Integrative Mental Health
People often start psychotherapy after experiencing a severe life stressor, during periods of upheaval or illness, or because other methods failed to deliver desired results. Many of the patients I work with have a complex of symptoms manifesting as mental agitation, emotional dysregulation and physical distress. Integrative Psychotherapy (IP) is an embodied, systemic approach that combines evidence-based psychotherapeutic skills and Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) tools. IP and SE™ are targeted, skills-based, and engaging—all of which help patients increase awareness, attention, insight and kindheartedness. These qualities generate clarity, aliveness, and presence, and stimulate innate body-mind capacities that alleviate negative effects of trauma, mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, chronic stress and burnout, relational distress, chronic pain, systemic inflammation and life-threatening illness.
Negative and fearful internal narratives distort perception, feed feelings of loathing, blame, and doubt, and obscure capacity for clarity, tranquility and responsiveness. This inner suffering is the root source of all cognitive-affective distress. When we identify and liberate afflictive thoughts and emotions, embodied well-being flourishes. This frees us to fully participate in the intrinsic wisdom, goodness and meaning of human existence.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is an effective psychobiological method for resolving the nervous system dysregulation that so often accompanies depression, anxiety, traumatic events, PTSD, medical trauma, stress disorders, chronic pain disorders and the wounds of early developmental trauma. This biopsychophysical approach offers patients direct insight into the sources of mind-body dysregulation and skills to lessen its occurence. The SE™ skills are easy to learn and self-apply and its gentle embodied approach releases traumatic shock and psychophysical trauma without strain or retraumatization. It is an effective compliment to psychotherapy.
Genuine mental health is an aspiration to flourish no matter what life brings. This innate embodied well-being is not dependent upon the existence of agreeable circumstances or pleasurable objects. In fact, like the lotus that grows in mud, human flourishing flowers best in life's most challenging moments. Even in times of difficulty we can experience mind in its natural state: a wellspring of radiant clarity. This is the happiness that comes from knowing one's own true nature.
Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP
Clinican Author Dharma Teacher Podcaster
Integrative Psychotherapy Services
Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California (LMFT#43725 LPCC#691), New York (LMFT#001283-1) and Oregon (LMFT#T1207) and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Her office is located in Los Gatos, CA. In 2014 Lisa authored Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence, a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals. Lisa has been an outpatient clinician for the Veterans Administration San Jose and a teacher of Mindfulness-based Interventions. She presents at conferences and trains clinicians in the clinical applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. Lisa is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. Her newest project is the Groundless Ground Podcast. From 1982-2006, Lisa produced and exhibited provocative artwork focusing on social, political and spiritual themes. In January 2000, Lisa created and implemented a music therapy project in Kosovo for CRS. That experience led her to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her artwork can be viewed online.
I favor an embodied psychotherapeutic approach that emphasizes teaming up with a patient to help them achieve genuine mental health. This method is engaging, targeted, skills-based, and dialogic. IP and SE™ work on increasing awareness, attention, insight and compassion, while resolving the depressive collapse-states and anxious hyperaroused-states that so often impede progess in traditional psychotherapy. Sustained healing occurs when patients alleviate internal and external suffering in the body-mind-heart and learn how to partner with the body’s innate capacities to heal autonomic dysregulation and stress-related deficiencies. I often work with individuals suffering with mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, varieties of trauma, chronic stress and burnout, autoimmune disorders, relational distress, chronic pain, and life-threatening illness.
Most couples cite poor communication, lack of intimacy or infidelity as their primary issues. Keeping love alive and healthy can seem unattainable when relationship distress exists alongside a demanding, exhausting Silicon Valley work/family life. My priority is to help couples achieve their vision of a deeply connected, skillful, emotionally rich life. At the heart of this work is the delivery of tools to master non-violent, lovingly honest, compassionate and mindful communication. Couples sessions are 80 minutes, maximizing the effectiveness of each session. Couples commit to engaging in targeted skills between sessions because home practice is the key to making real change happen quickly and efficiently.
Somatic Experiencing® is an effective psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptomatology and relieving chronic stress and pain disorders. SE™ is the life's work and creation of Dr. Peter A. Levine, medical biophysicist and psychologist. This approach is a gentle, yet direct method for releasing traumatic shock; the key to transforming PTSD and the psychophysical wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. The SE™ skills are easy to learn and self-apply. The SE™ method provides an effective framework to naturally experience where the physiology is "stuck" in fight, flight, freeze, or collapse responses and resolve incomplete trauma responses and their co-occurring, distressful physiological states—without strain or retraumatization. Mindful, compassionate presence is the foundation of SE™, which makes it the perfect complement to Integrated Psychotherapy tools. After completing the three-year SE™ practitioner certification, I continue to further my SE™ and Somatic Touch-based skills for trauma therapists in post-graduate trainings with Dr. Levine and Kathy L Kain.
Young Adult Psychotherapy
Many young adults suffer from overwhelming stressful demands, feelings of self-doubt, depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, otherness, existential dread and/or failure to thrive. My work focuses on helping young people know themselves with clarity and compassion and reconnect with their desires and talents. This is critically important for reclaiming the motivation to achieve academically and socially. Distressed young people often turn to substances and/or self-harming behaviors to avoid, avert or temporarily ameliorate difficult states of mind and body. An important part of effective therapy is steering young people away from these destructive habits by offering them evidence-based mindfulness and compassion interventions that not only help them feel better, but increase concentration, tranquility, patience, equanimity, discrimination and kindness.
50-minute session $180.00
80-minute session $270.00
Lisa is an out-of-network provider for all health insurance plans
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All of Lisa's talks are available for free download
April 29 & May 6
September 16 & 23
San Rafael, CA
Non-attachmentdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Universal dharma...Notdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Dreamlike Naturedownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
The Four Reflectionsdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
The Brahmaviharasdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Finding Real Peacedownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Freedom in Uncertaintydownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Psychology of Addictiondownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Liberation of Minddownload mp3
Dharma in Relationshipsdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Deluded Minddownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Undeluded Minddownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Identity/Identitylessness 1download mp3 or iTunes podcast
Identity/Identitylessness 2download mp3 or iTunes podcast
Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP
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