Elizabeth Madariaga, M.A.E.
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Office: 409 Potter Hall
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
UCC 175C: University Experience
UCC 176C: UE Special Topics
I graduated from WKU with a degree in mental health counseling and am a true Big Red fan! After working in residential treatment for several years, I came “home” to WKU in 2003 as a staff counselor and the sexual assault services coordinator for campus. By being a licensed professional counselor, I’m given the opportunity to do amazing things with amazing people! I have a special interest in interpersonal violence and working to educate and prevent violence in our culture. I live here in Bowling Green with my incredible husband, Darryl and our adorable furbabies: Lily, Daisy, Daffodil, Caesar and Hays. I’m outspoken, sarcastic, and a foodie, I love Big Red, books, naps, and singing loud with the radio in my car. I try to look for pleasure in the little things in life (like foamy soap!), hate using the highest setting on my windshield wipers because things can always be worse, and reality tv is my guilty pleasure. Life is incredible so keep in mind, “Everyday is a second chance.”
I approach the students I work with on an individual, distinctive perspective. No two people are alike so something that might work for someone, might NOT work for someone else. To me, counseling is finding an expression and being challenged through a safe, comfortable and stimulating environment. Counseling is the opportunity for a person to be real and honest. I’m very eclectic in my approach but often focus on accepting personal responsibility and choices, which is consistent with humanistic theories and reality therapy. I strive for the comfort of the student to build rapport and to focus on the needs of the student.