Integrative Psychotherapy (IP)
Somatic Experiencing®

Lisa Dale Miller  LMFT LPCC SEP

Gig Harbor, WA
Now accepting new patients!


Integrative Psychotherapy (IP) is an embodied, skills-based, results-oriented approach which increases awareness, presence, insight, and compassion. IP offers skills for resolving chronic depressive-collapsed and anxious-hyperaroused mind-body states, which hinder progress in traditional talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Adult Psychotherapy

  • GAIN clarity & insight
    HEAL traumatic stress
    CULTIVATE equanimity
  • CHOOSE a targeted or multi-faceted treatment plan
  • ACHIEVE sustained mental health with a systems approach
  • ATTEND wisely to one form of suffering and positively impact other concerns
  • TRANSFORM anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, grief, burnout, life transition

Couples Counseling

  • COMMUNICATE better
    REBUILD intimacy
    HEAL infidelity
  • My priority is to help stressed couples achieve a connected, skillful, emotionally-rich life
  • Early trauma and current adversities can undermine healthy relationships
  • Couples sessions are 80-minutes beause shorter sessions are not as effective

Trauma Psychotherapy

  • Somatic Experiencing®, the life's work of medical biophysicist and psychologist Dr. Peter A. Levine, is a psychobiological method for resolving symptoms of trauma and stress
  • SE™ skills are easy to learn and self-apply
  • I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP)


Lisa Dale Miller LMFT LPCC SEP

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Lisa Dale Miller has relocated to Gig Harbor, WA from Silicon Valley where she maintained a private practice for two decades. Lisa is currently seeking a suitable office in Gig Harbor for in-person sessions. Till then, all new patient sessions are telehealth only. Lisa is licensed to practice psychotherapy in Washington State (LMFT#61254534), California (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT#43725 and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC#691), New York (LMFT#001283-1) and Oregon (LMFT#T1207) and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP).

Clinician   Author   Podcaster

Lisa specializes in working with high-performing professionals (engineers, scientists, executives, physicians/psychologists, first responders) struggling with unresolved traumatic experiences: particularly medical trauma, C-PTSD, combat and war trauma, moral injury, high-impact injuries, burnout, workplace harassment, traumatic grief, and challenging life transitions.
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 VA San Jose, has taught a variety of Mindfulness-based Interventions, and is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow. Lisa is a Buddhist teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. She is the creator of the Groundless Ground Podcast

Internationally exhibited artist

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.

Current Session Fees

50-minute session $225.00
80-minute session $330.00

Lisa is an out-of-network provider for all health insurance plans


Polyvagal Theory and Somatic Experiencing®

 PVT clinical research    SE clinical research

  •  Sustainable trauma resolution requires bottom-up and top-down interventions. Polyvagal Theory (PVT) explains how the autonomic nervous system (ANS), vagus nerve complex, and systemic well-being are linked.
  •  The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the neurobiological regulator of the mind-body system. It regulates 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 autonomic nervous system (ANS) and vagal function. This often looks like chronic bouts of depressive collapse and/or chronic high anxiety or rage. Current mental health models view depression and anxiety as a largely cognitive/affective problem. ANS dysregulation is wholly negated.
  •  Somatic Experiencing (SE™) is the only therapeutic model that focuses on resolving trauma-induced ANS hyperarousal and hypoarousal swings by restoring capacity for embodied presencing, mental clarity and emotional responsivity.


A few patient reports from my academic publications
all identifying information is withheld

Embodied Presencing

I was so used to knowing my body through the stories my mind told me about it, not the actual experience of it. Now I soften into the uncomfortable sensations, calm down and realize it’s actually okay.

Trauma Resolution

I never understood that what my mind creates isn’t a current danger. I knew I was really scared all the time of everything, but didn’t understand my mind was using the memory of abuse to flavor everything. Now I can play with or hear how the fear isn’t real right now.

Depression Relief

I no longer automatically believe the stories my mind tells me about myself. Now I seek out actual experience and trust in that. I’ve been having strong awareness of an embodied experience of self-worth instead of a conceptual understanding of it... it feels so light and grounded.

Anxiety Relief

I realized the story I had been telling myself about my anxiety and what alcohol did for me, why I needed it, was completely false.

Sustainable Mental Health

I am starting to see directly, or at least glimpse now and then, that the whole constellation of sensation and experience is not actually real or external or permanent, but workable.

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Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP

Phone:   408.357.3209
Email Lisa:   Click here

Until I secure a Gig Harbor office, all new patient sessions are telehealth only.

I look forward to speaking with you!