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Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker who received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University (1988) and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University (1991). Lisa has worked in the arenas of addictions counseling, foster care, and employee assistance counseling. Lisa has served the University as an employee assistance counselor since 2003 and as an emotional wellness consultant since 2005. Lisa is the facilitator of the Sustainable High Performance class offered in partnership with MSU Human Resources. This class helps people gain the skills required to live at the intersection of healthy and high performing.

Lisa's counseling and emotional wellness coaching is centered in several evidence based theories including Acceptance Commitment Theory (ACT), Shame Resilience Theory (SRT), and several system theories that address issues of power and privilege based on race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation and other human differences. Lisa's work is also heavily influenced by Three Principles of healthy human functioning. Lisa has recently become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator - Candidate who provides transformational learning experiences based on the shame resilience research of Dr Brene Brown.

Outside of her work at MSU, Lisa is the founder of Wisdom Heart Life a counseling and coaching service dedicated to helping people live their life lined up with their deepest wisdom and their greatest sense of meaning and purpose. Lisa's enjoys every moment spent with her 3 incredible adult children and her amazing partner, family, and friends. Her favorite way to spend a summer day is on the edge of a Great Lake or in her kayak on quiet waters.

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Learn informal mindfulness skills to help you find a sense of balance in your life.

The MSU Academic Women's Forum creates a venue for discussing ways to support academic women working and doing research at MSU.

Guided imagery is a form of directed day-dreaming that relaxes the mind and engages the senses in the physical and emotional healing process.

Give yourself the opportunity to understand the emotion of shame and build solid shame resilience skills. This discussion may change the course of your life – it really is that important.

How do you want to show up, be seen, and live brave in your life?

Self-Compassion is a hidden factor in an employee's ability to provide sustainable high performance in their work and personal lives.

An emotional resilience training course designed to help you live at the intersection of healthy and high performing.

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This episode introduces the skill of “Connection” which is an informal mindfulness practice. Shifting our attention to the here and now allows us to release our attachment to our current thought, making space for a brand new ones to come through.

This video offers specific diffusion strategies for you to experiment with. Find the ones that are right for you….

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