Elaine Hixson-Weiss, MC, LPC, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She began her career in mental health at an inpatient psychiatric unit, and then moved to working in residential treatment with dually diagnosed adults. After working with both populations, she discovered her passion for working with emergent adults. Elaine has experience working with trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. She worked for two years as a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, and returned to Sierra Tucson in 2017 as a primary therapist.
Elaine enjoys working on a multidisciplinary team. The collaboration with others to determine how to best support the needs of residents while also assisting them in achieving their treatment goals has provided invaluable experience. She believes much of her knowledge and experience has been gleaned from individuals, family members, and other providers over the years, including the experiences they have shared with her and the chance to witness transformations firsthand. Elaine believes laughter can be a great teacher that provides an opportunity to step back and look at a situation from a different perspective, realizing that oftentimes we are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. She will frequently reference a book or a movie that may illustrate an example of dealing with a particular situation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, rooting for the Tennessee Volunteers during football season, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.