Lisa's natural warmth, openness, and humor help you relax into therapy. She describes herself as a reformed fixer, having developed the skill of listening to other's problems without jumping to unsolicited or cookie cutter solutions.
- Assertiveness and confidence
- Attachment insecurity
- Blended families
- Child behavior/defiance
- Communication skills
- Conflict management
- Divorce recovery
- Eating and body image
- Emotional intelligence
- Executive presence
- Grief and loss
- Impulse control
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Interpersonal skills
- Leadership skills
- Medical regimen compliance
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Postpartum anxiety and depression
- Premarital prep
- School refusal
- Stress management
- Time management
- Work-life balance
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- MA, Mental Health Counseling
- Registered Play Therapist, March 2017
- Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, May 2018
- Intro to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Moral Reconation Therapy
- Level One Introductory Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method
- Playing in the Sand: Facilitating the Play
- Trauma Focused CBT
Helping Clients Thrive
I always find it exciting to meet a client for the first time. The bravery to reach out and say, “Hey, things aren’t going great in my life and I would like some help” is a bold first step in making changes that can improve your overall quality of life. It is a great privilege to be a witness to that.
My style is to come alongside the client and help them to tap into the strengths they already have and to help build their abilities to manage the stressors, past and present, which are making life difficult.
I enjoy having a varied age span of clients that encompasses those as young as 3 all the way to our most senior population — for it is never too late to seek out change and understanding of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I am told I am patient, understanding, calm and, nurturing with my clients, allowing space for them to come to their own conclusions and personally challenge their beliefs in a safe and secure environment. I afford this opportunity for growth to all of my clients, adult, adolescent, or child. But it is especially exciting to see a child embrace the space to express and discover, for I feel that sometimes young people may not have figured out yet that they have a voice and that their thoughts and feelings matter too!!
I especially enjoy working with women with a traumatic background who have not had opportunity to honor those experiences in a meaningful and healing way.
What I Do For Fun
When I’m not in the counselor role I love, love, love to spend time in my next favorite role, that of grandma! I find great support, relaxation, and joy from my family: my husband of 35 years, my adult son and adult daughter, and my son-in-law. That’s my happy place — wherever those 5 are. Additionally, I enjoy reading, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, swimming and spending time with friends and family.
I enjoy new experiences, change and adventure. It’s tantalizing to start on a new endeavor and not know what the outcome is going to be. That’s the part of counseling that I enjoy the most, helping a client on a journey and arriving at a far better destination than they could have imagined.