Lisa Couser, LCSW

Lisa works in partnership with her therapy clients to identify the internal strengths and external supports they can utilize along the path to healing and recovery. Always empathic and solution focused, Lisa tailors her treatment approach to address the specific problems and goals of the individuals, families and groups with whom she works. Drawing on on more than more than 25 years of diverse human service experience, Lisa creatively weaves together the science and art of successful and empowering therapy.

Lisa began her career while still an undergraduate in Michigan, working as a reproductive health counselor and a sexual assault crisis worker. This work helped her understand the concept of “the personal is political” and inspired her to delve deeper into social justice issues.

She moved to attend Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois- Chicago, where she was awarded her MSW. She obtained her clinical license in 2008 (LCSW). Since Lisa is bilingual in English/Spanish, Lisa gravitated towards Latino family and community services. She taught GED classes in community centers, developed and supervised youth mentoring programs, provided in home counseling and case management support to families involved with DCFS, and offered residential counseling and advocacy for ICE-detained unaccompanied minors. Striving to increase her cultural competence, she took private Spanish classes and stayed for extended periods in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. Eventually, Lisa committed herself to community mental health where she was able to hone her clinical skills even more.

Resulting from her employment in community mental health and other social work positions, Lisa has had the opportunity to work extensively with people living with disabilities ranging from those caused by terminal illness and permanent injuries to developmental. She became intrigued by the correlation between mental illness, disability and trauma that seemed to often surface with her therapy clients. She observed that while Western psychotherapy helped some, it was often not enough to help clients meet their goals. Building on her lifelong interest in meditation, yoga and Eastern psychology, Lisa sought out training to help her more skillfully integrate mind/body healing into her work with clients.

Lisa uses many approaches to help explore the mind body connection with her therapy clients. Her desire to work more effectively with clients with complex trauma histories inspired her to complete a one- year clinical training program through the EMDR Institute in 2008-09. To further explore ways to mind and body influence healing, she completed a 200- hour yoga teacher training program in 2012-13 and an additional 20 -hour certificate course in Gentle Yoga in 2018. To complement all this, Lisa completed certificate trainings in Mindfulness and Polyvagal approaches to therapy. Using these specialized skills and many others, Lisa draws on the science to creatively work with each client to meet their goals.

Lisa is happy to be on staff at Innovative Counseling Partners, where she able to offer clients across the life span a wealth of skills and approaches to reach their goals.

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