Lisa Dale Miller
CLINICIAN AUTHOR DHARMA TEACHER PODCASTER
When we heal suffering, the world is illuminated.
Develop Insight and clarity
Heal Traumatic Stress
Restore Resilience and Joy
Everyone deserves to live a full, engaged life and that can be difficult when mental and emotional distress creates disturbance in mind, heart and body. And many people suffer from aversion to physical dis-ease (particularly chronic) which compounds depressive/anxious thoughts and feelings. Achieving sustained mental health requires a systems approach: one where mind is retrained to partner with the organism’s innate bottom-up regulatory capacities rather than hindering them (see SE & PVT).
I favor Integrative Psychotherapy (IP) an embodied, skills-based, results-oriented approach which increases awareness, attention, mindfulness, insight, compassion, and offers skills for resolving habitual depressive-collapsed and anxious-hyperaroused mind-body states that so often impede progress in traditional talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies. This work is ideal for people with mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, PTSD/trauma, chronic pain, grief, chronic stress and burnout, relational distress, and life-threatening illness.
SE™ TRAUMA THERAPY
Somatic Experiencing® is an effective psychobiological method for resolving symptoms of trauma, chronic stress and pain. SE™ is the life's work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, medical biophysicist and psychologist. This approach is a gentle, yet direct method for releasing traumatic shock and increasing one's window of tolerance; key elements of 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 helps us naturally experience where our physiology is "stuck" in fight, flight, freeze, and then resolve incomplete trauma responses and their co-occurring, distressful physiological states—without strain or retraumatization. SE™ is also an effective method for resolving medical trauma. 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.
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.
ADULTS AGE 20-26
Today’s twenty-somethings often meet life with a long-standing habit of anxiety and/or dependence, arising from a popular, yet unhealthy parenting style centered around sheltering children from pain and failure. Parental fearfulness and intolerance of difficulty impedes development of self-sufficiency, adventurousness, responsibility, innate confidence and connectedness. My work helps young adults break free of conditioned anxiety, perfectionism, and entitlement, and land firmly in an embodied reality of desire, interest, uncertainty, curiosity, independence, fearlessness, and drive. Substance use and/or self-harming behaviors are often used chronically to avoid, dissociate and temporarily ameliorate discomfort. The engaging, direct method of Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing® eliminates the need for these and other unskillful means, by cultivating presence, tranquility, patience, inner strength/guts, equanimity, energy and compassion.
Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP practices psychotherapy in California (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #43725 and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC#691), New York (LMFT#001283-1) and Oregon (LMFT#T1207) and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Her office is in Los Gatos, CA. Lisa authored Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence, a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals. She has been an outpatient clinician for the VA San Jose and has taught a variety of Mindfulness-based Interventions. Lisa is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. She is the creator of 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. View her artist website.
Psychotherapy Session Fees
50-minute session $225.00
80-minute session $330.00
Lisa is an out-of-network provider for all health insurance plans
POWERFUL HEALING PARTNERS
Somatic Experiencing® and Polyvagal Theory
Achievable trauma healing and sustainable mental health require bottom-up and top-down interventions. Polyvagal Theory (PVT) describes connection between the autonomic nervous system (ANS), vagus, and well-being. The ANS is the neurobiological regulator of the mind-body system: regulating internal functioning as the ANS continually assesses interpersonal and environmental safety and threat. This ability is known as neuroception and it shapes our reality by determining moment-to-moment how we perceive ourselves, our world, and whether we act responsively or reactively.
Traumatic experiences (depending upon type, severity, and constancy) can have short-term or long-term effects on ANS and vagal function. Somatic Experiencing (SE™) unwinds trauma-induced nervous system hyperarousal and hypoarousal swings—often presenting as cycles of anxiety and depression—and restores embodied presence, mental clarity and emotional responsivity.
Buddhist Psychology Media
Mind-heart training for well-being
knowing emptiness ⇆ offer compassion
- Lisa's 2022 Dharma Teaching Schedule
- Guided Meditation Practices
Lisa's Recorded Dharma Talks
Find Lisa's recent Dharma Talks on the Groundless Ground Podcast
Pre-2000 Dharma Talks
- Talks on Buddhist Psychology
- Interviews with Lisa