Ms. Lisa Girouard
I am Lisa Girouard, the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor for Project Drive. This is my second year working for the Milford School District, and I love every minute with Project DRIVE!
I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and History from UNH Durham and my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rivier College. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, licensed through the NH Board of Mental Health.
Since obtaining my Master’s degree, I have worked primarily in crisis settings. I was employed by Direction Behavioral Health, an Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents and young adults. From there, I transitioned to the Cypress Center, a 16 bed involuntary adult inpatient psychiatric facility. I have spent the majority of my post graduate years working for the Emergency Services team at Manchester Mental Health. My primary role there was completing psychiatric assessments in both Manchester Emergency Departments; I also acted as a crisis oriented, brief, solution-focused outpatient therapist. I have also worked per diem for the ACCESS team at Southern NH Medical Center.
My Life at DRIVE:
My goal every day at Project DRIVE is to spread positivity, love, and support to our students. As the mental health counselor, I facilitate groups which focus on building social/emotional wellness. Each Friday, I facilitate Restorative Justice Talk Circles which are groups utilized to discuss interpersonal differences and discord, process emotions and come to a peaceful resolution. I also provide smaller group mediations as needed. Each day, I meet with students for 1:1 counseling and intervene as emotional dysregulation occurs within the classroom setting.
Through grant and crowdfunding, I have developed the Zen Zone. The Zen Zone is a room where our students can go to calm down, regulate their emotions and find a sense of peace during a time of emotional or behavioral dysregulation. Either myself or another staff person is present to help the student talk and utilize different coping skills provided. There is a sensory bookshelf, art supplies, music, scents, meditation tools and a plethora of other healthy coping skills to utilize within the Zen Zone. Students are enjoying this space so much, time in there is often used as an earned bonus.
I am working towards creating a therapeutic, trauma-informed environment. Meditation and mindfulness have been integrated into daily living. I am using my skill set to teach our staff mental health tools and techniques, relaxation techniques and conflict resolution skills.
I also run a food pantry with food provided by SHARE and am an active member of the district Wellness Committee.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out, say hello, and ask questions! I am always available by phone and email.