About Lisa Vecchione
Lisa A. Vecchione is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) professional with a successful track record in both mental health and educational settings. She began her career as a teacher, and after receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and her MSW License from New York State, she pursued a career in counseling. Her work encompasses crisis intervention, grief counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression and abuse prevention. Lisa tailor-makes treatment plans that best suit the individual needs of her clients. She uses a variety of therapeutic interventions including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Strength Perspective Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She has developed cutting edge programs that offer her clients the tools to cope with the daily stresses of life, promote healing, prevent abuse and foster independence.
Lisa is a well-known and respected advocate for victims of domestic violence, and her work concentrates on helping turn their lives around. She is actively involved with her local community, and her speaking engagements focus on recognizing and preventing domestic abuse.
I have always been a compassionate person and a champion for the underdog. We learn many things in school, but compassion, empathy and integrity cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t. This is the cornerstone of all I do.
The first part of my professional career began in education. As a teacher I found myself drawn to the sad child who had no lunch or to the family who was going through a difficult situation. Realizing that I was limited in what I could do for them in an educational setting, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in social work. During my studies I learned that it is impossible to change what you are not aware of.
I became aware of patterns in my own life. Having grown up in a dysfunctional home, I had learned unhealthy coping skills and been caught in a cycle of doing the same things repeatedly while expecting different outcomes. I understood that if I was going to be able to help others I had to help myself first. Everyone’s journey to mental health begins with self-awareness. It’s easy to lose ourselves during the course of everyday life and the many hats we wear. Who are we really? Once I began to answer these questions for myself, my life changed in the most positive ways.
As a therapist, I ask for honesty, because nothing “real” can be accomplished without it. I provide a judgement free and safe place where honesty can flow on both ends. At the core of my belief system I embrace the old adage that truth sets you free. Speaking truth with gentleness creates an atmosphere where lives can turn around.
My theoretical approach is eclectic in nature. Like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag, I pull out what is needed when I need it. Every client is an individual, and not everything works for everyone, so I find what fits and I use it.
I’m a media lover and enjoy watching Netflix with my family, singing Broadway and Disney tunes with them at the top of my lungs and reading books during rainy days. I use all forms of media in my therapy. There is something valuable to be found in every show, song and book, and I share those nuggets with those around me.
Creating a change in life starts with one small step in the right direction followed by another. Just like C.S. Lewis said, “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”