Lisa M. Reid, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual & Family Therapist
Trainer & Public Speaker
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, empathetic, may have different learning styles and creative minds, and may see the world differently. 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 my specialty. 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.
My role as therapist is to gently guide and support you through a process of self-discovery and self-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 teach you tools 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 easier, feel rested and energized, and know what it is like to feel 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 mind-body experiencing, mindfulness skills, breath work, movement, sound, eye movement and reprocessing, cognitive restructuring, meditation and EFT tapping, to name a few.
Drawing upon advances in neuroscience, I continually seek to better understand how we learn and draw upon the power of the mind-body connection. By teaching you the tools and means to experience how to harness it, you can learn to create a balanced state of being within your mind and body, and unlock the pathway to better health and overall well-being.
Beyond my invigorating work, I find balance of my own by spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, dancing, exercising, yoga, breath work, tapping, 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 & Licensure
|MSW, Master of Social Work||University of Maryland at Baltimore, Maryland|
|BSW, Bachelor of Science in Social Work||George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia|
|Licensure (CSW) in Good Standing in State of Georgia||Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists|
|Previously held 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, 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|
|National Association of Social Workers (NASW)|
|Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)|
|EFT International (EFTi)|
|Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)|