Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Internal Family Systems
Elizabeth Droppers MSMFT, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Michigan. She earned a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA, and has completed Level One Training of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
All of us, at one point of another, get swept up in extreme emotions (like anger, anxiety, sadness), or thoughts (maybe about not being good enough, wanting control or blaming others). Internal Family Systems (IFS) provides powerful, effective new ways of relating to our sometimes extreme thoughts and feelings. IFS helps clients cultivate a little more space inside, which increases a sense of choice over reactions and behaviors. IFS is a particularly good fit for people who experience anxiety or depression, have a trauma history, feel overwhelmed by emotion, bothered by relational patterns, or stressed by recent life changes.
The confidentiality of your mental health information is very important to me. Please do not put any confidential, or potentially sensitive information in the contact request. We can discuss the details later.
500 Cascade W. Pkwy
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Rates and Insurance
At Elizabeth Droppers PLLC, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, and private pay clients. I can also bill some insurances as an out of network provider.
If cost is a barrier, please inquire about scholarship availability. I try to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to providing my services. Please call today, and I’ll do my best to accommodate your situation.
Rate: $170 per session (Reimbursement rates vary depending on insurance and often range from $100-$170.)
Check your mental health coverage by calling your insurance company and asking:
1) What is my mental health deductible and has it been met?
2) How many mental health therapy sessions does my plan cover per year?
3) What is my copay per session?
Payment will be collected prior to beginning the therapy session. Cash, check, or all major credit cards are accepted.
You may cancel your scheduled therapy appointment without incurring a fee as long as the cancellation is received 24 hours prior to the appointment time you reserved. If the cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the session or there is a no show, you will be charged the full session fee, which your insurance will not cover.
Frequently Asked Questions
What credentials do you have?
MSMFT – Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Michigan
Level One IFS – I underwent an extensive Level One training within the Internal Family Systems Model. You can learn more about IFS at ifs-institute.com
Humans are inherently relational. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am trained to view individuals within their relational contexts, both past and present. We do not become who we are in a vacuum. The systems perspective of an LMFT adds an additional layer of value to the counseling process
What is therapy like?
In therapy, you get to have the one-on-one attention of a trained professional who will come alongside you to help you pursue your goals for healing and growth. Therapy sessions typically last 50-55 minutes. During these sessions, you get to discuss whatever feels most important, and your therapist’s specialized training will help you process emotions and thoughts in new ways. Most clients attend counseling on a weekly basis. Some clients attend counseling for a brief period to target specific goals, and other clients attend counseling for longer period to focus on enduring issues.
Does therapy really help people?
Insurances provide coverage for mental health services because research has proven that therapy is effective. With that said, the most important part of the counseling process is the relationship between the therapist and client. Good rapport is essential for effective therapy. If a therapist isn't a good fit, it's important to look for a new provider.
What if I’m not sure therapy is right for me?
If you're exploring the possibility of beginning therapy, you’re welcome to set up an initial session for consultation and assessment. The first step is the hardest, and I can appreciate your need to test the waters before jumping in.
Why do people go to therapy?
Many clients attend counseling because they find value in discussing ongoing struggles with a trained professional who is removed from their daily lives. Clients attend counseling to work on anxiety and depression, improve relationships, learn new healthy coping skills, manage stressors, process transitions, and sort through a myriad of other life experiences.
Do the things we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Trust is essential to the therapy process, and as a mental health provider, I am required to keep information shared in session confidential, unless it falls under mandated reporting. As a therapist I am a mandated reported, and this means if I suspect past or present neglect or abuse of a child, dependent adult, or elder, I am legally required to relay this information to Child Protective Services, or the police. I must also intervene if I suspect clients are at risk of hurting themselves, or others.