Meet Lisa

Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.

– Mary Kay Ash

From the first day we enter the world, life is full of forces that seek to contradict our fullest and highest expression of ourselves. I believe the therapeutic relationship is a safe space to find healing from our past and present patterns through meaningful presence and attunement with another person.

I have benefitted from such a therapeutic presence in the many paths that I have walked in my life, including: 

Biracial Identity

My racial identity is half East Indian and half Caucasian.  Although I am made up equally of both racial identities, I appear to be wholly white.  As such, my identity of color is not recognized in the world. 

Married, Cis-Gender, Childless Woman (Pronouns: She/Her)

I am a married, cis-gender woman who chose to not have children. Given the general cultural ethos that a woman should have children in America and in India, the choice to remain childless has been a challenging path of non-conformity to stereotypical gender roles.

Life in America

I grew up in the Midwest and in a small rural town in Central Pennsylvania. I moved to Washington, DC after college and eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest. I hold a curious posture regarding the ways people are similar and different based on where we have lived and live in America.

Life Abroad

I have lived for periods of my life in India, Canada and Australia. Living abroad, I experienced the many ways there are to live in the world that exist outside of American norms.

Varied Career Paths

Over the course of my career, I have worked in the non-profit world and the tech start-up field, taken up creative writing, and, finally, undertaken the path to become a therapist.  The journey has been varied with many transitions — some of my making and others foisted upon me.  

My capacity to sit in difficult spaces with myself is the cornerstone of the work I do with those who engage with me in a therapeutic relationship.

I have incredible respect for the work that therapy requires, and I will be right beside you as you undertake it for yourself.

Education:

I received my MA from Antioch University in 2019.

License:

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington State (License #MC60995353) and New Jersey State (License #NJDCATEMP-015151).

Therapeutic Orientation:

I work within a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic framework, informed by our early attachment patterns to our caregivers, and what we can perceive through our somatic (body) experiences in the “here and now” moment.

Further, I appreciate working from an intuitive approach that includes accessing parts of our inner selves via various card decks, from cards of imagery to color cards. If you are interested in integrating cards into your therapeutic process, please let me know. 

Dear Therapist Column | Beehive Buzz

In addition to offering therapeutic sessions, I also spend time writing about topics related to mental health and therapy on my blog, the Beehive Buzz. My blog is not only the first place you should go to get to know me and hear my voice, but it’s also home to my Dear Therapist column which is published each Friday — an opportunity to ask a licensed mental health professional for guidance, anonymously and without having to schedule a session.

Have something on your mind? For questions about mental health, life, and anything in between, please submit the form below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!