Integrative Psychotherapy
Somatic Experiencing®

Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP

(408) 357-3209

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Individuals   Couples
depression   chronic pain   PTSD
anxiety   medical trauma   burnout

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 patients I work with have a complex of symptoms often manifesting as mental agitation, emotion dysregulation and physical disease processes. Integrative Psychotherapy (IP) is an embodied, systematic approach that combines evidence-based mind-body interventions and Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) skills. IP and SE™ are designed to help patients skillfully presence distressful inner and outer experience with awareness, clarity, insight and kindheartedness. Embodying these qualities decreases psychological stress and pro-inflammatory response—critical for alleviating symptoms of complex trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, chronic stress and burnout, relational distress, chronic pain, systemic inflammation and life-threatening illness.

Develop wisdom and insight

Negative fearful self-and-world-narratives distort perception and feed feelings of loathing, blame, and doubt; obscuring the mind's innate clarity, tranquility and dynamic responsiveness. Such mentally-generated suffering is the basis of all cognitive-affective distress, including collapsed depressed and highly anxious body-mind states. We all have the capacity to identify and liberate afflictive thoughts and emotions, and land firmly in the embodied innate well-being that is our birthright. Wise knowing is the main pillar of achieving long-lasting mental health.

Heal traumatic stress

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, chronic stress, chronic pain, and the wounds of early developmental trauma. This biopsychophysical approach imparts skills and tools to lessen mental and emotional distress and autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysregulation. 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.

Restore resilience and joy

Genuine mental health is an aspiration to flourish no matter what life brings. Even in times of difficulty we can unlock the mind's wellspring of radiant clarity and compassion. 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. This is the happiness that comes from knowing one's own true nature.

Lisa Dale Miller  LMFT, LPCC, SEP

seeing emptiness  ⇆  offer compassion
Clinican   Author   Dharma Teacher   Podcaster

Psychotherapy for
Individuals and couples

Depression  •  Anxiety  •  PTSD   •
  Stress  •  Medical Trauma   •
  Life Transistion  •  Burnout  •
  Chronic Pain  •  Relational Problems


Published works


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. Lisa is the creator and host 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. Lisa's artwork can be viewed on her artist website.

Adult Psychotherapy

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.

Trauma Therapy

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.

Couples Counseling

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.

Session Fees

50-minute session $190.00
80-minute session $285.00
Lisa is an out-of-network provider for all health insurance plans

Disclaimer: The information on any area or page of this site is intended for information purposes only regarding an available clinical service. The diagnosis or treatment of any particular disorder by the information provided on this website, or the links referred to by this website, is not recommended, intended, nor implied. No therapeutic relationship exists between Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP and individuals wishing to email or telephone her for information or to schedule an appointment. A therapeutic relationship, if appropriate, will be agreed upon in writing following an initial consultation. If a psychotherapy relationship is not possible, for whatever reason, appropriate referrals may be provided.

Dharma Teachings

All of Lisa's talks are available for free download

Lisa's Events

Dharma Teaching

Marin Sangha
September 22 & 29, 2019
San Rafael, CA
Understanding How Things Are
Insight Meditation South Bay
January 7, 2020
Mountain View, CA
Recent Dharma Talks

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Practicing Bodhicitta

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Empty Appearance

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Fierce Compassion

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Buddhism and Activism

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Dharma Talks Library


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Universal dharma...Not

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Dreamlike Nature

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The Four Reflections

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The Brahmaviharas

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Finding Real Peace

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Freedom in Uncertainty

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Buddhist Psychology

Psychology of Addiction

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Liberation of Mind

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Dharma in Relationships

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Deluded Mind

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Undeluded Mind

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Identity/Identitylessness 1

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Identity/Identitylessness 2

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Los Gatos integrative psychotherapy
Lisa Dale Miller  LMFT, LPCC, SEP

Contact me to schedule an appointment or make an inquiry

(408) 357-3209

800 Pollard Rd. B201
Los Gatos, Ca 95032