Lisa is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has more than seven years of experience doing in-home therapy. She has worked in a day treatment facility, a state hospital, and a chemical dependency unit. Additionally, as part of her family therapy specialty, Lisa spends time on-site at South High School, in Minneapolis, where she meets with adolescents and families. In many cases, going on location to meet with clients enables a more comfortable and conducive environment.
Lisa believes it is important to collaborate with a client and help him or her pinpoint, and in turn, separate problems. The process starts with identification – a 360 degree examination of all areas of the client’s life. Who supports whom, what effect does that have and how does it influence hopes, values, and strengths? The key, Lisa believes, is to use those areas in the value system to manage problems. It’s an internal infrastructure of sorts, and it is important to realize that it’s different for everyone.
Lisa’s areas of specialty include:
Therapy for adolescents struggling with chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, truancy, emotional issues, sexual identity issues, abuse, and family issues through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy, and hypnosis. She also specializes in family therapy; therapy for adults struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional difficulties, sexual identity issues, and health issues; ADHD assessments; psychological evaluations (inpatient and outpatient) and personality make-up evaluations.
Education & Professional Activities
Lisa attended Argosy University/Twin Cities – Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology, 2007; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy) and Minot State University (B.A. Psychology, Minor Addiction Studies). Her professional association memberships include: American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Minnesota Association of American Marriage and Family Therapy.
Lisa is an industry thought-leader who attends development conferences and speaking engagements. She also teaches a class at the Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism and Endoconology. Previous to joining Natalis, Lisa spent time at the University of Minnesota Day Community (Minneapolis), Willmar Regional Treatment Center (Willmar, Minn.), The City, Inc. (Minneapolis), and Fairview Riverside Hospital (Minneapolis).