Elizabeth Parker Ware, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Elizabeth Parker Ware, Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Ware has been in private practice in Bath, Maine, since 2006. Her emphasis is on young people (ages 10-early 20s) and their families, who are most often seeking assistance related to anxious or depressive symptoms. Dr. Ware makes an effort to combine her clinical training and knowledge with a practical, down-to-earth approach. Early adolescence and the transition into young adulthood are two developmental time frames of particular interest to Dr. Ware, as these are periods during which anxiety and other mental health challenges often peak. Liz is a North Carolina native. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995, earned her PhD from University of Delaware in 2002 and interned at Johns Hopkins’ Kennedy Krieger Institute before moving to Maine. She is a lover of dogs, Tar Heel basketball and the outdoors.
Parental Consultation is a service offered because many parents are concerned about some aspect of their child’s behavior or development, and they would like ample time to speak confidentially about it with a professional. Consultations are two hours long, and are most often a one-time standalone appointment. If the child already has a therapist, parent consultation would only happen in collaboration with that therapist. The goal of the meeting is not diagnosis, treatment, or second opinion, as the child is not present. Rather, these are discussions for the parents delving into questions such as the following:
- I’m struggling to understand my child. Can we talk about a more productive way for me to conceptualize his/her behavioral patterns?
- How can I modify my parenting approach to help my child?
- This is my first time talking with a professional about my child’s behavioral or emotional circumstances. Are these behaviors typical for her/ his age or does there seem to be a bigger problem?
- Are there books or other resources that might help my child or family?
Individual and Family Therapy
Individual and family therapy with Dr. Ware involves ongoing sessions and leans on cognitive behavioral and family systems perspectives. Emphasis is also placed on the powerful narratives that often subconsciously influence our decisions. Humor is incorporated respectfully when appropriate, and information from past and present are utilized to create insight.
Scheduling and Preparation for
Appointments may be requested by telephone or email (see below). Once a consultation is scheduled, parents are asked to write up a history or summary of their concerns. Prior to the meeting, Dr. Ware will review this background information so that the session time can be dedicated to developing a path forward. The fee for a parent consultation is $150, payable by cash, check or credit card. (Payment is due at the time of the visit and cannot be billed to insurance because it is not a medically necessary service.) If there is a therapist already treating the child, the family should first talk with the therapist about parental consultation at this practice so that it can be a collaborative endeavor.