Who We Are
619-272-6485 ext. 106
Lisa Kemble , MA MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
“I grew up in a home where everyone was expected to do their best–always. Emotions were things to be tamed, things that prevented us from making good and right decisions, things that got in the way of spiritual and moral duty. As a deeply sensitive child with a strong desire to please, I tried my best to do what I thought was right by pushing down my feelings and by performing as perfectly as I could. I earned straight A’s and was praised by family, friends and church staff as the good girl, the model child.
When family tensions erupted during high school, I could no longer keep the lid on the pressure-cooker of turbulent emotion that was brewing inside. I tried frantically to mediate my parents’ fights and I remember clearly sobbing for hours after receiving an A- on an exam, crippled by my own anxiety. Although I knew on some level that it was ridiculous, I couldn’t stop the flood of tears–it felt like they would never stop. After I broke up with my long-term boyfriend, I slipped into a deep depression that lasted months. I could no longer pretend that my emotions had no hold on my life, and I didn’t know who I was anymore. I had lost myself and I felt utterly alone, abandoned by others and even by God.
When I couldn’t see though the darkness, I started journaling and drawing to get the ugly and scary feelings from inside me out onto the page. I began to see an understanding therapist who helped me unravel some of the ties of anxiety and fear that bound me. And I found people in my life that I could be truly vulnerable with. In the context of these safe relationships, I began to find myself again and I gradually found my own voice.
Helping clients through this same process of finding their own voices is an integral part of what I do. In therapy, I create a safe and sacred space where people can bring their truest selves, their deepest pain, and all the beautiful and broken parts of themselves. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I know that art can be another way for people to give voice to what is left unspoken in their story. I use the creative process to help people find healing and wholeness, to express emotions that are often beyond words, and to move beyond brokenness into freedom and genuine relationship.”
Lisa has over eleven years of experience working as an art therapist with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, day treatment centers, and non-profit organizations. While trained in both Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy, Lisa works at the Soul Care House as a trained art therapist, using her expertise to facilitate healing and change through making art and through the artistic process. Art Therapy can be effective for people of any age or life stage, regardless of their level of artistic skill or ability.
Lisa specializes in:
- Traumatic losses or abuse
- Spiritual growth & healing
- Singleness & identity issues
- Sexual identity issues
- Life transitions
- Depression & anxiety
LICENSING, ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #84726
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. in Religious Studies from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA