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Professional Qualifications

Dr. Lisa Petronis holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and Masters in Counseling with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. 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.


Dr. Lisa Petronis is a recognized expert in the areas of depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. Dr. Lisa also specializes in the treatment of psychological traumas, addictions, 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 Radio Maria Ireland, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, XETV/Fox, KOGO news radio, Barbara McGuigan’s radio program, Catholic Radio of San Diego, ABC/10 news, Shalom World TV, and Richard Lane's InYourLane Podcasts.

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