Psychotherapy for Adults & Couples
When choosing a therapist, it’s important to find someone who will listen, care, and meet you where you’re at. I provide a safe, non-judgmental setting where together we can work on the challenges you are facing. Whether you are looking for individual counseling, couples therapy, or family therapy, I’m here to help. I welcome you to learn more about my approach as a psychologist.
Dr. Lisa Stockdale specializes in helping clients with many presenting concerns including:
- Relationship issues
- Parenting concerns
- Workplace dynamics
- Anger management
- Emotion dysregulation
She provides a safe and non-judgmental setting where clients can work on the challenges they are facing.
“When choosing a therapist, it’s important to find someone who will listen, care, and meet you where you’re at. I provide a safe, non-judgmental setting where together we can work on the challenges you are facing. Whether you are looking for individual counseling, couples therapy, or family therapy, I’m here to help. I welcome you to learn more about my approach as a psychologist.”
I work with clients who struggle with a wide range of concerns including stress, anxiety, anger, and depression. An experienced counselor can provide fresh insights and objectivity. In therapy, you’ll start to see challenges in your life with a new and healthier perspective.
When struggling with tough issues, it can be easy for couples to view one another as the enemy. As your counselor, I provide a safe environment where the three of us can work together as a team. Couples learn how to interrupt destructive cycles and find new ways to connect with each other.
Lisa Stockdale, Ph.D.
My research focused on my passion: relationships. I studied and wrote my dissertation on adult attachment and intimacy. What I found was that when it comes to relationships, our connection with our parents and caregivers growing up becomes the blueprint for future relationships. I wanted to know, as a psychologist, how I could help individuals and couples overcome major relationship obstacles.
I’d Love to Help
I Have Experience With…
All of us deal with anxiety at some level. We lead lives filled with demands that can cause stress and pull us in multiple directions. However, for many, it can become overwhelming. Unwanted thoughts constantly resurface while feelings of uncertainty, worry, and restlessness interfere with daily life.
Anxiety can present itself in several ways. Here are just a few examples:
- Cognitive (Mental)
Depression is more than merely feeling sad. People who are depressed cannot just “shake it off.”
Depression usually comes on gradually. There can be many different reasons. It can begin with a devastating or traumatic event. It can also occur in connection with having a physical illness. Often, depression and anxiety are intertwined. It can last as short as two weeks, or if untreated, as long as a lifetime.
I help clients who struggle to manage their anger. They are tired of fighting with the ones they care about. They often have stories of regret and shame over their behavior when they were angry. They may even notice their loved ones acting towards them as if they are a ticking time bomb that could explode without notice.
Difficult Relationship Patterns
The power of Emotionally Focused Therapy is that it helps couples see the hidden intent that lies beneath their spouse’s emotionally charged attack or withdraw postures. They look beyond the surface-level content and patterns of the argument to see the desire for attachment within their partner’s plea, which is hiding underneath the surface. They perceive their lover’s actions as an expression of their need. Their heart goes out to one another as they recognize the feelings of fear of impending loss or isolation.
I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help individuals completely process traumatic experiences. Clients learn how to accomodate the new knowledge they learn from experiencing their traumatic events and this allows them to fully process what has happened.
My Approach & Philosophy
My approach to psychotherapy is called Interpersonal Process. In this approach, the psychologist is not perceived as being removed. In fact, in order for therapy to work, it is critical to build a strong working alliance with the client. In other words, the two of us form a team. The therapeutic relationship we build together allows for collaboration and exploration which help to foster change.
If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty, Interpersonal Process acts as a bridge, bringing together elements I believe are necessary for therapy to work. With this approach, my framework allows me to engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic methods, and family systems.