Adisa was born in former Yugoslavia and came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 19. As a first-generation immigrant, she fully experienced the struggles of assimilating into a new culture. As Adisa came into contact with others from similar situations, she quickly realized the impact that the lack of mental health support had on refugees. Left unchecked, it led them to develop PTSD, anxiety, and depression that later led to excessive use of drugs or alcohol and even, suicide.
Prior to settling in the Dallas area, Adisa lived in New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at Hunter College, she spent over a decade working with teenagers and families as a school counselor and administrator. Based on Adisa’s past and driven by a strong desire to help and raise awareness to those needing quality mental health, she pursued and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Masters of Science in Family Studies from Amberton University.
Adisa believes that people are intrinsically good and that their unfavorable actions are a result of something that happened to them in the past or is currently happening in their lives. Her personal coaching approach aligns with person-centered therapy, which places a strong emphasis on an empathic relationship between the life coach and the client. She values the methods, based on a collaborative effort, in which the client controls the process. Various theories and approaches are utilized in her work, including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and existential therapy. By drawing from different perspectives and combining different techniques, Adisa guides her clients in developing themselves, building healthier relationships with others and improving their overall well-being. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families and specializes in a variety of issues, notably depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, life transitions, family and relationship issues, parenting, divorce, failure to launch as well as issues unique to specific populations, such as immigrants/refugees, veterans, and the LGBTQ+- community.
She strives to provide a high level of care and attention based on acceptance, genuineness and empathic understanding. In a safe and welcoming environment, Adisa encourages the freedom to explore and share thoughts, goals, and needs and then guides clients to gain a new perspective.
Adisa is a mother to two teenagers and spends most of her free time with them. She enjoys reading and volunteering for local non-profit organizations such as North Texas Food Bank, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Adding to her love of languages, she currently is learning German and Spanish. Adisa offers counseling in both English and Serbo-Croatian (Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian).