I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years, graduating from a school of social welfare . I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I am married and have two teenagers (one in college one in high school). I currently work in an urban Community Mental Health setting helping people with mental health issues,(diagnosed with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Personality disorders)as well as issues with major life stressors and relationship issues. I am the Assistant Director supervising 13 clinicians, and I have a caseload myself. Prior to being promoted in 2000 I was a full time therapist. I also have experience working at the local Correctional Facility, and at our County Social Services Department. I have dealt with all kinds of people and a variety of issues.
I am open minded and do not judge people for their actions, believing respect for everyone is very important no matter what their background or current circumstances.
I believe in the safety of the therapeutic relationship, allowing people to experience their feelings without judgments or fear of ridicule.
Grief and loss are common issues, along with depression, anxiety, vocational issues, stress and especially relationship issues( which can cause distress). I also try to motivate people to be healthy, reach out to people and feel better about themselves. I have some experience with addictions and how they get in the way of people reaching their goals. I have an eclectic approach using Motivational Interviewing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which can include homework that works to examine and change thoughts and feelings), Person Centered , Problem Solving and Supportive Therapy. My approach is supportive and I start where the person is. I work hard to create a safe environment where people can feel free to express themselves. I am also accessible, allowing daily contact when needed or wanted.
I have also been trained on helping people with smoking cessation. Therapy along with working with a prescriber for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be very effective for quitting.
I do operate from a strength based position. I am going to help highlight what is going well and build on that. Many people don't realize they have strengths or what things are going well. I also like to set small goals that lead to bigger changes. I like to use work sheets and homework as appropriate. You are always part of this decision making process as this is your treatment.
I know it can be hard to reach out for help, but making positive changes in your life can only help. I want you to reach the goals you set for yourself. I look forward to helping you through this process. Please also note, I may respond more than once a day, but on occasion, I may not answer until the next day. It does not mean I do not want contact with you, it means I am thinking about the appropriate answer to your question/issue. one last thing. If at any point you feel that you no longer need/want services or will be unable to continue, please don't hesitate to let me know ahead of time so that we can bring things to a close when we need to.
Of note, on the page where it says expertise, we are only allowed to choose several areas that I have the most experience, which is very challenging for me. I have a lot of experience with bipolar, depression, relationship issues, stress and anxiety as well as others. Please talk to me about your particular issue before you decide if I have the experience you are looking for. Welcome and I look forward to working together!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Bipolar disorder
- Coping with life changes
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties Read more...
LCSW #R041470 (Expires: 2021-05-01)
Risa is amazing! She makes me feel important and always listens to what I have to say. I feel so comfortable with her and can talk to her about anything!
Truly a needle in a haystack. She saved my life. That’s the most oversimplified way I can express my heartfelt thanks to Risa without writing a novel on her. Thank you BetterHelp, the whole world needs this.
Risa is a rare soul who connects effortlessly and doesn't BS around! She is fair and very empathic and totally 100% focused on my growth. She's amazing, and responds very quickly, while quantifiably improving my life in a myriad of ways.
I started this journey with her years ago and she has risen to every challenge, and been in every valley along the way. She is a treasure and comes highly recommended.
Risa is the best therapist, I’ve ever known. As simple as that.
Risa has made me feel very heard and supported since day one. I’ve never had luck with finding a therapist before I met Risa. She has made me feel very fortunate to have her expertise and thoughtful understanding at any moment’s notice. I am grateful for her questioning and work in helping me get to the root of my conversations with her. Anyone would be lucky to have Risa supporting them!
Risa is the best therapist I've had! She responds quickly and her replies are always very thorough and empathetic. I highly recommend her!
Counselor Risa Lenney has always been intuitive and supportive but also very objective. She’s always on time and accommodating for sessions and genuinely cares and remembers important details as a reference point for future sessions.
Risa is very attentive, gives excellent feedback, responds quickly and is flexible at scheduling sessions.
My experience with Better Help - and particularly - Risa Lenney - came at a difficult time in my life. It was extremely helpful. She is compassionate and full of humanity.
Risa has been so good. I started this journey with a very cautious eye as I did not know what to expect but I am very happy with everything and communicating with Risa has helped me out very much indeed. Thank you very much
Risa is phenomenal. She is compassionate and strong; she knows how to make tactful suggestions and handle all of my all over the place emotions. I feel very lucky to have found her when I did. I would highly recommend her!
I’ve been working with Risa on and off for about 3 years and it has been the best experience. I can always rant off to her without judgements. She responds with her insight in a respectful and helpful manner. I have recommended so many to use this app and request her if possible. She is absolutely wonderful and has changed my life for the better. I could not write a higher review
Risa is very resourceful and flexible. We have found her sessions invaluable.
Risa is thorough, sympathetic, and insightful in her responses. I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and emotions with her because I know that they will be met without judgement.
I love Risa. She always responds in a timely manner and makes me think about the issue I'm having and asks relevant questions.
Risa is an amazing counselor, she listens doesn’t judge but also lets you realize where you’re messing up. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to help understand themselves better and feeling down about life. I’ve noticed a strong improvement in my communication skills working with her and better coping mechanisms with moments of emptiness or emotional despair. Thank you Risa for caring and never judging me.
She was very attentive. Always responds very fast and listens good has alot to offer. I loved counseling with her.
She is the best of the best - super knowledgeable, supportive, very responsive and uses humor sometimes too.
Risa has been wonderful. I started talking to her when I was at my lowest point and felt I had no-where to turn. She was my rock through a very stormy time in my life, and helped me stay sane until the storm passed. She was supportive and caring and warm. Her response time was great. And her responses were always well thought out and thorough.
I’ve been talking to Risa over the span of a few years, and she’s helped me tremendously. Looking at who I was then, and who I am now, I am hardly recognizable.
Risa has been very helpful. Seemed like she knew me when we talk is very understanding. She always gets back to you in a timely fashion. She is great to work with - I like having her on my side.
Risa has helped me a lot, she is very patient, supportive and empathetic, talking to her is very pleasant and made me realize and deal easier with my doubts and fears.
Risa is a great councillor who is amazingly supportive, positive and patient. I wish her all the best in her career.
Risa is pretty good!
Risa is an excellent counselor and I feel she is well-suited to me and my personal problems I need help with.
Risa is very good at this kind of counseling, mirroring my needs back to me through writing and then guiding me through my own explorations of my issues. I never felt forced to consider something that wasn't on my mind, and that always sets me at ease. She's warm, thoughtful, and professional....and even has a nice sense of humor! Highly recommend.
Risa has been very patient and supportive. She listens with care and has been very sympathetic to my needs. I've been lucky to chat with her and am looking forward to working with her more.
Risa is undoubtedly qualified in her expertise shown by her long time experience and handling a variety of challenging cases. She's very caring and would check in on you when you haven't initiated a conversation for a while. She's very attentive and acknowledges your feelings, strengths, and efforts. She understands when to listen and when to give empowering point of view or inputs that help. She puts in a lot of work in knowing and understanding you as her client because she's very whole-heartedly passionate in what she does. Availability is never a problem as she works almost everyday for you to book a session or have a chat. It's been a wonderful experience with Risa.
Risa is very patient and supportive. It makes me feel safe knowing that there is someone caring that I can always talk to when I'm not feeling well. I'm grateful for all the help I've received so far.
Risa is a kind and authentic, and I appreciate being able to speak with regularly.
Risa has been an excellent therapist. She's listened and provided constructive suggestions for me a time of great flux. I couldn't have asked for a better person to talk to during this time.
Risa is great. She really listens and engages, allowing space for me to unpack things at my own pace. She's helped me set plans in motion and understand when things are affecting me strongly.
In addition, Risa is incredibly responsive. I've really enjoyed working through things with her!
Risa was calm, kind, patient, and understanding of everything. She is also very professional and seems to cut through straight to the problem. Highly recommended.
Risa has been the perfect combination of patient, interested and direct. She has helped me feel acknowledged and provided resources/ exercises for me to use as I improve.
She's amazing a as a counselor and a friend
very good and kind
She has been so patient and easy to talk to without judgement . I have enjoyed all our sessions and looking forward to our up coming ones
Risa is very empathetic and I feel very comfortable with her. I'm enjoying and finding this experience very helpful right now.
Risa has done a fantastic job at helping me to change my thinking and improve my life. I'm doing much better thanks to her help.
My experience with Risa has been really productive and positive. I feel comfortable with telling her anything and listening to her different and qualified perspectives.
Risa has a fantastic approach of being professional and friendly. Both aspects have helped me to start feeling supported enough to make positive changes to my life and mental health.
Ms. Lenney was very professional, unbasied and extremely helpful with my problems, and if it wasn't for her, I don't know what my current life would be like. She's gotten me through some major turmoil and I'm forever grateful for her.
Risa is great!
Risa has been so supportive during this very challenging time. I've really appreciated her approach and it's helped me map out things out in my head. I've enjoyed coming to Risa to explore my thoughts which is very refreshing during a tricky moment in life...
Risa is a warm, empathic and understanding person. She is a good people reader and can pick up nuances in situations very quickly. I have found peace in working with her. We are still at very early stages but I enjoy how it has made me feel up to now.
I've been working with Risa for over a month. She has been very helpful - getting through the day - reaffirming what I have to do. I'm so pleased I found her. With her - it's the one place I can be totally honest.
Risa Lenney is exceptionally responsive, engaging, and supportive. She raises many questions that I wouldn't normally raise myself.
Talking with Risa has really helped me get through some tough times. She's understanding and doesn't judge. Her advice has been very helpful and talking with her each day has made a big difference in my life.
I hit a rough patch a while back with my parent's divorce and the loss of a job and just felt I was on a downward spiral. I stopped seeing my traditional therapist because I felt I wasn't getting any feedback. Then I started talking to Risa, and very quickly realized she was on my same wavelength. I have been speaking to Risa now for almost 3 months and she has been nothing short of incredibly helpful. I know that when I speak to her, I can tell her anything and there will be no judgment, but she will tell me things that I do need to hear even though I might not want to hear them. Having the ability to send her a message while I'm feeling anxious, upset or out of control is not only incredibly helpful but also extremely convenient. I would absolutely recommend her if you are looking for a laid back female counselor to encourage you while keeping you on track.
Risa is a wonderful professional and it was so easy to open up to her. She is super supportive and not for a second judgmental. I was incredibly happy to have her by my side and she helped me to think and feel better.
I am a doctor in a residency program so it is hard to find time to maintain my psychological health. Risa has been wonderful in listening to my complaints and offering solutions to my issues.
Risa has been an absolutely wonderful person to speak to. She is very responsive and really cares with her responses.
Risa has been so patient and understanding. I write huge essays that she has had to read through but amazingly she understands what I am expressing. She then sorts through my paragraphs and finds ways to tackle the loss of my father, the stress of moving abroad and the subsequent strain my marriage is going through. She is reliable with her replies and I am never left waiting for days to hear back from her. I am so thankful that BetterHelp has such an amazing counselor on their team and am very pleased that the survey paired me with her. Thank you Risa Lenney! You are making a difference with each message!
Risa has been fantastic! Very easy going and lovely to talk to. She has helped me get through a lot of things and the support has helped me believe that giving up isn't an option! Thank you, Risa
Risa and I very quickly established rapport and got to work. She is thorough, well spoken/written, compassionate but also straightforward â€”Â a great combination. She readily shares resources and ideas that are immediately helpful. I would say that she is particularly good on the messaging platform.
BetterHelp has helped me in many ways. Being able to talk to someone who you don't know is helpful and I was able to open up in ways I never have. Getting my mind back on track with CBT has been amazing, and without Risa I'd be at rock bottom still. Can't thank you enough!
A very understanding counselor! Highly recommended.
I'm very surprised at how well Risa is at breaking down my words and going through each problem one by one. I had only dreamed of finding someone who understood my mind's weird language. Thank you for being paired with me, It wouldn't be the same without you.
Risa has been amazing! She's so understand and non judgmental. Whether your issue is a big one or a small one, she will help you through it. I've been doing great and she has a lot to do with it!
Risa is caring and really tries to dig deep to find underlying causes and reasons instead of just staying above the surface of my problems. She is a great listener and always checks up to make sure my needs are being met.
On point. Thoughtful. Asks good questions and gives good answers
Risa is very caring and compassionate.
Risa is a very attentive and supportive counselor. She has made this a very positive experience for me. She is compassionate, experienced, and very easy to communicate with. I highly recommend her services.
Risa Lenney is a passionate therapist who is very effective.
Risa is a life saver. She's thoughtful, attentive and responsive in a timely manner. I feel like she really understands where I'm coming from, and she provides a safe environment for me to voice my issues. She asks important questions and help me to reflect on them. I've learned to see things from a new perspective.
Risa has been nothing short of amazing. So compassionate and understanding.
Risa is great!! Very down to earth, very helpful.
Lisa is very prompt and kind - helping me through some significant issues in my life at present.
Risa is always available for anything I need. Her willingness to help and availability/frequent messaging especially during panic attacks made this journey much easier for me.
I think you're wonderful
Great so far. Empowering and gracious.
Risa is very attentive and helpful, I really appreciate her patience and insightfulness.
I worked with Risa for about 2 weeks and a half. She is amazing. She was always prompt in responding and her feedback was always thorough. The tone of her words were very nurturing and easily led me to feel comfortable. Her suggested exercises really helped me discover the answers to many things I struggled with.
Risa is wonderful. Not only lightning fast with her responses, but really prodding the areas that you don't want to say, but she sees clear as day. I'm hoping this review isn't the end because she's been fantastic, but if it is, then whomever is next, you really have to hold on to your socks because it's an adventure full of self work, but also boundless reward.
I have always been incredibly skeptical about therapy. But Risa has completely changed my mind! She's great - she validates you emotionally and intellectually while remaining honest. It's great to have her in my corner and a big part of my healing has been due to her counseling.
Risa follows up quite a bit and his helpful and empathetic.
I am very happy with the services Risa provided. She added insight and knowledge to my situation without any judgement. She was very supportive, and wrote to me as if she had been a friend of mine for many years, which made me so comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone!
I feel very comfortable working with Risa and she makes me feel like she really cares about my wellbeing!
Risa has really helped me with my negative thinking and is helping me get through some really tough decisions I have to make.
At first, I was pretty timid about all of this, but Risa Lenney made me feel comfortable by never judging me or ridiculing me for some of my more â€œquirkyâ€ physical/medical issues, but rather, she expertly recognized the vital role those issues play on my emotional state and psyche. Like myself in my career life, Risa is very good at what she does and not only do I respect that, but I relate to it as well. Risa Lenney is exactly the kind of counselor I needed as my therapeutic guide. Iâ€™m really happy to have her in my corner and Iâ€™m excited to take this journey with her because I look forward to the possibilities of opening my world back up the way it used to be and should always remain.