Lisa Polisano, M.A., MFT

Name:Lisa Polisano
Specialty:Marriage & Family Therapist—children, teens, young adults
Location:20700 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Phone: 818-929-6586
Fax: 818-914-5153
I specialize in counseling and therapy for children, teens, young adults and families. I know that it can be difficult to determine if your child may need professional intervention. However, if you feel that your child may be having some academic, behavioral, social or emotional difficulties or if you're struggling trying to parent or manage their behavioral problems, it may be just the right time to seek therapy. Your instincts are there for a reason and they're telling you that something is not right. Whether you're a parent or a client seeking therapy, you have come to the right place.
I address issues that can negatively impact healthy child and teen development such as behavioral problems (oppositional/defiant), attention difficulties and learning issues, video game/electronic addiction(s), peer pressure and bullying, school refusal/phobia, suicidality and self-injurious behavior, depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, social issues (difficulty making/keeping friends), sibling rivalry, parent/child conflicts, divorce reaction and blended family dynamics, and issues associated with abuse/neglect, trauma, grief and loss.
Additionally, I provide in-home, telephone* and web-based* (Skype) appointments to accommodate the busy schedules of clients or for those who would simply prefer the privacy and convenience of home-based or tele-therapy services. Home-Based services allow for specific skills to be demonstrated and practiced "right then and there," in the home.
National UniversityMaster of ArtsCounseling Psychology2005
California State University, NorthridgeTeaching CredentialMultipe Subject Teaching Credential CLAD Emphasis (Crosscultural Language Academic Development)2000
California State University, Long BeachBachelor of ArtsLiberal Studies with a Concentration in Psychology1994
Therapistprivate practiceWoodland Hills and surrounding areas (provide home-based services)01/2009 to current
DIS Counselor/TherapistTobinworld Non-Public SchoolGlendale, CA08/2010 to current
Clinician/TherapistCasa Pacifica Children's Intensive Response TeamCamarillo, CA08/2008 - July 2010
Clinician/TherapistSan Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (Children's System of Care)Van Nuys, CA06/2005 - 10/2007
MFT TraineeA Center for Creative ChangeNewbury Park, CA12/2004 - 03/2005
MFT TraineeAdvantage Family Services, Inc.Van Nuys, CA04/2004 - 09/2004
TeacherRoscoe Elementary SchoolSun Valley, CA08/1997 - 10/2004
NameIssued ByDuration
Marriage and Family TherapistBoard of Behavioral SciencesAugust 31, 2014
Marriage and Family TherapistCalifornia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists8 years
Insurance:I may be able to provide services for your PPO plan as an “out of network” provider. For those who wish to use their insurance to pay for services, payment for the session is expected at the time of service. I will provide you with a monthly receipt, or “Super Bill” that has the necessary information to submit to your provider for reimbursement by your insurance company. Most insurance companies will reimburse a percentage of the fees for an out-of-network provider.
*An Initial brief phone consultation is free. Please call to discuss fees for the service(s) you are interested in.
*Fees may be paid by cash or check each session or a Super Bill can be provided.

*Reduced fees for counseling/therapy services are available on a short-term basis and are available by request.
Please call to schedule an appointment.

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