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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 who provides transformational learning experiences based on the shame resilience research of Dr Brené 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 moments 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.


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?

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

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

"Impostor Syndrome” is a thought pattern that can lead to chronic self-doubt, shame, and anxiety. You can break free of the impostor syndrome by interrupting self-defeating thoughts, and learning to effectively process natural feelings of anxiety.

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook describes resilience as “the speed and strength of our response to adversity”. If you would like to increase your capacity for resilience this class is for you.

This 4 week course is based on the book “Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Worry, and Fear” by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT.

This course introduces the Health4U Resilience Training Model developed by lead emotional wellness consultant, Lisa Laughman, LMSW.

We often hear about the importance of increasing your physical flexibility as you age, yet most people have never heard about the importance of increasing their psychological flexibility

We are living and working in daunting circumstances. Our work and home lives have merged together in layered and complicated ways as we all do our part to “flatten the curve” of the novel coronavirus.

A weekly on-line support session for people grieving the loss of a friend, loved one, co-worker, or family member.

An 8 week resilience training course offered in support of MSU Employees currently experiencing furlough or layoff

Continue Your Learning. Deepen Your Practice.

The MSU Health4U program presents a webinar series, created specifically for MSU Retirees.


Emotional Wellness @ Work

Resources to Help You Navigate Fall Semester 2020

Resilience training and grief and loss support services are available for MSU faculty, staff, and graduate student employees.

Emotional Wellness

Now is the Time for Increasing Our Psychological Flexibility

In a strange and confusing time, these strategies and resources can help you be in the present, open up, and do what matters.

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Coaching and Counseling Services

Coaching and Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for coaching and counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

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Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

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