Lisa is enthused to be the latest member of the comprehensive clinical team at the DBT Clinic, having relocated to Portland from NYC in May of 2017. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Oregon and New York, the latter where she obtained her Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) at Columbia University School of Social Work. There, she focused on advanced clinical practice in health, mental health, and disabilities and minored in international social welfare. During this time, she was also a peer counselor for international graduate students, a Davis Peace Projects grant recipient, and an International-House NY Women’s International Leadership fellow. Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to being trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Cultural Competence, Trauma-Informed Care, and Family Systems, Lisa has received intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training through Treatment Implementation Collaborative, LLC and Behavioral Tech. DBT—and its powerful ability to help clients build lives that are truly worth living—has become her latest passion. She is an advocate for the valuable nature of skills in everyone’s lives, including her own.
Prior to joining the DBT Clinic, Lisa was a primary therapist, DBT skills trainer, skills train-the-trainer, and MSW intern field instructor/supervisor on a DBT-informed multi-disciplinary treatment team at New York State Office of Mental Health’s New York City Children’s Center Bronx Intensive Day Treatment Program. There, she provided individual and family therapy, DBT skills training, crisis intervention, and coaching to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to prevent hospitalizations and promote healthy functioning in the community. She has also practiced in community health and mental health outpatient settings treating individuals of all ages.
Lisa is passionate about the intersection of physical health, mental health, and culture, lending her a balanced, holistic, and nonjudgmental view of each of her clients. She believes in cultivating a healthy mind and body to fully experience the moment, reduce emotional vulnerabilities, and make progress towards one’s goals. By valuing diversity and approaching clients with a genuine and open curiosity, she endeavors for understanding. She prioritizes updating her knowledge and collaborating with clients so that she engages in culturally competent practice with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity, socioeconomic and immigration status, sexual orientation and gender expression, and spirituality. Lisa is bilingual English-Spanish.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys international and domestic travel; taking advantage of the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest by running, cycling, snowboarding, and hiking; and trying new foods.
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