Lisa Williams, ATR, LCPC
Lisa C Williams, is an Art Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor practicing with Northwest Neurobehavioral Health, LLC. Lisa graduated from Oregon State University with her Bachelors of Fine Art with a minor in Psychology and continued her education at Marylhurst University, graduating with a Masters in Art – Art Therapy degree in 2000. Lisa became a registered Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc in 2001.
Art Therapy is considered a mind-body intervention that can influence physiological and psychological symptoms. The experience of expressing oneself creatively can reawaken positive emotions and address symptoms of emotional numbing in individuals. Art therapy involves creating and using various methods (i.e., painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, etc.) with a combination of talk therapy as a means of exploring and expressing, working through, building strength and mastery, creating safety, containment, and skill building, regarding an individual, couples, or family’s issues. It can be applied to any treatment modality, including brief therapy, crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and client-centered therapies and can be used with any population. There are many current case studies that prove Art Therapy and working with clients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, isolation, chronic pain, thoughts of suicide, psychotic issues, stress, and other dual diagnosis is one of the most successful forms of therapy.
Lisa has training and experience in both an inpatient behavioral health psychiatric setting and outpatient clinical settings, which has provided her the opportunity to provide both long and short-term mental health care to individuals, families, couples, and groups. It has also given her an opportunity to work with a varied age group (4 to 94) and variety of diagnosis, which she continues to enjoy working with a diverse population. Lisa recently completed training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is a wonderful addition to her skills, especially in combination with Art Therapy. Lisa also uses other creative expressive means in combination with verbal processing including Sand Tray and Play therapy.
Lisa loves being an Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor, providing a safe and creative environment with mindful intentions in order for her client’s to engage in their healing process and experience a full and joyful life. However, she also knows the importance of helping clients have the right coping tools in order to manage, learn, and grow from those inevitable road bumps that come along as part of one’s life journey.