I am a licensed clinical social worker in Oregon and Florida with over 15 years of experience. I work with clients who have a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, cancer, career challenges, Veteran issues, and death and dying. My therapy style is warm and interactive. My approach combines client-centered, trauma-informed therapy using modalities such as internal family systems and somatic experiencing.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal. I believe in treating people with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels.
It takes courage to seek help and want something different for yourself, and to take the first step towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to guide, support and empower you.
I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
FL LCSW SW9472
OR LCSW L7700
I have been in therapy for over ten years with various therapists and Lisa-Paula has helped me grow more in one year than the previous decade. She helped me know myself and want better for myself. She helped me recognize patterns and break them. She gave me the tools I needed to make healing seem tangible and that I was worth it. She supported me in so many different ways (self esteem, coping with mental illness, relationships, etc) and I am deeply thankful for her. I enjoyed every time we met and will carry pieces of her through lessons and practices forever.
Written on Nov 03, 2022 after therapy with Lisa-Paula for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
Lisa-Paula is extremely good at what she does. Over close to the past year, she has helped me develop an awareness of my own state of mind that I didn't think possible. She has also helped me develop a set of tools that I can employ to steer my life in a much more positive direction.
Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Lisa-Paula for 10 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, and relationship issues
Lisa-Paula is an amazing, life-changing therapist and one of the most patient and caring people I've had the pleasure of working with. It was easy to feel grounded during our sessions and she has a way of enabling honest discussions about difficult topics with her calm approach. I've had other therapists in the past but she manages to give practical and useful tools in every session, and I feel that I've made a huge amount of progress in such a short time because of that.
I cannot recommend her enough -- she's a gem on this platform!
Written on Aug 24, 2022 after therapy with Lisa-Paula for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and eating disorders
Lisa is a wonderful, kind, and most importantly, patient listener. She has helped me develop many skills and added a lot of tools to my self-care tool belt
Written on Aug 11, 2022 after therapy with Lisa-Paula for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Paula has been a great help for me and I look forward to continuing our sessions as I work towards becoming a better version of me
Written on Jan 25, 2022 after therapy with Lisa-Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and coping with life changes