Lisa Jellison, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Ca Lic # MFC 46430

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Ca Lic # LPCC 820


Trained Treatment Approaches

Lisa has been trained and has a certificate for continuing education units in each of these treatment approaches.

Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1

Gottman Couples Therapy is a research-based approach to creating stronger relationships. This approach can give couples new insight into their struggles using research-based assessments and effective interventions. In the beginning of couples therapy, I offer education about how couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions, and how the quality of relationships affects the immune system, physical health and well-being.

We discuss how marital problems change over time, but never go away–even in happy couples. I then assist couples in mastering proven strategies and tools to help them successfully manage conflict. They also learn skills that empower them to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues. There are also methods taught to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts. And finally, techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  1. PCIT is a research based treatment consisting of two components, averaging 14-20 weekly sessions.
    • First Component: Parent-child relationship enhancement
      • Improve parenting skills and enhance relationship quality
    • Second Component: Behavior management
      • Decrease child behavior problems and mental health problems
  2. PCIT is designed to treat children age 2-7 year’s old and exhibiting disruptive behaviors.
    • Screaming, oppositional, defiant, testing limits, biting, breaks things, physically aggressive, etc
  3. PCIT works with the parent and child together in one room and the therapist is next door in another room.
    • Therapist coaches the parents with a “bug-in-the-ear” from a one-way mirror. The parent actually practices the skills and learns faster from hands on during the sessions.
  4. PCIT research findings include:
    • Parents learn skills adequately and have more positive parental attitudes
    • Parents report kids behavior problems are within normal limits
    • Parents and kids generalize and use skills with siblings, at home, and at school

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  1. TF-CBT: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be used on children ages 4-18 years. It includes education for the child about feelings and trauma, teaching feelings expression and coping skills, creating a trauma narrative (writing your story about your trauma), processing your trauma narrative, teaching skills to the child to manage their behavior, and parent/child sessions.
  2. The basic idea of TF-CBT is teaching coping skills, writing their trauma story, systematically desensitizing them to the trauma by reviewing and reading the story each session and using coping skills to calm them, challenging the negative thoughts in the story, having the child read the story to the parent, a lot of parent sessions to prepare the parents for the reading, and practicing coping skills and relationships for the future.
  3. When treatment is over, research has shown, the child can have less of an intense emotional reaction to the traumatic event, can have skills to manage their feelings, and can have skills to build on for the future. The child may also feel empowered that they got their story out and were able to share it.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  1. EMDR is a research based treatment that has been designated as an effective treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other associated symptoms. Below is an explanation of how it works in treating trauma (distressing memories), however it can also be used for treating anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and performance enhancement. EMDR is challenging to discuss briefly in writing, without getting caught up in psychology terms, so if you would like to talk about it further, please contact me.
  2. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm usual ways of coping and the memory of the event is inadequately processed; the memory is improperly stored in an isolated memory network. When this memory network is activated, the individual may re-experience aspects of the original event, often resulting in inappropriate overreactions.
  3. EMDR is a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates elements of several effective therapies. It also uses the unique element of bilateral stimulation (e.g. eye movements, tones, or tapping).
  4. During the processing phases of EMDR, the client attends to the disturbing memory in multiple brief sets of about 15–30 seconds, while simultaneously focusing on the bilateral stimulation (e.g., therapist-directed lateral eye movement, alternate hand-tapping, or bilateral auditory tones). This bilateral stimulation is thought to mimic REM sleep, where most of our processing is done.
  5. The theory is that EMDR works directly with memory networks and enhances information processing by forging associations between the distressing memory and more adaptive information contained in other memory networks. It is thought that the distressing memory is transformed when new connections are forged with more positive and realistic information. This results in a transformation of the emotional, sensory, and cognitive components of the memory so that, when it is accessed, the individual is no longer distressed. Instead they recall the incident with a new perspective, new insight, elimination of emotional distress, and relief of related physical anxiety.

Triple P

  1. The three Ps in ‘Triple P’ stand for ‘Positive Parenting Program’. Triple P helps you understand how your family works so you can use the things you already think, feel, say and do in new ways. Triple P helps you:
    • Create a stable, supportive, harmonious family environment
    • Teach your children the skills they need to get along with others
    • Deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behavior should it arise
    • Encourage behavior you like
    • Develop realistic expectations of your children and yourself
    • Take care of yourself as a parent.
  2. Imagine being able to spend all that time and energy you usually devote to sorting out kids’ behavior problems on something enjoyable
  3. Imagine having an organized, orderly family routine with ground rules that everyone knows and follows
  4. Imagine being able to balance work and family without constant stress and worry
  5. Imagine living in a harmonious family where conflict with your kids is low
  6. Imagine being confident your parenting is giving your kids the best start to life
  7. Triple P, like PCIT, is also based on evidence from clinical research. For more than 30 years, Triple P’s easy-to-understand and practical strategies have been shown to help families in all types of situations. Triple P has workbooks, tip sheets, books, DVDs, parent groups, courses or one-on-one sessions to arm you with the tools that can make parenting a little less ‘trial and error’.