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Lisa Pedersen, LCSW
I won't tell you what to do, but rather, I'll help you to be the best version of you that you can possibly be.

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Lisa Pedersen, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Since I became licensed in 1996,  I have learned that my clients are the best judge of my style. They often say, "I like your approach. You really listen and respect me." From there the sessions build upon themselves. I often say that we aren't going to hit the gas pedal running at 60 mph but rather go as fast as the client's mind and body allow.

My style? I listen. And I listen some more. And then the magic begins where I may see something and then tell the client to "put it in the pot and stir it". The client can then take what I say and use it in a way that seems the most relevant for the moment. "What do you think I should do, Lisa?" is a question often asked in therapy sessions. My answer? I won't tell you what to do, but rather, I'll help you to be the best version of you that you can possibly be.

Education

MSW - Social Work, Simmons University

License Number and State

CA 17867

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

Cuddling with furry friends, creating art and taking photos, spending time with family, and chasing sunsets

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Whenever I turn my computer on I take 5-10 deep breaths. It's a great way to remind myself that computers can never breathe in the way that people can.

What book have you read more than once?

The Help by Kathryn Stockett; not only have I read the book but I've watched the movie countless times. Being able to learn about others' innermost experiences is similar to my work as a therapist.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

The Painting Experience, I love how this organization understands the importance of painting (or creating) just for the mere joy of painting. They believe in the process over the product. It's similar to therapy, isn't it?

How do you recharge?

My favorite way to recharge is to practice yoga, especially hot yoga. There's something about sweating out all the toxins to get you back on track (literally).