my modality, specialties, & testimonials


MODALITY

I was originally trained in a psychodynamic, insight oriented approach. I added to this the use of humanistic, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral processes. 

I naturally combined art and psychotherapy in the 90’s when I became an Art Therapist. I use art therapy as way to help people express themselves when verbalization is difficult, or as a way to uncover something that seems to be lurking beneath the surface. My work with the Enneagram provides a way to uncover patterns of behavior very quickly. Many of my clients attend my workshops on the Enneagram. While these workshops can speed up the therapeutic process enormously, they are not required or necessary.

 


COMMON ISSUES

I help my clients discover the patterns of belief, emotions, and behavior, which have felt limiting and affected their lives. I see the wholeness of each person, rather than deficiency or illness providing an environment for people to come to a natural place of healing. My work is eclectic, psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, mindful, whatever works. I work with adults of all ages and adolescents; providing individual, couples and family therapy. My work is Transpersonal because the range can be from behaviors and patterns that can cause great suffering, to the exploration of total freedom.

Sexual abuse
Eating Disorders
Substance abuse
Emotional problems
Relationship dynamics
Depression
Anxiety
Fear
Life changes and transitions
Grief and loss of all kinds
Family and couples problems
Existential and spiritual


COMMON THEMES

I have been working in this area for over 30 years. I have worked with all aspects of abuse, including family dynamics, the affect on relationships, as well as personal dynamics. The affect of sexual abuse is board and influences all areas of our lives.

Some questions that come up for adults who were sexually abuse as children are; do I want children, will I abuse my children, how can I trust my partner, will I ever enjoy sex, how do I tell my partner, etc? Often when working with people who were sexually abused I use Art Therapy, and group process as well as individual psychotherapy, as well as couples and family therapy.  

I started working with eating disorders early in my practice. I began to see a connection between sexual abuse and eating disorders. Although all kinds of abuse, as well as controlling family environments can lead to eating disorders, it is often a way to feel in control, and a way of self-comforting.

In working with people who have eating disorders I have used art therapy, group process, and individual psychotherapy, as well as couples and family counseling.

 

I first started working with substance abuse when I was a Program Director for Mental Health Services in Levy County, Florida.  However I began to focus more on this area when people who had completed a unique treatment with a substance called Ibogaine started to come to me for aftercare psychotherapy.

Ibogaine treatment uses a plant found in Africa, which has the effect of interrupting many forms of substance addiction. The treatment is done in various parts of the world, as it is not legal in the United States at this time. I’ve  been doing post Ibogaine ater care since 1992. My treatment approach is transpersonal which includes in-depth psychology as well as spiritual development.  I view the process of awakening out of the dream of the false ego identity and realizing one’s true nature as an integral part of the recovery process.

Below you will find a few testimonials about the work I do with people. Some people come for therapy to be free of addiction and live a fulfilling life. Depending on their dedication to deep, honest, introspection this process can take several months to a year or so. For others once they have emerged from the cocoon of the past, they begin to question life itself and their True nature. At this point they have entered what I call the transpersonal realm. This phase of the process is no longer therapy in the traditional sense, but more guidance, or mentoring. This part of the journey is more freeing than healing; in that the patterns of identifying as a separate person are being loosened and released.  How far anyone wants to go is always up to them.


TESTIMONIALS

I feel very fortunate to have been refereed to Lissa by my ibogaine facilitator back in 2009. Ibogaine helped free me of an opiate addiction that spanned over 20 years. I was so dependant upon the detachment from what is ‘real’ [that opiates seemed to offer] that I was completely lost in my new found sobriety. I felt very raw. I was frightened. It was as if I did not know what to do with myself.

Lissa has a way of being with one’s pain yet simultaneously guiding one through it. That is not to say she glosses it over. She is very clear and direct, which I find to be very comforting. I trust her guidance, intuition and expertise. Lissa is my therapist to this day.

Tiffany

 

Post treatment therapy is a vital component of Ibogaine treatment.  My decision to enter treatment with Lissa following my addiction treatment was the best decision I ever made, and I truly believe it saved my life.  Ibogaine treatment eliminates the physical component of the addiction, but you have to get into serious therapy immediately for there to be a lasting impact.

Lissa understands the Ibogaine experience perhaps more than any other therapist on the planet, and is the best guide anyone could ask for to process it, and heal the trauma that led to the addiction in the first place.  She is the most nonjudgmental, caring, compassionate, and insightful person I have ever met, and I am deeply grateful for all the help she gave me.  I did ibogaine treatment for a twelve year heroin addiction over 11 years ago, and have not gotten high, nor even had a desire to do so, since that day — and I owe it just as much to the time I spent in therapy Lissa as I do to the ibogaine.  If not more.

Dana

I met Lissa right after I had a profound experience which showed me that the world wasn’t as awful as I thought it was. I started seeing Lissa twice a week and within a month or so, she helped me transition from the business of dying to the business of living. I continued psychotherapy sessions with her for several years because she kept helping me get better!

Lissa is incredible and I know that therapy/aftercare piece is what is missing for people.  Ibogaine is the jumpstart but Lissa helps integrate all the subconscious information learned during the experience. I still get flashes from my original experience that make more sense as I get older. And there are some themes, like the Brooklyn Dodgers!!, that were so prominent but I still haven’t connected.

Anonymous


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