I am a licensed clinical social worker/counselor working in Murphy NC. I have over 25 years of experience working with individuals, families, adolescents, youth, and children. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and more. I am a trained professional in trauma related issues. I have been a parent in many aspects, single parent, step parent, and grandparent raising grandchildren. I believe that being a parent is the most difficult and most rewarding thing a person can ever do in their life.
My work with teens has included teens who have issues with depression, suicidal ideation or attempts, and those who have behavior problems. I believe in being respectful to teens, being truthful and straight-forward while allowing them to express themselves. I use psycho-education and some expressive arts therapies with those who are willing to actively participate. In many cases I am able to use EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. a non-intrusive therapy where the client doesn't have to provide details of what is bothering them, "only the headlines". EMDR is an scientifically proven, evidence-based technique used to rectify many symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, and more. I can provide more information on this if interested.
I have extensive experience working with parents and I desire to include them, jointly and separately, in my work with teens. In today's world, there are so many more challenges for both teens and parents, and I respect the struggle that parents go through in navigating this world that we often don't understand.
My counseling philosophy is one of mutual respect and acceptance. I believe that all people have struggles at times, and we often learn coping mechanisms in some situations that get in our way in later circumstances. I believe that all people can benefit from a warm and interactive therapeutic experience. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I know this is especially important for teens.
It takes courage to come to therapy for the first time. I respect the experience of taking that first step. I desire to support you and your teen in seeking a more fulfilling and happier life. If you are ready, I am here to support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you!
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Blended Family Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Posttraumatic Stress , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #C011942 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
I found my session with Lisa really helpful. She was very supportive and understanding. I definitely feel better having spoken to her.
Thank you so much for helping my daughter get comfortable in her own skin. My daughter has always been shy and not interact much with people. My daughters counselor has helped her discover her self and better understand her emotions. My daughter has gotten comfortable talking with her and my daughter said she understands her and she is very carving in many ways.
Thank You ;)