Lisa Taylor, LCPC, CAC-AD

Experience

Lisa Taylor’s professional career began in 2010 when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University. She obtained certification later that year as a Certified Addictions Counselor. In 2011, she gained experience with the Talbot County Addictions Program in Easton, MD, working as a group leader, using research and creativity to develop interactive and educational group curriculums fit for all ages. During this time, she also served a wide spectrum of youth as the Teen Drug Court Counselor for the Department of Juvenile Services. During this time, Lisa began to focus on adolescent brain development and the harmful effects caused by mind-altering substances. Lisa also spent three rewarding years working for Way Station’s Assertive Community Treatment team in Frederick County. As the Substance Abuse Coordinator, Lisa worked alongside adults dealing with chronic mental health disorders in their home and community, providing individual and group counseling, case management, and support in times of crisis. As a clinician, experiencing first-hand the barriers this population faces from poverty and homelessness to stigma on a daily basis, all while managing their mental health, left a major impact on Lisa professionally and personally. Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Baltimore in 2016. Upon graduation, she spent two years as the Addictions Counselor and Program Manager of the Adolescent Inpatient Program of Pathways Treatment Center. Lisa also served as addictions counselor for the Adult Unit, as well as Intensive Outpatient Counselor for both adolescents and adults. Lisa helped individuals and their families understand the complex correlation between mental health, addiction, childhood brain development, genetic predisposition, life experiences, and traumatic life events. In 2017, Lisa returned back to her roots to continue her lifelong dream of providing behavioral health services to her native Eastern Shore of Maryland. For the past two years as a clinical therapist, she helped adults with co-occurring disorders, as well as children, adolescents, and their families within the Dorchester County Public School System. This role provided her with vital insights and tools to address the barriers children with behavioral issues face within an academic setting.

Approach

For the past decade, Lisa has had the privilege to work in the co-occurring field, offering support to children, adolescents, adults, and their families. Lisa has been helping individuals with addiction, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, grief and loss, and interpersonal relationship issues. Lisa incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Modification, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Reality Therapy in her practice. When it comes to substance use issues, Lisa believes that alcohol and drug use are merely a symptom of underlying issues. Lisa uses her knowledge in physiological and psychological factors of behavioral issues to help individuals understand their symptoms, identify and explore the root of the problem, decrease maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, and learn new healthy ways to interpret and manage all of life’s stressors. She also works with the family unit, focusing on empathy, codependent relationships, active listening skills, and communication skills. Lisa provides effective group therapy using current research and hands-on interactive activities. Our youth are facing a world of new issues, social media obsession, self-worth based on external validation, bullying, anxiety & depression. Lisa will help teens discover their authentic selves through value exploration, self-acceptance, building empathy, putting down their devices and reconnecting with nature, their interests and talents. Lisa strives to empower our youth with the skills necessary to make the best informed-decisions for their future. Lisa also shares a passion in working with those suffering from loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, relationship, a pet, a job, or dream. Grief affects us in all different ways. Lisa uses a Post Traumatic Growth for Loss approach along with experiential and mindfulness-based interventions allowing you to explore your grief in your own way. Lisa understands your grief is as unique as you are, your path to healing should be the same.

Specialties

  • Adolescents
  • Addiction treatment
  • Reality Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Fun Facts

A native of the eastern shore of Maryland, Lisa is an advocate for the shore’s conservation & preservation movement. She loves waterfowl hunting, kayaking, crabbing and fishing, and sports. She played field hockey and softball throughout her youth, as well as at the collegiate level. She has volunteered with Relay for Life and is proactive and passionate on spreading awareness of the opioid epidemic to our youth.