Lisa Connely, Marriage and Family Therapist
569 Higuera Street
Lisa Connely is a marriage and family therapist who owns her own private practice. Her professional office is located on 569 Higuera Street and meets with people throughout the day on Monday-Saturday.
For Lisa this is a second career after having raised a family. She works mostly with couples, individuals and families offering different kinds of therapy. Lisa concentrates mainly on relational issues, life transition issues and depression and anxiety.
Lisa received her Master of Psychology from Cal Poly in 2010 and obtained her license in 2014. Prior to receiving her license and starting her own private practice, Lisa worked for RISE, a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. She continues to work with the organization to counsel its Spanish speaking population.
Lisa talks about what to expect during the first session and stresses how important it is for clients to feel a connection with her and for her to feel a connection in return. “The first session goes over informed consent, what that means, and confidentiality. We also go over a little about my theoretical orientation, and them sharing what has brought them into therapy,” explained Lisa. “Understanding that there needs to be a connection between us is important in a therapeutic process.”
She loves what she does and looks forward to going to work everyday because her job is so fulfilling. She says, “It is really fulfilling and gratifying to work with people on things that they have challenges with in their life, and to instill some hope that change is possible.”
She feels she offers not only hope to her clients but to the community, “We are all on this journey together and we all need someone to walk by our side at some point, it’s all about us as a community and supporting each other we don’t have to do it alone.”
By: Rachel Furtado