In my own journey, I have found that the greatest strength came to me through the process of telling my story and finding my own voice. Therapy proved to be a catalyst of change and healing in this regard. By deconstructing the ideas, expectations or labels that were not my own, I could reconstruct my life, my path and emerge with more strength and clarity for what lay ahead. I could lay aside fear and embrace my own truth with dignity. I see therapy as a tool for exploring every facet of your identity, your life goals, your personal relationships and your recovery from past pain. As a lesbian affirming therapist, I can help you with these important issues, while integrating and understanding how sexual identity, fears about coming out or the impact of dealing with family rejection or discrimination, can have an impact on every area of your life.
As a lesbian affirming therapist, I consider it a privilege, to assist you in overcoming these struggles and find your voice, your strength as you develop, grow and become the person you are uniquely gifted to be.
With over 18 years of licensed clinical experience, I continue to find the journey of each client intriguing, challenging and exciting. I bring myself, my own story and my professional training and experience, to meet each person with the intent to simply listen. It is my passion to participate in my clients journey as a guide, a mentor, a teacher and confidante.
Do you work with heterosexual clients?
Yes! While the focus of resources here is for the lesbian community, I work with people from all walks of life and every orientation.
What we all share as human beings is the journey of self discovery and the desire for wholeness.
Are you available for professional consultation?
Yes! I often consult with therapists, teachers, counselors and pastors, when they find themselves in need of my
specific expertise in working with LGBT issues. I am available for
Key Note Presentations
Do you have a question for me? Please email me at [email protected]
University of California at Irvine-B.A. Social Ecology with Specialization in Psychology
Fuller Seminary-M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
My Recent Speaking Engagements Include:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Convention Invitted Speaker
Topic: Beyond Tolerance: Affirmative Therapy with LGBTQ Family Systems
Chapman University: Introduction to Affirmative Therapy with Trans* Clients
Biola Queer Underground: Invited Guest Panelist
Vanguard University: Invited Guest Panelist
On Level Ground Film Festival: Invited Guest Panelist
CA MFT No. 32416 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: 1995
Professional Activities and Memberships
CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
LAGPA: Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California
California Therapists for Marriage Equality www.ct4me.org
WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health www.wpath.org
To discuss how I may be of help to your organization, please contact me by phone: 714.390.8189 or email: [email protected]
- Lisa Maurel, MFT
CA Lic. 32416