Lisa Lavelle, M.Ed., LSW, LICDC-CS
Licensed Social Worker, Supervisory Level Chemical Dependency Counselor
Lisa is a licensed social worker and supervisory level chemical dependency counselor. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Cleveland State University and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Capital University. In graduate school, Lisa’s main interests were women’s issues and traumatic brain injury due to domestic violence.
Early in her career, Lisa worked in community mental health centers focusing primarily on clients dealing with homelessness, poverty, violence, discrimination, mental health, and addiction issues. She later began her 15-year work with women and created an Intensive Outpatient program that was gender specific.
The focus of the program was geared towards the unique issues women face when attempting to find resources that would provide treatment and support for the multiple roadblocks in their lives. The overall goal of the program was to empower women and assist them in finding their voice. The women’s strength and perseverance moved them forward, towards an improved quality of life.
Lisa deeply enjoys working with clients to help them on their journeys through life. It is often messy and scary, but always exciting to see a client re-discover their authentic self.
Her therapeutic approach is primarily Humanistic, allowing the client to be where they are with acceptance and no judgement. She also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a strengths-based approach with the understanding that for successful therapy the client needs to have active participation in developing and working towards their treatment goals. She has received training in meditation & mindfulness practices along with CBT, NLP and Hypnosis. She believes that honesty, trust, acceptance, and empowerment are the foundations of this work.