Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT

Lisa Dale


Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is a private practice psychotherapist in Los Gatos, CA. She specializes in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, emotion dysregulation, chronic pain, and relationship distress. Lisa is the author the highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Lisa also presents at conferences on the clinical applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

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The Quote

I want to share the concept of integration and flexibility.

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Lisa shares an amazing story about her journey from art and drumming to working in the trauma field.

A Crucial Early Mistake

The biggest mistakes I’ve made, I’ve made early on in my career when I was working with war veterans, in not learning their language.

Lisa’s Why

My life has always been about service. What else is there?

Lisas advice

  • Please, please, get educated in some kind of somatic modality.
  • If you’re not a licensed clinician yet, please get educated.
  • Then, get your somatic training

Lisa’s go-to books

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1 Comment

  1. Angela Childers Reply

    I appreciate your insistance and emphasis on the importance of therapists being trained in some kind of trauma informed modalities that involves the integration of the whole person and NOT exposure therapy and/or simply having the client share a narrative of their traumatic experience. I am alarmed by the number of therapists that do know how the brain and body hold the trauma or how to normalize scientifically how their response to an abnormal event is normal. Helping my trauma clients to understand the dynamics of how trauma is processed because of our amazing brains…all therapists should practice on the foundation of “do no harm” and without proper training in trauma, it is too risky that unintentional harm is being done. . Trauma work is not something you should operate on the idea of “winging it”. It is on some levels irresponsible to not know and understand trauma on a level that provides safety, knowledge, and hope for our trauma clients. I may or may not have a soapbox to stand on about this topic!

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