About Me

Lisa M Reid, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Psychotherapist for Individuals, Couples & Families

EFT Tapping Accredited Certified Practitioner

Serving Clients in Georgia and Florida

Welcome to Essential Connections, Counseling & Consulting

Through the use of compassion, acceptance, curiosity, patience and some playfulness, it is my intention to create a comfortable therapeutic atmosphere for you to feel safe and at ease to do the work that brought you to therapy. The therapeutic process, the work we do in therapy, can be both difficult and rewarding.

I specialize in working with people who are highly sensitive people, neurodiverse and often deeply empathetic. You are unique and may find you don’t always fit in; it may be difficult to understand how you are wired, how you learn, what you are sensitive to, and what gets in the way of you living the life you want. You may be a caregiver, therapist, or deeply compassionate person.

If this resonates with you, you are in the right place. I am also a highly sensitive person, an empath, with an ADHD/neurodivergent wired brain, and someone who knows how hard it is to cope when you see and experience the world differently from others. You are not alone.

The tools and practices I teach are not only valuable for my clients; I use them myself. My daily routine includes practicing mindfulness throughout my day, setting my intentions for the day upon waking; striving to simply notice and be aware of my current experience, like when I look for the beauty of nature and experience peacefulness when I walk my dogs, and attend to that experience without judgement or expectation. I try to make conscious choices about what, who and how I nurture myself by being aware of what I include in my life diet, all that I expose myself to emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I aim to achieve balance and boundaries between my work life, personal life, social life and daily life care practices. Each day, I try to incorporate EFT tapping, movement (exercise or yoga), time in nature and journaling/reflection, as well as being intentional with having gratitude, pursuing healthy nutrition, sleep and hydration habits, and creating time outside of work for heartfelt connections with my husband, two children, extended family and friends.

Of course, there are still chores, bills, home maintenance, grocery shopping and all the stuff in between that must be managed, but the other routines help me get to those with greater ease.

And yes, there are days my best intentions are not met. As I often invite my clients to do, I too must remind myself to be more gracious and accepting that I am doing the best I can and refrain from judgement of myself or others when things don’t get done. When I set my intentions and use mindfulness & tapping, along with my hand written planners, I find I am able to achieve my goals more readily. I try to be diligent to walk the talk and include self-compassion and self-care in my daily efforts.

Through my own tapping work, I have uncovered and resolved numerous hidden (subconscious), deeply held issues from different parts of my life. These have profoundly improved my current relationships with others and myself. I have always been very self-critical and hard on myself to do everything right. Tapping has helped me to markedly reduce my stress and anxiety about the underlying false expectations I have tried to meet. I have gained tremendous insight into what has shaped how I behave, think and feel, and how to let go of what no longer serves me.

Choosing to live your best life

Please know that sharing some of my personal journey isn’t about comparing mine or anyone else’s suffering to another persons’ nor is it about blaming anyone for one’s experiences and perceptions. We are all doing the best we can. The work we do on ourselves is about coming to understand that we are fundamentally not broken or flawed. When we can begin to accept ourselves just as we are, as being enough, letting go of notions of “should’s” or “could haves,” and not be defined by what has happened to us or by false perceptions of what we came to believe about ourselves, others and the world as a means of survival, we can become free to choose to accept ourselves. This is why EFT is called The Emotional Freedom Technique; it is intended to free you of your emotional baggage so you can live with greater ease and contentment.

My journey is my own, and in no way am I wanting to represent that I nor my life is perfect; I am continually trying to learn more and be my best self. I truly enjoy helping others to learn to do the same.

I invite you to consider… what if life could be easier and less stressful to navigate? What if using tools such as EFT tapping and other mind/body approaches could allow you to free yourself of limiting thoughts and self-defeating behavioral patterns? What if you could live with greater ease and acceptance of that which you cannot change?

As a passionate lifelong learner and relationship builder, I eagerly await a chance to meet you so we can learn and grow from one another. Contact me today if you are ready to get started on your journey toward freedom of the mind, body and spirit.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

MSW, Master of Social WorkUniversity of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland
BSW, Bachelor of Science in Social WorkGeorge Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in GeorgiaGeorgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
Certified EFT PractitionerEFT International
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Telehealth Services) in State of Florida Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapists and Mental Health Counseling

Experience

Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 1996
25+ years working with children, teens, adults and families in clinical and administrative roles
Experience in alternative high school, children’s medical hospital, community-based mental health, residential group home, elder/memory care, therapeutic foster care, non-profit sector, and private practice settings

Advocacy & Community Involvement

Member of EFT Collectives
Legislative Advocate for Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
Mental Health and Education Advocate at State and Federal Levels
Ally and advocate committed to: respecting all people and promoting community, diversity, inclusion, representation and social justice; encouraging us all to challenge our conscious and unconscious negative biases against race, ethnicity, age, gender, sex, color, sexual orientation, shape/size, religion, physical disability, invisible disability, neurodiversity, mental and physical illness, income and others.

Professional Associations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)
EFT International (EFTi)
Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
EFT Guild