My Approach to Helping
My name is Lisa Padilla and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been working in the field of social services for 7 years; my counseling style is empathic, empowering and straight-forward. I believe you are the expert in your own life and together we will forge a path for your individual destination. My approach is respectful, motivating, empathic; utilizing a combination of evidence-based interventions depending on your individual need. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Psycho-Dynamic, and Solution Focused Behavioral Therapy (SFBT).
I began by working crisis intervention for domestic violence survivors and providing on-going counseling to survivors and families as well as facilitating psycho-educational groups for self-help and parenting. I have experience in substance use disorders, ranging from in-treatment residential, full-time care with co-occurring mental health disorders; to organizing a community based outpatient treatment programs. I am a certified ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) treatment provider. I have been working with active dutyretired Military members and their dependents as a private practitioner and an Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC); I am familiar with struggles associated with mental health challenges, familial discord, deployments and reunifications. I have experience working with LGBTQ+ population and those who may be considering andor going through a life transition. I believe in the reciprocation of knowledge between therapist and client; hopefully we can both teach other something about life challenges and coping; like, I said, you are the expert in your own life- we just all need a little help seeing the redirection in front of us that will make our path more enlightened again!