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Lisa Makstein

Coach/Child Specialist
Offices in Gaithersburg and Washington, DC
Phone: (301) 963-5696

Lisa Makstein, LCSW-C, LICSW is a licensed certified clinical social worker in Maryland and Washington, DC. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Lisa has worked with couples, families, children, and groups in a variety of settings for over 30 years. She believes that every crisis or problem, however painful, also provides an opportunity for healing and growth. Through her work, she feels privileged to be able to join people on their personal journeys toward a richer, more fulfilling life.

Her work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach evolved out of this philosophy because Collaborative Divorce offers couples a way to end their marital relationships through a non-adversarial process and avoid going to court. This process greatly increases the likelihood that the outcome will be better for all family members. The main goal is to resolve conflicts in a way that is in the best interest of everyone in the family and thus preserve the relationships for the post-divorce period.

As a divorce coach, Lisa works in collaboration with attorneys to help parents identify their own needs and goals and the needs of their children. In an emotionally safe environment, she guides parents toward better communication skills and helps them manage the emotional ups and downs that often arise during the divorce process. Together, in collaboration with a team of professionals, Lisa works with parents to create a parenting plan that is acceptable to everyone and in the best interest of the children.

Lisa graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1976 with a B.A. in psychology. In 1979, she received her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is licensed as a certified clinical social worker in Maryland and Washington, DC. She is trained in collaborative divorce, interest-based negotiation, and mediation. In addition, Lisa has advanced training in family and couples therapy, trauma healing, humanistic and interpersonal psychology. She is an affiliate of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington, a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professional (IACP), and an active member of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP). In addition, she belongs to the American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers (GWSCSW).