Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Wine

How did you become interested in the field of psychology?

My aunt practiced as a clinical psychologist, which sparked my interest in this field. I looked up to her and thought it would be neat if I could also help people in the same way. My interest grew as I realized that each individual I treated was very unique, and that through a one-on-one therapeutic relationship, growth can happen. I discovered that I also grow through this process, both professionally and personally.

The idea that emotional difficulties can cloud people's’ lives also drew me into this field, because our emotions certainly touch all parts of life - relationships, education, career, hobbies, and physical wellness. Knowing this, I feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to help individuals improve the quality of their lives.


What is your favorite part about being Clinical Director at Potomac Behavioral Solutions?

I enjoy providing consultation and supervision to my colleagues in the office, which is possible since we are in a close setting here. Folks can pop in and out of my office throughout the day for questions related to cases. I appreciate that I get a lot of opportunities to practice flexibility in this way, and doing what is effective in the moment. Providing support to providers as well as clients gives me a lot of job satisfaction. Each day is different and the variety of situations that present themselves is a challenge that I enjoy.


Can you identify what your favorite form of self-care is, and why?

My favorite form of taking care of myself is taking walks with my husband and puppy. I enjoy this because I get quality time to connect with my husband, and I know that our puppy appreciates the exercise and the chance to get outside. I also find it easier to be mindful on these kinds of walks, compared to during a busy workday.


Describe your favorite thing about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy:

One of my favorite aspects of DBT is how applicable the skills are to everyday life, in that the skills are relevant regardless of what a person might be going through. I really appreciate that I can practice and preach the same things because I feel that I am able to be true to who I am. In particular, I like the ABC skills for emotion regulation, which include accumulating positive experiences, building mastery, and coping ahead. I find that regularly practicing these skills can help my own emotion regulation during stressful situations.


Now, for a bit of fun: What is your favorite cuisine?

I love sushi! In particular, I really enjoy the eel and avocado roll. To me, there are few things more enjoyable than a mindful eating experience of savoring and noticing every aspect of sushi.