Lisa M Reid, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Individual & Family Therapist
EFT Accredited 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, those who have different learning styles, who notice things others don’t, and who struggle with belonging. 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. I work from a strengths perspective and meet you where you are.
If this resonates with you, you are in the right place. I am also a highly sensitive person, an empath, with an ADHD 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.
It’s all about the Essential Connections in our lives
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 and tolerate uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. You will work through past hurts and learn to embrace your gifts as strengths. As time passes you will develop 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.
Throughout the process you will notice what self-sabotaging behaviors, self-defeating thoughts, and false perceptions may be interfering with your life. Perhaps you will uncover unique strengths and abilities that you easily dismiss or consider to be faults. I will introduce you to a variety of new coping skills. I will 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. Some of these include 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, it is my intention to guide you to create a balanced state of being within your mind and body. This will unlock the pathway to better health and overall well-being.
When does therapy begin and end?
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. Therapy concludes when you have worked through the stuck points, and have learned the tools and resources to navigate without my help. When you hit periodic bumps in the road, you are welcome to reach out again on a periodic basis.
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, striving to simply notice and being aware of my current experience, and attending to that experience without judgement or expectation. I aim 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), and 5 minutes of journaling before bed to name and tame stressors. I note my gratitude, pursue good nutrition and hydration, and create time outside of work for heartfelt 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 (along with a planner), 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 painful 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 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. 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 “shoulds” or “should haves”, 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; it is intended to free you of your emotional baggage.
I offer this personal information to express that the tools of mindful living and EFT tapping 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. In no way am I wanting to represent that I am or my life is perfect. However, I do want to impress upon you that it is simply easier and less stressful to navigate the challenges of life when using useful tools such as EFT tapping to free oneself of false perceptions, rejection sensitivity and fear based thinking. Imagine what it would be like to free yourself of limiting thoughts and self-defeating behavioral patterns.
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 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 Tap 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: 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, neurodiversity, mental and physical illness, income and others.|