Paula Pisani, AMFT, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 23110). She has worked in elementary school settings as a practicum student, providing Cognitive Behavioral and Play therapies to children in Pre-K through fifth grade on issues including self-esteem, divorce, anxiety, ADHD and engaging with peers in positive, healthy ways. She also provided services with the lead clinician for men’s and women’s court-mandated domestic violence groups.
Growing up in an LGBTQ+ community on the East Coast instilled in her a sense of empathy, inclusion and acceptance, and the belief that what makes us “different” is what also makes us human. She is passionate about the LGBTQ+ community and the unique issues facing its members, and has completed competency training through the North County LGBTQ Resource Center.
As a volunteer with the Trauma Intervention Program of San Diego, she was certified to work with first responders to provide emotional support and practical resources to people traumatically affected in emergency situations.
Paula earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University, and a bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire. A career in newspaper journalism and experience interviewing people from all walks of life helped hone her ability to listen to people without judgment or bias.
Paula successfully completed the mandatory Law & Ethics state exam and is under the clinical supervision of Ann Minnich, MSW, LCSW.