Lisa Baker, PhD
About Lisa Baker
When we are caring for others, it’s often hard to find the time to care for ourselves.
- Are you caring for elderly family members, children, or both?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed, pulled in too many directions, anxious or depressed because of everything piled on your plate?
- Do you need support with coping with a loved one with dementia or how to make difficult decisions about the end of life?
- Do you worry about not being a “good enough” caretaker or find yourself wracked with guilt when wrestling with tough choices?
- Are your relationships under strain because of your caretaking responsibilities?
Caring for others can take a heavy toll across all domains of life. What I want you to hear is this:
Self-care is not selfish.
Not only are you as important as the people you are caring for and worthy of having your needs met, but research also shows that when you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others. If the well has run dry, there’s nothing left to give. You must make sure you are filling that well as fast as you are drawing from it.
I am not only trained as a clinical geropsychologist with years of experience in nursing homes, assisted living settings, hospitals, dementia clinics, and hospice, but having been through the pain and drain of caregiver burnout myself, I understand what it is to give and give to someone you love until you have nothing left, and to go through the process of refilling the well.
My approach to therapy is collaborative: you are the only one that knows what it is like to be you and to live your life, so I will come alongside you and work together with you to move your life in the direction you want to go.
I tailor my approach to each individual and their specific needs, using research-supported modalities. Together we will find the path to wholeness and balance that is most effective for you. For some people it’s about exploring the past and healing deep wounds, for others it’s about finding patterns in relationships, or changing unhealthy thinking, or learning new coping strategies, or strengthening self-esteem, or adding communication and assertiveness skills, or simply having your struggles heard and validated. The treatment is as unique as the individual.
In some cases, we focus specifically on problem-solving and decision-making. Sessions can also center on education and understanding how to relate to a loved one who has changed over the course of their illness. Family consultation is frequently a valuable tool, to help the entire system function in a more balanced and productive way.
It’s important to find a good fit with a therapist, to feel comfortable with the person you will be working with and opening up to, and to know that that person has the skills and expertise to meet your needs. If you’d like to schedule a free 20-minute consultation to determine if we are a good match, please contact me.
SpecialtiesAging, Depression, Grief
Age Group FocusAdults, Seniors
Treatment ApproachesCognitive Behavioral (CBT), Existential, Integrative, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic
IssuesAging, Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Chronic Pain, Coping Skills, Depression, Family Conflict, Grief, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Trauma / PTSD