A BIT ABOUT ME AND THE WORK I DO:
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in working with youth, young adults, and their families. My work entails finding realistic solutions to complicated problems that keep a sense of well-being at bay. Folks come to me with a lot of different sorts of concerns, such as worrying, withdrawing, not finding pleasure in much of anything, getting stuck in front of screens, and having trouble getting along with friends and family, among many others. To help, I start by gathering information, and then together with my clients, I create a plan as to what we will do to bring about change. A phrase that I use a lot is "if you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got." Which basically means, that if you want different results, you are going to have to try experimenting with doing different things. Toward that end, I use "talk counseling" as well as art materials, sand trays, play materials. Sometimes the talk is education, sometimes it is exploration of feelings, other times it is about what stops folks from feeling like they can change, and many other explorations.
I believe that experiences shape our brains and our brains shape our behaviors; as a result I do therapy with the brain in mind, as it is understood by interpersonal neuroscience's leading theorists, Daniel Siegel, Allan Schore and Bonnie Badenoch. Like these practitioners, I believe that paying attention to what is happening in the moment helps change our brains and our lives. Hence, I incorporate mindfulness techniques into my work. I find it useful to take time to address the roots of problems and to establish and integrate new patterns of behavior.
MY QUALIFICATIONS & BACKGROUND:
I hold a doctorate in clinical psychology from Kent State University, obtained in 1988, after completing an internship accredited by the American Psychological Association. I subsequently completed a course of post-doctoral study focused on working with children and adolescents at Strong Memorial Hospital through the University of Rochester. In 1989, I was granted licensure for independent practice by New York State (License # 010336). Since 1990, I have had a private practice focusing on working with children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to frequent participation in local trainings, I have completed several extended trainings on topics including use of mindfulness practices, the role of child specialist in collaborative law, cooperative parenting for parents involved in high conflict divorce, interpersonal neuroscience and play therapy. I also hold an MBA from Cornell University, and maintain a consulting practice focused on fostering creativity. I was awarded my bachelor of arts degree, with high honors, in psychology from Wellesley College.
Lisa A. Strayer, Ph.D., 361 Floral Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850