Life is messy. That’s the motto I adopted a few years ago to remind myself that there is no such thing as perfect and rarely does everything go according to plan. My journey has taken me through a variety of messes…divorce, single parenting, job changes, remarriage and the blending of families, just to name a few. Although this isn’t the path that I planned to take, I am thankful for each step because of the healing and growth that accompanied it and ultimately led me to pursue my master’s degree in family and marriage therapy. My hope is that you will allow me to walk alongside you, offering the support and encouragement that you need to heal and grow as well. As a former teacher of grades kindergarten through tenth grade, I welcome you to bring your children along, as many of the struggles faced by families affect each member differently.
Life is messy and that’s okay. Sometimes you just need a little help cleaning it up.
Interview with Lisa
Q: What types of clients do you enjoy working with?
I enjoy working with clients that are willing to take an honest look into themselves and their patterns and are ready to make healthy changes.
Q: What are some challenges your clients face?
The biggest challenge my clients face, regardless of the difference in their respective situations, is feeling "stuck". They either lack the knowledge or the motivation to move forward. Some specific challenges include affair recovery, working through the stress of a divorce, and coping with anxiety or depression.
Q: What are some self-care strategies you use to manage stress?
My favorite self-care strategy is connecting with family and friends. I also enjoy bike riding and kick boxing.
Q: What do you hope clients gain from working with you?
My hope is that my clients gain insight into themselves and realize that they are not powerless. My desire for each of my clients is that they know they are valuable and worthy of love and respect.
Q: How did you know you wanted to become a marriage and family therapist?
After my own divorce I began a long journey to becoming emotionally healthy for myself, my children, and my future relationships. Along the way I developed a heart for others who were hurting and feeling alone in their relationships. I realized that behavior does not occur in a vacuum; it is usually the result of something in the family system that is influencing it. Looking at the family as a whole increases the possibility of solving problems at their root instead of just masking the symptoms.