Lisa Angert Morris, MS, LPC, CGP, CPCS
I am a psychotherapist in Atlanta, Georgia and balance my time between several professional endeavors. I am in private practice as a partner at Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates (MPA), and a Clinical Supervisor and Chief Financial Officer for Metropolitan Counseling Services (MCS), a nonprofit center dedicated to providing affordable psychotherapy to adults. I have been in my current positions with MPA and MCS since 1996, and prior to that, my professional experience includes being a staff psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at a nonprofit counseling center and a program director for a large group therapy program for survivors of trauma. In addition to my clinical practice, I also enjoy a career as a free-lance professional musician.
I believe that psychotherapy is an art and a science and that each individual 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 clients deepen relationships, improve communication, create or restore life balance, and achieve a sense of well-being. My clinical orientation is a blend of experiential, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and systems-oriented perspectives. I think growth and healing occur via anything clients want to explore in the context of a safe, accepting therapeutic relationship, realization of patterns and themes in the conscious and unconscious, and expression of desires for change. 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 specialize in working with trauma survivors of all ages experiencing complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, chronic traumatization and issues related to attachment. 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.
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 have also received the required training in Telemental Health Supervision.
In addition to my direct clinical practice, I have been continuously involved with nonprofit mental health agencies in Atlanta for more than 25 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 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. For more information about MCS, please take a look at www.mcsatlanta.org.