Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. She has been in private practice for 30 years, specializing in adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect. She uses many creative modalities in her work to address issues of affect regulation, co-dependency, addictions, eating disorders and self-destructive behaviors, depression, anxiety, countertransference, ethics, professional burn-out, and self-care.
As founder and president of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc., Ms. Ferentz is the guiding force behind a team of seasoned clinicians and educators whose mission is to provide mental health professionals with continuing education encompassing a wide variety of clinical issues, client populations, and practice settings. In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.
Along with managing The Institute and running a very active clinical practice, Ms. Ferentz is a locally and nationally known author, speaker, and consultant. She has written numerous articles for journals and publications including New York University's Child Study Center and the Psychotherapy Networker Journal. Most notably, Lisa participated in a documentary entitled “The Multiple Personality Puzzle,” which was produced for the Learning Channel, and she took part in a series of educational videos focusing on eating disorders, available through Cavalcade Videos.
Ms. Ferentz’s newest book, “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing,” was released in September 2014. Her first book, “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide“is in its third printing.