Lisa Viator, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist (since 6/1/1991)
Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1991
Internship: University of Maine, 1989-1990
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered
Professional Interests: Eating Disorders, Trauma Survivors, Group Therapy
Approach to Therapy: I approach therapy from a combination of cognitive-behavioral, client-centered and interpersonal orientations. The best way to briefly describe cognitive behavioral therapy is that if you as a client can change your thoughts and change your behaviors, your feelings will follow. My role as a therapist is to guide this process. "Client-centered" means that I am committed to developing a positive relationship with my clients in which they feel safe, understood and accepted. This atmosphere helps set the stage for emotional healing and change. Finally, an interpersonal approach lends itself to giving appropriate, therapeutic feedback to clients based on our relationship. The theory is that if a set of dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, or behaviors happens within the therapeutic relationship, it could also be happening in other relationships outside of therapy. My job is to share my observations, explore the history of the pattern, and encourage new ways of approaching relationships. While I generally use a combination of all three of these approaches, my emphasis on one over the others varies depending on the presenting problem and client goals.
Approach to Supervision: I take a developmental approach to supervision, making sure that fundamental skills (empathic listening, developing a therapeutic alliance) are solid before moving on to more advanced skills. I believe it is important to respect my supervisee's theoretical orientation and give him or her room to continue to develop his or her own unique style. At the same time I provide opportunities to learn about my own approach to treatment as well as techniques for helping clients gain insight and reach their goals.
Staff at SCC since 2008
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