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About Me

Hey there, I'm Lisa. I'm a therapist, mom, friend, sister, and partner. I've been working for 10 years in the mental health field. I'm passionate about helping others find healing and wholeness.

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My Education

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. Prior to that, I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am currently licensed to see clients in Georgia, Arizona, and Florida.

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My Style

Each therapist has their own unique style. I'm an active therapist and tend towards a more direct approach to counseling- I try to be real with you and welcome you being real with me. 

Sessions involve a combination of processing events, thoughts and feelings, developing new and better views of yourself and the world, and learning new skills to help you navigate life more effectively. I frequently utilize experiential exercises in session. Laughing and crying are the norm! 

I draw from a variety of approaches and use evidence-based practices (techniques proven to be effective). My go-to modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), both of which are considered offshoots of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I like to explore attachment styles and how those impact your current relationships. I encourage practicing exercises at home and provide recommendations for books, podcasts, apps, and videos to enhance what we do in therapy.

I believe that change best happens when we learn to accept where we are while simultaneously challenging ourselves to do better.

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Who and What I Work With

I work with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, and poor self-confidence. I have specialized experience treating trauma and substance abuse, and as a Certified DBT Therapist (C-DBT), I also specialize in treating Borderline Personality Disorder or Traits. 

Additionally, I believe that one of the most underrated experiences is the end of significant relationships. I can help you navigate the grief, find meaning in the loss, and build hope moving forward.

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What Makes Me Unique

Each therapist brings different strengths to the table. Here are some things that I have to offer:

Personal experience allows me to get how hard, scary, and lonely life can seem. I have a real passion for seeing others experience the kind of healing I've found in my own life. I may not have been through what you have, but I can assure you I know what it's like to struggle.

I have experience with psychological assessment and identifying and differentiating between mental health disorders. I believe that correctly identifying the problem is essential to successful treatment, and I can help you unravel the complexities of your symptoms.

I keep a small case load of clients, so I can devote more energy into the ones I have. You will not be just a number. I truly value each and every client and am committed to doing the very best I can for each one. 

The mental health field is evolving at a fast pace which makes it important to stay current with what's working and what isn't. I place a high value on keeping up with research and expanding my skills and knowledge. You can usually find me reading multiple therapy books at a time, listening to mental health podcasts, attending seminars and workshops, and having lively conversations with my fellow colleagues.

I'm flexible and receptive. If there is something new you'd like to try, I'll explore it with you. 

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I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. I came to Georgia for college and never left! I love ballroom dancing, watching cat and dog videos, reading, yoga and pilates, hiking, my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Shelby, playing tennis with my daughters, anything Harry Potter, and being a mom.

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"The past should remind me, but it does not have to define me."

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