Welcome to my practice. I started Lisa Ades, PhD & Associates, so that I could participate in the meaningful work of helping people navigate life’s challenges, build confidence and restore hope.
My goal is to provide a warm and supportive environment where clients feel safe to explore unresolved issues, vulnerabilities and relational difficulties that interfere with happiness or life satisfaction. I work creatively and collaboratively with my clients and meet each individual and/or couple where they are in their unique journey. I believe it is important to tailor my approach to each client’s individual needs and strengths.
I like to emphasize the importance of increasing self-awareness and compassion so clients can move away from old, unproductive patterns to a place of peace and self-acceptance. I help individuals and couples make connections between their past and their present in order to build a healthier perspective of self and to rid themselves of distorted, maladaptive interpretations.
I have heard from many clients that they don’t simply want a therapist to listen and empathize. Clients do appreciate and want compassion and understanding, but they want more from therapy. I believe clients want therapists to genuinely engage in the process and help clients confront difficulties. Therefore, within the accepting and compassionate context of the therapeutic relationship, I use gentle challenge with my clients to help reveal maladaptive thoughts and unhealthy behaviors. I firmly believe that once clients recognize and understand unproductive patterns, healthy change can happen.
The therapeutic relationship is itself a variable in successful therapy. Finding the right fit between therapist and client is critical. I welcome you to spend a few minutes on the telephone with me to decide if you would like to schedule an initial appointment. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my practice or want to discuss anything further with me that might be helpful in making your decision.