Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Lisa Ferentz is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 30 years, specializing in adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect. As founder of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc., Lisa is the guiding force behind a team of seasoned clinicians and educators whose mission is to provide Social Workers and other mental health professionals with state-of-the-art continuing education encompassing a wide variety of clinical issues, client populations, and practice settings. Through her years of professional experience, Lisa has paved the way for the development of an effective approach to learning that is fostered by a professional, nurturing, supportive and fun teaching environment.

Along with managing The Institute and running a very active clinical practice, Lisa is a locally and nationally known author, speaker, and consultant. She has written numerous articles for journals and publications including New York University’s Child Study Center and the Psychotherapy Networker Journal. Most notably, Lisa participated in a documentary entitled “The Multiple Personality Puzzle,” which was produced for the Learning Channel, and took part in a series of educational videos focusing on eating disorders, available through Cavalcade Videos. Lisa is also the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, now in its second edition. In 2009, Lisa was voted “Social Worker of the Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

Lisa newest publication, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing, offers inspiring, hopeful, creative resources for those hoping to free themselves of their self-destructive behaviors while also offering a framework for clinicians who treat them. The workbook offers adolescents and adults creative ways to address each stage of the self-harm cycle as it unfolds.

Lisa’s specialties include:

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

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