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About Lisa

"A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it's own wings."

~ Unknown
Lisa Knakal, MFT | Malibu, Calabasas Therapist Specializing in Individual, Couples Therapy | Adoption, Infertility | Life Transitions, Life Coaching
My academic qualifications include a BA in Art History from UCLA and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Phillip’s Graduate Institute where I was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society.  

I have additional training in Attachment and Object Relations Theory, Trauma Recovery and Affect Regulation, and extensive training in Child Therapy. 

My own diverse educational background, experience in the entertainment industry and multiculturalism as well as my longtime yoga and meditation practice inform and ground the work I do. 

I have worked with couples and adults on issues including: 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual dysfunction and addiction
  • Trauma recovery
  • Pain disorders
  • Adoption and
  • Infertility issues
I am also experienced working with the elderly and their families dealing with transition, grief and hospice issues.  

Through California Counseling Center as well as Jewish Family Service, I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with children, their schools and families on myriad issues including:
  • Academic underachievement
  • Anxiety
  • Severe ADHD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and 
  • Grief and loss
My treatment plans are individualized and integrate a combination of theoretical orientations aimed at both symptom reduction and insight. With compassion, warmth and a deep respect for multiculturalism I hope to continue helping clients lead increasingly fulfilling lives.

Call me today (818) 297-4444 to schedule a brief consultation; together we'll work toward finding meaning in this period of change and transition and create for you a more balanced future.   

I provide individual therapy, couples counseling, and child and family therapy for the greater San Fernando Valley area, including Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon, Encino, Tarzana, Agoura, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Malibu. 
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