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, neurodivergent and often deeply empathetic. Many of my clients struggle with focus, attention and anxiety, as well as suffer from unresolved developmental or situational trauma. My clients have unique gifts that they may not yet understand or appreciate.

Through our work, I will guide you to accept, harness and cultivate your gifts, heal and recover from past hurts and gain valuable tools/skills to support you in achieving your therapy goals and living the life you want.

As a seasoned clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience, I have served countless children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in therapeutic foster care, residential group home, school, intensive in-home/community based, hospital and private practice settings. I am a self-proclaimed “neuroscience enthusiast” and am fascinated by the clinical advances in understanding how we learn and the complex connections between our mind, body and spirit. My unquenchable thirst for learning has helped me to build a substantial toolbox from which to serve my clients, and it is continuously expanding. Much of my most valued learning stems from my clients, who amaze and teach me something everyday. I appreciate their generosity in continually showing me how bravery surfaces from vulnerability, hope stems from leaning into fear, glimmers of joy are found through curiosity, and love flourishes within gratitude.

To maintain balance in my life outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two grown children and two dogs, as well as making time to connect with extended family and friends. For my own self-care, I nourish myself through exercising, practicing yoga and meditation, dancing, being creative, reading, traveling, gardening, cooking, laughing and spending time quietly in nature.

Choosing to live your best life

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

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