Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Anxiety and depression
Existential challenges and life transitions
Lisa is a therapist specializing in relationships, work issues, family issues, anxiety, and depression. Trained in psychodynamic therapy, her therapeutic work centers around developing a trusting relationship with clients and she is dedicated to ensuring clients find a great therapist match. Lisa also encourages clients to challenge and restructure unhelpful thoughts.
Lisa sees many working adults, young adults, same sex couples, and individuals working across the gender line. She received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and has been in practice for over 30 years.
Anger – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions
Depression – Tearfulness, lethargy, feeling down, serious depression
Existential challenges and life transitions – Questioning purpose; finding one’s path and voice; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions
Family issues – Making sense of family issues e.g. separation/divorce, financial/economic instability/changes, sibling relationships
Parenting – Navigating parent-child interactions; creating structure and limits, and establishing expectations of behavior
Relationships – Responding to an emotional reaction to a particular event with colleagues, bosses, and/or family members; feeling unsatisfied in your romantic partnership; breakups, friendships, dating
Sexual abuse – Dealing with the emotions of a recent or past sexual assault, violence, and/or rape
Substance abuse – Managing tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol use
Work issues – Communication or relationship challenges at work with bosses and/or colleagues
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Johnson & Wales University (United Healthcare)
Medicaid (through United Healthcare)
Providence College (Tufts)
RISD Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
Initial intake: $140/session
Regular sessions: $90/session
Couples and families: $120/session
Sliding scale: Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are of low income. Fees are determined by financial support and out-of-network benefits available to you.
Message to clients
"It can seem like a daunting task to take the first step to reach out for therapy, and I am always impressed when people do that. In addition to that very important first step, your relationship with your therapist is also incredibly important – to feel understood, and feel like this is someone you can work with. That is ultimately the core of a healthy, working relationship, and I am more than happy to work with you to ensure you feel that level of comfort with me, or with someone else."
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good.
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2007 - Present
The Providence Center, 1993 - 2006
Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1986
Northeastern University, BS, 1984