We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Fischer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lisa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I often tell my patients that change cannot happen without taking a risk. Research in psychology has found that there is an optimal level of discomfort when taking a risk without being overwhelmed or underwhelmed. We need to be slightly uncomfortable when trying new things or new behaviors. It is learning how to be comfortable with discomfort that we can grow and move forward. I have taken few risks in my life and career, and have initially felt the discomfort that came with the territory. I have not regretted the risks I have made because I have benefited from them. The risks I have made in my career range from small ones to large ones such as making the change from working at a behavioral health agency to my own private practice, moving away from being a provider with insurance companies to private pay, choosing a predoctoral internship training at a far away state, and selecting a theoretical orientation that was considered antiquated at the time.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my practice apart is my chosen specialization in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Although psychoanalysis has been around for over 100 years as established by Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis itself has underwent changes to become what it is today in the form of contemporary psychoanalysis. I find contemporary psychoanalysis to have significant applications for today’s world. What I particularly enjoy about employing this method is the journey that my patients and I embark into the depths of their consciousness in the form of emotions, thoughts, and relationships. I am most excited about starting my two-year term as President of the Arizona Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (AzSPP) beginning in January 2021. Since returning to Arizona from my predoctoral internship 20 years ago this month, I immediately joined the local psychoanalytic society to continue my knowledge and training in this area. I have met many wonderful colleagues through my membership with AzSPP. The salons that AzSPP provide are always thought provoking and engaging. Attendance at salons are open to all who are interested in psychoanalytic psychology, regardless of their profession. To learn more about AzSPP, the website to go is azspp.org

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a third-generation native of Arizona. I am proud of this beautiful state with its incredible landscape diversity. If possible, I take my visitors to explore Arizona’s cities ranging from Sedona, Greer, Patagonia, and Bisbee/Tombstone.


The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My heartfelt thanks and gratitude goes towards many of my supervisors and mentors who have helped me grow professionally as a clinician. Psychology is a profession that utilizes many hours of supervision in order to provide a competent and ethically-sound service.

Website: DrLisaFischer.com and AZSPP.org
Facebook: Exceptional Learners / The Matthew Project

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