Life is a beautiful and messy journey. While pain is an inevitable part of our journey, misery is not. When symptoms arise in our lives, they are often ignored, medicated, or simply endured. Then one day, we decide that enough is enough, something has to change. And we find ourselves looking for help. I have built this page for you to give you a glimpse into how I work and to share with you thoughts, reflections, and resources, that may assist you in getting the help and relief that is needed.
Real changes require the work of attention and often, the help of another who can listen deeply and empathically. If you are interested in getting to the root of your patterns of self harm, substance abuse/misuse, depression, anxiety, avoidance, harmful relationships, self hatred, suicidal ideation, relational conflict, shame, self sabotage; then deeper work will be useful to you.
I am dedicated to psychotherapy that is centered in deep listening and empathy and I see my role as helping you descend into your own self so that through deeper knowing, self awareness, and re-membering of lost parts of the true self, you may draw up the inner wisdom that will enable you to make the necessary changes in thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to create a more sustaining and fulfilling life.
Some of the foundational tenants of my approach include respect and dignity for my clients as the experts on their own experiences, awareness of social injustice and environmental forces that impact our mental health and our access to resources, appreciation and awe for the diversity of human expression of gender and sexuality, and openness to the dialogue that will support a working relationship that is equitable, just and attendant to your perspectives and experience. I am open to creating dialogue that facilitates a working relationship through open communication and attention to issues such as sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity and religion as it pertains to our working relationship and understanding of your experience and values and supporting your goals.
"You have the need and the right to spend part of your life, caring for your soul. It is not easy. To be a soulful person means to go against all of the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution."
- Jean Shinoda Bolen -
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Lisa Maurel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Orange County, CA, specializing in individual, couples and family psychotherapy that addresses the deeper roots of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, despair, relationship conflict and creating a life of meaning and wellbeing. Lisa specializes in Affirmative Therapy for LGBTQ clients. Lisa maintains a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA.
With over 25 years of clinical experience, Lisa draws on systems of thought which emphasize relational interdependence, gender equality, insight and integration of mind, body, and spirit.