Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Living the life you want is possible!"

"Living the life you want is possible!"

-Lisa C. Palmer, PhD, LMFT, CHT of The Renew Center of Florida

Dr. Lisa C. Palmer, PhD, LMFT, CHT, Clinical Director of Programs
Dr. Palmer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Certified Hypnotherapist; Trained in Mediation; and has completed ground-breaking research focusing on the drive to self-starvation amongst anorexic immigrant women to the U.S. Click here to read on

Additionally, Palmer is a AAMFT Clinical member and has been designated to the prestigious position of AAMFT Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Approved Supervisors serve a very important role – a mentor for the next generation of marriage and family therapists. AAMFT Approved Supervisors are dedicated professionals who have obtained the rigorous educational, experiential and supervisory training required for the competent supervision of marriage and family therapists and trainees. Those who have earned the designation serve as mentors who support and nurture their supervisees’ strengths and resources, and provide a learning environment that ensures thorough marriage and family therapy (MFT) training and education.AAMFT Approved Supervisors have a breadth and depth of MFT clinical and supervisory experience, and they stay involved in the professional MFT community. They are committed to refining their clinical and supervisory skills, and they participate in ongoing professional development through their affiliation with the AAMFT. Click here to read a recent article by Dr. Palmer on her philosophy of supervision entitled, "The Ecology of "Self": Cultural Competency in Supervision Consultation.

Dr. Palmer has extensive experience working with eating disorders and addictions and in a variety of mental health settings including at several inpatient, residential and outpatient facilities. Her specialty is eating disorder recovery and relationships, but she works with individuals, couples, and families of those suffering from a variety of complex mental health and relational issues, and completed residency working with those with schizophrenia, DID, addictions and trauma. In the realm of eating disorders, Palmer is known for establishing the first ethnicity, culture and identity group in the U.S. at the renowned inpatient treatment facility, which earned her national recognition. She founded a successful eating disorders program called WISE at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, and served as the Clinical Director. The program is one of the few in the US accepting medicare for the treatment of eating disorders. During her term participants in the program achieved extraordinary success and healing, many of them experienced long-term benefits of recovery for the first time in many years. The WISE Program (Women’s Institute for Self-Empowerment and Sensible Eating) now extends to The Renew Center of Florida in Boca Raton under Dr. Palmer’s leadership. The Boca Raton program is a modification of the original design, customized for the clients The Renew Center serves.

Dr. Palmer's work in the eating disorder field and beyond has been attractive to numerous magazine, television, and radio publications. She recently completed articles for publication, one of which appeared in the professional Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and Family Therapy Magazine. Additionally, Palmer founded the popular www. in 2006. She also serves as an adjunct professor for master's and doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Palmer attended University of Vermont and studied philosophy and pre-medicine. She then graduated from New York University with a dual degree in journalism and sociology. She later earned a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy followed by a PhD at Nova Southeastern University. After achieving national recognition as the youngest state delegate at Miss USA in her early years, she then pursued the field of broadcast journalism. She entered an interesting career as a general assignment TV news reporter working at a variety of media outlets throughout the country; worked at The White House, where she served as an intern for the press secretary’s office covering vice-presidential and presidential radio news events; had a stint at CNN in Atlanta, where she served as an editorial assistant turned weekend writer; and as a television news reporter at CBS and NBC affiliates. She later changed her life story to include a new direction that seemed more purposeful and fulfilling, at which point she reinvented her career to include a life of vitality, harmony, and to make a difference for others!

While Dr. Palmer now prefers to spend her time behind the scenes developing programs, doing research, writing articles, and helping clients to reinvent themselves and overcome obstacles, her passion has not faltered. She is dedicated to coaching and healing others on ways to manifest their dreams and aspirations in their everyday lives. She brings a breadth of knowledge, experience, compassion, and dedication to every endeavor she commits herself to.