Jalisa Lewis, LCSW
racial equality and ethnic diversity
the relationship between physical/mental wellness.
Often times we are carrying around too much weight. Lugging around more than we need to with not enough support. Our shoulders are heavy and our backs are sore. With life becoming overwhelming and taking unexpected turns, we can feel alone and weighed down. I want to help spot you and help you create support for that weight that life bring on.
I strive to create a safe and compassionate environment where you feel you can holistically explore your issues, let go of some of that weight, and increase your well-being. I work to apply the mind-body connection by helping clients recognize how their thoughts and feelings resonate with their bodies and the impact they have on a person’s mental health, behaviors, and overall quality of life. I do not take it lightly that you have chosen me to support you during what may be a challenging time in your life. My hope is to aid you in living a more empowered and peaceful life!
While I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, my approach is extremely client centered. I believe that you, the client, are the expert on your life and determine the direction and depth of therapy. Through a strengths-based and solutions-focused lens, I draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide you in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish your goals. With evidenced based backgrounds in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT) , as well as other models) I assist clients in discovering the brain/body connection to reprocess previous events and learned scripts that may be impacting you in unhelpful ways today. Together we work to explore relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought patterns leading to self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. And stepping back to take a view of the entire family unit and systems we live in, working to engage and motivate, facilitate behavior change, and generalize the skills learned to areas outside of not just the home we grew up in, but into other parts of ourselves as well.
I was raised in Eastern, NC (and therefore have strong feelings about vinegar-based BBQ) and received my Masters of Social Work from the University of New England and I received my Bachelor of Social Work from East Carolina University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience providing therapy services. I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings to include: inpatient psychiatric hospital, residential behavioral treatment facility, a medical hospital (working within a pediatric intensive care unit), as well as within higher education. I have experience working with clients affected by depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma and relationship challenges from individual, group and family work. My areas of interest include racial equality and ethnic diversity, women's empowerment, and the relationship between physical/mental wellness. By the way- therapists like to have fun, too! I enjoy exploring nature (walking, hiking, etc.), as well as trying out new foods. In my down time, you can find me with my toes in the sand and a book in my hand. I enjoy working with ages ranging from adolescents (16-19) to young adults (19-24) to adults 24+ and families.
I look forward to working with you!
• Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, C012933)
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• EMDR Trained (Level 2) through Institute for Professional and Creative Development, an EMDRIA approved Provider