Lisa Garcia, MSW, LCSW received her undergraduate degree in Justice Studies and Child Advocacy Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago-Jane Addams School of Social Work. Lisa has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, those involved with the Department of Children and Family Services; Lisa has experience working with adolescents who have been victims of abuse/neglect, have behavioral issues, working through peer conflicts and life transitions; adults who are a court order to engage in services as well as individuals, families and couples who may experience anxiety, depression, issues with communication and building healthy relationships. Lisa has experience supervising graduate students working towards their social work or counseling degree; as well as supervising those who are working towards accruing clinical hours to take their board exam. As a therapist, Lisa hopes to create a safe space for individuals to open up and grow in their mindset by being transparent and showing authenticity. Lisa recognizes that having uncomfortable conversations can be difficult and she hopes to provide guidance, support, and strength to individuals to be able to move forward.