Lisa Adams, MA LPC
I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice for more than a decade. Previously, I worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital working directly with people affected by serious mental illness, psychosis, suicidal ideation/attempts and chemical dependency/psychiatric diagnosis. I also worked in outpatient (IOP) helping people who were newly sober acquire the skills to work on their recovery and reintegrate into life.
I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in practice for more than a decade. I am skilled with clients facing mental health challenges such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, low self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, family of origin/attachment issues, addictions/compulsions, and grief.
I use a variety of methods in our sessions: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help you challenge distorted thinking, and Motivational Interviewing to help you find your inner reasons and willingness for change. I teach my clients to use mindfulness skills for self-awareness and self-soothing. I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which works with the body and the mind to access and process traumatic memories, relieving distress and bringing healing.
I always wanted to be a therapist but started my career as a kindergarten/first grade teacher. I taught for seven years, stayed home with my kids and then went back to grad school. An internship was required to graduate, so I found myself at a psychiatric hospital working with severely mentally ill and chemically dependent patients. It was gratifying to see people get well through therapy and medication and to get to know them in the groups I led. I graduated, and two days later my younger brother, who had a history of mental health challenges, died by suicide, following a relapse with alcohol. This traumatic experience solidified my desire to help people find hope and healing.
Therapy is a form of self-care. Developing a working relationship with a counselor can be healing and empowering. I encourage clients to practically find ways to better cope with life’s challenges by talking, processing and embracing change. I believe in a collaborative approach to help my clients reach their goals. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion in a warm, non-judgmental, supportive space. I invite you to contact me to discuss your needs and to schedule a time to get started. I look forward to working with you!