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Psychotherapy is

 A Matter of Healing



Welcome to my telehealth therapy practice - into a safe environment where healing and emotional wellness is not only possible, but within reach.


​My goal as your therapist is to facilitate and guide us mindfully and safely into a validating connection with you. Therapy is a healing process that helps connect us more safely with ourselves and others. It is an attachment process that provides unconditional positive regard - all that is needed and is often lacking during times of perceived disconnection and stress.


In the process of forming an alliance, we will work together to clear through paths of uncertainty and challenge your fears and doubts. We will look at the roadblocks you are experiencing to better understand your predicament and to help you reach optimal health.


As we venture down this road of healing together, we can begin to uncover the ways you learned to protect yourself and others and decide consciously together what feels adaptive and right and what may be getting in the way. 

As you browse my website, you may come to understand the way I work. And I hope you will find my ethusiasm and dedication to seeing the world through the scientific lens of attachment. I would best describe myself as an attachment-based, emotion-focused, humanitarian therapist. What this means is that I value you and your inherent need to experience nurturing and to self-actualize. We all come into this world afterall as miracles of nature, kicking and screaming to explore and be nurtured. 


My Background

I have over 20 years of experience. My education, training and experience is broad. I have experience working with families of children with emotional and behavioral problems at school and home, with adult individuals and couples presenting with mild to more severe socio-emotional distress.


Some common presenting concerns I work with include mild to severe depression and anxiety, trauma, abuse, self-esteem concerns, addictions including eating disorders, substance abuse, pain management, relationships problems and abuse causing panic, phobia and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and brief psychotic disorder. 

I look forward to working with you on your important life journey. Please send me a message or schedule below.

-Lisa Thayer, Ph.D.

"As a therapist I want to help you to learn more about yourself and your ability to reach the highest potential that you deem fit for your life circumstances. 


I am compassionate and validating in my approach and I strive to empower others to be as well." -Lisa

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Couples Therapy
Individual Therapy 
Family Therapy
Adolescent Therapy
Parent/Child Distress
Trauma Therapy


Therapy for:
    Eating Disorders   
    Loss and Grief 
    Substance Abuse


My Approach

My approach to therapy is eclectic. I say this because, everything I have learned and experienced has influenced what I know today. I am influenced by many psychology models or paradigms that view the relationship between an individual's thoughts, emotions and behaviors as a necessary organizational process by which we achieve safety in predictability. As mammals and all other living organisms, we learn through experience. Yet, self-validation can be difficult to attain. I have found, over many years of work in this field, that achieving self-validation is difficult for far too many. It is part of my mission to help you to organize and process your experiences in a manner that allows you to easily reach self-compassion and the validation you deserve.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated therapy that provides a depathologizing path to addressing the problem of relationship distress. In this therapy pioneered by Sue Johnson, Ph.D. and co-created with many of her........... 

I specialize in Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT). This therapy model was developed by professors and trainers, Suzanne Levy, Ph.D. and Guy Diamond, Ph.D. at Drexel University. The development of this model could not .........

Sometimes, adolescents are interested in therapy, but they are not quite ready to or for safety reasons cannot share what they are experiencing with their parents. In some situations, there is conflict or crisis at home that is serious enough to...............

I follow an experiential model of therapy. There are numerous models of care that use experiential interventions to faciliate healing. I have advanced training in the following ..............

It has been said that life is a series of crises or dilemmas to be solved. This perspective is useful for understanding the challenge of survival in all our lives. Trauma is survival and it can challenge our instinct for justice, causing changes that......

I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. My approach to treating an eating condition is primarily relational. I aim to see each person as unique with their own story of how an addiction to eating came about. From the science we know......

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Contact Me

Lisa Thayer, Ph.D.

Caliornia and New Jersey 


Tel: +1 (609)-902-4690

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

I hope together, we can learn how family relationships, culture and the larger macro-environment have impacted and shaped who you are and what you know about yourself, others, and the world today.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are honored in my practice. Knowing the impact of racism, sexism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination, is vital to the path of becoming a therapist. The work of therapy is a journey of self-discovery and my aim, is not to make assumptions about who you are, but to find out more about the impact of your experiences.

I work hard to be aware of my own learned biases and assumptions and not to minimize, avoid, or ignore how biases or assumptions have affected you. We will explore what matters most to you, what is right or wrong for you, and how to let others know what is important, and to receive the support and validation and care you have always deserved and needed.

It matters that you are seen wholly in a way that makes you feel comfortable and safe. My hope is that together we explore how your life story comes alive, and restore its vitality and meaning.   

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