Lisa Macedo, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
- Anxiety, OCD & Panic
- Depression & Stress
- Weight Loss CBT
- Ages: Adults
- Social & Dating Anxiety
- Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
- OCD Foundation (BTTI)
Experience 8+ Years
Adults who struggle with anxiety—these are the clients Lisa enjoys working with the most. She loves to see clients create and lead lives of meaning, satisfaction and fulfillment.
She uses over eight years of experience to help clients break down the barriers of social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, communication concerns and relationship problems.
Her counseling style is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and advanced TEAM Therapy (developed by David Burns, MD at Stanford University). She also has an OCD certification through the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and is a Certified Cognitive Therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. These therapies emphasize support, empathy, openness and specific exercises as some of the effective tools to helping clients overcome their challenges.
Lisa says, “I will listen so I know how to support your needs. I want to teach you new skills you feel confident implementing into your life.”
Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.
In her free time, you might meet her exploring the nearby hiking and biking trails.
What People Are Saying About Lisa…
Lisa is a great listener and has such great energy. I always felt like I was talking to a good friend after talking with her and I learned a lot of good techniques too! Past Client Read More
Initially I thought therapists just listen, and don’t offer practical suggestions. Working with Lisa became more of an emotional workshop, learning tools to not just figure out thoughts and feelings, but tools to maintain emotional health. Past Client Read More
I learned to open up and talk more about what is going on in my life, learned helpful techniques on how to manage and overcome anxiety. Therapy helped to raise my self-esteem and confidence too. Past Client Read More
What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.
Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.
Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?
No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
How can a LMFT help me?
Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.