Welcome to the BetterHelp community! My name is Lisa McCarton and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, practicing in Virginia for 20 years. I have specialized in psychotherapy and social work with children, adolescents and families. I have been providing psychotherapy for a wide variety of issues and populations, to include: behavioral problems; trauma issues; family relationships; mood disorders; school issues; and sexual abuse issues, among other areas. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000 with a Masters in Social Work. I began my post-masters clinical work in a residential treatment facility for emotionally and physically abused children. I provided therapy, as well as case management, for children and families.
I would describe my approach as goal oriented, and client centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Problem-Solving Therapy and Strength-Based Approach. All of these modalities are hands-on, practical approaches to problem-solving. CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns and/or behaviors. The goals are to change patterns of maladaptive or unhealthy thinking in order to improve behavior and life situations. This helps people identify faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking and learn better ways of coping with life's full variety of stressors.
Difficult and painful times are part of the human experience. I understand seeking help can be a vulnerable step to take. Exploring the healing process or enriching one’s personal growth, first and foremost, requires establishing a trusting and an emotional supportive relationship. Change is not easy, but it is possible.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
Relationship issues , Grief , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Family Problems , Impulsivity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #0904005382 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
As the child of a rough divorce and custody battle, I've had to see a handful of therapists in my life; both privately and court appointed. Most of the time I felt as thought I was being talked down to and my feelings were never validated. I was just a patient whom they could check the boxes. Lisa is one of only 2 therapists I've met in my life that doesn't make me feel like I'm just talking to a wall. She engages with me, gives feedback and ways to work on issues, and genuinely takes the time to listen, assess, and provide help.
She has been very helpful and caring and I havw not even got to meet with her yet! I look forward to it
I have had two sessions with Lisa. Both were helpful in sorting out what I’m trying to address. She listens well and has helped me get my head around the challenges I’m facing.
Lisa definitely provides a space for her clients to share and address the issues leading them to therapy. She is attentive and engaged. She provides insight and I appreciate the assignments to help me focus on my healing.
Lisa has been good at listening and providing unbiased observations of scenarios I have described. While we have only had two sessions, I feel confident she will provide the guidance I need.
Lisa has been a great help, she's great at listening and makes you feel appreciated. She tries hard to understand how you're feeling and helps to work with you on what to do next.
I truly look forward to my sessions with Lisa. She makes me feel very comfortable and is just easy to talk to.
Lisa is an amazing therapist. I recently lost my grandfather and had an incomplete grieving process. Lisa has been able to help me sort through my feelings and emotions and has coached me through my mourning. The exercises and tools she gave me have helped me implement real, lasting change into my life.
Lisa is great and caring. She takes time to build trust and to understand what is going on before providing feedback. I’ve enjoyed learning about myself and how I can be the best version of myself.
Lisa is exceptional! She is an active listener and holds space for me to share my feelings openly without judgment. We have worked together for a month so far and she has already helped me a great deal. She really takes the time to get to know you, your goals and what you would like to work on with her. I highly recommend Lisa :)
I'm very impressed with Lisa, she's kind, intelligent and very understanding to many different circumstances as well as being easy to relate to.
Lisa is a great person to talk to and always strives to understand where exactly I’m coming from and where I want to go. I feel extremely comfortable talking to her and she’s always willing to support which Avenue I want to take.
I am so happy to have Lisa as my counselor. She is so awesome and very understanding. I feel like I am in a judgement free zone and she makes me feel comfortable about sharing my feelings. She always on time and always gives her full attention when we are talking. I am so thankful that Better Help chose her for me, they did an awesome job with matching me with a counselor that would understand what I am going through. I highly recommend Lisa!!
Doc has been a real help to me in what I consider one of the darkest times in my life. She really cares about me, she doesn't see me as a bunch of problems or a statistic, she sees me as a person. She's one of the most compassionate and empathic people I've ever met, she's firm when she needs to be and extremely helpful. She has provided me with necessary tool to cope with my situatuon. She pays attention to my needs, checks up on me and makes sure I'm ok.
I would strongly recommend Doc Lisa to anyone that is in need of someone that could guide them through a journey of change, she's been excellent so far and with her help, I feel I'll make it through my journey.
Lisa is amazing, in the few weeks we've worked together she's been a great help and I really look forward to continuing our sessions. She's a great person and very easy to open up to.
I have had a great experience with Lisa so far. She’s been open, receptive and accommodating to me and what I’m trying to accomplish for myself personally through therapy. She makes me feel very comfortable, calm and relaxed when it comes to discussing and talking to her about my personal life. This has been a great therapy experience for me after being hesitant to step back into therapy after many years. I would absolutely recommend her to others. I genuinely feel like she cares about me and her role.
She is a very beautiful human. This is the first I see a counselor that actually care about my well-being, and truly wants to support me. When you talk with her she gives you her full intention and try various ways to help you cope with the condition you have
Calming and understanding of everything. Very nice therapist.