“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.” -J.R.R Tolkien, The Return of the King
It is a high calling in life to help others experience hope again. One of the most fulfilling and rewarding dimensions of the work that I do is to witness the restoration of hope after a long struggle and to know a person has obtained a newfound strength for the journey ahead.
Lisa Petronis, MA, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Now providing teletherapy to residents of the state of CA.
Dr. Lisa Petronis holds a Masters in Counseling with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Petronis is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist.
Dr. Lisa Petronis has been practicing in the field of mental health since 1995 in various settings. She successfully implemented and managed intensive family programs at two major residential treatment facilities before starting a private practice in 2002. She taught in the Graduate Counseling and Undergraduate Psychology and Human Services Program at the University of Phoenix from 2006 through 2012, as well as psychology courses at John Paul the Great Catholic University. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Petronis is currently a consultant on the Behavioral Assessment Team at John Paul the Great Catholic University and is the Victims Assistance Coordinator for the San Diego Catholic Diocese.
Dr. Lisa Petronis is a recognized expert in the areas of addictions and psychological traumas, but also specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship problems, as well as the integration of Catholic spiritual and religious beliefs into psychological treatment. Dr. Petronis treats couples, individuals, and families.
Dr. Petronis conducted the country’s first academic study in Clinical Psychology on the Lost Boys from Sudan which produced groundbreaking knowledge regarding the experience of trauma, resilience and spiritual life. In addition, she holds special training in depth psychology, phenomenology, as well as Christian and Catholic life and values.
She has appeared as an expert psychotherapist on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, XETV/Fox, KOGO news radio, Catholic Radio of San Diego, ABC/10 news, Shalom World TV, and Barbara McGuigan’s radio program.
Watch Dr. Lisa Petronis' television appearance offering suggestions and insights on relationships and marriage.
"I help to alleviate suffering and teach people how to overcome obstacles."