Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, depathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for 32 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Maryland School of Social Work, University of Baltimore at Maryland, University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine, and is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute, formerly known as The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, now going into its tenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 800 clinicians from her two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

In 2009, she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide, now in its second edition, and Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing. Her next book, “Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch,” will be out in January 2017. Lisa hosted a weekly radio talk show in 2014—2015. She writes for, and publishes her own blog. You can follow Lisa’s work on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter..

Lisa’s specialties include:

  • Adolescent & adult survivors of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, and neglect
  • Self-injurious behaviors including: eating disorders, self-mutilation, and addictions
  • Somatization of trauma/trauma and the brain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Parenting and marital issues
  • Vicarious traumatization, professional burnout, and self-care
  • Strengths-based and depathologized approaches including: Ericksonian hypnosis, EMDR, art therapy techniques, and mind-body modalities

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