LIsa Dale  Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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LIsa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP

Clinician and Author
Private practice psychotherapy

Lisa Dale Miller is a private practice psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addiction, chronic pain, and relationship distress. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals. Training clinicians in the practical application of Buddhist psychology is her greatest joy. She has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for four decades.

Biography

Lisa Dale Miller is a private practice psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addiction, emotion dysregulation, chronic pain, and relationship distress. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Lisa is also an outpatient clinician for the Veterans Administration San Jose and a teacher of Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) for addiction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression relapse prevention, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Training clinicians in the practical application of Buddhist psychology is her greatest joy. She has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for four decades.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Buddhist psychology
    Mindfulness Interventions
    Buddhist philosophy
    Contemplative neuroscience

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Effortless Mindfulness - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context

The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the delusion of self-cherishing


Published: Jan 06, 2017 by Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context
Authors: Lisa Dale Miller
Subjects: Health and Social Care, Asian Studies, Social Psychology

This chapter explicates Western and Buddhist psychological models of self, Buddhist theories of not-self and conventional and ultimate self-cherishing, and outlines a somatopsychotherapeutic clinical approach for helping individuals struggling with depressive, anxious, trauma-related symptoms and addictions, to recognize self-cherishing mentation and lessen its deleterious effects.

American Psychological Association PsycCRITIQUES

The Contributions of Mindfulness Practice in a Secular Profession


Published: Apr 06, 2015 by American Psychological Association PsycCRITIQUES
Authors: Melvin E. Miller , Melissa Sivvy
Subjects: Psychological Science, Health and Social Care, Asian Studies

A rave review of "Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine Mental Health Through Awakened Presence" by Lisa Dale Miller New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. 252 pp

News

Shrinkrap Radio interviews Lisa Dale Miller

By: LIsa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP
Subjects: Health and Social Care, Mental Health, Other, Psychological Science

A wonderful conversation on the practical application of Buddhist psychology.

Videos

Beyond Mindfulness Panel Discussion

Published: Jul 01, 2015

On June 14 authors David McMahan, Gary Gach, Jack Petranker and Lisa Dale Miller presented at the Bay Area Book Festival on the topic, “Beyond Mindfulness”and the growing concern that a focus on “non-judgmental present awareness” can be used to support the status quo — a way to make things better instead of making things different.

Buddhist psychology skills

Published: Mar 11, 2015

In this short video on Buddhist psychology-inspired inquiry skills, I recount a dialogue with a patient that illustrates how to generate embodied presence and empowered choice-making by working directly with inherently false mental constructions about the future.

Transcendent Wisdom and Psychotherapy

Published: Jun 22, 2015

On June 7, 2015, a select group of presenters from the Mindfulness and Compassion Conference at SFSU convened to discuss Buddhism and Modernity. Panel 2 focused on the role for the transcendent dimensions of Buddhist practice and teachings in a disenchanted world. I chose to speak on Transcendent wisdom and psychotherapy. My talk begins at 8:22 in the video time sequence.

The Clinical Relevance of Awakening Part One

Published: Jun 22, 2015

David Vago, PhD and Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP recently recorded two rich and informative conversations focused on translating the Buddhist concept of “enlightenment” into modern clinical terms. David is currently involved in cutting edge neurobiological research on the awakened mind states that arise during various meditative practices.

The Clinical Relevance of Awakening Part 2: S-ART

Published: Jun 22, 2015

This first of Part 2's three videos focuses on S-ART, David's neurobiological framework for describing the positive effects of meditation on self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence. Covered topics include: Perception and distorted self-perception; clarity and insight; reducing mental and emotional suffering.

The Clinical Relevance of Awakening Part Two: Not-self 1

Published: Jun 22, 2015

This second of Part 2's three videos focuses on: Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna notions of awakening; secular mental training; different interventions for different psyches; selflessness/emptiness in psychotherapy; translating the dharma into neuropsychological terms, vedanā (craving and aversion); decentering.

The Clinical Relevance of Awakening Part Two: Not-self continuation

Published: Jun 22, 2015

This final Part 2 video focuses on: embodied cognition; aggregates and seeds of habit mind; other-centeredness and not-self; non-referential compassion; empathy fatigue; refuting self-compassion; clinical Tonglen practice; neurobiological evidence for not-self states; developmental model of awakening; dynamic responsiveness; neurotherapeutics.