"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~ Viktor Frankl
Vicarious trauma & Compassion Fatigue
Setting healthy boundaries
Clinical Supervision (Certified)
Enhancing interpersonal & professional skills.
Employee satisfaction & organizational development
Life skills/stress management
Mental health education
Mental Health Specialties
Young adults & teens
Addiction & Substance Abuse
Vicarious trauma & Compassion Fatigue
Offering a monthly open group for teen girls ages 13-18 who are struggling with anxiety, depression and self-harm. Contact me for details. *Group is not currently active. until enough interest develops again.
On February 1, 2019 A New York City based internet station, National Broadcast Radio,interviewed meabout my work as a Psychotherapist.. Listen to the short 8 minute interview HERE
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia,working in private practice. I have also served on the Board of Directors for the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of GA (LPCA-GA) in the capacity of President for 2018-19 and Immediate Past-President for 2019-20. Prior to that, I served as President-Elect for 2017-18 and 4 terms as the Western District Chair and Co-Chair for LPCA-GA. LPCA-GA is the state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). Additionally, I am certified through the International Trauma Training Institute as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I am also certified by LPCA-GA as a Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS), where I provide Clinical Supervision for those seeking full licensure as an LPC in Georgia. I was awarded the Professional Advocacy Award in May 2019 by my alma mater, The University of West Georgia for my work on the Board of Directors and as President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. I also occasionally write mental health related editorial content for West Georgia Woman Magazine. So far, I have contributed to the December 2016, July 2017 and October 2018 issues.
I sometimes bring my registered service dog, "John Lee Hooker" to my practice as an addition to my work. John Lee has a very gentle and calm presence that can assist clients who struggle with depression, anxiety or trauma. John Lee is registered with the USA Service Dog Registry (registration number 6101131701).
In addition to a Bachelor's & a Master's Degree in Psychology, I also have a professional terminal degree of Specialist (EdS) in Professional Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Supervision from the University of West Georgia. My academic interests primarily concentrate on spiritual & mindful parenting, attachment, spirituality, integrative health, lifespan human development, resilience, compassion fatigue & humor (particularly dark humor) as a protective factor against burnout and vicarious trauma.
I work full time as a Clinical Therapist in private practice in Carrollton, GA. Prior to that I was also at Dallas Family Counseling Center, in Dallas, GA. I work individually & in small groups with a caseload of clients providing mental health services to parents, children, families, adolescents, couples and adults. From 2013-2015 I worked at Murphy Harpst Children's Center where I was a Primary Clinical Therapist for difficult to place, severely traumatized foster children, and teens stepping down from the juvenile justice system. I also worked for a comprehensive private practice Psychiatric behavioral medicine clinic for 2 years, where I provided individual counseling, Psychiatric evaluations, marketing, community outreach, events, & program development. While there, I also facilitated and case managed individual, family & group counseling for our intensive outpatient program (IOP) for addiction & recovery with dual diagnosis, as well as co-leading a mental health women's therapy group.
I have been working in and out of the mental health field in some capacity since 1992. In that time, I have worked at Burwell alternative school as a support teacher, as a Clinical Therapist, Community Support Specialist & Clinical Assessor, for Tanner at Willowbrooke, a Parent Educator for Morningstar Family Resources, and a Therapist at Phoenix Resource Center & Family Intervention Specialists. I have been a social services Professional Trainer on HIPAA, confidentiality, case management & ethics for Pathways Community Network of GA, a Mentor Coordinator for the Carrollton, GA Housing Authority & I have worked as a Crisis Counselor in domestic violence in Fayette County, GA. For 3 years, I worked as a university Academic Advisor and as an academic Program Coordinator at a two year college, where I taught part time concurrently at a private high school and at a two year college, teaching student success, intro Psychology and personal relationships courses. In 2012, I served as the Director of Enrollment & Communication for the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. There, I was in charge of events, social media, web site, marketing, newsletters, advertising, online and print marketing material, communications, public relations, outreach & recruiting, as well as student, alumni & faculty relations. Finally, for 8 years I worked with 1 primary freelance client. At that time, I managed the 800+ member, state chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an international in-house, corporate lawyer membership association.
I am a single mom to 3 young adult daughters, but in my spare time, I very much enjoy cooking, gardening, watching independent movies, listening to music & seeing live music shows, reading, traveling, meditation, walking & hiking, being active in my community & in my professional field, & spending time with friends and family.
Lisa King Smith, Ed.S., LPC LLC 309 Tanner Street Carrollton, GA