Lisa Seropian, Psy.D.

Come and see who you can be!

Mission Statement & Philosophy of Treatment

I have been in therapy before, more than once.  It changed my life and can change yours too.  I entered the field in order to share with others the life-changing power of being in therapy, learning about oneself, and making decisions to change one's way of interacting with the world.  I want to share with you what I learned and I consider it a joy to do so.  I get excited when I client comes in and reports a change they made for themselves.  You might wonder if you are ready for change, if you can do it, or even if you want it.  Here's a thought:  If not you, who?  If not here, where?  If not now, when?

My mission is to provide you, or your child, with the highest quality service in order to help you achieve your goals in therapy and in life.  I will work with you in a way that builds on your strengths and potential, and challenges you to take your life to the next level. I believe the most productive therapy environment is one of mutual trust, respect, and collaboration. My approach is down to earth and direct, yet compassionate and caring.  I strive for excellence and integrity in my clinical work and in the running of my business. My treatment approaches are based on sound scientific models of human behavior and established methods of psychotherapy.  If there is something you don't like about how I am working with you, I want to hear about it so I can grow as a therapist and so that you can get more of what you need in your treatment.  It's your life and your treatment!

My interest is in helping you discover, determine and express what it is that you need and want most.  The approach is fun in that it is expressive and exploratory.  Some clients even report it is, for them, spiritual:  You may get to know your soul better and may become interested in growing your spiritual life as an additional dimension to your process.  

I am often asked, "What is your approach?"  My approach is to listen to you, get to know how you function, learn about what you want that is different, and help you learn how you get in your own way.  My approach is firmly grounded in the scientific method and techniques that have been proven by effective in psychology and psychotherapy.  At the same time, you therapy is tailored for you, and is designed to build on your strengths and to follow your interests for yourself. 


The most important part of the training for any accomplished psychotherapist is to have been in one's own therapy and to have made significant improvement in those areas of woundedness, distortion and conflict that have been impediments in the therapist's life. No matter how good the graduate program, book-learning, clinical training and years of experience, without this piece, no psychotherapist is fully prepared to help others.  The therapist's un-analyzed blockages become the client's blockages. 


I have worked in my personal therapy both individually and in group therapy throughout my career.  I continue to go into therapy at regular intervals.  I encourage you to inquire about it with me and with any other therapist you are considering seeing.  Your provider should be happy to share with you the importance of this part of their training and preparation for the work, and perhaps share a couple of things they gained from their own therapy work.  If they aren't, or if they bristle at such questions, let that be food for thought for you in your decision. 

People commonly ask about seeing a psychologist versus a counselor or socialworker.  What sets doctoral psychologists apart is the breadth and depth of their training.  Their training is comprised of five years of graduate school following four years of college including two and one-half years of practica and internship.  The clinical psychologist's training comes from the disciplined social science of psychology.  It strives to use the scientific method of medical science, of academic research, and of well-founded scientific models of human behavior. Clinical Psychologists excel in the treatment not only in the common and transient problems of living that counselors and social workers commonly work with, but also in the more complex and nuanced problems of thought, emotion and behavior that sometimes warrant deeper exploration. We are particularly skilled in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and providing treatment when the problems are more complex, difficult, disruptive or persistent than people are able to manage on their own.  


Even if you do not consider your problem to be very complex, the deep and broad training of a doctoral Clinical Psychologist will be very effective in helping you identify the nature of your problem(s) and find solutions.  Of course, some people come in not as a result of difficult problems or crises, but simply to continue personal growth.  I love that kind of client, too!


If you're ready to get started, call.  Here's the number: 704-776-6438.


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