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My Personal Missions

I love spreading the word that recovery is possible.

I know that even the strongest, smartest, and most successful people have endured difficult pasts, faced inner turmoil, and have what it takes to move forward. Psychology, technology, and the links between trauma and achievement also fascinate me.

My work is motivated by mental health success stories of survivors’ post-traumatic growth, high-achievers with anxiety and depression, and entrepreneurs with bipolar disorder and ADHD. I am inspired by people’s resilience and resourcefulness in managing distress.

Through my career change from tech marketing, I reclaimed my dream to become a therapist. While working in Silicon Valley and at Microsoft, I saw so many friends and co-workers struggling with depression, anxiety, hypomania, and trauma. Although research shows highly significant effectiveness rates for addressing these challenges, many don’t recognize their symptoms as mental health related or realize which clinicians could be most helpful for improving their well-being.

I founded Well Connected Now with the mission to rebrand mental health and make therapists more accessible. After personally matching hundreds of professionals and entrepreneurs with mentors, coaches, and therapists, I saw the broken mental health system firsthand.

Now an Associate Clinical Social Worker trained at Stanford and Columbia, I have the privilege of supporting clients of all races, ages, genders, and sexual orientations in their brave pursuit of self-improvement.


You Can Reach Me

Finding just the right therapist isn’t easy. You’re welcome to reach out for a free consultation and talk through your goals, questions, and any logistics.

Call or text: 415-890-3576

Sutter & Hyde St,
San Francisco, CA 94109



Professional Background


Lisa Abdilova Andresen, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

My goal is to empower clients like you through a non-judgmental, empathetic, and strengths-based therapeutic alliance. In the spirit of evidence-based practice, I approach clinical challenges with the most effective research-backed methods recommended for your goals, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (which focuses on your thoughts, feelings and behavior), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) (which provides skills training for emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) (which mobilizes your personal goals). I also enjoy analytically tracking your progress so we can objectively celebrate your improvements.




Columbia University
Masters of Social Work (MSW), Advanced Clinical Practice: Health, Mental Health, & Disabilities - 3.9 GPA

Stanford University
B.A., Psychology - 3.7 GPA
Minor: Science, Technology, & Society


• Momentum for Mental Health
• UCSF General Internal Medicine
• Liberation Institute
• Well Clinic
• Well Connected Now
• Microsoft
• Bling Nation


Primary Therapeutic Approaches

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Motivational Interviewing
• Complicated Grief Therapy


• Achievement
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Career coaching 
• Caregiver support
• Complex medical conditions
• Domestic violence
• Entrepreneurship
• Family Estrangement
• Grief and Loss
• Life Transitions
• Self-Esteem
• Trauma



Let's Talk About Anything

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Once you reach out, you’ll hear from me within 24 hours. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

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