Lisa A. Early, M.A., M.A., LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified Trauma Specialist (Level 1)
Lisa A. Early is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland. She obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2011 from Towson University. She went on to enroll in a joint degree Psy.D./MBA program at Widener University. There, Lisa completed another 5 years of education, earning a Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2015, an MBA and becoming certified in Biofeedback. Her undergraduate degree was also in Psychology, earned at the University of Maryland. Lisa completed the Level I Trauma Certification at the Lisa Ferentz Institute in 2018.
Lisa has extensive experience with children, adolescents, young adults, adults and geriatric clients. She has worked in inpatient hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, as part of a mobile treatment team, in the juvenile justice system, on a neuropsychological team and in private practice. Lisa has worked with clients with a wide range of disorders including PTSD (and other trauma related disorders), substance abuse/addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and others.
Throughout her experience, Lisa has learned the impact of earlier life experiences on current functioning, state of mind and over-all well-being. In order to better understand a client’s current concerns, she believes in acknowledging the past including how skills and coping strategies or behaviors may have been adaptive then but may not be any longer. Then using a strengths based, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral approach, works deliberately with the client to modify current thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to achieve an improved state of wellness. She customizes her approach to each client using evidenced- based strategies including Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, creative modalities and body movement.
Lisa believes in the power of a collaborative, supportive, person-centered therapeutic relationship fostering the client’s ability to define their own idea of wellness. While providing new skills and insight, she encourages clients to recognize and access their own existing internal resources to find the personal agency needed to make desired changes in their lives. She provides compassion, empathy and a safe, non-judgmental environment where difficult issues can be addressed in an honest supportive way. She is highly skilled at meeting client’s right where they are, working at the client’s pace to help ensure maintenance of long-term change. Lisa strongly believes that therapy is a team effort as the client is the expert on their own lives and welcomes feedback about what feels most helpful or not, being willing to adjust to meet those needs.