Dr. Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson

Title IX Committee

Elisabeth Esmiol
  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Director of Clinical Training


  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University, 2011
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University, 2009
  • M.A., Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot Seminary, 2006
  • B.A., Harvard University, 2000

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Sex Therapy (AASECT Certified Sex Therapist)
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Integration of Spirituality and Relational Well-being
  • Clinical Training and Supervision


  • 2014 Educator of the Year award from the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


I joined the PLU MFT faculty in 2011 and I continue to be passionate about teaching and training students in marriage and family therapy. My research interests include training and supervision issues such as integrating larger contextual issues and client feedback into treatment. I am also interested in the interaction between spirituality and relational well-being, and with my colleague Dr. Nice, co-edited the book: Socially Just Religious and Spiritual Interventions: Ethical Uses of Therapeutic Power (2018). I have an active sex positive private practice specializing in relationship therapy, spiritual issues, and sex therapy. I primarily work from an emotionally focused, experiential, systemic perspective integrating larger contextual issues. Originally from Hawaii, I have lived in New England, England and Southern California, and now call the PNW my home. I enjoy gardening with my partner, spending time with our family and children, and visiting local lighthouses.