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 trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, chronic stress and burnout, relational distress, chronic pain, systemic inflammation and life-threatening illness.
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.
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.
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
Clinican Author Dharma Teacher Podcaster
Depression • Anxiety • PTSD
Stress • Medical Trauma •
Life Transistion • Burnout •
Chronic Pain • Relational Problems
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.
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.
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.
50-minute session $190.00
80-minute session $285.00
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
September 22 & 29, 2019
San Rafael, CA
Listen to my latest Dharma Talks on the Groundless Ground Podcast!
Practicing Bodhicittadownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Non-hatredDownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Empty Appearancedownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Fierce Compassiondownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Fearlessnessdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
Buddhism and Activismdownload mp3 or iTunes podcast
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
Los Gatos integrative psychotherapy
Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP
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