Lisa Marie Anzaldua
Lisa is personally familiar with divergence in how each partner experiences the world and communicates, being married for 18 years to someone from a different culture and race than her own. She is a mom of two boys - 11 & 16. As the daughter of a diplomat; a multicultural experience was integral to Lisa's early life and has continued since, as reflected in her multiethnic/interracial marriage. While a neurodiverse relationship means that one or both partners are on the autism spectrum, deeply understanding how to bridge relationship barriers comes from her personal relationship experience.
Furthermore, having the experience of personally overcoming significant adversity, ranging from childhood homelife extreme dysfunction and anorexia, Lisa is equipped with wisdom and an ability to guide neurodiverse couples from a place of exhaustion and hopelessness to their desired outcomes. Following Lisa's guidance will give you the chance to move a way from a life of worry, confusion, misunderstandings, fighting and loneliness to security, peace of mind, and reconnection.
Neurodiverse Coaching Approach
Lisa's competence revolves around couples coaching rooted in attachment science (derived from the scientific theory of human development relative to bonding compatible with emotional processing neuroscience). Neurodiverse couples often struggle to feel "attached" to each other. Lisa patiently works with the couple to break down misunderstandings and assumptions made about each other so deep attachment can be built.
Lisa never chooses sides when working with couples, providing a safe and judgment-free space. This ability to make them feel at ease comes from compassion and a deep understanding that we all can get caught up in self-deception, coping mechanisms, beliefs, and habits that may have been very helpful in the past but no longer serve us.
Lisa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a seasoned couples coaching professional. Her expertise results from being trained by Tony Robbins & Cloe Madanes as a certified life coach, her graduate-level education in Marriage and Family Therapy (Delta Kappa Pi), and her undergrad in Transpersonal Psychology. Cloe Madanes is one of the originators of the strategic therapy approach and founded the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C., and the Family Therapy Center of Maryland. Her pioneering work laid the foundation of many of the most effective approaches and techniques used in couples therapy.
Lisa is a published author. Her books include:
I Believe You: Thriving Beyond Cassandra Syndrome.
This book will help you:
Release the culmination of chronic stress resulting from challenging relationship dynamics.
Discover the most effective strategies for minimizing any relationship's emotional and psychological impact, past or present.
Process unresolved trauma from your formative years or adult relationships that potentially keeps you stuck in unwanted patterns.
Optimize what is working. Accept what is not and learn how to constructively cope.
Transform adversity into power, improve self-esteem, and clarify the meaning of life.
Return to a strong sense of self.
Regain a sense of control in your life.
Develop a roadmap and implement the best course of action for post-traumatic growth - toward fulfilling your highest values to ensure personal wellbeing and thriving.
Share constructive self-disclosure, increase awareness of personal strengths, feel seen and understood, and develop your new narrative.
Inner Sanctum: Your Most Empowering Resource
This book offers a way to understand how one's past directly or symbolically influences their present and how to capitalize on this so they may live according to truth, the present, and their desired future.
It also provides insight beyond most personal development books and details a precise process for rapid life-changing results. It guides readers in uncovering the source of undesirable patterns and habits in their relationships - and precisely what to do about it. It teaches the reader to expand their personal locus of control and emphasizes the capacity for transformation through deep self-reflection, healing unresolved emotional memories, tapping into the unconscious when necessary, and transcending the ego. She provides a free copy to all of her clients.
Lisa has several articles on Medium.com and E-Course on Udemy. Her website is www.DesignedEmpowerment.com
Specialties in addition to Neurodiversity:
General Couples Coaching
Registered Associate, MFTA #132097
Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT #53452
Employed by New Path Couples Therapy Inc.