Lisa M. Clark,
MPA, MS, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Restoring Connections Counseling. It is a blessing and a privilege to journey with couples as they transition from dealing with difficult relationship issues including infidelity and divorce recovery, conflict and communication difficulties, lack of intimacy and lack of connection to restoring their relationships, feeling more connected with their spouses or partners, feeling happier, hopeful and realizing their relationship potential. I approach struggles with couples and in family relationships by understanding attachment styles and boundaries, and assessing connection with inner emotions. I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy which has been demonstrated by research to improve marriages, supports God’s design for marriage and our need for relational connection. In addition to my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman couples therapy, I utilize other empirically-based approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strength-Based Approaches. Personal experience and extensive training allows me to work with families of separation, divorce, co-parenting, blended families and premarital couples with compassion. I am trained in two research based marital assessment programs, Prepare-Enrich and SYMBIS, which are intended to help couples identify growth areas as well as unique strengths of their relationship. I offer pre-marital counseling and workshops as well. I am passionate about journeying along side couples struggling with destructive relationship patterns such as infidelity, lack of communication and conflict, in addition to family issues, and life transitions that cause anxiety and distress. It is my own experience with divorce and remarriage that led me to want to be a Marriage and Family therapist, specializing in restoring relationships. The scripture that encouraged me through my own painful season of divorce with Isaiah 61:1-4. God comforted my broken heart and released me from the pain. As I mourned God gave me beauty for ashes – festive praise instead of despair. As God healed me He begin to rebuild my life and more than restored me, He called me into counseling so that I can bring the good news to those who suffer.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Business and my Masters in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills. I worked with several faith based nonprofits before staying home to raise and homeschool my children for 5 years. In 2017, I earned my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theology Seminary. I am committed to professional and personal growth, seeking opportunities to learn and grow in my faith and as a therapist.
- American Association of Christian Counselors
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Arizona Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Psychology Today
Restoring Connections Counseling provides couple, individual, family, and group therapy. I utilize structured, evidence-based approaches integrating Biblical principles which includes encouraging clients to identify and build upon their strengths to create positive changes in their lives. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, my primary focus and expertise is relationship therapy for individuals, couples and families who are navigating the challenges of blending a family, recovering after a divorce or learning to co-parent in the mist of it all.