SOMATIC (BODY-CENTERED) PSYCHOTHERAPYThis isn’t your “sit on the couch and talk” kind of therapy. As a Somatic Experiencing® Psychotherapist, I bring a body-centered skillful way of listening to the verbal, energetic, and somatic “stories” within you. When space is created for such deep attention, shifts are free to happen that support healing in your mind, body, spirit, energy, and relationships. That’s “whole-person” therapy. Not sure? Schedule a free consultation now
SOMATIC (BODY-CENTERED) PSYCHOTHERAPY
This isn’t your “sit on the couch and talk” kind of therapy. As a Somatic Experiencing® Psychotherapist, I bring a body-centered skillful way of listening to the verbal, energetic, and somatic “stories” within you. When space is created for such deep attention, shifts are free to happen that support healing in your mind, body, spirit, energy, and relationships. That’s “whole-person” therapy.
You want to feel better. Now.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious. Maybe you want to get along better with the people you love. Maybe you are going through a loss or death in your life. Maybe you are unhappy and feel stuck, and yet something in you knows that more life and vibrancy are possible. Maybe your body aches, your mind is always “going,” and you just want some relief but you don’t know how — and it’s time to have someone alongside you.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Psychotherapist. That means we do a lot less talking than traditional therapy and more experiencing the relief and resilience you are looking for. SE is a potent body-centered method for resolving trauma symptoms and healing the effects of chronic stress by working with your neurobiology. Through my keen guidance and attention to your nervous system, we create the compassionate space for honoring the innate wisdom that is within you (trust me; it’s there. I’ll guide you.). I hold space that is safe and supportive for you to listen and allow shifts to occur.
Heal old wounds. Develop a more stable, regulated system. Have more balance. Embody more vitality. You’ll feel the shift in your whole organism – mind, body, and soul. THAT’s “whole person” therapy.
The most important aspect of my work is to create a safe, inclusive, affirming space where you are welcomed and embraced “as you are” and to support you in your authentic expression of your “whole person” including your gender identity, orientation, spiritual expression, abilities, race, and ethnicity.
I help clients explore:
- spiritual direction
- loss, death, grief
- postpartum depression
- marital life and partnership
- life direction
- work challenges
- mind-body-spirit well-being
Lisa, one session with you has shifted things within me more profoundly than has years of ‘talk therapy.’
Working with Lisa nurtures me in my own growth which allows me to nurture those around me. She is like a best friend who knows deeply who you are…
When I started working with Lisa, I truly felt like my life was falling apart. I was more overwhelmed than I’ve ever been and I was fearful for the future of my marriage and my children. I now feel like I am learning to love myself… I have real connection with myself and my family again.
What to Expect
In our first session, I begin to take a history, we have a conversation about what’s been going on and your hopes, we get a plan going for your healing, and we get started with an experience to support your resilience and regulation. This is your opportunity to see how a body-centered, neuroscience-based, “whole person” approach could FEEL like for you. Plan on the session being 55 minutes. When you leave, my hope is for you that you’ll have a sense of HOPE and “I’m not alone!” – with practical strategies that you can begin to weave into your everyday life so you start to feel better.
Contact me to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions you might have. I counsel clients in-person ONLY in Middletown, MD. Together we decide how often and when we will meet based on our treatment goals. Most sessions are about 55 minutes.
I am an “in network” provider with CareFirst-BlueCross/BlueShield only. For all other insurances, as a licensed clinical social worker, my professional services qualify for patient-reimbursement under most insurance plans utilizing their out-of-network benefits (session fees are due at each session, I give you paperwork to submit your claim to your insurance, and you get reimbursed for a portion of the session depending on your out-of-network benefits).
People come to me who want to get unstuck, feel more resilient, and deepen their connections. They know that living at the pace of an “always on” culture is toxic and can’t be sustained. They want to feel at ease, nourished, and resourced as they go about their day. They want to embody their inner resilience, vibrancy, and clarity so they live from this place.
My approach is first grounded in and informed by decades of my own personal practice of meditation, spirituality, yoga, and somatic work. It is informed by my experience and training in trauma healing, neuroscience, yoga therapy, and embodied mindfulness, compassion, and spirituality to create a sacred space for you to listen deeply, build resilience, and grow.
I believe the pace of our culture creates a lot of toxic stress and needs a radical shift. It begins with each of us – nourishing our nervous system, building capacity to both meet stress with resilience and “take in” the good, healing old patterns, connecting to our truths, knowing how to bring mindful presence to our dear ones, and living with compassion.
My approach to counseling weaves together Somatic Experiencing, neuroscience, resilience-building, mindfulness, meditation, compassionate parenting, spirituality, and subtle energy awareness to nourish your nervous system, deepen your connections, honor your deepest self, and enhance your “whole person well-being.”
What Makes Me Unique as a Coach & Therapist
- I integrate my expertise in the following areas for your "whole person" wellbeing:
- Somatic Experiencing
- mindfulness & compassion
- present parenting
- yoga + energy therapy
- authentic leadership development
- spiritual direction
- We can work in Integrative Coaching from anywhere in the world via Zoom. I have enjoyed working with coaching clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
- I’m a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) and have practiced as a somatic psychotherapist for over 15 years.
- I have an additional master’s in theology with a focus on spirituality of the body.
- I have over 25 years of personal experience and training in meditation, mindfulness, and compassion.
- I am a Somatic Experiencing® Psychotherapist and SE teacher assistant with extensive training in how to heal from trauma and toxic stress.
- I have worked in a variety of settings – from being the Wellness Counselor and facilitating wellness programs for faculty and staff at Georgetown University, to working in elementary schools…from working with marginalized populations, to being in faith-based settings and for-profit organizations.
What my therapy clients have to say
Working with grief and anger that I never tapped into has been life-changing. There are layers that have dissolved…so gently. I am forever changed.
What used to trigger me, doesn’t anymore. I feel more confident and in control.
When I started working with Lisa, I truly felt like my life was falling apart. I was more overwhelmed than I’ve ever been and I was fearful for the future of my marriage and my children. I now feel like I am learning to love myself. I am figuring out what I need, how to communicate that and get that for myself, and I am hopefully moving toward creating a life that I want. I have real connection with myself and my family again. Most importantly, I think I am modeling for my teenage children the self-care that I want them to have as they move through life.
This work has been so gentle and yet so deep. It has deeply impacted my work as a psychotherapist and my presence with my clients and family.
I have the inner strength and stability to stand in my power and take care of myself with compassion.
Her unique blend of expertise, insight, spiritual perspective, compassion, peace and joy has helped me to move past obstacles in my career, my health, and my personal life. She has helped me grow and as a result I enjoy my life, my job, and my relationships more.
As a medical professional, I appreciate you talking to me through the lens of neuroscience. I am learning more about my own nervous system and how to settle. I have the tools to be resourced.
I continue to come back to your calming voice, your compassionate gaze sticks in my memory, you reminding me that it’s all welcome. Also, overtime I benefited from you seeing my partner as well. He comes home with less personal torment, more ease. We discuss the session and I see/feel that my partner has yet again, come back to his heart.
How to Get Started with Personal Coaching or Therapy
I offer a free 30-minute consultation call so potential clients can ask questions and get a sense of our work together before diving in. It gives me a chance to get to know you and learn how I can best support you, too, which I find leads to a strong first session. It's a great, low-risk way to get started.