My approach to therapy is holistic and fluid and is based in the theory of attachment. I utilize a combination of intuition and improvisation to facilitate healing, self-acceptance and self-expression. Each session is completely unique and may include any of the following: working with symbols/images/voices/nuances that emerge in the mind’s eye, experiential exercises that include relaxation, guided imagery, projective dreamwork, tuning into the body somatically, and directly addressing what emerges “in the moment”.
My area of special interest is helping individuals whose experiences fall outside of the cultural norm, i.e. hearing voices, seeing visions/entities, lucid dreaming, and unexplained knowing, among others. I believe that these creative mechanisms are organic, relevant, and serve to balance out the individual. When these expressions are collaboratively examined in a gentle and non-judgemental manner, the possibilities for the individual are endless.
Whether you sense events before they happen, see the walking dead, or have continual experiences that you find difficult to accept and talk about due to shame, you have come to the right place. Safe Haven supports and celebrates these creative capacities.
Other areas of specialization include:
- spiritual emergency/spiritual crisis
- traumatic memory
- sensitives and empathic personalities
- Near-Death Experience (NDE)
- shadow integration
- parenting/relationship issues
- assertiveness training/finding one's voice
- integrating and managing intense, overwhelming emotions
- adult children of alcoholics
- childhood trauma/abuse
- incest/sexual abuse/rape
- grief and loss
post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
Complex post-traumatic stress (C-PSTD)
- issues related to creative thinking
Rates for Services:
Session price: $120/hour
Student and counseling intern rate: $80/hour
Sliding scale clients are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
At this time, I do not take insurance.
I lead experiential, transformative parenting workshops that aim to bring out the innate wisdom we all have as parents/caretakers. Based on Jane Nelson’s Positive Discipline principles, the goal of the workshop is to facilitate deeper, long-lasting connections between family members through exercises designed to rapidly increase awareness and compassion. One of the main tenets of Positive Discipline is that every child’s behavior has an underlying message at it’s center. As parents, it is our task to discern what the underlying message is and proceed from that point in terms of parenting.
Workshops run for 7-8 weeks, meeting once per week for 1.5 hours. Groups can be as small as 3-4 or as large as 15.
Workshops also include meditation exercises and personal sharing.
A non-judgemental environment is essential for sharing and growth, as well as confidentiality. Safety measures and guidelines are created by the group at the first meeting in order to establish and support the spirit of a "safe haven".
“Lisa provided a Positive Discipline parenting workshop opportunity for parents at our school. Her authentic and open approach created a safe environment for participants. The structured sessions allowed parents to explore their parenting styles and build new parenting strategies.”
— A.A., school counselor, Austin, TX