Lisa Whittingham,

LCPC

Psychotherapist

Specialty Areas:

- Stress Management
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Insomnia
- Parenting/Families
- Teens/Tweens
- College Issues/Young Adults
- Career Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- Postpartum Depression
- Women's Issues,
- Divorce
- Grief/Bereavement 
- LGBTQI Issues
- Life Transitions
- Yoga Therapy
- EMDR Trained
- Music & Sound Healing (using aspects of music & sound to improve physical and emotional health and well-being)

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Counselor, EMDRIA Therapist In Training, Certified Yoga Instructor, Cross-Cultural Musical Healing Practitioner (CCMHP), Musician, and proud mother of three adult children. She has offered guidance to individuals, children, tweens/teens, college kids, and families over the past 20 years. Her deep compassion and sense of humor, coupled with her intuitive, creative & holistic approach, help her clients find the inner strength, confidence, and tools to navigate life’s challenges.

Lisa received her B.A. in Sociology and Justice Studies (Saint Mary's-Notre Dame) M.Ed in Counseling Psychology (Loyola University-Chicago), she studied Music at Columbia College - Chicago, is certified in multicultural music and sound healing, (Open Ear Center, Seattle, WA) and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). This extensive training exposed her to brilliant minds, who taught her techniques, tools and strategies that help restore balance to the body and mind. Lisa’s unique and optimistic style offers the opportunity to infuse therapy with mindfulness, yoga, meditation and music/sound healing.

Bio

Specialty/Interest Areas:

- Stress Management
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Insomnia
- Parenting/Families
- Teens/Tweens
- College Issues/Young Adults
- Career Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- Postpartum Depression
- Women's Issues,
- Divorce
- Grief/Bereavement 
- LGBTQI Issues
- Life Transitions
- Yoga Therapy
- Music & Sound Healing (using aspects of music & sound to improve physical and emotional health and well-being)

As an empath, I have always been very "in tune" with other people's feelings and energy. From a young age, I was the "go to" person for friends and family when they needed emotional support and guidance, so this felt like a very natural career choice for me. There were a few detours along my path (including an attempted career as a lawyer), but I eventually (& thankfully!) found my way back to this true calling.


1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?

Questions

My approach is client centered and relationship based. The therapeutic relationship is a vital piece of the "therapy tapestry," so it is important to allow the space and time for this relationship to develop. In addition, when appropriate, I enjoy giving clients the option of infusing their therapy with holistic modalities (i.e. Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga, and Music/Sound Healing.) Using researched techniques involving music, imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, coupled with CBT techniques and your own wisdom, together we can untangle your thoughts and feelings, gently easing you back to balance and your inner voice.  

The field of psychology has only been in existence for just over 100 years. On the other hand, these "mind-body" techniques have stood the test of time for thousands of years. It has been my own personal experience as counseling client (and mother), in addition to my professional experience as a therapist and teacher, that an integration of traditional therapy with these holistic approaches, offers the most supportive environment for growth and change.

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

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
––Leonard Cohen

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

The resiliency of the human spirit.

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