Liz Durfee, ACSWMental Health Counselor

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Here you are, feeling like the weight of the world is all on your shoulders. Whether you are going through personal struggles, relationship issues, family transitions, or career changes, you just aren't sure how you can navigate it all. You find yourself feeling anxious more often, or it is getting more difficult to enjoy your daily life. There is hope and change is possible.
Though the idea of counseling can be intimidating before you start, the benefits can profoundly change how you experience your life. My therapeutic approach is to use person-centered and mindfulness-based techniques to collaborate with each individual and address their unique needs. I do this by working with you to develop and strengthen skills that support your true self.
You will feel supported through your journey and have opportunities to grow by developing awareness and communication skills, strengthening your confidence, and exploring other vital tools to help you flourish. These tools will prepare you to experience the emotions of daily life without feeling overwhelmed or trapped.
With me as your therapist, you will have an authentic individual dedicated to partnering with you to help create the changes you are looking for. Additionally, I bring a space where you find kindness, acceptance, flexibility, and curiosity. This allows you to safely explore the vulnerable parts of yourself where change happens. It is a privilege and honor for me to collaboratively work with you on your journey.

Liz Durfee is one of our clinical counselors as a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker.
Liz is an Army veteran with over five years of active-duty experience as an officer having served with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY and the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Bliss, TX. After her active-duty service, Liz earned her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a concentration in evidence-based interpersonal practice.
She not only has experience working with law enforcement and military families, but she also comes from a first responder and military family. Liz truly has a heart for supporting those who are called to these fields.
During her time in the military, Liz supported and assisted individuals within her unit with an array of challenges, including work-life balance, infidelity, career transition, and many other concerns faced by military members and their families. She also served as a Company Soldier and Family Readiness Group Leader helping to support over 280 military families. She has previous experience in helping individuals, organizations, and the community by promoting mental health awareness with an emphasis in military and first responder communities.
When it comes to clinical experience, Liz is ready to help you find your freedom again. Along with her experience working with first responders and military folks, Liz also has helped folks through relationship concerns and infidelity, stress management, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles, understanding child development, and career transitions.
The military lifestyle has allowed Liz to live on both the west and east coast, and several places in between. She loves being outside and exploring nature.
Whether you are an individual who serves or a couple struggling to connect in this life of service, Liz is here to support you and help you thrive!


California Associate Clinical Social Worker, License #101953ACT for PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Personality DisordersCertificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary CareFor license verification, click here.


Master of Science in Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Criminal Justice, Mount Mercy University

Counseling Rates for Liz

$120 per 50-minute individual session$135 per 50-minute couples session$200 per 90-minute couples session

Liz's Counseling Specialties

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Marriage Counseling

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Counseling for Moms

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First Responders, Military, & Their Families

Other Counseling Services provided by Liz

Trauma Counseling

Life can hit you hard, to a point where you no longer feel safe. Liz can help you find that safety again!

Grief Counseling

Whether you are grieving a parent, a child, the loss of a dream, or even the loss of a limb, Liz is here to help you through the process.

Counseling for Spouses of First Responders & Military

There was no academy for spouses to know how to live this life. Liz will help you!

Online Counseling

Liz is ready to support you, no matter where you are!

Teen Counseling

Liz can help your teen better cope with the challenges in this world, and help you connect more with your teen.

Anxiety Counseling

You can receive high-quality help with Liz and find your hope again!

Critical Incident Counseling

Do you find yourself having a hard time letting go of those certain calls? Liz can help!

Cumulative Trauma Counseling

First responder work can be traumatic. When it keeps you from feeling free, Liz is here to help!

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard


Serving folks in person in the Monterey Bay Area and online throughout the State of California.

You don't have to figure this out on your own. We are ready to meet you. To start your journey towards freedom, follow these easy steps:

    Contact Code 3 Counseling by email, give us a call, or schedule a free consultation now!
    Get connected with our team of competent and qualified counselors.
    Start winning the battle and defeating the obstacles that are keeping you from a free and peaceful life!