Lisa began her career as an educator, working with children in grades K-6 in classroom settings. That experience convinced her that she wanted to focus on supporting children socially and emotionally both in and beyond school settings through further study as a Clinical Social Worker. Since then, Lisa has dedicated her clinical work to treating children, adults, couples and families in school, community, and military settings.
In her work with adults, Lisa is holistic, and client-centered. She believes in each individual’s capacities to understand their own needs, and she respects the path that has brought each client into therapy. In her couples work, Lisa is strategic, fluid and relationship-focused. She structures her work through The Gottman Method, and regularly integrates other couples therapy approaches to meet the unique needs of each relationship.
Lisa uniquely blends her specialized training as a child and family therapist with her early start as an educator to help address learning needs, behavioral problems, and emotional issues such as ADHD, depression/anxiety, sensory problems etc. She combines play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family treatment approaches to help families and clients customize their therapy goals and work towards positive change.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, and her Masters in Social Worker degree from Howard University. She has completed post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry; engaged in training on the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, and has extensive training for in trauma work with both children and adults.