Lisa received a Bachelor of Science degree in interpersonal communications from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in clinical social work with honors from Loyola University of Chicago. She has 30 years experience as a practicing psychotherapist and 40 years experience as a freelance writer. Lisa has authored 18 self-help books for children, teens, and adults, including the international best-sellers, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens and The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens. She has been interviewed as an expert for articles appearing in The New York Times, Scholastic Choices Magazine, Teen Vogue, Psych Central, Today’s Parent, Parent Circle, and The Mother Company, among others. She has also written professional training courses available for continuing education credit through Professional Development Resources (www.pdresources.com,) and has authored regular columns on Tweens & Teens for Chicago Parent Magazine and Healthy Families for Sun Newspapers. Earlier in her career she spent six years as an early childhood teacher and one year as a school social worker. Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW.)
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My parents’ meeting was so drenched in synchronicity I can only believe that everything that came to follow was meant to be – both the gifts that felt like gifts and the gifts that felt like pain.
My wonderful dad: an honest, hard-working, smart & successful provider, with a great sense of humor and a penchant for storytelling, planting trees, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and all things detailed. In later years he said he realized he’d been angry his whole life. (We knew that, as we were the recipients.)
My dear mom: the quintessential 60’s homemaker – orchestrating meals, baths, laundry, housecleaning, bridge clubs, mother-daughter teas, and getting me to the library, Girl Scouts and piano lessons. Also a great sense of humor. She battled clinical anxiety, depression and addiction.
I grew up well-dressed, well-fed, well-educated and scared.
My pervasive, intense, and unconscious coping skill became food, in an era when eating disorders weren’t yet mentioned in every health class. This was the issue that finally sent me to therapy, and so began my journey out of the deep hole I hadn’t even realized I was in. (Too busy eating to notice!)
Some great thinker once suggested that we collect our wounds in childhood and then spend the rest of our lives healing out of them. Maybe this is true. I am ever thankful for all the good in my parents and for their love. And, I am thankful for the gifts that came from the places where they weren’t healed, because my wounds led me to seek, and finally land, in such an infinitely healthier place of peace.
Happily married, wonderful kids and grandkids, friends beyond compare; a fondness for swimming in lakes, road trips, books upon books, The Music Man, spring, my work, and laughing till I cry. Works still in progress: slowing down, letting go, trusting the flow.
“If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. . . If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Lisa’s innate gifts, educational training, and both professional and personal experience have combined to land her comfortably in the lifework of therapist, writer, and teacher.
She holds space for a limited number of counseling clients where she works to help teens and adults develop healthy inner anchors that steady and guide them on their personal journeys. Specialties include anxiety management and emotional regulation, eating behaviors and disorders, and developing healthy self-esteem. Her approach derives from a variety of theory bases and treatment is designed to fit the needs of each client.
Lisa writes regularly in the self-help field and additionally in venues that promote inspiration, growth, and healing. She accepts proposals and communications from agents and publishers.
Lisa enjoys speaking for both small groups and large audiences. Her expertise and approachable manner create effective, enjoyable workshops and trainings on the topics listed below, but she is also open to adjusting her outlines to meet the needs of your specific audience. Just ask!
“Lisa Schab combines humor, genuineness and gentleness in her trainings that are always smooth-flowing and content-rich. She’s so easy to listen to you don’t even realize how much you’ve learned until you ‘get’ that a lasting impression was made and important messages delivered.”
—Janis J. Gomien, president & founder, Academy of Addictions Treatment Professionals
“Thank you for sharing your expertise for journaling. I have never had two hours go by so quickly. Your information and exercises were wonderful. The audience and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”
-Jane Connors-Geddes, adult program coordinator, Antioch Public Library District
“You were interesting, knowledgeable, and a delight to listen to . . . You have our deepest appreciation. Thank you so much.”
-Michele Shapiro, program coordinator, Indian Trails Public Library District
“Working with (Lisa) far exceeded our expectations . . . As we developed a new training on teen anxiety, we needed an expert who could bring their knowledge and professional expertise to the table. I reached out to Lisa having been impressed by her publications on this topic. . . Before committing to the project, she took time to learn about Families for Depression Awareness, consider the scope of our request, and ensure she had the ability to take on this work. Lisa helped us fill a gap in our curriculum and wowed our audience by providing clear advice and manageable activities that could be utilized immediately. Lisa’s thoughtfulness, organization, and professionalism led to the successful creation of a webinar that will be available to families and caregivers for years to come.”
-Arielle Cohen, MSW, programs manager, Families for Depression Awareness
For Teens / Young Adults
“Ms. Schab . . . has an uncanny ability to obtain complete class attention and participation. She is refreshing.”
“The instructor was great!”
“The instructor was knowledgeable and personable. She brought the class together. . .”
“This webinar was probably the best I have viewed in a long time. The presenter was extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and came from a hands-on perspective that I appreciated. It helped me add to my knowledge and gave me some great ideas to further engage the middle school girls that I work with when we cover the topic of anxiety.”
“Lisa’s knowledge of self-esteem is extensive. She’s an expert on it.”
“Handouts are excellent.”
“I found this webinar extremely informative both as a parent and as an intervention specialist. I was provided facts as well as resources to further my knowledge and my ability to have resources available not only for the families I service but also for my co-workers as well.”
“The instructor was very likeable and enthusiastic.”
“One of the best.”
“She knows what she is talking about!”
“I am the mother of several children who struggle with anxiety and depression. The power I felt hearing that doing my own work and being transparent with my children can help them heal was profound.”
“I liked her style.”
“Lisa gave great examples of how and when different tools/techniques could be used. My daughter is seeing a therapist and it’s helpful to know how we can support her at home.”
“Her delivery was pleasant, thoughtful, and considerate of all participants.”