My name is Lisa Brookes Kift and I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist offering individual therapy, couples counseling and premarital education services for Marin County, San Francisco and the surrounding areas. My office is located in beautiful downtown Larkspur.
Having done my own therapy work and experiencing “sitting on the couch,” I resonate with much of what people bring in. It’s important to me to “walk the walk” in my life and I use many of the same tools that I suggest to my clients. Emotional pain, dissatisfaction and general unhappiness are the greatest motivators for change and generally are what lead people to seek individual or couples therapy.
The work I do is a blend of cognitive behavioral, attachment and family of origin theories, the latest in neuroscience research – as well as an emphasis on emotional safety as it relates to a strong relationship foundation. My counseling style is compassionate, collaborative and down-to earth. Because research has demonstrated that the most important element of change in a therapy setting is the relationship established between therapist and client(s), I prioritize human connection over a clinical “one-up” dynamic. I see our work as a collaboration.
I’m also a writer. My other site, The Toolbox at LisaKiftTherapy.com is one of the first therapist-created resource websites available online, with tools for marriage, relationship and emotional health. “The Toolbox” is home to my articles and those by guest contributors. I am the creator of the Therapy-At-Home Workbooks® line for individuals and couples of at which I currently have two (for couples). The Premarital Counseling Workbook for Couples (also in Spanish) and The Marriage Refresher Course Workbook for Couples are both available for purchase via digital download on my other website.
Additionally you can find my quick tips related to emotional and relationship health on my Therapist Notes Blog. They are packaged in what I call Emotional or Relationship Health “Minutes” and provide useful tools in an easily digestible form.
A frequent consultant for the media, I have appeared in such publications and online news sources as CNN.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Shape Magazine, Fox National News and others. (See In the Media for more).