Lisa Arslanian, PsyD
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Lisa Arslanian treats adult patients with a wide range of human struggles such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, adjustment difficulties, relationship challenges and self-esteem issues. She started her private practice 13 years ago, after completing a doctoral psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology.
Why did you choose to work in the field of psychology?
“Having lived through many times of difficulty throughout my early life, the experience of reading my first psychology textbook felt somewhat magical in the grace and comfort it offered me. What I felt with that introductory psychology class was a profound sense of finding ‘home.’ I have not looked back since.”
Tell us about the importance of practicing the Golden Rule in business.
“Integrity, empathy and respect hold a critical role for me—not just professionally but also personally. I can only take my clients as far as I have gone myself emotionally and psychologically. For this reason, I hold myself to the highest standards in all of my interactions—both in relation to others as well as in relation to my inner self.”
What is the #1 way you support your clients?
“The best way for me to support my clients is by creating a safe, respectful, nonjudgmental space where they can explore every part of their inner experience. It’s within this safe space that they get to reconnect to their whole, authentic core self. For me, that is the definition of health and the most powerful version of support I can offer anyone.”
How do you combat the fear of making wrong decisions from day to day?
“I try very hard to uphold the integrity of practicing what I preach, and one of the things I often talk about is the mercy that our humanity affords us. I give myself permission to be human; I try to hold compassion for myself along the journey of learning and growing from my decisions.
The fear of the unknown can serve as our greatest guide in the beautiful roadmap of discovering our inner trust. Ultimately, I trust that every decision I make—right or wrong—is meant to serve a bigger picture full of purpose and meaning.”