Lisa is committed to Making Relationships A Priority in your life.

How can help? Do you need …

  • A warm, outgoing, resourceful, solution-oriented psychotherapist who is  skilled in multiple treatment approaches?
  • Action-oriented therapist who likes to see the results?
  • Support the changes you want in your relationships?
  • Treatment approaches that have been well researched and proven effective in multiple populations?
  • Support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing pattern?

With sensitivity and compassion, I can help you find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues. I work with each person to help you build on your strengths to identify and achieve your life goals.

I believe all families have strengths.  I work with traditional and non-traditional families: married, cohabitating, single parent, or blended families.  I support Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and welcome families with homosexual parents and/or children.

Family therapy is effective with just one individual or with couples, families or groups.

Since 1990, I have been practicing family therapy and I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (www.AAMFT.org).  Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are my primary resource for use with children, adolescents and their families in their homes, at schools, and in office settings.

As a Certified Relationship Enhancement Therapist for couples, I use psychotherapy and couples workshops to promote healing through deep empathy and intimate dialogue.  This method teaches core relationship skills and coaches individuals and couples to communicate with greater effectiveness and skill. (www.nire.org)

During 2011, I completed training in Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have developed a method for combining EMDR and RE in couples therapy. EMDR is a method that reduces emotional distress related to the past. Many EMDR clients report that after processing, emotional distress associated this memory has been eliminated, or greatly decreased, and that they have gained important cognitive insights. Importantly, these emotional and cognitive changes usually result in behavioral and personal change. This change often translates into more satisfying relationships, because issues from your past stop interfering in your current relationship.

In 2007, I completed my PhD in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. This further education provided a wider vision of family issues beyond therapy, including family management, dual-earner and dual career families, parent-child interaction and economic and public policy concerns of families.  My dissertation research on Parental Love: As Defined and Expressed by Parents of Young Children illustrates my commitment to listening to the meaning mothers and fathers attribute to their emotional experience of parenting.