Lisa Nave is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Mill Valley, California. With over 15 years of experience, Lisa’s areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, parenting, and relationship issues.
Lisa has taught a variety of psychology courses, including Theories of Counseling, Personality Theories, Interpersonal Communication, Humanistic Psychology, Human Sexuality, Emotional Intelligence in Leadership, and Theories of Motivation and Success. Lisa has worked in a number of settings beyond private practice, including nonprofit therapy clinics, child and sexual abuse treatment centers, day treatment programs, and schools across the Bay Area. In addition, she has been an Assistant Principal for a school for SED children, a counselor for Stanford University, and has taught at Golden Gate University, among other colleges.
Always seeking the latest research, one of her recent interests is in neuroscience. Specifically, how psychotherapy and techniques such as mindfulness and meditation can rewire the neural passageways in our brains, thereby healing trauma, improving mood, and decreasing stress and anxiety. (See Daniel Siegel or Daniel Goleman for more about neuroscience).
She also has an interest and specialized training in attachment and developmental theories. The process of psychotherapy can transform internalized relational dynamics developed in childhood that may prevent clients from experiencing the level of connection to self and others they desire, as well as let go of outmoded patterns and beliefs that no longer serve them. (See The Developing Mind).
Trauma is yet another area of study with new findings. Researchers such as Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk have discovered that trauma is not only stored in the psyche, but in the body. Lisa uses mind-body techniques that have been proven to heal trauma such as breathing exercises and affect regulation, yoga practices, and mindfulness skills.
In addition, Lisa has found research on women, the female brain, hormones, and evolutionary psychology to be of particular relevance today. Authors such as Louann Brizendine and Helen Fisher are shedding new light on the psychology of women. We now know that the female brain is different from the male brain, and that influences such as our shifting hormones and evolutionary inheritance provide insights that help us to better understand ourselves.
Lisa has participated in and studied various contemplative practices, such as mindfulness, Buddhism and meditation, which in addition inform her work. Her online courses are also greatly influenced by the research on happiness from The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
She received an MA in Clinical Psychology from JFK University in 1996, and a BA in Fine Art from UC Davis in 1993, with extensive studies in Art History.