Lisa has worked in mental health since 2008 and worked at Families Forward since 2015. Her areas of focus include adult and teen trauma, including physical and sexual abuse and military/combat exposure, as well as relationship issues, emotion dysregulation, spiritual issues, and grief. She is also passionate about group therapy, believing in its power to promote change through shared experience. Lisa primarily uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), research-based models with proven effectiveness.
Lisa is the assessment coordinator and psychometrist for Families Forward. She is dedicated to putting forth diligent effort to gather as much data as possible to understand and give helpful recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults. She values the process of assessment because it plays a large part in determining the most effective course of treatment for many patients.
Lisa received her graduate degree from the University of Georgia counseling department. Her honors thesis focused on childhood trauma and adolescent substance use. While at UGA, Lisa studied infant development in the University of Georgia Infant Lab and oversaw the graduate housing program. She has experience working in a juvenile residential center, a psychiatric inpatient facility, and a home for at-risk children in India. Lisa has first-hand knowledge of the educational system and the needs of students given her past role working in the counseling department for the Oconee County Board of Education.