Hello and welcome! I’m Liz Tatum. A curious optimist, intellectual dreamer, and student of life. Professionally trained as a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, I have been fascinated with wellness for more than 15 years.
I grew up in a Chicago suburb and received my B.A. of Psychology from the University of Iowa. During my studies, I worked as a teaching assistant for a Loss and Trauma course as well as a facilitator for a Human Sexuality course. I’ve lived in Arizona and Colorado, during which time I received my M.A. of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have trained in hospital settings, worked on staff at a wilderness treatment program, held a leadership role with a non-profit organization, and worked within rural and urban communities. Previous jobs also include the Mental Health Coordinator for a detention facility in Colorado. My vast array of experience aids in relating to and connecting with my clients.
Once voted as “Little Miss Sunshine” in high school, I maintain my smile today with a healthy diet and exercise. Valuing the holistic nature of wellness helps to center me and balance my lifestyle. My positive life path continues daily with gratitude and generosity as the benchmarks for approaching each day. Health, light, and optimism are the core values of my practice.
We all have strengths to share. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about you. It is never too late to tap into your best self. Working together, we can uncover your spark, discover your joy, and improve your life balance. Wellness awaits.
My WHY: "To create an environment of connection for others to explore their strengths and ignite their spark."
Stephanie Johnson joined the team, as Liz's assistant, May 2016! She recently obtained her Master's Degree from the Counselor Education Department at NC State University. In addition to being part of Liz's team, Stephanie is currently working at the University of North Carolina assisting in the growth and development of college students.
Stephanie is originally from the quaint city of Wilson, NC. East Carolina University was where she graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. She absolutely loves learning new languages and helping others reach their potential. As a teaching assistant and lead psychology tutor during her time there, Stephanie knew she wanted to help others in whatever profession she chose. Her life was forever changed when she studied abroad in the Summer of 2015 in Granada, Spain.
Wellness has always been a big part of Stephanie’s life. Her internship site was at a local university's wellness center where she guided students toward living their best life! Her ultimate goal is to be a counselor who works with college students and young adults, so this particular experience was instrumental in forming her career trajectory.
How does Stephanie maintain wellness and balance? For her, it is all about self-care. Reading and writing have always been therapeutic. Singing is one of her favorite pastimes too, so she participates in a local choir that allows her to sing and have an outlet away from the grind. Also, despite being so busy, she makes sure to get a good amount of sleep every night. She also values nutrition. Staying connected with friends and family also helps keep Stephanie at her best. Her beloved cat Smokey and her rescue dog Nala keep her balanced to do the work she loves most.
My WHY: "To foster and encourage growth of all individuals so they can live their best life in a positive light."
Meghan Donovan joined the team, as a Nutritional Educator, in April 2017. Meghan currently works as a lifestyle coach and registered dietician and has a background in wellness and diabetic nutrition. Based in Wilmington, NC, Meghan has a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Sciences from NC State University, a Master's degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University and completed Meredith College's Diabetic Internship. Meghan also holds a diploma from the National Personal Training Institute.
Meghan is passionate about helping people make lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness. One of her favorite quotes is "strive for progress, not perfection."
How does Meghan maintain wellness and balance? In her free time, she enjoys running with her dog Aztec, often completing organized races around the country. Meg also thrives on traveling with her family and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Each Monday Liz’s therapy dog, Marty, joins sessions
He has a healing spirit with a wonderful disposition