Lisa K. Baker, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Serving clients in: Florida, Internationally

Address: Jupiter, Florida
Phone: (561) 510-1577
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  • When we are caring for others, it’s often hard to find the time to care for ourselves. Are you caring for elderly family members, children, or both? Are you feeling overwhelmed, pulled in too many directions, anxious or depressed because of everything piled on your plate? Do you need support with coping with a loved one with dementia or how to make difficult decisions about the end of life? Do you worry about not being a “good enough” caretaker or find yourself wracked with guilt when wrestling with tough choices? Are your relationships under strain because of your caretaking responsibilities?

    Caring for others can take a heavy toll across all domains of life. What I want you to hear is this:

    Self-care is not selfish.

    Not only are you as important as the people you are caring for and worthy of having your needs met, but research also shows that when you take care of yourself, you are better able to take care of others. If the well has run dry, there’s nothing left to give. You must make sure you are filling that well as fast as you are drawing from it.

    I am not only trained as a clinical geropsychologist with years of experience in nursing homes, assisted living settings, hospitals, dementia clinics, and hospice, but having been through the pain and drain of caregiver burnout myself, I understand what it is to give and give to someone you love until you feel as though you have nothing left, and to go through the process of refilling the well.


    Dan's Family:
    Dr. Baker has been a lifesaver. Our father has bipolar disorder and early dementia, and had become very difficult for us to manage, abusive towards our mother, and we needed guidance. Dr. Baker was able to have conference calls with all of us, including my mother, when we had specific questions about what to do, and was able to shift our perspective on our relationship with our dad and how to communicate with him. As needed, we also had individual sessions with Dr. Baker, and we could not be more grateful for her support and flexibility. No question was too small and it was so helpful to have someone to talk to when we all felt lost.

    I lost my father to cancer at 67, and not two years later, my mother was in hospice with kidney failure. My fears and my grief were overwhelming, and I could feel it shutting me down and pulling me away from my mother just when she needed me most. Dr. Baker's compassion and understanding helped me to give myself permission to feel what I was feeling, while also staying connected to my mother through the end of her life.

    My grandfather moved in with us when I still had two kids under 5 at home, and I felt spread so thin. I spent all day putting out fires. Our conversations became my oasis and a place I could take care of ME. Dr. Baker's insight into my situation has helped me to make changes and for the first time in a while I feel like I can breathe. She challenges the way I see things and gets my mind to view things in a better light. She points out a lot of things that I don't even say. It's been amazing.