"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
Difference between coaching and therapy in my practice
There are a lot of opinions on the differences between coaching and psychotherapy. I was trained in the Orange Method, a form of community based coaching created by Dr. Joi Lewis (http://joiunlimited.com/coaching-and-consulting/). I use coaching as a means to help people when they feel stuck with very specific behaviors or tasks, but are not interested in or it is not the time to engage in long term emotionally in-depth work offered through therapy.
I consider therapy to be an approach that delves deeper into addressing the very specific ways a person's emotional or psychological composition shapes ones ability to build relationships, mood, personality, and capacity for coping with the long lasting affect of traumatic experiences. My therapeutic approaches engage a range of evidence based practices and frameworks that focus on recognizing the influence of systemic forms of oppression on emotional health. This includes the Boston Liberation Health approach, the work of Fanon, Relational Cultural Theory, and approaches by many other social workers, psychologists, and psychoanalysts of color with liberatory frameworks around emotional health and healing.
Individualized Services: Therapy and Coaching
Thank you for considering my services. I offer individual, relationship, and family therapy to those ages 16 and up. I can work with people face-to-face, as well as through a secure platform called thera-link for video sessions. I am able to offer virtual sessions to those in Minnesota and Massachusetts.
150.00 for a 50 minute individual session
200.00 for relationship/couples/family therapy session.
As a trained social worker I am committed to identifying ways to be accessible, while also not undervaluing my services. I do have adjustable fee slots, payment plans, and I am actively working to get on insurance panels at this time. I am more than happy to generate invoices for individuals to submit for insurance reimbursement and discuss payment plans.
I offer coaching to individuals in a variety of contexts in locations all over the globe. I have experience working with individuals who would like focused support as they make a major transition, such as career changes, navigating issues that emerge in the work environment, and when individuals desire some encouragement when making major life changes. Coaching is different than therapy in that there is typically a very clear goal that someone is seeking to address and it is not focusing as deeply on some of the emotional content that is addressed in longer term psychotherapy.
Training and Consultation for Institutions of Higher Education
in Rural Locations
Institutions of higher education in rural locations often face unique challenges sustaining and supporting the experiences of students, staff, and faculty of color, as well as those who are LGBTQ, first-generation, low-income, and those who are from non-Christian religious communities. For more than twenty years I have worked in higher education in a variety of roles, as a higher ed administrator in student affairs, as a faculty member, and as a clinical social worker. These roles occurred in a variety of urban and rural locations, in small liberal arts colleges and in R1 institutions. I am able to provide on-going professional development for campuses seeking to explore how to address the distinct experience of developing and sustaining campus climates that are not always reflected in the towns in which the campuses are located.
College Counseling Centers and Student Affairs Staff
College counseling center staff have a unique experience in that the work they do often takes place behind a door. While the work of staff in college counseling centers overlaps and intersects with student affairs, often it is necessary to have training opportunities specifically geared towards addressing trends in both mental health and student life. I am able to provide on-going professional development opportunities designed for counseling center staff, as well as for Student Affairs staff that address the intersections of emotional health, emerging adulthood, and academic achievement, specific to the distinct contexts professionals work with students, with particular attention to the needs of students, as well as staff in rural locations.
In addition to offerings geared for staff in colleges and universities, I professional development workshops for faculty that offer approaches for engaging topics such as race, class, sexuality, ability, political ideology, and many other challenging discussions in the classroom setting. I have experience working 1:1 with junior faculty of color, as well as with faculty across racial and cultural backgrounds on managing classroom conflict. and academic administrators seeking to understand how to best equip their institutional environments to create a climate of inclusivity for faculty and staff on campuses that are rural or urban/suburban areas with limited racial diversity.
My consultation services are focused on partnering with institutions to support their efforts at being more inclusive spaces, and aiding them in the creation of work spaces that encompass the perspective of multiple voices. I have a particular interest in supporting institutions during or following major campus crisis.
These services include the following:
Providing strategic observations and insights for institutions around topics causing high levels campus conflict
Facilitation of high conflict meetings, large and small scale
Support during implementation phases of strategic planning processes
Research and policy review through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Training and Consultation for Organizations
In addition to my work in higher education, as a social worker, I have been able to provide trainings on a range of topics around race, class, gender, and sexuality specifically to a variety of organizations that provide social services and/or engage in community based organizing efforts . My services are often tailored to meet the needs of the organization at the point of contact and reflect a similar body of offerings presented to institutions of higher education.
I would be happy to be in conversation with your institution about opportunities to work together. Please contact me directly at or use the contact info form below.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. My name is Lisa L. Moore, LICSW, PhD. I claim Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC as my hometowns and currently reside in Southern Minnesota, 45 minutes outside of the twin cities. I have been fortunate to sustain a professional life that has been primarily in higher education, as well as with community based organizations. My experience in higher ed was initially in administration for 13 years before shifting to working as a faculty member, which I have done for the past 10 years. In addition to this work I have also sustained my love for working directly with people by maintaining a small clinical social work practice for over twenty years both privately and with agencies.
I love all of the work that I do and appreciate opportunities to bring together my distinct skill sets to support individuals and institutions with change. I am good at the work I do and remain hopeful that institutions can continue to grow and become better for the many lives they touch. I have been told that I bring a thoughtful, honest, funny, and engaging presence into the rooms I enter creating space for discussion and growth. I enjoy reading, listening to music, playing my cello, and spending time with my children and good friends in my spare time. I earned my AB in Political Science from Davidson College, MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.