Lisa Adam, MA, CRC
My life path has been utterly unique. I grew up with the dream of becoming an elementary school teacher and I succeeded with that goal, earning my undergraduate degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver with a double major in behavioral science and elementary education. I lived my dream for a couple of years until I was diagnosed with a debilitating digestive disease in my early twenties. No longer able to teach, a whirlwind of life-changing events took place while I tried to keep my disease in remission. I went through a number of personal changes; physically, mentally, and emotionally, and this took a major toll on me and my loved ones. After seven years of suffering, my life took another turn when I was waylaid by a stroke and decided to undergo surgery to cure the disease. After almost eight months of recuperating, I made the life-altering decision to change careers and enter the mental health field.
I had endured so much physical and emotional pain, some of it self-inflicted, that my new dream became helping others deal with similar hardships. I went back to school and studied at the University of Northern Colorado, where I earned a Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling. Now a registered psychotherapist and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), I specialize in working with individuals with personal, mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. My goal is to increase my patients’ overall quality of life and to help them lead self-sufficient lives.
My experience includes working in psychiatric emergency services, where I encounter individuals mostly with acute and chronic mental illness. These patients are evaluated and provided with appropriate services depending on their current emergent care needs. My previous experience includes individual and group counseling for a non-profit focused on helping individuals with disabilities find employment. Through this process, all aspects of an individual’s life (physical health, mental health, basic needs, support system, etc.) are important to address so they can sustain a good-paying job.
I know what it’s like to suffer and to wonder if tomorrow is going to be worth today. My hope is to impact my patient's lives in such a way that they know the answer to that question is always “Yes.”