Lissa feels honored to be involved in the life-changing work of CooperRiis. She believes that the pursuit of mental health is a lifelong journey for all of us, as we discern what matters most and learn skills to lead a meaningful life even in the face of pain and difficulty.
Lissa received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She currently serves as President of the North Carolina Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious, and Value Issues in Counseling (NCASERVIC). She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist.
Lissa holds graduate certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Addiction Studies. She utilizes art, poetry, movement, EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her sessions with residents. She has worked in many settings, including family.
Before becoming the Clinical Director of the Asheville Community Program, Lissa was an integrative therapist. Lissa has also been a farmer, a botanist, and a permaculture designer and often can be found in the wilderness geeking out over guidebooks.