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About Lisa:

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor practicing since 2000. Working with a variety of clinical issues, I provide individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.  My clients include adults, children, and adolescents.

My approach to therapy is to empower my clients by utilizing a strength-based approach.  In addition, I believe that a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is essential in order for the client to process issues and make changes. Therefore, if a client feels that this relationship is not developing, I have a network of professionals whom I can refer the client.

My philosophy is an integrationist approach as I apply several therapeutic orientations depending on the client's needs and desires.  My therapeutic orientations include:  Cognitive/Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Play Therapy, and various family therapy orientations.  I have provided both brief therapy and long-term therapy, depending on the presented clinical issue(s).  I have assisted clients with learning to cope with various phase of life stressors and assisted others with more complex mental health issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and various other disorders. 

Depending on the presenting issue, it is frequently beneficial for the client to gain insight into how their past may be affecting their present.  Unresolved issues of the past can often develop ongoing unhealthy patterns in various areas of functioning.  I believe that once insight is gained into these issues, it is important to gain a healthier, more effective thought process.  Additional skills may be needed as well, such as learning more effective coping skills. 

However, not every client is interested in exploring their past.  Therefore, if a client is more comfortable with staying in the present, then treatment will focus on problem-solving and skill-building.

 

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