Counseling

I welcome the opportunity to work with children, teenagers, families and adults of all ages in Individual, Couples, Family, or Group settings.

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Lisa Iverson, MA, LMHCA verified by GoodTherapy.org

Specialties and Areas of Interest

  • Cultivating Resilience in the Face of  Challenging Life Experiences
  • Choosing Happiness; Counteracting depression
  • Choosing Equanimity; Counteracting Anxiety
  • Developing Self Compassion/ Coming to terms with your Inner Critic
  • Post-Partum Anxiety and Mood Disorders
  • Couples, relationship, pre-marital and marital counseling
  • Career Choices and Transitions
  • Parenting tweens, teens, and young adults
  • Advocating for children with special needs
  • Gifted children and their accompanying social and emotional needs
  • Attention Difficulties (ADD/ADHD)
  • Stress Management/Resilience
  • Anger Management and Emotional Regulation
  • Grief and Loss

Therapeutic Approach and Beliefs

I believe that counseling is a collaborative partnership between you I. The quality and safety of this relationship is crucial. My job is to create a safe, non-judgmental healing relationship within which you are supported to recognize your own strengths, to process painful issues, and to develop the insight and skills you need to find your own solutions.

I believe in collaborative, goal-directed treatment. Together we will sort out the issues that brought you to counseling, but the goals of our work together are defined by you. While the direction of our sessions together may meander, it will not be directionless. We will always come back and revisit your goals as a measure of your progress.

I believe in the innate human capacity to change and to heal. Our work together will identify and overcome barriers that interfere with your sense of well being and will support you in accessing your own inner resources that you can use outside of our counseling sessions and beyond.

I use an integrated counseling approach, which means that I have been trained in various treatment strategies and theories. I will work hard to choose the strategies that I feel will best suit you and your unique needs. Therapy, however, like all human endeavors, is not a perfect process, and your input regarding what you need and want will be vital.

How Counseling Works

Call or e-mail me and we can set up a 30 minute complimentary conversation either in person or on the phone to determine if you feel comfortable moving forward with me as your counselor.

Our first appointment will typically be 90 minutes. This provides ample time for me to gain an understanding of the landscape and backdrop of the issues you bring to counseling. I will not only ask what brings you to counseling, but numerous other questions about your life experiences and your current situation. It will also be an opportunity for you to get all of your questions answered about the counseling process.

At our second appointment we will agree on goals for our work together, and move forward. Together we will identify your personal strengths, your areas of resilience, and the coping strategies that have worked for you in the past. We will also recognize what patterns and habits are no longer serving you, find new ways to respond to challenging situations, and work together to discover new ways to walk forward that are in accordance with your values.

Typical counseling sessions for individuals are 60 minutes long. I ask for 90 minute sessions with couples.

Some people choose to make appointments every week. This type of weekly support can be very beneficial in some situations.

Many others decide that more time between sessions is advantageous to have the opportunity to internalize what has been discussed and to do the activities that have been suggested for outside of sessions.

The most important work of counseling occurs between sessions, as you apply new ideas and perspectives to your every day life.

No matter what the topic, the purpose of our work together will be to support growth and healing through difficult times, and to assist you in discovering your own insights and finding your own answers to the challenges you face.

How long counseling lasts is very individual, and varies widely from client to client.