cooking, perpetually simplifying my apartment, watching t.v. shows, hiking and eating with friends, and writing songs!

Describe yourself in five words

Earthy. Safe. Creative. Intuitive. Observant.

About Your Practice

Why did you become a therapist?

My personal experience with deep grief led me to seek therapy for myself. That time and space was so sweet and invaluable to me that I found myself drawn towards wanting to hold that space for others. Also, I recognized my gifts fit well with what most of the profession requires.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a therapist?

A therapist who has gone to therapy and done his/her own work, has good boundaries, can laugh, and who can admit when they don’t know something.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?

In my mind, the mystery of God echoes the mystery of therapy. There’s no formula, no guarantees, and each person’s experience is uniquely individual. We are asked to simply show up with ourselves and speak the truth of our hearts.

I believe that God doesn’t promise to fix our problems, but he does promise that he is with us. Sometimes he is silent, sometimes he does painful heart surgery that we don’t want (but that is good), and sometimes he laughs with us and delights lavishly in our simply “being”.

I can’t promise clients their problems will be fixed by coming to therapy. However, I can promise to do my best to hold and honor the space where they choose to share and what they choose to share.

Favorites

What is your favorite type of music and your favorite singer/band?

I love the Blues! They feel like the musical equivalent of an ugly cry in front of a stranger: raw and authentic, commonly beautiful, and unburdening.

I don’t think people would consider this a genre of music, but I also LOVE work tapes. Think, “the song before the song,” kind of like the intimate work of therapy that isn’t usually heard by the rest of the world. The rest of the world gets the finished product, only the few get to hear the “work-in-progress”.

As for artists, my last night visiting Australia, I saw Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt in concert. I cried.

What's your favorite book or author?

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

What is your favorite sport/physical activity?

Does sleeping count? If not, hiking.

What's your favorite place to visit?

My friend Sidney’s house or most farms.

Just for fun

What is your most treasured possession?

My Martin guitar.

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

Something homemade from good quality ingredients. It’s all about the ingredients!

What is a pastime or ritual you enjoy?

Shopping for groceries.

Other than your current home, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’ve never been before, but I think I would love to live in Tuscany or Cuba, a place where life is simple and people dance and drink and sing and have friends and family over to dinner often.

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