Lisa HeadshotI am a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington DC, where I offer individual, couples and group psychotherapy for older adolescents and adults.

Over the past 20 years of clinical, academic, outreach and advocacy experience, I have worked with diverse populations and with clients who present with a wide range of issues. I specialize in recovery from trauma, successful movement through life transitions, and repair of interpersonal relationships.

I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, and completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Towson University Counseling Center.  I am an adjunct faculty member in the University of Maryland’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program where I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and provide clinical supervision to doctoral students.

I began my private practice career as an associate with Courtois & Associates PC, a private practice with a primary focus on complex trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and childhood sexual abuse. Chrisitine Courtois is one of the foremost complex trauma experts and author of many publications on complex trauma, such as, Healing the Incest Wound, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders (Adults): An Evidence-Based Guide, and most recently, Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach. It was an honor and privilege to work and train under the leadership of Dr.Courtois.

I have published in academic journals and presented at professional conferences on a variety of topics that include trauma, women’s multiple role management and power-sharing marriages.

Next professional presentation:

November 2013:  “Therapy with Complex Trauma Survivors: Strategies for Healing Clients, Healing the Therapy Relationship, and Healing Ourselves as Clinicians.” International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation annual conference in Baltimore.  Co-presenters: Suzanne Friedman, PhD and Nancy Hensler, PhD.