Dr. Carlisle received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to the Ph.D., she was in the private practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and then continued with private practice in Psychology, with specialty areas in abuse/molestation issues, assertiveness, relationships, conflict resolution, and issues of self esteem and resiliency. She believes that understanding the way that thoughts and feelings drive behavior is crucial to dealing with the issues in life that determine self-confidence, self-esteem, and one’s ability to engage in meaningful relationships. She uses a variety of strategies that can help people make sense of their world, strategies that are primarily cognitive-behavioral in nature. These strategies are based on the theory that the way people see and think about themselves and the world determines how they will feel and behave. She suggests strategies for understanding oneself better, and suggests that clients do work on their own between sessions, to strengthen this understanding of oneself. In addition to her clinical work at SBBH, Dr. Carlisle is a staff psychologist in the UCSB Counseling Services.