Lisa Wessan, Co-Chair of the NASW's Northeast Region
Private Practice Shared Interest Group


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These citations are listed in reverse chronological order.

09.09.20 - ABC News/The Boston Chronicle, Inside/Outside episode. Finding Peace in the Great Outdoors. Lisa Wessan is interviewed concerning her work with Walk and Talk Therapy.

09.13.20 – Wessan’s comment and clarification about the “Inside/Outside Episode.”  




Wessan, L. (2020 January 16). Lisa Wessan, LICSW, invited to participate in “Medicare for All Forum” with Senator Jamie Eldridge. Retrieved from https://mirthmaven.blog/2020/01/16/lisa-wessan-licsw-invited-to-participate-in-medicare-for-all-forum-with-senator-jamie-eldridge/


PR LOG  (2019 February 27)  Lisa Wessan to be honored as maverick therapist in Massachusetts State House. Retrieved from https://www.prlog.org/12756727-lisa-wessan-licsw-to-be-honored-as-maverick-therapist-in-massachusetts-state-house.html


Wessan, L. (2018, November 10). When You are Addicted to Drama.... Retrieved from https://mirthmaven.blog/2018/11/10/when-you-are-addicted-to-drama/


Wessan, L. (2018, Sept/Oct). Walk and Talk Therapy: Moving  Towards Wholeness. Social Work Voice. 16-17.



Wessan, L. (2017, December 4).  How to Improve Your Interpersonal Effectiveness. The Lighter Side of Transformation. Retrieved from https://mirthmaven.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/how-to-improve-your-interpersonal-effectiveness/.


Mitchell, S. (2016, December 20). Empire Radio interview about Wessan's creative approaches to encourage therapeutic transformation.  (8 Min.)  Retrieved from  http://empirebroadcastinggroup.com/lisa-wessan-12-20-16-psychotherapist/



Wessan, L. (2016, January 13). The art of living is in the art of waiting. PULSE. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/art-living-waiting-lisa-wessan-licsw?trk=mp-author-card



Wessan, L. (2016, January 1). Make glorious, amazing mistakes. PULSE.  Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/make-glorious-amazing-mistakes-lisa-wessan-licsw?trk=mp-author-card


Wessan, L. (2015, December 12). 'Tis the season to connect with the Numinous!  PULSE. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tis-season-connect-numinous-lisa-wessan-licsw?trk=mp-author-card.

Malai, M. (2015, February). Alternative therapies can enrich practice. NASW News. Volume 60, No. 2. [Excellent exploration of alternative modalities to blend with traditional treatment process, featuring Wessan for therapeutic laughter and grief work.] Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/News/NASW-News/ID/209/Alternative-therapies-can-enrich-practice



Jackson, K. (2014, May/June). Social Worker Self Care - The Overlooked Core Competency.  Social Work Today. Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 14. Retrieved from  https://www.socialworkers.org/News/NASW-News/ID/209/Alternative-therapies-can-enrich-practice



Wessan, L. (2014, April).  Deconstructing the Hoarding Spectrum: A Holistic Approach (Part I of II) FOCUS Journal. Vol. 41, No. 4.



Wessan, L. (2014, May).  Deconstructing the Hoarding Spectrum: A Holistic Approach (Part II of II)
FOCUS Journal.  Vol. 41, No. 5.



Pace, P. (2014, January).  Compassion fatigue a growing concern.  NASW News.Vol. 59, No. 1. [broken link, in process of retrieving article]


Wessan, L. (2013, September).  Preventing Compassion Fatigue. FOCUS Journal.  Vol. 40, No. 6.



McCally, K. (2013, August). Have you had your Daily Ecstatic Seizure today?  Rochester Review. Retrieved from http://www.rochester.edu/pr/Review/V75N6/1001_masterclass.html



Wessan, L. (2013).  Using Humor and Laughter in Therapy. Focus Journal.  Vol. 40, No. 4. 3,11.



Loughman, M. (2013, February 14).  Chelmsford's Lisa Wessan laughs it up. Chelmsford Independent.  Retrieved from http://chelmsford.wickedlocal.com/x846057457/Chelmsfords-Lisa-Wessan-laughs-it-up



Perry, K. (2012, July 10).  Got Clutter? Cleaning out your closet can lead to a happier life. The Chelmsford Patch.  Retrieved from . https://patch.com/massachusetts/chelmsford/got-clutter-cleaning-out-your-closet-can-lead-to-a-happier-life.



Gavin, J. (2010, September 7). Laughing with the Joys and Troubles of Life Leads to Growth. By Julia Gavin.  The Chelmsford Patch.  Retrieved from https://patch.com/massachusetts/chelmsford/laughing-with-the-joys-and-troubles-of-life-leads-to-growth


Waterhouse, G. (2010, May 16). Seriously, folks, he argues, laughter is the best medicine: The gelotologist is in, pitching a cure for stress. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://archive.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/05/16/for_georgetowns_richard_mullen_laughter_the_best_medicine/


Hovanasian, D. (2010, June 7).   Spirit of cooperation: Jewish congregation in Chelmsford and Muslim congregation in Billerica join forces to reach out to community. The Lowell Sun.  Retrieved from http://www.lowellsun.com/religion/ci_15244253#ixzz0qJ16Mlpa


Tuttle, N. (2008, August 31).  Make 'em laugh: Chelmsford counselor is dedicated to the healing power of mirth. The Lowell Sun.  Retrieved from http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_10350246

Tuttle, N. (2008, August 31). Laughter Therapy. Video of Lowell Sun staff, retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x13kAb478tE.


Wessan, L. (2010, August). S.H.A.M.E. = Should have already mastered everything. News from a Spacious Place. Retrieved from http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs080/1101734258730/archive/1103604762167.html

Cantrell, C. (2009, April 19).  Decluttering Life.  The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/04/19/decluttering_life/


Taylor, D. (2009, April 9). Laughter is the best medicine, so here's to your health. Retrieved from http://archive.boston.com/ae/events/articles/2009/04/09/laughter_is_best_medicine_so_heres_to_your_health/


Lerner, H. (2005). What Makes a Strong Woman? 101 Insights from Some Remarkable Women. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel.  [Wessan featured on page 33.] Also retrieve from https://books.google.com/books?id=M49CsTYIs2IC&pg=PA33&lpg=PA33&dq=%22lisa+wessan%22&source=web&ots=RwzyFpp0Pm&sig=YQ1Pd1AgmnanqBgt23GWin75etw#v=onepage&q=%22lisa%20wessan%22&f=false


Cantrell, C. (2007, September 23).  Laughter is the Best Medicine. The Boston Globe.  Retrieved from




Findlen, C. (2010,  May 25). Three part television and radio interviews with Chris Findlen on laughter therapy, team building with laughter, laughter meditation. Money Matters Boston.  Retrieved from http://www.lisawessan.com/VIDEO%20CLIP%20CHART.htm



[These older articles have links that are broken/compromised, I'm in the process of retrieving the original articles. They are listed here only as a reference.]


November 3, 2011 – THE CONCORD JOURNAL – Reiki Master to present workshop.

December 17, 2010 – THE NORTH ANDOVER CITIZEN – Inspirational humorist speaks at St. Gregory’s.

June 3, 2010,  THE JEWISH JOURNAL,  The Qutbi Masjid and Congregation Shalom Team Up for a Community Health Fair.

January 3, 2010, The Boston Globe, "Life, Free from Clutter" by Cindy Cantrell.

June 25, 2009, The Chelmsford Independent, "Lisa Wessan is Recycling Champion of Chelmsford" by Bonnie Rankin.

The Society for Ladies Who Laugh Out Loud. "First Ladies of Laughter" article, Vol. 4:7.

 New York Daily News, October 27, 2004, "The Laugh that Heals," by Carol Forget.

November, 2008 - NASW NEWS (National Association of Social Workers), "Social Work in the Public Eye" by Paul R. Pace.

October 14, 2008 - 30 minute radio interview with host Bob Ellis on The Sunrise Show.

May 28, 2008 - One hour radio interview with host Elizabeth Foley on The Phoenix Hour (scroll down to The Phoenix Hour, 5/28/08).

May 12, 2008 - One hour radio Interview - Declutter Your Heart & Home - with host Debby Hoffman on WKLX 1450’s Community Business Connection. Aired multiple times throughout the Concord NH area. Hear it on http://www.wkxl1450.com.

April 29, 2008 - Radio Interview - The Ways to Harmony - Inside and Out,
with Boston host Jordan Rich, guest Jay Uhler cites helpful tips from Lisa's workshops. Read the transcript here.     

February 20, 2008 - 30 minute radio Interview - What is Laughter Therapy? With host Dean Johnson on
The Merrimack Magazine Talk Radio Show , WCAP-AM (980 AM). Hear it on

Savard, R. ( 2008, January 4).  Giggle, chuckle, cackle or snicker -- it's all good.  The Lowell Sun.



Shrink Rap, January 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 2008, "From Clutter to Clarity with Lisa Wessan" with host Edna M. Lezotte, D.Min., LICSW and Szifra Birke, M.S.


Somerville Journal News, Somerville, MA, July 11, 2007, "From Clutter to Clarity"

www.jimsullivanink.com, June 12, 2007
"Clutter: What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing." by Jim Sullivan.

Merrimack Valley Happenings, the newsletter of the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, June 6, 2007, "From Clutter to Clarity"

Upstate Update (newsletter of SUNY Upstate Medical University),
Syracuse, NY, November 1, 2006
"National Pastoral Care Week celebrated with series of events Oct. 22-28"

IRC Newsletter (InterReligious Council of Central New York), Syracuse, NY, September 2006,"Pastoral Care Day Explores 'Healing Humor' "

The Journal News (Westchester, NY) September 25, 2005
Hospital and Health Update, "The Science Behind the Smile"

CNN News, "Paula Zahn Now," March 10, 2005, "Laughter is the Best Medicine."

Press Releases


PR LOG  (2019 February 27)  Lisa Wessan to be honored as maverick therapist in Massachusetts State House. Retrieved from https://www.prlog.org/12756727-lisa-wessan-licsw-to-be-honored-as-maverick-therapist-in-massachusetts-state-house.html



Lisa Wessan Brings Team Building with Laughter to Rhode Island.
PR LOG, March 10, 2013.

Lisa Wessan “The Shamebuster” Speaks on Clutter in Chelmsford. PRLOG, July 3, 2012.



Lisa Wessan presents Laughter Therapy for Neuropathy Association, Weston, MA, PR LOG. September 14, 2010.


Lisa Wessan invited to be Ambassador for National Speakers Association (NSA) THE PR LOG, September 6, 2010.





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