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Meet the Clinical Director
Lisette Rose Lahana, LCSW

Welcome to Authentic Alliance, A Licensed Clinical Social Worker Professional Corporation began operating in January 2024.  Over the next two years I plan to build a small team to offer high quality general mental health services to people of all ages. 


I have a range of experience, having been licensed for over 20 years and working in different mental health settings. My training was as a psychodynamic therapist but over the years I having become  an integrative therapist, creating a holistic approach to fit your needs.  That may include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based therapies. I have special experience working with people who have mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. I've been a trauma and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist for over twenty years and ran an evidence-based trauma therapy group for seven years called Seeking Safety.


My career-long passion has been providing care to the gender diverse community, LGBTQIA individuals, their parents and loved ones.   


I have been a clinical consultant since 2002 and a clinical supervisor for over ten years.  Learn more about the work I do as a consultant and WPATH mentor to other therapists working with transgender, gender diverse clients and their families. I have consultation and mentorship slots open Monday-Fridays.

​I provide online mental health services to clients ages 9  in California and have limited openings before 4pm.  I work primarily with individuals and integrate family work when needed. Bilingual in the Spanish language (Yo hablo español), I am committed to providing culturally competent care to BIPOC clients, neurodivergent people and disabled folks.


I am a cisgender woman of mixed ethnicity, White & Latine identity.​ Learn more about these terms.​

You can address me by my first name pronounced "LEE-SET" (pronouns she/her/hers)

I contribute monthly to the Transgender Law Center and their Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project and a land trust as we are based on the unceded Huchuin territory of the Ohlone (Lisjan) people.

Updated 1/19/24


M.S.W. Smith College School for Social Work

B.A. Critical Gender Studies UC San Diego

B.A. Psychology UC San Diego


LCSW CA #23663 (2006-present)​

LICSW MA #1032212 (1999-2010)


World Professional Assn for Transgender Health 2002-present

Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Assn for Gender and Sexual Diversity. 2006-present

Current Board Member

Oakland CA Business License

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