Post-Graduate Fellow

LisaPhilosophy and Values

“You live out the confusions until they become clear” (Anaïs Nin)

“La patience est aussi une forme d’action | Patience is also a form of action” (Auguste Rodin)

I approach my work with clients primarily from a relational, strengths-based, and systemic lens. This means that I believe that growing and maintaining an authentic, trusting, loving and safe relationship is itself therapeutic. It means that I believe the work of therapy should help you identify and grow your inner strengths, as well as give you relief from pain and symptoms. It also means that I believe that the barriers that stand in the way of you living your best life don’t just come from inside you -- they also come from your environment.

My belief in constructivist and feminist philosophies means that I believe there are many valid truths. These truths are informed by the experiences we each have in systems that give or take power from us. We all have many identities: some more visible, some more invisible; some with more privilege, and some with less. I value intersectionality and inclusivity, and I believe that making space to examine what is different between us can be powerful and healing.

Before finding my professional home in social work, I studied linguistics and French language translation. My background in translation deeply informs my work as a psychotherapist. I believe that the process of translation - understanding, interpreting, and valuing the spaces between - is intrinsic to the work of psychotherapy. There are feelings and thoughts that live in the wordless space between what can be said and what cannot be said. I believe that part of my task as a therapist is to make space for, hold, and authentically translate my understanding of this wordless space back to you - that you may feel seen, cared for, and supported in your pursuit of growth and change.

Training and Experience

I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration. I have clinical therapy experience working in schools, higher education institutions, hospital/outpatient medical institutions, and private practice settings, with children/families, adolescents, and adults. Outside of Live Oak, I provide psychotherapy to children and families at a group private practice in the North Chicagoland area. In addition to my work as a therapist, I am passionate about decolonizing systems that oppress indigenous identified peoples, participatory action research, preventative mental health care, and the thoughtful integration of systems that care for our physical and mental health.

Therapy

I believe that psychotherapy is both a refuge and a treatment: it is a space to be held, to shed the weight of the world. It is a place to slow down, breathe, and in our bodies with our deepest most vulnerable self(ves). I believe this refuge is found in the (often unspoken) space between the therapist and their client as much as in the physical environment.

Much of my clinical therapy work has been with children/adolescents and their caregivers. As such, I tend to emphasize a developmental and family perspective in my work with all clients, no matter their age or stage. My experience providing therapy with young children has also led me to deeply value creative and non-verbal forms of communication as a means to process, express, grow, and learn in therapy. To the extent that it feels safe and productive, I will encourage you to play in the therapy space, through words, objects, and creative activities.

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. You may wish to relieve emotional pain, improve your relationships, or decrease distressing symptoms that are negatively impacting you. You may also wish to know yourself better. My job as a therapist is not to fix you, but to journey with you: to bear witness to and help you hold the weight of your pain, to help you find and grow your inner strengths, and to help you develop hope for positive change. Change is necessary for growth and development, and it is integral to therapy. Change may come in many forms. You may learn new skills, behaviors, and ways of thinking. You may also find new perspectives that help you re-story your narrative in a way that emphasizes your strengths and resilience. Together, we will decide what your therapy will look like: how we spend our time together, what goals we may work on, and how we will know that you are making progress.

Clinical Interests

-Adults, Children, and Adolescents
-Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ+ individuals and families
-Depressive symptoms
-Excessive Worry or Anxiety
-Women’s Health Issues and transition to parenthood
-Substance Use
-Grief, Bereavement & Loss
-Trauma
-Chronic Health Problems and Progressive Disease
-Personal Identity Challenges
-Life Transitions
-Multicultural Therapy
-Bilingual Therapy: French, English

Degrees and Licensure

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics, French Literature, and Translation (2008)
University of Alberta (Canada)

Masters of Arts in Social Work (2016)
Certificate in Health Administration and Policy (2016)
University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
License #150.102048

Client Hours

Thursdays 8AM-1PM (Lakeview Office)
Fridays 8AM-3PM (Lakeview Office)

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 400

Chicago

IL

60657

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773.880.1310 ext. 7616