Dr. Lisa Firestone - Author, Counselor/Therapist, Organization, Psychologist, Speaker/Presenter, YourTango Expert Partner - Santa Barbara, CA
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Dr. Lisa Firestone (PhD)


Dr. Lisa Firestone PhD, is the Director of Research and Education for The Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in suicide and violence. In collaboration with Dr. Robert Firestone, her studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT). Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of the books: Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice(New Harbinger, 2002), and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003).

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. is an international expert on interpersonal relationships, parenting, suicide and violence. In addition to her contributions as Director of Research and Education for the Glendon Association, She is also a founder and leading contributor at PsychAlive.org and blogs regularly for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and Families.com

PsychAlive draws on the contribution of leading psychology experts, such as Dr. Lisa Firestone, who specialize in a broad spectrum of subjects related to our emotional well-being. Information on PsychAlive is derived from the research of the Glendon Association, a non-profit psychology organization with 30 years experience studying the roots of many of peoples’ most prevalent emotional struggles. PsychAlive translates a solid base of psychological theory into terms that are understandable and applicable in daily life.

PsychAlive.org is a rich, multimedia Website that introduces psychology for everyday life. PsychAlive provides a place where people can learn to take an active, introspective approach to their lives. The articles, blogs, videos, quizzes and interactive workshops featured on PsychAlive introduce visitors to sound psychological principles and ideas, while offering an insightful means of coping with life’s everyday challenges. The tools available on PsychAlive are designed to help people understand the emotional dynamics that operate within us and the limitations that restrict us in our daily lives. By helping us to recognize what’s at the core of our emotional struggles and to target the specific ways we limit ourselves.

PsychAlive is designed to empower you in your mission to lead a richer, healthier, happier and more meaningful life. 

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The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

Helping people to develop a fuller sense of who they really are, what matters to them, and what lights them up allow me to support them in overcoming barriers that keep them from achieving the lives they want to lead.

Dr. Lisa Firestone

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Dr. Lisa Firestone

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Main Specialty:

Anxiety Issues

Communication Problems

Couples/Marital Issues


Family Support


Stress Management



Time in Practice:

25 years +

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All areas, please inquire

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Expiration 10/31/14
Number PSY13178

Articles by Dr. Lisa Firestone
7 Reasons Most People Fear Love

7 Reasons Most People Fear Love

Dr. Lisa Firestone explains what keeps us from finding and keeping the love we say we want.


Creating Loving Relationships: A Weekend Workshop Retreat

Join Dr. Lisa Firestone for a workshop in Ojai, CA on creating more loving relationships

It's Not You, It's Me: Turning A Breakup Excuse Into Love Advice

It's Not You, It's Me: Turning A Breakup Excuse Into Love Advice

"It's not you, it's me" seems like an easy way out. But does it have to signify the end?

Problems In The Bedroom

Are You Causing Your Own Jealousy?

You may be surprised to learn that jealousy has a lot more to do with YOU than your partner.

Hug Text

How to Be Loving in the Age of Twitter

Dr. Lisa Firestone offers tips for how to have a romantic relationship in this digital age.

Check Out My New Book
Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice: A Revolutionary Program to Counter Negative Thoughts and Live Free from Imagined Limitations
The inner critic is the voice in our heads ...
By Robert W. Firestone, Lisa Firestone, Joyce Catlett, Pat Love
Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships

Dr. Lisa Firestone

All Specialties

Addiction, Anxiety Issues, Communication Problems, Couples/Marital Issues, Dating/Being Single Support, Depression, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Domestic Abuse, Eating & Food Issues, Family Support, Grief, Loss, & Bereavement, LGBT Issues (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), Life Management, Life Transitions, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma, Stress Management