About Me

I am a person-centered therapist, meaning that I truly believe in your ability to heal and thrive. I recognize that there is more to you than what you are going through, and I work with you as the whole person that you are. I also believe that you are the expert of you. You have the answers within yourself, and I will work with you to find them.


Because every human is different, I take an eclectic approach to therapy. I incorporate a wide array of therapeutic techniques in order to best fit you as an individual. I pull from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), humanistic, narrative, solution-focused, and Gestalt therapies. I also provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy that is very effective in treating trauma.


I have over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. I entered the field as a behavior interventionist, utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the schools and homes of clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and other developmental disorders. I then moved to Spain to teach English to elementary school students. It was an amazing experience that really expanded my worldview. After returning to California, I worked in various primary and secondary schools to provide therapy, counseling, and consultations. I gained extensive experience working clients dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, difficult behaviors, self-esteem, anger, and stress.


I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and my Master of Science in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT107252), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC6635), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

Lisa Paer, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist