"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ~ Viktor Frankl
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Special Coronavirus statement: Please note: At this time, online sessions are STRONGLY encouraged. Seeking & providing mental healthcare (behavioral health/counseling) is considered an "essential" service by the state & local government. Our office is taking strict measures to ensure that we maintain a cleaner than usual environment for our clients. This time of year we are always flu conscious, but extra measures such as, safe distance, the availability and use of wipes, hand sanitizer and disinfectant sprays, along with regular hand washing and fresh air circulation are in effect during this time to better ensure everyone’s health and safety.All clients are required to sign a COVID waiver if seeing me in my office. In addition, please remember that I offer online video sessions through my client portal for those who do not wish to come into the office for an appointment for the time being. It is super easy to use on your phone, tablet or laptop. Take care of yourself, which includes attending to your physical AND mental health.
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
Face to Face and TeleMental Health Options Available
The November 2019 issue of West Georgia Woman Magazine features an article about my story and my private practice. "Celebrate Her Success. Lisa King, LPC Healing Hearts in Carrollton" is on pages 34-42. I was very excited to be approached by the publisher about this feature article in a regional magazine.
On February 1, 2019 A New York City based internet station, National Broadcast Radio, interviewed me about my work as a Psychotherapist.. Listen to the short 8 minute interview HERE
My friends at Underground Books recently featured a selection of self care books that I and another local therapist friend recommended. Check it out!
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. In addition, as of July 2019, I am honored to serve a 3 year term as a member of the University of West Georgia's Alumni Board of Directors. I also occasionally write mental health related editorial content for West Georgia Woman Magazine and was featured in their November 2019 issue in the "Celebrate Her Success" section. So far, I have contributed to the December 2016, July 2017, October 2018 and January 2020 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 degree of Specialist (EdS) in Professional Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Supervision from the University of West Georgia. My academic interests primarily concentrated 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. LPCs in Georgia are required to have at least a Master's degree in Professional Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Applied Psychology. LPC’s are also required to complete 35 hours of continuing education credits every 2 years. In addition, we must also pass a national clinical mental health counseling exam, complete 2 required semester long clinical internships and a clinical practicum through our clinical mental heath counseling graduate program, along with 3 years of clinical supervision after graduating while working as an Associate Professional Counselor. Combined, I have over 15 years of experience in clinical mental health.
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 along with counseling patients individually.
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