"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step;  only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road."
    - Dag Hammarskjold

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

2910 East Madison Street, Suite 102
Seattle, Washington 98112
(206) 352-0363


M.S. - Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas, 1983
B.A. - Psychology, Human Development and Family Life, University of Kansas, 1976


Member of the Parent Advisory Committee of the National Association of Gifted Children, 2011

State Delegate to the American Association of State Counseling Boards Annual Meeting, 2005, 2007

Co-chair of the Washington state Department of Health Advisory Committee for Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers.  Appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health, 2002-2007

Senior Consultant to the Executive Committee of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, 2002-2003

President, Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, 1999-2000

Awarded State Chapter of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, 2000

President, Seattle Counselors Association, 1995-1996

Licensed Mental Health Counselor #020703  LH00004978

Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals, 1988 edition

Founding Member, Secretary and Member of the Executive Board of the Kansas Association of Domestic Violence Programs, 1979-1980


Private Practice   Individual, couple, and family psychotherapy.  Clinical supervision for licensure associates and case consultation for other clinicians. 1986 to present

Clinical Director - Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle. Clinical supervision, program development. 2012 to 2014

Adjunct Faculty - Antioch University, Seattle.  Teaching addiction and substance abuse treatment, psychopathology, and professional ethics in a graduate psychology program.  1985 to 2013

Clinical Supervisor - Bainbridge Island Youth Services. Clinical supervisor.  2006

Consultant - Weekly group consultation with graduate student interns, 2005 to 2006

Consultant - Special Commitment Center, Department of Social and Health Services, Steilacoom.  Critical incident and trauma services for clinical and correctional staff,  1996 - 2002

Clinical Consultant - Catholic Community Services, Seattle.  Provided clinical supervision to adult counseling team, 1999-2000

Adjunct Faculty - City University, Renton.  Taught human development and group therapy in a graduate psychology program, 1987

Adjunct Faculty - Chapman College, Bellevue.  Taught addictions and substance abuse treatment in a graduate psychology program, 1987

Program Director - North Drug and Alcohol Program, Center for Human Services, Seattle.  Clinical and administrative supervision, program management, program development, public education, liaison with local and state agencies, 1985-1987

Program Coordinator - Adult Drug Treatment Services, Center for Human Services, Seattle.  Clinical and administrative supervision, individual, couple and family psychotherapy, 1984-1985

Psychotherapist - Pacific Treatment (formerly the Drug Abuse Council), Everett, WA.  Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy with substance abusing and/or chronically mentally ill adolescents and adults.  Primary adolescent and family therapist, 1982-1984

Project Director - Project Health, Drug Abuse Council, Everett. Program development, evaluation, supervision, grant-writing, and direct services in a school based drug prevention program for children and adolescents, 1981-1983

Project Coordinator - Project Health, Drug Abuse Council, Everett, 1980-1981

Project Coordinator - Battered Women's Task Force, Topeka, KS.  Counseling, clinical and administrative supervision of staff, interns, and volunteers for shelter and crisis line, program development, community organization, grant-writing, and public education, 1979-1980

Instructor - Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University, 1979-1980

Psychotherapist - Achievement Place for Girls, Lawrence, KS.  Counseling adolescent girls in a residential treatment facility, 1977-1979

Psychotherapist - Avila College Counseling Center, Kansas City, MO.  Psychotherapy, testing and assessment, 1978

Coordinator - Douglas County Drug Abuse Council, Lawrence, KS, Program development, grant-writing, administration and public education, 1977

Research Assistant - Achievement Place Research Project, University of Kansas, 1976-1977

Research Assistant - Department of Psychology, University of Kansas, 1974-1976

Research Assistant - Children's Rehabilitation Unit, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS  1974

Crisis Counselor - Headquarters, Inc.  Lawrence, KS, Crisis counseling at a drug hot-line and drop in center, 1973-1975

Please note that due to the volume of trainings offered, as of October, 2010 dates and sponsors may no longer be specified and may include locations outside Washington state.

"Giftedness and Trauma: Seeing Your Way Through." SENG 2014 Annual Conference. San Jose, California.

"Perfectionism & Giftedness: Normal, a Trauma Response or Both." SENG 2013: Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.

"Giftedness and Stereotype Threat." 60th Annual Convention of the National Association of Gifted Children. Indianapolis, Indiana. 2013.

"Ethics and Neuropsychology: New Findings and Clinical Implications." Antioch University--Seattle, Cascadia Training, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR. 2012, 2013.

"Two Faces of Perfectionism: Inner Trait vs Inner Shame". 59th Annual Convention of the National Association of Gifted Children. Denver, Colorado. 2012.

"Finding and Claiming your Adult Giftedness". SENG 2012: The 30th Annual Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2012.

"Working with the High IQ Client." Antioch University--Seattle, Cascadia Training, Seattle, WA. 2012, 2013.

"Narcissism and Addiction through the Lens of Attachment" and "Understanding Giftedness in the Addicted Population". 24th Annual NW conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders sponsored by the U.S.Journal. Bellevue, WA. 2011.

"Ethics in the 21st Century: Managing boundaries in a digital age". Antioch University Continuing Education. 2011.

"Giftedness Across the Life Span: When it looks like psychopathology but isn't". Seattle, WA Cascadia Training, 2009, 2010, 2011.

"Using Your Code of Ethics or How to Avoid Narcolepsy and Dread while Fulfilling Your Ethics Requirement". Vancouver,  Seattle, Spokane, WA. Cascadia Training, 2009, 2010.

"Ethics and Technology: Practicing in a connected age". Seattle, WA. Cascadia Training. 2010.

"Common Goals, Different Roads:  Approved Supervision Across Mental Health Disciplines." With 6 other faculty. University of Washington School of Social Work, 2009.

"Identifying Gifted Adults:  When It Looks Like Psychopathology But Isn't".  Cascadia Training, Antioch University Continuing Education, 2009, 2010.

"Ethics and Law for Clinical Supervisors" with Bob Smith, attorney at law.  Cascadia Training, 2008, 2009.

"Healthy Families - Preventing Problems Before They Start."  Keynote address.  Town Hall Meeting:  Protecting our Youth.  Stop Youth Drinking, Start Thinking Coalition.  Seattle.  2008

"Rwanda:  A Small Country with a Big Story."  University House.  2008.

"Developmental Perspectives on Narcissism and Addictions:  Understanding the Shame Dynamic".  Cascadia Training, 2007-2011.

"Working with Narcissism:  Maintaining a Compassionate Heart".  Seattle Counselors Association.  2007.

"Building Your Private Practice" with Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC. Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Cascadia Training, 2006 to 2008.

"Marketing Your Private Practice" with Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC. Cascadia Training. 2007 to 2008.

"Clinical Supervision:  Improving Skills in a New Era".  North Sound Training Institute, Catholic Youth and Family Services-Yakima,  Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Antioch University, National Association of Social Workers - Washington state (Seattle and Spokane), Kitsap Mental Health, Compass Health, Central Washington Community Mental Health Center, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.  2003 to present

"Ethics and Supervision", and "Ethics and Supervision:  Advanced Issues", 18th Annual Conference on Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Health.  The Institute for Integral Development, Bellevue, WA  2005

"Hatch, Match and Dispatch:  The Professional Lifecycle of the Mental Health Counselor", American Mental Health Counselors Association National Conference, 2003.  Seattle Counselors Association, 2004

"Object Relations and Addiction Counseling" and "Treating the Narcissistic Client", 
14th Annual Northwest Conference on Addictions.  The Institute for Integral Development, 2001

"Narcissus and Echo Revisited" and "Psychodynamics of Denial and Repression", 13th Annual Northwest Conference on Addictions, 2000

"Dealing with the Psychodynamics of Denial and Repression" and "Narcissism and Substance Abuse", 12th Annual Northwest Conference on Addictions, 1999

"Psychodynamics of Denial and Repression in the Addicted Trauma Survivor" and "Managing Addiction in the Client with Dissociative Identity Disorder", 9th Annual Northwest Conference on Addictions, 1996

"Thriving, Not Just Surviving in the Workplace", Yakima Valley Community College, 1991

"Coping with the Dysfunctional Workplace",  Seattle, 1991

"The Dance of Denial", Northwest Center for Adult Children, 1990

"ACOA Issues in the Clinical Workplace", Washington State Bureau of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BASA) training, 1988

"Clinical Supervision in Alcohol/Drug Treatment", BASA training, 1987-1988

"Co-Dependency", Office of Women's Programs, Highline Community College and North Seattle Community College, 1987
"Maintaining Professional Boundaries with Clients", Substance Abuse Program, Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department, 1987

"Assaultiveness and Drugs of Abuse", Municipal Probation Services, Seattle, 1986

"Identifying the Drug Using Employee", Quinton Instruments, and PACCAR, Seattle, 1986

"Pyramiding Prevention Activities", BASA training, Ellensburg, Olympia, Pasco, Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, WA, 1982

"Developing Prevention Strategies in the Northwest", University of Washington, Seattle, 1981

"Housing Systems in Urban Areas", Region VII Domestic Violence Training Conference, Lincoln, NE, 1979

"Chemicals and Violence: A Family Problem. First Governors Conference on Chemical Dependency, Wichita, KS, 1979
Working with Gifted Children: Tips for Mental Health Clinicians. http://www.giftedhomeschoolers.org. Published on a national website. 2012.

Supporting Your Gifted Child: How to find a therapist. http://www.parentingforhighpotential.com. http://www.giftedhomeschoolers.org. Published on a national website, 2011.

Three Things to Learn From the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A gifted trauma survivor. http://www.highability.org. Published on a national website, 2011.

Perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in. http://www.highability.org. Published on a national website, 2011.

Coming out Gifted. http://www.highability.org. Published on a national website, 2011.

Erickson, Lisa and Mayfield, Lisa. "Hatch, Match and Dispatch: The growth stages of a professional counselor. The Advocate. Vol. 27, No.1, 2004.

"Why I Have Decided Not to Work with Managed Care". Journey, 1996.

"Progress Notes". Monthly column in Journey, a nationally distributed newspaper for "those interested in understanding addiction, abuse, dysfunction, and the healing process". 1990-1992.

"Variables Associated with the Severity of Assault on Battered Women". Thesis manuscript. 1982.

Martin, Edwin; Fleming, Fred; Hennrikus, Deborah J., Erickson, Elizabeth A. "Studies of the Length-Difficulty Relation in Serial Memorization". Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior Vol. 16, 535-548. 1977.

American Association of State Counseling Boards
American Counseling Association
American Mensa
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association of Gifted Children