About Your Providers

Dr. Lisa Lavella, PsyD, BC-TMH

Dr. Lisa Lavella, PsyD, BC-TMH is the President of Empower You Experts and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years of diverse clinical work experience.  Dr. Lisa holds Clinical Psychology Licenses in Arizona and Illinois.  Dr. Lisa Lavella is also a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Provider (BC-TMH). She provides therapy, coaching, and consulting in-person, via video-conferencing, and on-site.  She graduated with a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 from Adler University, Chicago, Illinois in 2004.  Dr. Lisa was inducted into the Psi Chi Honors Society.  She is the President of Empower You Experts and has owned and operated this business since 2006, a full-time private practice, working with adults, adolescents and children. Dr. Lisa provides individual and couples therapy, life coaching, consultation, and psychological and neurological testing. She provides in-person and online/teletherapy therapy, life coaching, and testing services.  Dr. Lisa is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Dr. Lisa Lavella also has previous experience working as an adjunct faculty for Adler University, Chicago, Illinois, teaching courses to Doctoral and Masters level students in group psychotherapy, ethics and professional issues, and clinical assessment intervention.  Dr. Lisa’s prior work experiences also include Co-director of Training, serving as a clinical supervisor to Doctoral and Masters level students.  In addition, Dr. Lisa has worked with the homeless, and inpatient psychiatric care.

Christina Liakopoulos, LCSW, BC-TMH

Christina Liakopoulosis, LCSW, BC-TMH is the Director of Empower You Experts and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has over 20 years of diverse clinical work experience.  Christina holds Clinical Social Worker Licenses in Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana. Christina is also a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH).  Christina provides therapy, coaching, and consulting in-person, via video-conferencing, and on-site.  In addition, Christina provides therapy and coaching in English and in Greek.  She graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 from Indiana University in 2004.  Christina was inducted in the Phi Alpha Honors Society and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  Christina Liakopoulos, LCSW, BC – TMH has also received extensive advanced clinical training, with an emphasis in psychotherapy, from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.  Christina’s prior work experience includes: working in private practice, as an individual adult and adolescent therapist, couples therapist, family therapist, life coach, and consultant.  Christina also has previous experience working in community mental health, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.  In addition, Christina has worked as an adjunct faculty for Adler University, in Chicago, Illinois teaching courses to Doctoral and Masters level students in group psychotherapy and theories of personality and intervention.

James McCreary, MS, LAC

James McCreary, MS, LAC is the Head Psychometrician of Empower You Experts and is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and has over 5 years of diverse clinical work experience.  James holds counselor Licenses in Arizona. James provides therapy, coaching, and consulting in-person, via video-conferencing, and on-site.  James McCreary is a therapist who attends Northern Arizona University. He is under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Lavella, PsyD. James graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from the Capella University in 2018, and in the process of completing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University. James’ prior experiences include providing group therapy to individuals who have been court-ordered to complete diversion programs that are specific to substance abuse treatment and domestic violence offenses. James also provided individual and group therapy for the Department of Correction inmates. James was also the lead crisis clinician at a community mental health facility where he provided crisis management and individual therapy. James is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).  James is most familiar with cognitive-behavioral interventions to assist individuals with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief, and substance abuse.

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