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Lisa Chilson-McCraw, LCSW

Addictions Trauma and abuse Grief Anger management Coping with life changes
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About me

Aloha and mahalo for reading my profile! My name is Lisa Chilson-McCraw and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Hawai’i, with over 6 years of clinical experience. I am very passionate about what I do and have followed a calling to support and help others through whatever brings them into therapy. I have had the privilege and honor of serving a multi-cultural and diverse group of individuals in a variety of settings. I have worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, domestic violence and abuse (survivors and offenders), substance use related issues, grief and loss, significant life changes, and the behaviors/emotions that are often associated.

I am a warm, genuine, and compassionate person, who listens with my whole heart, and truly wants to help others. I provide a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to share and work through whatever brings them into therapy. My clients are the experts in their own lives and each one has a unique perspective, life experience, and path. I meet my clients where they are and it is there that I come alongside and support them in their journey toward reaching their goals. I believe people heal and grow within the context of a healthy, trusting, and safe relationship, therefore, that is what I try to provide those that come to me for help. I lean toward a humanistic approach, client-centered, strengths-based, trauma-focused, solution-focused, faith-based and cognitive-behavioral modalities.

It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. It is certainly a sign of strength to do so. We all need help and support at different times and seasons of our lives. Going at it alone can be very overwhelming and just too hard sometimes. I believe, wholeheartedly, that it is possible to heal, grow, and change. I would love to be a part of that process in your journey.

Professional experience

6yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Lisa Chilson-McCraw. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Lisa is an absolute God-send! Love her and recommend her one hundred percent!

Written on Feb 16, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lisa creates such a safe container rooted in trust, respect and integrity. It feels natural opening up to Lisa as I can tell she genuinely holds my best interests at heart. She does not search for endless amounts of issues, instead, focuses on building the self-awareness and tools to be able to navigate problems as they arise with confidence. I genuinely look forward to my sessions as she always shows up with full presence and warmth. I am so glad I chose to work with Lisa and could not recommend her highly enough.

Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Lisa is so kind and full of compassion. It was easy to open up to her, because she responds so gently! You can tell her heart is truly open and that she wants to be there to help others. Thank you, Lisa, for your objectivity and guidance! ♡

Written on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Lisa is a kind and compassionate therapist. She helps to validate and process my experiences and emotions. She is versed in trauma therapy techniques, which I really needed after disliking a few unrelated in-person therapists. Lisa makes therapy easy and accessible. I’m so impressed by Betterhelp’s matching algorithm! This feels like the perfect match!

Written on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and compassion fatigue

Lisa is kind and gentle. She not only has ample experience as a therapist but has life experience that I believe allowed her to understand me in a way someone without that experience would not truly be able to. She is very good at picking up on even subtle cues and catering the session accordingly. She has never made me feel pressured or judged and is really focused on progress, celebrating even the smallest steps in the right direction.

Written on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Lisa is amazing and I’m so happy to have found an excellent therapist who clearly cares deeply about her clients.

Written on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Lisa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd