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Lisette Lahana, MSW, LCSW

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), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), 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. You can book directly into my schedule for free 15 min intro meeting, or a 25 or 50 min paid consultation here.

​For therapy clients, I provide online mental health services to clients ages 9 in California and have limited openings before 3pm.  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. New therapy clients, please use the secure contact form to make an introductory, brief appointment with me, to make sure I am a good fit.  Our staff will reach out to you within 1-2 business days.


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 6/1/24


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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Lisette Lahana, LCSW
Photo Credit: Stephanie Mohan

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