ELIZABETH R. BECKER, LCSW, CPC
CEO | Chief Eternal Optimist
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.”
Before I provide you with all of my credentials and accomplishments, there are a few important things to know about me- a bit of the back story of how a psychiatric and medical hospital social worker ended up doing this work.
My pathway into this work and the starting of this business was not anything I intentionally planned or set out to do. It was a direction and journey that found me (that’s a whole other story!) It’s actually a story many years in the making, with a journey of experiences that uniquely prepared me along the way. It hasn’t always been easy, nor did I have a clear vision of where all of my experiences would lead me. But my story is one of transformation. Every step, stumble, fumble, challenge and setback has absolutely prepared me to lead others through the process of personal transformation and professional growth.
The core of who I am has always been a facilitator of change.
I’ve known for a very long time that nothing in or about my life would change…
… if I did not learn how to dig deep, step outside of my comfort zone into the unknown, and mindfully engage in my own development and change. Despite my ‘knowing’ this process, I was not always prepared for the struggles or the failures I would encounter. But I grew to embrace the notion of failing better by failing in an upward direction. I have come to understand what it means to rise again, bruised and battered to the bone, getting to the other side smarter, stronger, and with greater resolve and determination. Repeatedly I’ve had to choose courage over comfort, and transformation over simple change. And let me tell you… there are times that continues to be a struggle. This is the nature of life sometimes, right? Not always simple or linear.
Here are some of the important things I’ve learned along the path of my journey:
- Not all the good stuff in life is the result of careful, strategic planning. Sometimes good things happen specifically to point us in the right, better, new or different direction in life. But we must be paying attention and then chose to move in the direction of the good-blessing, change-shifting event or situation. Awareness and knowledge without action is futile.
- So it’s important to pay attention to what’s happening in our life! We are being given information all the time but we just may not be seeing or reading it. We can miss amazing opportunities and blessings, or miss important patterns and ques going on around us if we are mindless, going 100 miles an hour in the Fastlane of our life, and living with our head down (probably looking at our cell phone or a patients chart)!
- When we are on the right path in life The Universe conspires to help us- OR NOT! Either way, we are getting information. It’s really a matter of whether we chose to see, listen or respond to it.
- Even with such help, we still have to show up whole-heartedly and do our work. The world still responds to a combination of our mindset, intentions, authentic effort, and passion.
- Small changes can lead to big outcomes. Big changes can lead to serious transformations, perhaps rearranging much of your life. Be prepared for that!
- We can’t really change anything if we don’t understand who we are and what drives us. That requires slowing down and being willing to look under the hood!
- My wise daughter once told me “Sometimes good things in life simply come to an end”, just like a good book, our favorite TV series (I cried when Breaking Bad ended!), or even a relationship or marriage.
- I’ve learned that new beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. Often we become attached to situations, people and circumstances in life and fail to see the changes going on around us, which means that those situations, circumstances or people are no longer a fit for us in our lives. Many of us have a core belief that some things ‘should’ last forever.
The Process and My Commitment to You
So if you decide to partner with me as your executive coach, you can expect me to ask you many questions: What kind of changes are you looking to make in your life? And, is your goal to make small changes that lead to improvements, or to transform yourself into a badass leader that inspires others to do and be their best? Are you looking for small changes, or transformation? Either way I will be your committed thought-partner that helps you learn, grow, challenge yourself, hold yourself accountable, and develop a solid plan to implement whatever process your goals require. And then I will be with you every step of the way until you succeed. I’m not a cheerleader or your spouse, but I will celebrate your accomplishments, challenge your thought process, and hold you accountable for your decisions. I am kind, honest, positive, disarming, but direct and a bit of a badass myself. I also know and understand the complex and sometimes crazy, ever-changing world of healthcare and the many demands facing physicians and healthcare teams. I have worked with hundreds of physicians from around the country. Of course, my goal will always be to help and support you with your goals, on your journey to be the biggest, best version of yourself, both in healthcare, and in life!
Professional Credentials and Experience
Elizabeth is the former Director of Behavioral Programs for the University of California, San Diego, Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program where she facilitated educational training programs for healthcare providers identified as having behavioral problems or unprofessional conduct. While at PACE, she came to realize the value and importance of physician wellness. In addition, she developed an in-depth understanding of the risks, obstacles, and struggles that physicians face within the complex world of healthcare delivery. While the primary mission of PACE continues to be the remediation of physicians with clinical competency issues, Elizabeth has chosen to move in the direction of risk reduction and prevention through supportive education, leadership development, and executive coaching.
To accomplish this goal, Elizabeth left PACE in 2007 to develop her own physician wellness, executive coaching, consulting and educational business called Inner Solutions for Success. Ms. Becker and a dynamic interdisciplinary team of consultants continue to work with healthcare facilities and individual providers offering a variety of physician wellness services and educational workshops including professional boundaries, stress management, communication, and leadership training and development.
Ms. Becker is a master facilitator with advanced clinical training in a variety of group facilitation methods including action methods and the T.O.P and ORID methods. Her experience as a coach, trainer, and facilitator helps program and workshop participants have a powerful learning experience in a positive and supportive setting.
Publications authored by Ms. Becker:
- Becker, E., Norcross, W., Dealing with Disruptive Physician Behavior, Forum, Oct. 2006, vol.24, #3; www.rmf.harvard.edu/forum
- Sieber, W. Becker, E., Knowledge of Professional Boundaries: Initial Validation of a Measure, Federation of State Medical Boards, Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, 2006, Vol. 92, #2 www.FSMB.ORG