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My Approach

Cultivating Curiosity & Compassion

Lisa first discovered Internal Family Systems (IFS) about five years ago at a training with Richard Schwartz, the founder of IFS. It was immediately evident to her that that this model was different and she sensed the capacity for deep healing for both herself and her clients.


It was an intuitive model that made sense. Lisa immediately started down the path to becoming trained as an IFS therapist. As a model, IFS facilitates the relationship between SELF and PARTS in order to allow individual parts the space they need to feel seen, heard, appreciated and understood.

Lisa's approach is direct, compassionate and relational.  She believes that the therapeutic relationship (the relationship between the client and the therapist) is the most important part of a successful therapy experience.

Additional Approaches

While IFS is the primary modality I use to work with adults, I'm also eclectic and integrative in my approach. Other approaches we may incorporate are Family Systems, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  Lisa also views individuals from a neurodiversity-affirming lens, which premises that brain differences are normal parts of the human variation rather than deficits.


  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

  • Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality—GLMA

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