Hi, I am Lisa Allison- a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Educational Specialist in School Psychology. I have over 20 years experience as a Licensed Therapist. I have been certified as a School Psychologist as well.
I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in Social Work and National Louis in Chicago with an Ed.S in School Psychology. I am board certified in Ohio and Illinois.
I have worked in a private practice, a variety of inpatient, out patient and residential settings. I have experience in schools, hospitals, treatment centers, cancer wellness facilities and as a consultant. My different experiences inspire me to draw from my past to best help a variety of clients.
I encourage and empower my clients to effectively use their own strengths and skills in order to improve their lives and relationships. I enjoy helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to modify their weaknesses. We all have areas that can use a little improvement, the key is to maximize strengths to compensate for the weaknesses.
I access several different approaches to treatment based on what works best for each individual. Creating the therapeutic relationship and establishing trust are the foundation for effective therapy. I believe that clients are the most knowledgeable experts about themselves. I see therapists as a vehicle to empower and encourage clients. Most clients find the validation they need to inspire change and reach their goals.
I am trained in family systems therapy, therefore, I utilize an understanding of family history and generational patterns. For some clients the past is not as important as the here and now, therefore short term goals to deal with current issues for a better quality of life may be a more practical approach to treatment. I integrate different modalities based on each individual client's needs and preferences. Examples of these modalities are cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, meditation, hypnosis, and my personal favorite - solution resolution therapy. I like when clients can accomplish their goals without feeling worn out by the lengthy process and beaten down by the financial strain. I appreciate that time and money do not come in an unlimited surplus for most people.
My background and expertise include helping people with a variety of issues that include anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, grief, life transitions, self esteem, motivation, divorce, confidence building, mood disorders, relationship concerns, family dynamics, couples counseling, support groups, social skills groups, emotional stress, life and work challenges, academic and school related concerns, eating disorders, loss, cancer, illness support and most recently stress and life changes due to Covid.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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Lisa has been amazing. She listened to every word. Her guidance is very helpful. I would recommend her to anyone.
Written on Nov 20, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management
Lisa was extremely helpful. She was able to provide good exercises and techniques to work on. She was very kind and professional.
Written on Sep 11, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Lisa has been a pleasure to work with! She is direct, easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor.
Written on Feb 19, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties
Lisa Allison is very helpful. She has great listening skills and know exactly what to do and say to help any problems
Written on Jun 13, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management
Lisa takes the time to understand me and my needs. She doesn't beat around the bush and gets right to the point with me even when I'm avoiding it. I appreciate her no nonsense approach.
Written on Jun 03, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I’m new to meeting with Lisa, but she’s been great so far, and look forward to working with her moving forward.
Written on May 25, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd