- Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
I offer trauma-informed psychotherapy to adults across the lifespan. With warmth, curiosity, and practicality, I will collaborate with you in our sessions to discover what healing and change look like for you.
I believe that you're the expert of your own experience and everyone has the capacity to grow, heal, and create meaningful change in their lives. A safe, trusting, and supportive therapeutic relationship allows for a dedicated space to explore, carefully unpack, and gain more tools to navigate whatever it is that brought you to therapy.
Whether it's learning how to better manage anxiety, move through a big transition, recover from a traumatic event, navigate the loss or death of a loved one, or adjust to a new or ongoing disability or medical condition, I will partner with you along your journey. Together, we can figure out the stuck places, help you identify what you want and need, and chart your path forward.
I began my education and career at the University of California, Berkeley, where I earned my B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. I had an academic focus in medical anthropology and disability studies and worked in qualitative research. This ignited my interest in the intricacies of the human experience and the impact society, culture, and one's environment can have. It led me to pursue my M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from San Francisco State University, where I continued to work in qualitative research and began my training as a therapist. My clinical training included an emphasis in working with individuals with disabilities and medical conditions, which qualified me for my Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential.
Over the past decade, I've worked primarily in public sector mental health and social services settings as well as private practice. My research experience, coupled with my public sector experience, informs my therapy practice. I have a deep understanding of intersecting systemic barriers and an inextinguishable curiosity about the human condition.
My clinical experiences have been centered around individuals living with disabilities and chronic health conditions, many of whom also held other historically marginalized identities. I have provided clinical mental health counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling in college and high school programs for students who lived with disabilities, and in county behavioral health and state vocational rehabilitation settings. I have also worked in a social worker and supervisor capacity in an aging and adult services county program. In these settings, I've worked with teens through older adults, those who've held LGBTQ+ identities, and those who've identified as neurodivergent.
I believe therapy is a collaborative and relational process. In our work together, I use evidence-based approaches that are guided by and tailored to your individual needs and goals. I have an integrative theoretical orientation, in that I use aspects of multiple theories. My approach is primarily informed by humanistic, existential, relational, attachment-focused, and biopsychosocial frameworks. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you gain more practical tools and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for targeted trauma treatment. I’ll meet you wherever you are in your journey with warmth, authenticity, and honesty. My empathetic and direct style can help us discover what healing and change look like for you.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- First Responders
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Persons with Disabilities
- Persons with Disabilities
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
I offer online therapy to individuals living in the San Francisco Bay Area and across California using a secure, HIPAA compliant telehealth platform.
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To schedule a free, 15-minute initial phone consultation, please call (415) 483-9195 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Lisa Paer, LMFT #107252 & LPCC #6635