Elizabeth McCarthy, LPC, is in private practice as a psychotherapist in Royal Oak, MI. Her primary areas of clinical expertise are focused on trauma and psychiatric drug withdrawal and recovery. Before completing a year of postgraduate study in mental health, Liz earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She previously studied at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she completed a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Liz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both personal and professional, to the issues surrounding psychiatric drugs and the significant problems that can be encountered when taken for even a short period of time. Owing to her own experience of benzodiazepine withdrawal, Liz first became involved in supporting and educating individuals across the globe as a moderator for an online benzodiazepine peer support group in 2006. It was through that experience that Liz became an ardent participant in furthering awareness and education about the complex problems associated with benzodiazepine use and discontinuation and developing a foundational understanding such that one is more able to make conscious, informed decisions about their own health and well-being.