Alisha De Lorenzo


Interim Deputy Director,

Garden State Equality

Alisha De Lorenzo MS, NCC, LPC, SAC is the Founder and Owner of Living YES, LLC.  Created from her passions for education, equity, mental health and contemplative practices, Alisha has created an integrated approach for systemically addressing the emotional literacy of all members of the school community.  

Alisha received her Baccalaureate degree in Movement Sciences and Education and has worked in public education as a teacher and Student Assistance Counselor for almost 20 years.  Most recently, she served as New Jersey's first Social Emotional Learning Coordinator designing and implementing an "Integrative Education" model.

She received her Masters degree in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University, NJ and has been trained in an integrative mental health model using conventional and complementary approaches to help clients access physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.  She has a private practice in Red Bank where she sees adolescents, adults, and couples for therapy.  Alisha is currently the Interim Deputy Director for Garden State Equality, NJ's largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.  In addition, she has been trained in the Baptiste methodology and is certified in kids yoga through the Baptiste Institute. 


Alisha is an experienced facilitator and keynote speaker who has provided quality professional development on Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness, Leadership, Trauma, Equity and Mental Health at the local, national and international levels.  She has provided trainings for NJDOE, NJSBA, NJPSA, ASAP-NJ, NJSBO, IL-ASCD, NJAHPERD and the United States Army to name a few. Alisha has had the honor of working with many school districts throughout New Jersey and beyond.


She has been recognized for her dedication to the mental health field and for the transformational work she brings to communities by receiving the Award of Excellence from the United States Army, Outstanding Alumni Award from Monmouth University, Outstanding Community Activism Award from the Monmouth County Latino American Society and the NJ Governor's Educational Service Professional of the Year Award by the New Jersey Department of Education.  She is most proud of the honor of raising her two young boys.