Ms. Averoff is specialized to provide therapy for children 5+, teenagers and adults, assisting with issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, family relationships, bipolar disorder, and dual diagnosis problems with individuals with addictions and their families. She is highly specialized in trauma, both complex trauma as a result of multiple traumas from childhood including sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse, and simple trauma from accidents or specific incidents of abuse. Lisa’s work includes individual therapy, psychoeducation, teaching coping skills, behavior modification, and assisting families with interpersonal relationship issues. With a multicultural background having lived in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, she is attuned to cultural nuances that play a role in families living in the USA. Lisa works closely on an individual basis with clients and incorporates the families into therapy on a regular basis.
Lisa has received national board certifications and specific training in post-traumatic stress, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, sexual abuse and domestic violence therapy, critical incident debriefing and advanced training in addictions and substance abuse. She is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, practicing in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova University and her undergraduate degree from The American College in Switzerland.
Lisa uses Marley, the therapy dog, a black lab to help reduce stress and offer comfort. Marley helps in the counseling process and is especially good and kind with children.