Lisa, LLMSW

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.

Most of my clients wish they could have a life with more joy, more fulfillment, or more abundance. They want to feel greater satisfaction in their relationships, career, or sense of self…but oftentimes, they don’t know where to start.

I typically work with…

Men and women ages 18-45 who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, grief, and/or codependency. This may look like: battling with low self-esteem, relationship issues, trauma, unhealthy family dynamics, emotional disturbances, and/or life transitions. 

Clients are often looking to develop greater self-acceptance, learn better coping skills, and develop healthier relationship dynamics in order to find a greater sense of satisfaction in life. If this sounds familiar, know that you’re not alone. And, I may be a good fit to help you on your healing journey.

​Slowing down and connecting with your inner knowing…

In our time together, we will work as a team to uncover the truth behind what thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns are not serving your highest good. Using a holistic approach, as both the student and the teacher, I will help guide you on your own healing journey.

In our sessions, we will teach you grounding exercises to set the tone and feel present in the moment. When you discuss your experiences, I will ask questions to prompt your deeper reflection and help you look inward. In our busy lives, we don’t often pause to assess our true needs, but we can begin to identify those needs by the way they color our actions and interactions. By encouraging further investigation in your life, I will help you clarify those needs that are driving you.

Those answers are buried deep, but they are already within you. It is my job to help you dig them up and dust them off.

A warm, judgment-free environment…

It is common to avoid thinking about the painful parts of our lives to just get through each day. Feeling pain is scary.

We look at people on social media and believe we should be as happy as they seem. We think that because we feel sadness, emptiness, or anger, something is wrong with us. But in reality, our pain is something precious. It is an indicator that there is a lack of congruence between the life we want and the life we have. This lack of congruence has manifested as mental, physical, and/or emotional pain. By sitting with this pain, softening to it, and investigating it, you can release the beliefs and coping mechanisms that are blocking you from aligning with the life you truly deserve.

The environment I create for my clients is meant to provide a different experience of support. A judgment-free space means you can share about the different parts of your life without fear of
rejection. Instead of harsh questions or unwarranted opinions, I offer you gentle curiosity.

I do not heal my clients..

Rather, my clients heal themselves. My role is to provide guidance, support, and feedback to help you on your healing journey. Together, we will uncover the what and why behind the aspects of your life that are and are not working and create goals that will move you towards a life that feels more joyful, abundant, and aligned.

While therapists’ methods are important, one of the most crucial predictors to success in therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. It is a unique opportunity to have a relationship where you are the focus – where you are met, not with someone waiting patiently to tell their own story, but listening intently with compassion and empathy. By providing regular sessions and coming prepared to listen, I provide consistency that facilitates safety and security. I will be patient as we move at your pace and as trust builds in our relationship.

We all develop ideas of how we ought to be – or not be – from relationships and experiences throughout our lives. Those ideas shape your interactions with others and your view of yourself, whether or not you are conscious of it. Some of those patterns or ideas will likely show up in our relationship. But therapy provides us some useful opportunities: first, we can pause and explore what is happening in our relationship as an interaction unfolds.

Next, our relationship can be a “test site” for making changes in other relationships. If you were taught to keep your emotions inside and a smile on your face to make others comfortable, it might feel very uncomfortable to vocalize feeling sad, disappointed, or frustrated. But in therapy, you can have a new experience of embracing your emotions. Once we make space for the fullness of your experience, you can learn how to tolerate and express things that once felt out of reach for you. Let me hold space for the parts of you that feel too painful or “too much.”

In our first session together..

We will be reviewing your goals and expectations for therapy, as well as the symptoms you are currently experiencing. As soon as goals are set, sessions will be structured in a way that allows for the greatest amount of progress to be made in the quickest amount of time. Especially in early weeks, we will be working to develop rapport so that you feel safe expressing yourself openly and honestly in session. As we progress, we will be deepening our understanding of your past life experiences – the people, places, and things that have shaped you into the person you are. We will determine how these experiences have shaped your internal narrative, leading you to create specific thought and behavioral patterns that effect your relationship with yourself and the world around you.. And while these patterns may have served as coping mechanisms for you when you were younger, they might be posing as roadblocks for you today.

Therapy is more than conversations…

I will give you creative homework, such as a topic to reflect on or a skill to practice.

I will give you tools to help you slow down, sit with what is hard, and make intentional choices about where to go from there.

Through our work, you will learn how to respond to stressors with clarity rather than reactivity.

By creating space for ALL of you, therapy can be the place you learn to replace the thoughts that no longer serve you… and become empowered to make choices that lead to your best life.

About Me

How I got here…

My path as a holistic therapist began after the most important person in my life, my younger brother Josh, died suddenly at 19 years old. As traumatic experiences typically do, this tragedy sent shock waves through my entire life, upending everything that I thought was secure and stable. My intense grief placed a magnifying glass on all aspects of my life and showed me all the ways that my thoughts, feelings, and behaviors were keeping me stuck. Through my healing journey, I grew an incredible appreciation for quality mental healthcare, realizing that our thoughts truly do create our reality. I also discovered how fulfilling it can be to be of service to others and help them get out of the same stuck feeling that I once felt, and assist them in aligning with their dream reality.

Education and training…

I earned my Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from University of Miami . I then earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan, focusing on mental health. During my graduate work, I interned at a private practice as a therapist.

I draw on multiple perspectives and therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), energy psychology therapy. 

When I am not giving therapy…

I enjoy spending time with my goldendoodle puppy, Max, and being outside in nature. I love creative writing and am never more content than when I’m curled up with a good book.

It’s time to take the first step on your healing journey..

To be brave and trust that you deserve to feel better than you feel right now. It would be my greatest gift to help you step into a life of more fulfillment, joy, and abundance. I know that it can feel daunting, but if you stay open and honest, I am confident that we can do great work together.

Call me today for an initial appointment! (517) 201-5204