Elyssia Lewis

Addressing the Systemic Oppression of the Mental Health Workforce: Utilizing Tenets of Emotional Intelligence to Liberate Burnt-Out Providers

Elyssia Lewis is a native of Greensboro, NC, and an Active-Duty military officer. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Doctoral Social Work Candidate at the University of Kentucky with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. Elyssia dedicated her doctoral studies to decreasing the prevalence of burnout in mental health agencies by connecting tenets of Emotional Intelligence theory to a standardized remediation program. She advocates for mental health providers against systematic oppression of behavioral health staff through the evaluation of policies related to impaired providers, licensing credentialing boards, and burnout intervention programs. Elyssia is the Founder/CEO of “Now We Heal, LLC”, a risk and reduction mental health platform used to improve interpersonal effectiveness. She specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and passionately believes healthy relationships are essential to develop a sound quality of life. Elyssia is a contributing author on a premier platform that speaks authentically to the Black Community – Black Love, Inc. Her publication addresses symptoms of severe relationship distress and healing from past relationship trauma. Elyssia enjoys process improvement analytics and aspires to broaden her occupational sector to work in policy development. She has served in the Army for eight years in logistical and medical operations across the states. Elyssia continues her social work career as a Behavioral Health Science officer at Fort Hood, TX proudly serving military soldiers and their families.