"We are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream" -C.S. Lewis
Lisa is trained in various treatment methods, most often utilizing a psychodynamic approach to treatment. Psychodynamic psychotherapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on bringing the unconscious into awareness in order to promote insight and resolve conflicts. With couples, Lisa utilizes a Relational therapy approach which offers strategies to combat marital dysfunction. Couples recovering from affairs, traumatic events, or a lull in passion can find RLT helpful. To help repair issues, Lisa identifies the main conflict upsetting the couples’ emotional intimacy. Once the partners see how they both contribute to the problem, Lisa teaches them skills to improve the ways they relate to each other. Lisa is also trained in Family Systems Therapy. This approach views problems within the family as the result not of particular members’ behaviors, but of the family’s group dynamic. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns. The therapist helps each individual member understand how her childhood family operated, her role in that system, and how that experience has shaped her role in her current family.
Lisa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. Currently Lisa sees individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of treatment needs. Areas of treatment include: relationship counseling, child & adolescent therapy, anxiety disorders including panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobias and post traumatic stress; depressive disorders including dysthymia, major depression, post-partum and bipolar disorder. Lisa also treats adjustment disorders, substance abuse & addiction, eating disorders, creative and artistic development, and trauma issues.
In addition to her work in private practice, Lisa has facilitated numerous workshops at schools in the Los Angeles area for adolescents with topics ranging from body image, bullying, academic stress, eating disorders, media and self-esteem, parent-teen relationships and substance abuse prevention. She has also facilitated numerous lectures and discussions for parents on how to connect and communicate with their teens. A growing specialty in Lisa’s practice is working with adolescents who are dealing with anxiety, peer pressure, academic stress, and bullying, helping them to develop psychological awareness and insight.
Currently, Lisa is also doing extensive research in the area of creativity, and its therapeutic value to aid in healing psychological symptoms, as well as its important role in education.
The ultimate goal in Lisa’s work with clients is to create an environment where individuals can uncover their emotional blocks as well as heal the imbalances that may keep them from their full potential growth. Lisa has extensive training in various treatment modalities, but most often utilizes a psychodynamic approach while also focusing on empowering her clients to be in charge of their own discoveries.
Therapeutic support and guidance can help you through challenging situations, and provide a sense of empowerment and increased resiliency when facing difficult times. It can help improve the quality of your relationships, increase self-esteem, and help one develop a deeper sense of self. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re ready to move in a new direction in your life, Lisa believes psychotherapy can be an excellent resource.
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl
Lisa received her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, and specialization in Applied Community Psychology. In addition, Lisa obtained a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Lisa earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Southern California.
Prior to licensure, Lisa received extensive training and supervision with Psychotherapist and author, Dr. Jenn Berman, and with Coldwater Counseling Center, which offers psychotherapy from a Jungian and Depth Psychological orientation.
For several years, Lisa has trained in Psychodrama, Drama Therapy, and Group Psychotherapy and will soon be certified as a practitioner of these action-oriented, creative therapy techniques. She received full time training at a residential rehabilitation program that provides services for individuals and families afflicted with addiction and behavior disorders. She also had the opportunity to treat clients suffering from addiction both individually as well as in group settings. Believing in the power of early prevention and education, Lisa became involved in rehab center’s Adolescent Drug/Alcohol Prevention Program. This gave her the opportunity to attend numerous schools throughout the Los Angeles area, and worked with both adolescent groups and their families. Lisa has also trained educators to implement these types of programs into their high school curriculum.
In addition to her work in private practice, Lisa has facilitated numerous workshops at schools in the Los Angeles area for adolescents with topics ranging from Body image, Bullying, Eating Disorders, Media and Self-Esteem, Parent-teen relationships and substance abuse prevention.