About Me

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Lisa M Reid, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Individual & Family Therapist

Welcome to Essential Connections, Counseling & Consulting

Through the use of compassion, acceptance, curiosity, and a little humor, it is my intention to create a comfortable therapeutic atmosphere that allows you the opportunity to work through that which brought you to me. The therapeutic process, the work we do in therapy, can be both difficult and rewarding.

I specialize in working with highly sensitive people, those who are neurodiverse, empathetic, may have different learning styles and creative minds. I work from a strengths perspective and meet you where you are. You are unique; 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, but that is specialty.

My role as therapist is to gently guide and support you through a process of self-discovery and acceptance. You will be invited to explore your current circumstances, as well as to examine how your experiences and relationships have shaped how you see yourself, others and the world. With this understanding, you will be encouraged to consider what works well for you and what does not. Perhaps you will notice what self-sabotaging behaviors, self-defeating thoughts and blocking beliefs may be interfering with you living your best life. I will introduce you to a variety of new coping skills and techniques that are intended to help you navigate life stress more effectively as you rediscover yourself and what is possible. Through acceptance and non-judgement we can see ourselves, others and the world with a new lens, and find a sense of inner ease.

It is through this new lens and a renewed sense of self that you may begin to breathe deeply, feel rested and energized, and know what it is like to feel seen, deeply known and accepted. With your permission, I will help facilitate a sense of ease by incorporating a combination of traditional modalities along with an eclectic array of creative mind-body techniques and approaches. I am interested in the neuroscience of learning and honoring the mind-body connection. I often incorporate somatic experiencing, mindfulness skills, breath work, movement, music, eye movement and reprocessing, cognitive restructuring, and EFT tapping, to name a few, in my practice.

Beyond my work, I find balance by spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, dancing, exercising, yoga, meditation, reading, hiking and playing with my dogs.

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 so we can get started.

Education

MSW, Master of Social WorkUniversity of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland
BSW, Bachelor of Science in Social WorkGeorge Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Experience

Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 1996
25+ years working with children, adolescents, and families in clinical and administrative roles
Experience in school, hospital, community-based mental health, residential group home, elder care, therapeutic foster care, and private practice settings

Advocacy & Community Involvement

Board Member of Tapping Works (formerly Tapping Into Community) 501(c)3
Legislative Advocate for Decoding Dyslexia- Georgia Chapter
Mental Health and Education Advocate at State and Federal Levels

Professional Associations

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

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