Elizabeth Straka, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Elizabeth is a social-emotional-communication therapist, Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research & Education (CCARES) compassion ambassador, certified grief educator, end-of-life doula, author of Joy at the Edges of Grief, and reiki master who offers compassion events, grief programs, caregiver compassion training, one-on-one grief care, and reiki. She guides others to be fully present, heighten awareness, and cultivate compassion while teaching the importance of facing and caring for loss and grief.
Her intention is to cultivate compassion and expand awareness, with hope to help others awaken to their surroundings, inner sensations, mental activities, and intrarelationships. She believes her nature-based awareness and loss-grief activities can help the world grow love, learn how to care for suffering, support healing, and build connections.
GROWLOVE offerings were born from her professional experience as a therapist, her lived experience with loss and grief, and her training with the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research, and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. Pausing in stillness to marinate and integrate her professional and lived experiences, during and after CCARE, gave rise to GROWLOVE: Compassion, Awareness, Nature.
Specific to Portaling Awareness activities, she felt called to weave her knowledge, insight, and intuition with David Allen’s land sculpture, Portal, and Daniel Seigel’s Wheel of Awareness tool, to create Portaling Awareness Nature programs, GROWLOVE Challenges, and Grief Care programs.
One of life’s lessons that Elizabeth deeply values is the importance of our interconnectedness and the need to care for each other. Through her dedication in years of study and service, she mastered the capacity to hold compassionate space and seamlessly infuse evidence-based practice with lived experience.
Elizabeth has presented nationally, conducted research, consulted, mentored, published, and provided clinical care. She feels called to teach others how compassion, awareness, and nature are invaluable resources ... how we can face our suffering and transform. Awareness is compassion—compassion is love—love is light—and light heals.