Dr. Eliza M. Belle
Dr. Eliza Belle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Forensic Examiner with over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, wellness, and community advocacy. She currently serves as the state Director of Psychology and Behavior Services for Alabama’s Department of Mental Health.
Her previous work experience includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, private and state psychiatric facilities, community mental health agencies, as well as college and university counseling centers. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.S. in Counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.
Dr. Belle’s heart for helping has always lead her to groups where healing was a central focus of her client’s quality of life, wherever that was, and wherever the need.
Dr. Belle is the co-founder of Goals & Girlfriends, an empowerment network aimed at helping women to further their dreams and life plans through the support, knowledge, and experiences of other women. She has made community awareness and access to mental health care and education her career and personal mission, working daily to close the gap between what is needed and what is received.
Dr. Belle has published research specific to ethnic minority representation, contributed a definition to the Encyclopedia of Counseling, as well as conducted research on the topic of stress and burnout as it relates to professionals of color. She has been featured as an expert contributor in publications including Essence magazine, Ebony, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Best Colleges, Parents, Fatherly, Reader’s Digest and Glamour magazine, among others as well as provided mental health awareness information for local television news programs.
Dr. Belle’s theme though simple in statement, “Life is for the living”, is what guides her calling to those who may feel broken and uncertain about their purpose. Helping others achieve “living” at the level where they aim to not just survive, but thrive, is where life truly becomes all that it is meant to be and is.
Dr. Belle resides in Birmingham with her husband and two young daughters. She serves as bonus mom to a young adult daughter, now a college student.