Integrative Psychotherapy
Somatic Experiencing®

Lisa Dale Miller   LMFT  LPCC  SEP

Lisa Dale Miller LMFT  LPCC  SEP

Integrative Psychotherapy For Adults

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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.

  Develop clarity and insight
  Heal traumatic stress
  Rebuild joy and resilience

Choose a targeted or comprehensive treatment plan.

Depending upon the scope of your concerns, this psychotherapeutic approach can be individualized for maximum effectiveness.

Achieving sustained mental health requires a systems approach.

People often come into this treatment suffering with distorted anxious/depressive internal narratives and/or aversion to physical dis-ease (particularly chronic). Both maladies worsen the other. A distressed mind tightens and stresses the heart and body; a troubled heart increases mental and bodily pain.

IP helps us wisely attend to the complexity of suffering, so healing one form of distress positively impacts all other concerns.

Because there is no separation between mind, body and heart, thoughts and emotions can be trained to attend to and partner with the body's uniquely intelligent regulatory system rather than hindering it (see SE & PVT). This methodological difference is the main cause of IP's effectiveness.

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. It is excellent for resolving lingering effects of medical trauma.

I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner(SEP)

Having completed the three-year SE™ practitioner training in 2013, 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 concerns.

Keeping love alive and healthy can seem unattainable when relationship distress exists alongside a demanding, exhausting work and family life.

My priority is to help stressed 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.

Early trauma and current adversities can undermine healthy relationships.

Early developmental trauma and disrupted emotional attachment styles can undermine successful relationships. IP and SE™ can be a tremendously helpful complementary approaches in effective couples therapy particularly when restoring trust and safety are central to a couples’ success.

Couples sessions are 80 minutes.

50 minutes, once a week, simply isn’t efficient. In this treatment, couples also commit to targeted skills practice between sessions because home practice is the key to making real change happen.

Lisa Dale Miller is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT#43725 and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC#691), Washington (LMFT#61254534), New York (LMFT#001283-1) and Oregon (LMFT#T1207) and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Her office is in Silicon Valley.


Lisa is a clinician, author, dharma teacher, and podcaster

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, has taught a variety of Mindfulness-based Interventions, and is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow. 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

Lisa is also an internationally exhibited visual 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 & Somatic Experiencing®

Sustainable trauma resolution requires bottom-up and top-down interventions.
 PVT clinical research   SE clinical research

  •  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: 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 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.

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Lisa Dale Miller LMFT, LPCC, SEP

Phone:   408.357.3209
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Silicon Valley Office
960 Saratoga Ave., Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95129

I look forward to speaking with you!