Lissa (they, them) is a meditation, yoga, and qigong facilitator as well as a somatic integrative mental health nurse practitioner with over thirteen years of experience in nursing, mental health, and embodied practices.
Lissa’s offerings include somatic psychotherapy, movement/meditation, coaching, communal and ancestral practices, psychopharmacology, and writing.
Lissa shares practices that are compassionate, social and racial justice-oriented, and trauma-responsive for the wellness and liberation of all beings. Lissa is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.
Populations this space is intended for include
- Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Multi-racial people
- Queer, Trans, Genderqueer, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-Binary people
- People with invisible and visible disabilities
- Empaths, artists, and highly sensitive people
- People interested in somatic, mindfulness, contemplative, and/or Buddhist practices
- People committed to racial and social justice
ABOUT LISSA & INTEGRATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Lissa is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse (PMHNP-BC; APN-C) and a certified meditation and movement facilitator who works with adolescents and adults in individual, group, and community offerings. It is Lissa’s intention to work collaboratively with clients to create a supportive plan of care as well as to create a safe(r) space where clients feel fully seen and heard.
Lissa’s Specialties & Approaches:
- Anxiety, Depression, Mood, Shame, and Grief
- Trauma including Acute, Complex, Race- and Oppression-based, Attachment-based, Intergenerational, and Collective
- Mindfulness Meditation, Movement, Buddhism, and Embodied Practices
- Mental Health Medication Monitoring (utilizing the lowest medication dose possible; no controlled substances)
- Holistic and Integrative Care
- Strength-Based and Person-Centered
- Nervous System Care
- Parts Work Therapy
- Somatic Trauma Therapy including Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Lissa is currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Frequently Asked Question: What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner?
ABOUT LISSA & EMBODIMENT
Lissa began a dedicated practice in yoga, intuitive movement, and the dharma in 2008 as well as in qigong in 2018. Lissa identifies practice as a deep form of love and care and is particularly interested in the intersects of dharma, justice, and embodied radical care.
Mindfulness of the body and relating to the body as a teacher and friend are at the heart of Lissa’s embodiment practice and help facilitate Lissa’s teaching style of offering meditative movement which is trauma-responsive and allows folks to move and be in a way that honors the needs and wisdom of their own bodies.
Lissa’s embodiment trainings include:
- Mindfulness teacher certification
- 200-hour Qigong teacher certification
- 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Ignite Yoga and Wellness + trainings in chair, gentle, yin, restorative, vinyasa, and adaptive yoga
- Certified InterPlay leader
- Somatic-based trauma therapy approaches including IFOT and EMDR
- 200+ days of residential silent Insight meditation retreat, studying with teachers in the Sōtō Zen, Plum Village, and Theravāda Buddhism traditions, and ongoing mentorship for community dharma leadership
Lissa is deeply thankful for the innumerable offerings of care received through embodied practice and always wants to honor the roots of these practices stemming from Africa, the subcontinent of India, and China.