Integrative Psychotherapy
Somatic Experiencing®

Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP

(408) 357-3209   email Lisa

Individuals  and  Couples

accepting new patients

depression   anxiety   PTSD
medical trauma   burnout   grief
COVID19-related trauma
Natural disaster trauma

Integrative Mental Health

Many begin psychotherapy after a severe life stressor, during periods of upheaval or illness, or because other methods failed. I specialize in helping people suffering with a complex of symptoms such as mental agitation, emotional/relational difficulties, and physical disease processes; and/or people with a long history of psychotherapy which bore minimal results. Both cases often coincide with trauma history and unresolved systemic trauma response.

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 people cultivate sustainable mental health by decreasing psychological stress and pro-inflammatory response—critical components of 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 clarity and insight

Negative, fearful self-and-world-narratives distort our perception and feed a deep sense of self-loathing, blame, and self-doubt; all of which obscures mental clarity, tranquility and responsiveness. This anguish is the root cause of most cognitive-affective distress and depressive-anxious body-mind states. Integrative Psychotherapy facilitates capacity for identifying and diminishing afflictive thoughts and emotions, and grounding in the embodied innate well-being that is our birthright. These skills form the foundation of 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

Sustainable mental health arises from a committment to flourish, no matter what life brings. Even in difficult times, our innate wellspring of radiant clarity and compassion is available. 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.

Lisa Dale Miller  LMFT, LPCC, SEP

seeing emptiness  ⇆  offer compassion
Clinican   Author   Dharma Teacher   Podcaster

Individuals and couples

Depression • Anxiety • PTSD 
Relational Problems • Trauma 
 Chronic Pain • Medical Trauma 
Grief and Loss • Life Transistion 


Published works


Psychotherapy Services

Short-term Telehealth Trauma Therapy available for COVID-19 frontline healthcare professionals in California, New York, and Oregon     
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

Anyone who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and/or trauma knows how disturbance in the mind, heart and body can negatively impact personal well-being. I favor an embodied, skills-based, results-oriented approach, designed to produce sustainable systemic well-being for individuals suffering with mood disorders, depressive/anxious rumination, varieties of trauma/PTSD, chronic pain, grief, chronic stress and burnout, relational distress, and life-threatening illness. Integrative approaches increase awareness, attention, insight and compassion, and offer skills for resolving the depressive collapse-states and anxious hyperaroused states that so often impede progress in traditional talk and/or CBT therapies. Sustained mental health requires a systems approach: the top-down mind is re-trained to partner with the organism’s innate bottom-up regulatory capacities, rather than hinder them. Liberation from suffering is the aim; knowing who you truly are is the path and the ultimate goal of this work.

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.

Adults Ages 20-30

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.

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

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Dharma Teaching

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

Non-attachment 1 & 2

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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

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