Women of Distinction 2019: Lisa Hillary

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

Destigmatizing therapy and mental illness – and helping people live their best lives – is Lisa Hillary’s No. 1 goal. “People still tend to view the act of ‘seeking help’ or ‘needing therapy’ as a weakness,” says Hillary. “I watch stories of strength and perseverance unfold before me.” Her private psychotherapy practice involves both in-person sessions and distance counseling via phone and online media.

“Recognizing how the quality of my own life has been profoundly enhanced by self-reflection has encouraged me to try and be a catalyst for this kind of change in others,” she says.

“Large-scale change happens on the individual level first.” – Lisa Hillary, MSW, LCSW, Founder, Hillary Counseling

Q&A with Lisa Hillary

How are you a force within your community?

“I’m driven to help people overcome obstacles and turn them into opportunities to lead more purposeful, healthier and productive lives. It is so rewarding to help clients connect the dots to figure out what they need in order to make changes, live authentically and become their best selves.”

What is your life purpose?

“I want to guide people in their transformation toward becoming more unconditionally loving, tolerant and compassionate people. When people are more comfortable with, and accepting of, who they are, they are consequently kinder and more loving toward those around them.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.