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.
Additional areas of focus: 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, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LCSW 0904005382
I cannot say enough good things about Lisa! I’ve had mixed experiences with therapy in the past and I had thus been neglecting my mental health and putting off seeking help for working through some of my struggles for a while. When I initially started BetterHelp, the therapist I was matched with didn’t have a modality that fit my needs. After reaching out to BetterHelp with my concerns, they matched me with Lisa and I couldn’t be happier with my experience thus far. Lisa is very experienced, she takes the time to really get to know you and tailor therapy to your specific needs. In between video sessions, I always know what I need to be working on.
If I ever need additional tools or have questions or concerns between sessions, Lisa happily provides whatever tools she thinks might be useful and is also timely in her response to chat messages. Additionally, I have a variable work schedule and I always feel like Lisa works hard to allow me to change up my session day/times from week to week. Although I haven’t been seeing Lisa for terribly long, I can already sense and feel the positive impact working with her has had on my life and I can’t wait to see how much more I can learn, grow, and maximize my true potential. Thank you Lisa and BetterHelp!
Written on Oct 16, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
She’s been great super helpful and caring
Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd
I have been working with Lisa for 3 1/2 months now and it has made such a difference. She is very approachable, values building trust and rapport, and is kind and understanding. However, she also challenges you to rethink and grow. She has been invaluable in helping me deal with my anxiety, learn to set boundaries, and heal from past experiences. Lisa makes you feel valued by being available between sessions. She encourages me to message whenever I need to and always responds, often sharing resources, coping strategies, or encouragement. I am very grateful for all her help and support.
Written on Aug 22, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
Lisa is very supportive, offers great advice, and knows how to progress the therapy session. I’m luck today have found her and she has helped me tremendously.
Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders
After a horrible experience with another online therapy company, Lisa and BetterHelp were such a breath of fresh air. I was very apprehensive about "starting all over again" once again, but after just my first session with Lisa, I knew that I was in the right place. We have been able to connect/relate which has been quite helpful in my sessions, and she truly makes me feel validated and heard. She is very responsive to messages, respectful and unbiased, and also tells me what I need to hear, whether I want to hear it or not. Working with Lisa is exactly what I had in mind when I thought of the benefits of working with a therapist.
Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse
Lisa is great to talk to, she really makes you feel comfortable. I’ve been seeing her for a few months and I already feel like my anxiety levels have gone down, and I’ve improved in some other aspects I wanted to work on with her as well. She is super kind and nonjudgemental, and gives you valuable feedback that you can carry with you when you’re going about your days. I look forward to talking with her every week.
Written on Aug 12, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties