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“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.”

- Lisa Olivera

All About Me


As a Licensed Independent Social Worker of Clinical Practice (LISW-CP), I utilize a strengths-focused, client-centered approach to fit your needs and personal goals. I believe that you bring unique perspectives and life experiences to therapy. I place your self-determination at the center of our work together, and provide an authentic, nonjudgmental, and safe space to navigate life’s challenges, difficult transitions, and celebrations, no matter how big or small.

I specialize in working with both adults and adolescents, and provide an affirming, safe therapeutic space for members of the LGBTQ+ community. I am committed to helping my clients navigate through traumatic stress, grief and loss, crime victimization, anxiety, depression, relationship stressors, and various life transitions. I have a strong clinical background in evidence-based therapeutic interventions, including trauma-focused treatments, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches. With an eclectic approach to therapy, I will work collaboratively with you to identify the best approaches that honor your unique values, incorporate your strengths, and empower you in your own personal wellness journey.


Outside of the therapy space I enjoy spending time with my partner, family, and friends. I love traveling, exploring various cultures, cuisines, and the outdoors whenever I can.


I recognize that seeking support and guidance through therapy can be one of the most difficult yet transformational experiences in life. I look forward to meeting with and supporting you as you grow, heal, and define life on your terms. 


I am a native of Charleston, graduating from College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of South Carolina. I have experience as a Field Instructor and Field Preceptor for graduate-level Social Work students, and I am grateful for opportunities to provide guidance in practice and professional values.

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”

-Maya Angelou




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