Know Genuine Mental Health
lucid and calm
kind and generous
Awakened Presence Psychotherapy™ (APP) combines dynamic, evidence-based treatments for mood disorders, trauma, chronic stress, emotion dysregulation, chronic pain and addiction. APP is an interactive, depth-oriented approach which integrates mindfulness, compassion and Somatic Experiencing (SE™) skills. This method is ideal for individuals struggling with unrelenting depressive/anxious symptoms, trauma and chronic pain, autoimmune dysregulation, substance use problems. I also work with couples in distress; professionals in high-stress careers or life transition; military veterans; depressed, anxious or stressed young adults.
Embodied presence increases well-being—a feeling of vibrant aliveness. Mindfulness and compassion skills promote insight, wisdom, skillful behavior, and joyful equanimity. A mind freed from incessant anxiety and rumination, readily meets life's challenges with enthusiasm and intelligence.
Genuine mental health is an aspiration to flourish no matter what life brings. This inner joy 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. Even in times of difficulty we can experience mind in its natural state: a wellspring of innate radiant, clarity. This is the happiness that comes from knowing one's own true nature.
Negative thoughts about ourselves and others are harmful. Many people report feeling trapped by thoughts of self-loathing, self-judgment, self-blame, and self-doubt. Negative internal narratives distort our perception and grip us in fear. When we liberate these and other forms of inner suffering we have greater capacity to embrace the total possibility of life.
To schedule an appointment
Call Lisa at 408-919-7008 or email her