Lisa Pisano, MEd Candidate, Graduate Student Clinical Intern
Many people I have talked to often feel that “this is just the way it is – things will never get better” or that “it is what it is.” I am here to tell you that is NOT the way it has to be. You have the right and the privilege as a human being to live a life free of emotional pain, and to be seen and heard by an unbiased, trusted source of support. This is part of the reason I feel called to work in the mental health field – to communicate this very message to all who will listen: Things Can Be Better. You Can Work Through Your Pain. You are Deserving of Healthy Relationships and Communication Patterns. It is through the work of therapy that you learn how to do all of this.
Making the call to inquire about therapy is such an important first step. You should be proud and feel empowered by the decision to take charge of what you are struggling with in your life – for the step forward to make things better for yourself. I look forward to speaking with you on that initial call to help you get started at Healing Connections Counseling Center.
A little about me: I am currently pursuing my MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, when upon graduation, I will become a Licensed Associate Counselor. I am a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the National Counseling Honor Society, and also serve as a Special Education Parent Advisory Group program leader within a Bergen County school district. I previously had a 20+ year career in Corporate Marketing and Public Relations and hold a Master of Science degree from New York University in Integrated Marketing. I owned my own boutique marketing agency for 7 years before making the career change to pursue mental health counseling as a chosen vocation. I am the Clinical Care Coordinator here at Healing Connections. I look forward to answering your questions about the practice and helping you make that first step toward starting your therapy journey. You’ll find me working alongside some clinicians (with client consent) during my Summer 2023 internship, leading the "Heading to College Group", and working one-on-one with clients in counseling sessions.