LISAN MARTIN, MSW
In practice for almost thirty years, I began my career in New York at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services treating high-risk children and adolescents, as well as adults, many of whom had experienced sexual abuse, trauma and neglect. I learned how vital it is to help people develop strategies and skills that they can use in their daily lives to enhance their resiliency and strength. Today, I support my clients in honing the skills they need to manage life more effectively, to have deeper emotional connections, and to feel more positively about the future.
Since relocating to the Washington area in 1994, I have worked with a diverse range of clients in out-patient mental health services at Jewish Social Service Agency, in affiliation with several group practices and now solely in my own private practice. I offer a welcoming environment, bringing warmth, compassion, empathy and humor to my work, and have an active, engaged style in sessions.
I value collaborating with other professionals and, when appropriate and with client consent, I coordinate care with prescribing psychiatrists, other treating clinicians, and primary care physicians.
I enjoyed being a student, first at Brown University where I studied Classics and then at New York University where I received my Master of Social Work. My post-graduate study includes certification in child treatment; advanced training in couples treatment on topics of sexuality and emotional intimacy; and extensive training in mental health counseling for infertility and postpartum mood disorders through Covington & Hafkin, and Associates, The Postpartum Stress Center and Postpartum Support International. In the months after the tragedy of 9/11, I completed certification in disaster response mental health counseling and volunteered with the American Red Cross.
I always learn from my colleagues and maintain active memberships in:
National Association of Social Workers
The Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
Mental Health Professional Group, American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Resolve, The National Infertility Association
DC-MD-VA Women's Mental Health Consortium
Postpartum Support International
The Postpartum Project.