Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and Christian mystical traditions. She practiced within the S.N. Goenka tradition of Vipassana, then studied mindfulness through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. She completed a 3-year, MBSR training related to integrating contemplative practices into psychotherapy. She also completed residential training in the Zen Soto tradition. Alisa values the heart-opening and integrating power of Insight practice and its capacity to re-connect us to our natural ability to meet the moments of our lives with kindness, openness, and flexibility.
Alisa is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles. She incorporates the creative arts, including visual art, poetry, psychodrama, and sound into her psychotherapy practice. Alisa also offers mindfulness and self-compassion trainings at corporations and community-based organizations.
Alisa is a teacher at Insight L.A., where she serves on the Teachers’ Council. She completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock, and is in the 2016-2020, Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. Alisa leads retreats nationally.