Lisa J. Araujo
MSW, LCSW, Licensed School Social Worker
As a therapist and school social worker, I have a passion for working with individuals of all ages and stages in life. I am passionate about helping those who have complex trauma and PTSD, working collaboratively to free them from the pain that results of holding it all in. I also love to work with clients who are on the long road of healing from loss and navigating the painful grief process. I am a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community and offer gender affirming support for adolescents and adults who are lacking support and guidance on their journey. I have extensive experience with at-risk adolescents and helping them address issues of bullying, having healthy relationships, and/or adjusting to school, college, or other life struggles and transitions. If this sounds familiar, I can guide you through lifes challenges while you learn how to be happy with your life - to find stability and resolution, feel better, function better, and create meaning.
I put a great deal of effort in building rapport and trust with my clients which is critical in fostering an environment where they will open up and talk about sensitive issues and past traumas. I am not the traditional therapist, I use laughter, care, and am real with my clients.
I have extensive experience working in child welfare, with a therapeutic emphasis on resolving complex trauma, and addressing unique challenges when trying to navigate the systems of DCFS, JJS, Reunification, Foster Care, and Adoption.
I have worked with a wide range of issues facing a diverse clientele since 2014, including but not limited to: PTSD, suicidality/self-harm, depression, OCD and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders, co-parenting issues, divorce and life transitions, sex-abuse, domestic violence, etc.
I employ a variety of therapeutic models in working with my clients; however, I find that Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Mindfulness modalities to be very effective in helping to heal and develop healthy coping skills, resilience, distress tolerance, and meaningful interpersonal relationships.