Lisa Angert Morris, MS, LPC, CGP, CPCS
I am a psychotherapist, play therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer and nonprofit professional. Since 1996, I have been in private practice as a partner at Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates (MPA) and served in numerous roles, over 25 years, for Metropolitan Counseling Services (MCS), until the center’s closure in 2021. My professional experience includes being an EAP counselor at Turner/CNN/WarnerMedia, staff psychotherapist/clinical supervisor at a nonprofit counseling center and a program director for a large group therapy program for survivors of trauma.
I believe that psychotherapy is an art, and a science, and that each person brings a unique set of experiences and strengths to the process. Working with kids, teens, adults, couples, families, and groups provides an opportunity to help people deepen relationships, improve communication, create or restore life balance and achieve a sense of well-being. I think growth and healing occur through exploring patterns and themes, promoting self-expression, and processing past experiences. Developing coping strategies and skills to deal with life transitions, stressors, and everyday challenges allows individuals to be their most creative and productive selves. I’m experienced at navigating through a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, couples and family concerns, post-divorce issues for kids and teens, grief and loss, parenting challenges, and workplace performance difficulties.
I specialize in working with trauma survivors of all ages experiencing complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, chronic traumatization and issues related to attachment. I have specific expertise in treating the unique needs of journalists exposed to traumatic material.
In addition to traditional talk therapy, I have extensive training in Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy and often use these treatment modalities with children or anyone with non-verbal processing difficulties. I enjoy supervising post-graduate therapists working to attain professional licensure and have helped dozens of clinicians achieve that goal through training, consultation and clinical supervision. I also present workshops nationally and internationally on various aspects of trauma treatment.
In addition to my direct clinical practice, I have been continuously involved with nonprofit mental health agencies in Atlanta for more than 30 years and am passionate about tending to the infrastructure of nonprofit organizations. I have gained experience in program development, management, fiscal oversight, board expansion, grant writing and many other aspects of nonprofit administration. I have been a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) since 1997 and served as a member of the ISTSS Finance Committee (as a non-board member) from 2004-2008 and as the Audit Committee Chairperson and Leadership Council Member from 2009 to the present. I have served on local boards for counseling centers, been a peer reviewer for the state licensing board, and evaluated grant applications for a county arts organization.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Emory University in 1984, where I was a double major in Psychology and Music. My Master of Science degree, in Community Counseling, was completed in 1987 at Georgia State University. Since finishing my graduate education, I completed licensure, in Georgia, as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 1991 and have been a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP-National Certification) since 1996. In 2015, I became a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). In addition to this supervisory designation, I am also qualified to provide Telemental Health Therapy and Supervision. From 2019-2022, I was appointed by the Governor, to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists and served as the Chairperson for the last year of my tenure.