The Relationship Expert
Licensed Psychologist in Arroyo Grande & Los Osos
Dr. Lisa Neuenschwander
Psychologist Serving the San Luis Obispo Area
I am a licensed psychologist with offices in Arroyo Grande and Los Osos, California. I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University.
I lived on the California Central Coast years ago. When I left San Luis Obispo, it was to attend Biola University (B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies) and then got a master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton (M.S. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy). Then, I moved to Indiana, to attend Purdue University’s doctorate program (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology). It was a time filled with a lot of training in counseling psychology, research, and writing.
Research and Work
My research focused on my passion: relationships. I studied and wrote my thesis on adult attachment and intimacy. What I found was that when it comes to relationships, the connections that we have with our loved ones today has a lot to do with our relationships with our parents and caregivers growing up. If, for instance, we had a secure attachment with our mom and dad, that can impact our future relationships in very significant and positive ways. If our bond with our parents was on shaky ground, we’re going to notice some big challenges in our later relationships that we will have to overcome. I wanted to know, as a psychologist, how I could help individuals and couples overcome these major obstacles. It comes down to the emotional bond or connection we establish with one another. I learned how to help couples use even their toughest disagreements as an opportunity to build a stronger connection. During my graduate training, I worked in community clinics, university counseling centers, and a rotation working with fully certified Gottman therapists providing couples therapy. It is a research-based approach with proven techniques that I use with my clients today.
Returning to San Luis Obispo
Coming back to the San Luis Obispo area after my training was done was like getting the prize at the end of a very long race. I love it here, and I love interacting with people from all over SLO County: from Atascadero, Cambria, and Los Osos, down to Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Nipomo, and Santa Maria. The flexibility of two practice locations allows me a greater reach to help people here discover the paths to becoming their best selves. My office hours in Arroyo Grande are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and in Los Osos on Fridays.
What Do Clients Call Me?
Most clients just call me Lisa or Dr. Lisa. But if you want to try my last name, Neuenschwander (14 letters), it’s pronounced, “New-inch-wander.” It comes from Switzerland and is always a conversation-starter.
Get in Touch
Change starts today with a free 15 minute phone consultation. Call: (805) 345 – 1555 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Dr. Lisa Today