Elizabeth O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), sharing office space at the Austin Counseling Center in Westlake.

Ms. O’Brien worked as a journalist for many years— for newspapers in South Florida and for LIFE Magazine in New York City—before moving to Austin to raise a family. She is the co-author, with her husband, photographer Michael O’Brien, of The Face of Texas (University of Texas Press), a book of portraits and stories of Texans, both famous and “ordinary.”

Ms. O’Brien has done a great deal of volunteer work in the community: as a Stephen Minister, a Therapy Pet Pal partner with her dog, writer and editor of the Mobile Loaves & Fishes newsletter, and a member of a Mobile Loaves & Fishes truck team. In 2009, she created a pro bono counseling program at the Town Lake YMCA downtown and continues to run the program. She and her husband have three young adult children and have lived in the Westlake area for 23 years.