If you're here, it's likely because you're feeling confused or torn up about how to handle some part of your life, and it's affecting you in a way you wish it wasn't. I want to help you get past that, and get to a place where you're feeling more confident about your ability to manage the difficult situations you come across, whether it's with your family, in your relationships, or at work.
I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, and I've practiced therapy for over fifteen years. During that time, I've worked with people dealing with the stresses and anxieties of life, parents experiencing difficulties with their children, people struggling with addiction in either themselves or loved ones, survivors of trauma and abuse, and even fellow workers in the helping professions who are facing burnout.
In working with clients, the number one thing I like to help them see is that it's normal to react to what is happening around you. It's human nature to have an emotional response to events in your life. What comes after that emotional response is often what people want to change, and where I come in. I can offer you a neutral opinion on the situation you are facing, and then work with you to find a solution that is realistic for your life. What works for you may not be what works for others, and that's okay.
I use a Person-Centered approach overall, which means you set the tone for all of our interactions. I also like to use Strength-based techniques, which focuses on what you are doing well already and builds on it; Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, which looks at how our thoughts influence our behaviors; and Gestalt techniques, which allow us to look at your difficulties from different perspectives.
I use an assortment of techniques from other approaches as well. I will always do my best to individualize my work to your specific needs, and empower you to make the changes you want to see in your life. You've already made one in reaching out for help, and I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 51873
She has made therapy such a great experience again. I love that she checks up on me and makes me feel heard and seen. I also love that I don't feel judged or pressured to commit to doing things.
Written on Oct 23, 2023 after therapy with Lisa for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Lisa is fantastic. She is a patient and compassionate listener, and makes helpful suggestions. I feel like she has really gotten to know me over the years.
Written on Jun 17, 2023 after therapy with Lisa for 5 years and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties
Lisa was very responsive, a great listener, and gave great recommendations and advice. She helped me get through a tough time.
Written on Apr 21, 2023 after therapy with Lisa for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties
Lisa has been very helpful to me so far! She is a great listener and highly intuitive.
Written on Sep 28, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Lisa is proactive and checks in on me. She offers a variety of worksheets to work with me.
Written on Aug 31, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management
Every session with Lisa has been incredibly useful - she strikes a great balance between letting me vent and share my feelings, being curious to dig deeper with me, and providing insight and homework that will get me to grow and continue becoming the person I want to be and resolve issues in my situations. Definitely highly recommend her as a therapist if you want someone who gently but firmly pushes you in the right direction.
Written on Aug 29, 2022 after therapy with Lisa for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem