Hi, I'm Lisa, and I absolutely love helping people heal and find their way back to their truth! My own path to healing has shaped the work I do, and allows me to hold hope for you. I believe in you, and your ability to heal, love, and accept yourself, while building your life in recovery.
How'd I get here...
I completed my undergraduate degree at UNCA in History as a non-traditional student in 2008, and my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at WCU in 2013, with a certification in substance abuse counseling. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC # 10719) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS # 20312), both in the great State of NC.
Prior to returning to school in 2005, I worked as a paralegal for many years in family law. I worked with an attorney who fought for women's rights and freedom from domestic violence, and this is where I experienced the resiliency and strength of the human spirit. This was echoed in the women's prison I interned in during graduate school, and where my passion for empowering women to rise up from their darkness was deepened. I love helping women build their confidence and self-worth.
In a society where women are shamed for our looks, our bodies, our success, our failures, our parenting, our partnering, and so much more, it's no wonder that low self-esteem is prolific. I believe this is a significant underlying issue to many challenges in a woman's life and often contributes to self-medicating, which can lead to addiction, trauma, and low self-worth.
I also love supporting women going through major life transitions like marriage, divorce, motherhood, parenting, grief, and moving through the various stages of life. There is empowerment in gaining the courage and strength to address challenges in life. You are not alone, and you are strong enough to travel this journey!
The good news is, it is ABSOLUTELY possible to heal, discover your sense of self-worth and self-acceptance, and fall in love with yourself. We must start with being gentle with ourselves and quieting the inner critic. From here, healing and recovery are possible!
When you choose me to work in a therapeutic setting, I will offer you a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental space with unconditional positive regard, where I will walk your healing journey with you. I cannot do your work for you, but I can offer you guidance and support to assist you on your way. You are strong enough to do this! Let's go!