Background

 

Lisa Puishis LICSW, LMHC  ·406 Main Street - Edmonds -WA 98020· 206-568-4560

 

Approach

The following theories guide my therapeutic approach:

Psychodynamic theory - Early life experiences tend to shape a person's worldviews and behaviors throughout their whole lifespan. In therapy, you can gain insight into the ways painful or unsettling life experiences may still be influencing your emotional well-being and personal identity.

Relational theory - A warm and authentic relationship between a therapist and client can be transformational. This is because a safe and secure alliance can help repair relationship damage from the past and provide a secure foundation for future healing and growth.

Humanistic theory - Deep inside, most people hold the desire to create truly meaningful, actualized lives. Yet, negative and hurtful experiences can get in the way of personal development. As emotional blocks are resolved in therapy, self-actualization can ultimately be realized.

Transpersonal theory - Spiritual, symbolic and dream-based experiences are compelling sources of wisdom, comfort and joy. As such, they can play a vital role in the therapeutic process.

Education and Training

I hold a master's degree in Social Work with a clinical emphasis from the University of Washington.

In order to continually advance my skills and remain up to date with new developments in the field, I regularly participate in trainings and seminars in psychotherapy and mental health.

Professional Qualifications

I am licensed by the State of Washington as a mental health counselor (LMHC) and a clinical social worker (LICSW). 

I am a member of the Washington State Society of Clinical Social Workers (WSSCSW), and the Seattle Counselor's Association (SCA).

Experience

I have been a psychotherapist for over ten years, and I have worked in the field of mental health much longer.