Dr. Elizabeth Landau

Dr. Elizabeth Landau

Provisional Psychologist | Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Elizabeth’s Work as a Therapist


As your psychologist, Elizabeth takes a personalised, holistic, and empathic approach to therapy. She focuses on the psychological, biological, social, and cultural factors known to affect your mental health and relationships.


Elizabeth is passionate about supporting individuals and couples communicate their needs, identify their strengths, and build long-term strategies for well-being and relationship fulfilment.


She stays up-to-date on mental health issues and psychological treatment interventions that are at the forefront of research. She uses both her scientific and clinical backgrounds to support clients to achieve their goals.


Elizabeth also offers counselling in Spanish (ofrece terapia en español).


Experience and Training as a Psychologist


Elizabeth is originally from Southern California, where she trained as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist after completing a Master’s degree in Counselling with an emphasis on strategies for Marriage and Family Therapy.


She then worked as a therapist providing English and Spanish counselling for adults and couples in the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas.  Throughout her career, she has supported both same- and opposite-sex couples in working through communication-style mismatches, periods of emotional disconnection, infidelity and mistrust, medical stressors such as HIV+ diagnoses, financial stress, and child rearing conflicts.


Elizabeth has also worked extensively with adolescents and is passionate about promoting adolescent mental health.  She has conducted substance abuse groups for teens and dedicated her PhD research to investigating mindfulness-based treatments for adolescents and the benefit they have on sleep, mood, and physical health.  She is skilled in supporting both teens and parents of teens during this important developmental stage.


In addition, Elizabeth has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, gender identity stress, and addiction, including conducting regular substance dependent support groups and completing a specialized suicide intervention training (ASIST).


Elizabeth has published several scientific articles in leading psychology journals and frequently gives public talks and lectures about the health benefits of psychological treatment interventions. She is still actively involved in research identifying successful treatments that create lasting improvements for psychological well-being.


Since moving to Australia in 2015, Elizabeth has enjoyed getting to know the Australian way of life and has continued to support the mental well-being of adolescents, couples, and adults here in Melbourne.


Using evidence-based therapy techniques to help her clients, Elizabeth draws from Mindfulness, which focuses on staying present to your experiences; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which enables you to identify and explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions; and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which helps couples have more empathy for each other so they can build deeper connections.


Elizabeth also works from an Attachment Theory perspective, which means understanding the type of bond you had with your parents while growing up and how this plays out in your relationships.


Therapy Credentials and Professional Memberships


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Master’s degree in Counselling, with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from California State University Long Beach (CSULB)
  • PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne
  • Australian-registered provisional psychologist (PSY0002189205)
  • California-registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT No. 77762)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


Elizabeth is highly qualified to help you solve your relationship problems and to have a better life.


Book your counselling appointment with Elizabeth by calling her at 1300 784 184 or emailing her at elizabeth@couplesmelbourne.co