Lisa Giannasi Foster, MSW, LICSW


Lisa is an experienced clinical social worker, licensed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her MSW from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work outside Philadelphia, and has practiced in a wide variety of settings for over thirty years. She has expertise in addressing issues of depression, grief and loss, chronic illnesses and chronic pain. She also has a passion for working with individuals with significant disabilities/cognitive impairment and their families. Lisa has worked in a variety of medical settings, hospice, early intervention, and community mental health. She is an active therapist, helping you set goals, supporting you along the way, and celebrating when you reach them.

Her approaches include: Insight-Oriented and Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Developmental Life-Stage Therapy.

“I offer professional counseling in a warm, accepting, and safe environment. Life can present challenges large and small and we can find effective ways to cope with these. Healing and growth are possible. My professional and personal experiences have taught me that compassion and empathy are some of the most powerful gifts we can give each other. We all benefit from talking and sharing pain and concerns in a safe, accepting environment. I see my role as a guide, helping you find your way to strength, wholeness and yes, even joy. Let’s talk!”

*Now a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Clinical Focus

  • Individuals with Disabilities/Cognitive Impairment
  • Families Experiencing Disabilities/Cognitive Impairment
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Chronic Illness/Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Loss/Abandonment
  • Trauma

Demographics Focus

  • Adults 18+
  • Couples Therapy
  • Seniors/Elders
  • Family Therapy

Treatments Offered

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Insight-Oriented Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Developmental Life-Stage Therapy
  • Ericksonian Developmental Life-Stage Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy


  • Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Additional Services

  • Teletherapy Available


  • English


  • West Springfield