Lisa Abdilova Andresen, ACSW
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Masters of Science in Social Work (MSW), Advanced Clinical Practice: Health, Mental Health, & Disabilities
Minor: Science, Technology, & Society
• Momentum for Mental Health
• UCSF General Internal Medicine
• Liberation Institute
• Well Clinic
• Well Connected Now
• Bling Nation
Primary Therapeutic Approaches
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Motivational Interviewing
• Complicated Grief Therapy
• Career coaching
• Caregiver support
• Complex medical conditions
• Domestic violence
• Family Estrangement
• Grief and Loss
• Life Transitions
After studying Psychology at Stanford, I pursued a marketing career at Microsoft and the tech start-up world. I quickly realized that even the strongest, smartest, and most successful people have endured difficult pasts and faced inner turmoil. My co-workers, mentees, and friends struggled with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder without connecting their symptoms to treatable mental health challenges.
I left Microsoft to found Well Connected Now with the mission to rebrand mental health and personally match professionals and entrepreneurs with mentors, coaches, and therapists. Through these hundreds of matches and as an intake coordinator at Well Clinic, a large group therapy practice, I saw our broken mental health system first hand.
I decided to do my part to fill the clinician shortage, and completed my Masters in Clinical Social Work at Columbia.
In the spirit of mental health advocacy, I love spreading the word that recovery is possible. I’ve welcomed meaningful conversations with my “Let’s Talk About Anything” sign on Stanford’s campus, my Seattle co-working space, and now back home in San Francisco.
Let’s Talk About Anything is the private therapy practice I’ve been dreaming of - one committed to evidence-based therapy, ethical professionalism, and supporting clients with their self-improvement goals.
My experience working with therapy clients at community mental health agencies, Liberation Institute and Momentum for Mental Health, prepared me for working with clients of diverse ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. My medical social work interventions at UCSF General Internal Medicine (Primary Care) also showed me the extensive resources available to bolster clients’ resilience in times of need.
I developed a special interest in the links between trauma and achievement, and researched the prevalence of mental health challenges among entrepreneurs and their families with Dr. Michael Freeman. Mental health success stories continue to motivate me, such as survivors’ post-traumatic growth, high-achievers with anxiety and depression, and entrepreneurs with bipolar disorder and ADHD.
Now, I am reclaiming my career path as a therapist dedicated to showing the world that therapy works.
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