Lisa M. Reid, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual & Family Therapist
EFT Certified Practitioner
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 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 highly sensitive people, those who are neurodiverse, deeply empathetic, often have different learning styles, notice things others don’t, and struggle with belonging. 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 how I can help. If this resonates with you, you are in the right place. I am also a highly sensitive person, an empath, and someone who knows how hard it is to cope when you see and experience the world differently from others. You are not alone.
In my role as therapist, I gently guide and support you through a process of self-discovery and self-acceptance. You will be encouraged to lean into discomfort, tolerate an uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, work through past hurts, learn to embrace your gifts as strengths while developing tools to allow yourself to navigate your inner and outer life more effectively. 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 thoughts, actions and perceptions work well for you and which do not. Perhaps you will notice what self-sabotaging behaviors, self-defeating thoughts and false perceptions may be interfering with you living your best life. Perhaps you will uncover unique strengths and abilities that you too easily dismiss or consider to be faults. I will introduce you to a variety of new coping skills and teach you tools that are intended to help you navigate life stressors more effectively as you rediscover yourself and what is possible. Through acceptance, self-compassion and non-judgement we can begin to see ourselves, others and the world through a new lens.
It is through this new lens and a renewed sense of self that you may begin to breathe easier, feel rested, energized and at ease; it is my hope that through our work together you will experience feeling seen, deeply known, understood 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 such as mindfulness, breath work, movement, sound, eye movement, cognitive restructuring, meditation and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping to name a few.
As a neuroscience enthusiast, I continually seek to better understand how we learn and draw upon the power of the mind-body connection. By introducing and teaching you tools that serve your needs and how to harness them, it is my intention to guide you to learn to create a balanced state of being within your mind and body, and unlock the pathway to better health and overall well-being.
Therapy concludes whenever you decide, but it is my hope that we will make that decision together. Therapy with me is not intended to be life long; your time in therapy is based on your effort and how responsive you are to working through that which brought you here. Your success and time in therapy is dependent on how you make use of the tools and insights you learn… and it all starts when you are ready. When you hit periodic bumps in the road, you are welcomed to reach back out on a periodic basis.
The tools and practices I teach are not only valuable for my clients, but I use them myself too. My daily routine includes practicing mindfulness throughout my day, striving to simply notice and being aware of my current experience and attending to that experience without judgement or expectation. To achieve balance and boundaries between my work life and daily life care practices, I try to incorporate EFT tapping upon waking and before sleep, 5-10 minutes of meditation, 30 minutes of movement (exercise or yoga), 5 minutes of journaling before bed to name & tame stressors and note gratitudes, pursue good nutrition & hydration, and create time outside of work for heart felt connections with family, friends and pets. Of course, there are still chores, bills, 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. I have learned to be more accepting that I am doing the best I can and not to judge myself or others when things don’t get done. When I set my intentions and use mindfulness & tapping (and a planner), I find I am more 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 painful issues from different parts of my life that 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 let go of what no longer serves me.
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. We are all doing the best we can. In my own personal journey and that which I take with my clients, 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 “should have’s” and not be defined by what has happened to us or by false perceptions of what we have believed about ourselves and the world, we can be more free to accept ourselves. This is why EFT is called The Emotional Freedom Technique because it is intended to free you of your emotional baggage. In no way am I wanting to represent that I am or my life is perfect, but I want to impress upon you that it is simply easier and less stressful to navigate the challenges of life when using EFT tapping to free oneself of false perceptions, rejection sensitivity and fear based thinking. You can free yourself limiting thoughts and self-defeating behavioral patterns. I offer this personal information to express that mindful living and EFT tapping (along with a good therapist) can contribute to you living with greater confidence, joy and fulfilment. It has without a doubt helped me which is why I am so eager to share it with you and the world.
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 emotional freedom.
Education, Licensure & Certifications
|MSW, Master of Social Work||University of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland|
|BSW, Bachelor of Science in Social Work||George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia|
|Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Good Standing in State of Georgia||Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists|
|Certified EFT Practitioner||EFT International|
|Previously held LCSW licenses||Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania|
|Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 1996|
|25+ years working with children and families in clinical and administrative roles|
|Experience in school, hospital, community-based mental health, residential group home, elder care, therapeutic foster care, non-profit, and private practice settings|
Advocacy & Community Involvement
|Board Member of Tapping Works, 501(c)3 (formerly Tapping Into Community)|
|Legislative Committee and Advocate for Decoding Dyslexia- Georgia Chapter|
|Mental Health and Education Advocate at State and Federal Levels|
|Ally and Advocate committed to promoting Diversity, Inclusion, Representation, Social Justice and Respect for All Humans|
|National Association of Social Workers (NASW)|
|Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)|
|EFT International (EFTi)|
|Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)|