Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
Experience, Education, and Training:
Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, with a specialization in the Couple and Family Therapy Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with cum laude honors in Marketing and Finance from the University of Oregon.
Lisa’s training and work experience includes interning at a youth and family center, a staff member for The Gottman Institute’s Couple Workshops, an on-call therapist for The Moore Center for Eating Disorders (now Eating Recovery Center of WA), a volunteer Crisis Line Advocate for LifeWire, and private practice.
Lisa has completed the advanced training and is a Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator as well as a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Educator. She has completed Level 3 Gottman Method training towards becoming a Certified Gottman Therapist.
Holistic View of Treating Clients:
Psychotherapy provides a safe way to express emotion, understand patterns of thinking and behavior, gain insight into ourselves and our relationships, and, most importantly, create positive change. It provides an opportunity for enhancing relationships and achieving personal growth.
Our emotions provide us important information about where we stand in relation to the world around us, but there can be times when these emotions dictate our behavior in the form of unhealthy coping mechanisms and negative relationship interactional sequences. Before we know it, we get stuck in these behavioral patterns that can take on lives of their own. In order to get unstuck, we must fully understand the interconnection between our emotions, behaviors, and thoughts, and we must begin to envision and be open to positive changes in our lives as we learn new skills that increase awareness and understanding of ourselves and our partners.
As a marriage and family therapist, Lisa views each client’s problems within the context of their life and relationships. Lisa believes in treating clients holistically, using a biopsychosocial approach to create desired change. She recognizes and appreciates the mind-body connection. As such, Lisa believes it is important for clients to consider the whole person, including both psychological and physical health, and will often suggest collaboration with other healthcare providers.
Lisa’s education, training, and experience have prepared her to counsel clients of all ages, ethnicities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.