Elizabeth "Lisa" Cotey,

LPC

Psychotherapist

Specialty Areas:

- Adjusting to Change and Life Transitions
- Childhood Trauma
- Emotional Intelligence
- Feelings of Inadequacy, Shame, and Worthlessness
- Personality Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem and Self Worth Issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Young Adult Transitions and Issues
- Values Clarification
- EMDR Trained


Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that has been working in the field of Mental and Behavioral Health for over 6 years. Her interest in this field began when she worked with individuals experiencing chronic mental health conditions and dual diagnoses at a community based recovery center. Here Lisa enjoyed learning about presentations such as mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, dissociative disorders, LGBTQ+ identity, relationship challenges and substance abuse. It was due to her experience working with this dynamic population that led her to pursue her Masters of Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Trauma at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Following her graduation, Lisa pursued her interest in trauma and began her work at a residential facility for adolescents impacted by complex trauma. This formative experience deepened Lisa’s understanding of how complex trauma can affect individuals in unique ways.

Lisa’s approach to therapy is about making the individual comfortable and heard. She believes strongly in affirmation and validation. Lisa has transitioned to a group practice to address her interest in helping individuals with a wide scope of needs. Depending on the client, Lisa will use elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), harm reduction techniques, and a trauma-informed care in her therapy sessions. She also has a vested interest in understanding the mind-body connection. Lisa hopes to create a safe space where people can explore how to build strength and positive change in their lives.

Bio

Specialty/Interest Areas:

- Chronic Mental Health Conditions - Dual Diagnoses
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety
- PTSD
- Dissociative Disorders
- LGBTQ+ Identity
- Relationship Challenges
- Substance Abuse
- EMDR Trained

I was drawn to psychotherapy because of my curiosity about how the mind works and how people can help each other find growth. I have also always enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and learning about their lives. Helping people is in my nature, so working as a therapist is a great joy of mine. I believe in the power of the therapeutic process, and how transformation can happen as a result of building a trusting and authentic relationship.

1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?

Questions

I approach my therapy sessions with the goal of building a collaborative relationship that empowers the individual to make change. My goal is to always practice empathy, patience, curiosity, and non-judgment. Once a relationship is built, I choose a therapeutic modality that best suits the needs of the person I am working with. This way I make sure to meet the person where they are at. If we hit a roadblock, I like to include humor and optimism in our conversation. Sometimes letting go of the problem for just a second allows us to see it in different light later on. 

2. How would you describe your approach with your clients? 

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there” - Theodore Roosevelt

My experience working as a therapist has shown me that taking the first step can often be the most difficult, and once a person has made the decision to come to therapy, the rest can start to move and change.

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have” – Bob Marley

This quote really resonates with me because it speaks to our innate potential for resilience. It has helped me through uncertain times and reminded me that we all are capable of so much more than we realize.

3. What's your favorite quote about mental health? 

I think what has surprised me the most is how effective some interventions can be. I love watching people grow and change over time. I have been honored to hear about difficult relationships, personal challenges, or troubling histories that have deeply affected the people I work with. When I learn that something has shifted or a relationship is on the mend, I am so happy to see the work make a difference. Therapeutic transformation is truly amazing.

4. What has surprised you the most about being a psychotherapist?