When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." Victor Frankl
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Education & Experience
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. 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.
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. 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. Lisa helps family members to understand how the family operates, their roles in that system, and how that affects the family dynamic.