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Lisa Marie Anzaldua

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Neurotypical Partner Support

Lisa Marie Anzaldua primary focus is supporting Neurotypical/Allisitic Partners Support with her Cassandra and OTRS Support Groups. Read more here.


Personal Experience

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 - 13 and 18. 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 Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lisa is equipped with wisdom and education to guide healing and transformation.


 

​Neurodiverse Coaching Approach

Lisa specializes in neurodiverse couple coaching. Her expertise is grounded in neurodivergent communication and attachment science, which is informed by the scientific study of human development and bonding, integrated with insights from emotional processing neuroscience.


Through her compassionate and insightful guidance, Lisa supports neurodiverse couples on their journey from feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness toward achieving their desired outcomes around communication and connection. 


Her unique approach is characterized by a profound empathy and understanding that individuals can become entangled in self-deception, outdated coping mechanisms, beliefs, and habits that, while once protective, may no longer serve their current needs. Lisa's coaching helps couples navigate these challenges, fostering an environment of ease and understanding that paves the way for growth and reconnection.

 

Formal Training

Lisa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a seasoned couples coaching professional. Her expertise results from being trained by Tony Robbins and 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. 


 

Publications:

Lisa is a published author:


Inner Sanctum: Your Most Empowering Resource

 

This book is a transformative journey from inner turmoil to authentic self-realization. This book isn't just about healing; it's a guide to realigning with your core truth through introspection and transcendence. Anzaldua delves deep into how our perceptions, shaped by unresolved experiences and conditioning, often lead to emotional suffering and repetitive life patterns. Through her powerful narrative, she illustrates that liberation lies not in changing who we are but in becoming more attuned to our true selves.


"Inner Sanctum" offers a unique blend of psychological insights and spiritual wisdom, demonstrating how breaking free from our ingrained narratives can lead to profound emotional relief and a richer life experience. Anzaldua's approach is about appreciating ourselves, including our habits and fears, and understanding their origins as coping mechanisms that once served us but may no longer be beneficial. The book outlines practical methods and transformative practices, supported by scientific evidence and spiritual teachings, to help readers embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.


With its focus on unbecoming what we are not and revealing the layers of our authentic selves, "Inner Sanctum" is more than a self-help book; it's an invitation to a life of expanded awareness, where personal growth and spiritual expansion converge. It's a guide to appreciating the brilliance of our true nature, transcending limitations, and aligning with our deepest truths for a fulfilled and meaningful existence.


Lisa has several articles on Medium.com. Her website is www.ThrivingBeyondCassandraSyndrome.com


 

Specialties in addition to Neurodiversity:

  • Cassandra Support - Group and Individual

  • Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Stress

  • Trauma Bond

  • Toxic Shame

  • Narcissist / Empath Dynamic (Personal Healing)

  • ASD / Allistic Couples Counseling and Coaching

  • General Couples Coaching

  • Family Conflict

  • Life Transitions

  • Transformational Coaching

  • Integrative Spiritual Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (couples and individual).

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Specialty areas:

Cassandra, Discernment, Internal Family Systems, LGBTQIA+, Buddist - Spiritual, Trans

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