Lisa de Geneste, LCSW

Lisa de Geneste, LCSW

LIC# 25284
Tel: 917-566-5628
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Rates:
Individual $225
Couples: $325

I Accept all PPOs or OONs

Using an integrative approach to therapy, I am engaging and interactive with my clients. In addition to mental, emotional and psychological health, I am also concerned with my clients’ physical and spiritual well being. My ultimate goal is to act as a guide, facilitator and coach in your journey. I believe that each person has a deep knowledge and a pool of wisdom that they can draw on in therapy.  I hope to help you access that information, make use of it and build on it, in your journey in therapy. I use a client centered, culturally affirmative approach, because you are really the expert in your life. Additionally I also draw on psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic and somatic therapies in my work, to help my clients move forward with their lives.

In my practice, I work with an ethnically and professionally diverse group of clients who present with varying kinds of issues in therapy. I have provided services for individuals who work in the professions of health, mental health, law, technology, education, marketing, arts and entertainment.

Professionals work hard to attain and sustain the lifestyle they desire. Unfortunately, there are often stressors and hurdles. For BIPOC professionals specifically, these might be due to racial micro and macro aggressions in the work environment.  For all professionals, unresolved issues such as trauma, depression or anxiety,  may create a lack of confidence and low self esteem . These unresolved negative past experiences or traumas may emerge as challenges to mental health, affecting both the personal and professional arenas of life. Self-care can become difficult, if not impossible under these circumstances, while chronic attacks to self-esteem and self-confidence in the workplace undermine the best efforts to succeed.

It is not unusual to find professionals who experience  the feeling of “imposter syndrome”. This, consequently causes them to question the legitimacy of their success.  It places  professionals at increased risk for anxiety. My goal is to support BIPOC  and other professionals at any stage of their careers, as they manage the multiple challenges they encounter. I want to help them feel grounded in their personal and professional identities and secure in their abilities to excel and progress in whatever field they have chosen, while caring for themselves in thoughtful and insightful ways.

Experience as a Therapist

I have been a social worker and psychotherapist for over 30 years, in a variety of settings including private practice. In the early years of my career I worked in the areas of bias crime, mother and infant health, family violence, trauma and HIV/AIDS. Most of my work was done in New York and then later in Oakland, CA. I began my practice as a social worker in New York City, working in the area of Women and HIV/AIDS. At that time most of us did not understand many of the physical, social and cultural implications of this disease in women. My work back then led me to examine how traumatic experiences placed women at risk for acquiring HIV.

My experience working in all of these areas helped me to forge a deeper understanding of the clients I began seeing in private practice. I was better able to understand how various forms of oppression intersected in peoples’ lives, in ways that cause mental health problems. I also believe that my experience as a Caribbean immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago, has helped me to understand  and work with the growing population of immigrant clients  in the US, who now seek therapy for their mental health needs.

Over the years, my work has brought me an immense amount of satisfaction. I especially enjoy hearing from past clients, years after they ended therapy, telling me how well they are doing. I enjoy my work and feel honored that so many have benefited from my services.

Licenses

California License #25284
New York State License #043132
Florida License #14531

Over the years, my work has brought me an immense amount of satisfaction. I especially enjoy hearing from past clients, years after they ended therapy, telling me how well they are doing. I enjoy my work and feel honored that so many have benefited from my services.

“Healing begins where the wound was made”

– Alice Walker (The Way Forward is With a Broken Heart)

 

We look forward to working with you…

ALONG YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS ACHIEVING FREEDOM WITHIN.