Education: Lisa attended MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS to receive her MA in counseling. Lisa’s cohort was the last to go through the program to meet qualifications for LPC and LMFT before the university switched to CACREP. While completing her MA, Lisa also attended and finished her play therapy training through KC Play. Before become an LPC, she completed a BS and an MS from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. Lisa’s BS is in Elementary Education and her MS is as a Master Teacher, Early Childhood Education.
Lisa is certified as a supervisor for LPC’s in Oklahoma, as well as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), AutPlay Level II, TF-CBT. She is endorsed by the Infant Mental Health Association Level II – Infant Family Specialist.
Experience: Lisa taught preschool for several years in Southwest Missouri. She owned, directed and taught at her own preschool and taught for Missouri Southern State College (now University) Child Development Program and for Joplin Public Schools. Next she supervised and directed Educare – a
consulting program for early childhood providers – including grant writing, designing a mobile visitation unit, designing a consulting program for early childhood programs to become accredited through NAEYC and providing training and consultation for the Child Development Associate.
Lisa landed in the mental health field as a case manager and individual rehabilitation specialist where she found her talent for working with young children in a therapeutic mode. Upon graduation with her MA in Counseling, she worked at a Community Mental Health Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma and now is in a group practice at Tulsa Sunshine Center. Lisa has also taught a variety of workshops for adults since 1987 in the area of early childhood education and mental health. As a therapist, Lisa has worked with a variety of children and families. She works with infants and toddlers and their families, attachment issues, autism spectrum disorders, trauma and LGBTQ issues.
Additional Information: Lisa utilizes sand tray therapy and play therapy in supervision when possible. She believes that it is important to reflect upon yourself and your work in order to provide therapeutic and mindful care to your client.