Somatic (Body-Centered) Psychotherapy

For stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, family, life direction, work and spirituality.

This isn’t your “sit on the couch and talk” kind of therapy. I bring skillful ways of listening to the verbal, energetic, and somatic “stories” of the nervous system. When space is created for such deep attention, shifts are free to happen that support healing and wholeness.

I believe

I believe there is an innate wisdom within each of us. Your body, mind, and spirit know how to heal. In somatic psychotherapy, we are about creating the compassionate space for honoring this innate wisdom.  I hold space that is safe and supportive for you to deeply listen and compassionately allow shifts to occur.

I help clients address issues of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress and trauma
  • Parenting challenges
  • Polyamory
  • Spiritual direction
  • Loss, death, grief
  • Divorce
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Relationships
  • Marital life and partnership
  • Life direction
  • Work challenges


Lisa, one session with you has shifted things within me more profoundly than has years of ‘talk therapy.’

What to Expect

In our first session, I take a history, we have a conversation about what brings you to therapy and your hopes, and we talk about how we can work together. This is your opportunity to see how an integrative approach could look like for you. Plan for up to 55 minutes for the session. When you leave, you’ll have a sense of the possibilities within you and our work together, and with practices that you can begin to weave into your everyday life.

About Appointments

Contact me to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions you might have. I counsel clients in-person at the Friends’ Meeting House in Frederick, MD. Together we decide how often and when we will meet based on our treatment goals.


All sessions are $150. As a licensed clinical social worker, my professional services qualify for patient-reimbursement under most insurance plans utilizing out-of-network benefits.

My Clients

People come to me who want to deepen their connection to their own heart, truth, dear ones, and our world. They know that living at the pace of “go, go, go” culture is toxic and cannot be sustained. They sense an inner desire to live with a deeper sense of ease, feeling nourished and resourced as they go about their day. They want to reconnect to their inner vibrancy and live their everyday lives from this place.

My Approach

My approach is first grounded in my own practice of listening, softening, and connecting through my meditation, spirituality, yoga, and somatic work. My approach is informed by my experience and training in Somatic Experiencing, attachment theory/approach, yoga therapy, and theology to create a sacred space for you for deep listening and integration.

I believe the pace of our culture needs a radical shift and deep healing. And it begins with each of us – nourishing our nervous system, healing old patterns, connecting to our truths, and living in a compassionate way that honors ourselves, our children, and our world.

My approach to counseling weaves together Somatic Experiencing, positive psychology, mindfulness, insight meditation, compassionate parenting, spirituality, and leadership to support your healing, nourish your nervous system, deepen your connections, and honor your deepest self.

What Makes Me Unique as a Coach & Therapist

  • I integrate my expertise in:
    • Somatic Experiencing - body-centered stress & trauma healing
    • the science and art of mindfulness & compassion
    • present parenting
    • yoga + energy therapy
    • authentic leadership development
    • spiritual direction
  • We can work from anywhere in the world via Skype.  I have enjoyed working with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
  • I have a clinical master’s degree and background. I’m a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) and have practiced as a somatic psychotherapist for 15 years.
  • I have an additional master’s in theology with a focus on spirituality of the body.
  • I have over 20 years of personal experience and training in meditation, mindfulness, and compassion.
  • I am a Somatic Experiencing® Psychotherapist with extensive training in how to truly build capacity within the nervous system and experience working with clients to effectively relate to stress and heal trauma.
  • I have worked in a variety of settings – from being the Wellness Counselor for faculty and staff at Georgetown University and facilitating mindfulness-based wellness programs for them, to working in elementary schools…from working with disadvantaged populations with complex trauma, 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 – especially at home.

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.

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.

Questions? Ready to Get Started?

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.