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Lisa Apramian, Ph.D.





Dr. Lisa Rose Apramian, Ph.D.


Continuing education:

*Natural Healing Institute (NHI, 2000-2004)
Qigong, spa & massage, acupuncture, nutrition, midwifery
*UCSD expressive arts-sound healing and therapy
*Expressive Arts Institute (EAI)-expressive arts therapy
*Street Bishops International: Ordained Minister, 2003

University of Southern California (4 degrees):
*Ph.D., Counseling Psychology and Qualitative Research, 1991
Emphasis: Existential-humanistic, intersubjective, ego and depth psychologies
Qualitative research, hermeneutics and phenomenology
Dissertation: Qualitative Reconstruction of the Meanings and Self-Object Functions
of Rock Music for Adolescents: Eight Case Studies
*M.S., Counseling Psychology, 1986
*B.A., Psychology, 1983
*B.S., Study of Women and Men in Society SWMS (critical gender studies and sexuality), 1983

Enlightened Sexuality.com…..Educator, Facilitator & Coach
New York City, San Diego, Florida, Washington D.C., South America, 2001-current
Working  as an enlightened sexuality coach for sexual healing (vaginismus, dysparenia, sex addiction, sexual abuse, fertility, and menapause), balance, and intimacy rituals for singles and couples,  overall mind, body, spirit wellness, weaving conscious touch, breath, spirituality, and energy medicine ( Taoist Tantra, Tibetan Buddhist Tantra and Kundalini/Chakra Tantra);  with both heterosexual and LGBT population and gender issues,  designing holistic enlightened sexuality education for parents and their teens and children. Also direct produce multi-media events, DVD’s, fundraisers addressing global sexual abuse issues and eradicating FGM, and sex trafficing. see Yoniverse Summit on this site or go to Yoniverse.com. Private sessions, groups and retreats.

SpiralArtsInstitute.com Founder/Director
San Diego, 2003  Present
Facilitating and inspiring humans to heal and awaken through the spiral arts of energy medicine, meditation, dance, sound healing, tantra, shamanism, spirituality, nutrition, conscious eating, conscious prosperity, heal ego trauma, communication, conservation, global communities

SacredSanctuaries.com Mind, Body, Spirit Ecology, consercvation
and  Spiral Arts Institute events, classes, workshops, and retreats locaitons. Sacred Sanctuary San Diego, Sacred Sanctuary New York City, and Sacred Sanctuary Costa Rica, 1997-Present

Psychologist: Private Practice
In Los Angeles (Silverlake/Glendale) and San Diego, August 1993-2004
Worked with the entire  life span of adults as well as with children and teens. Supervised interns. Treated clients with domestic abuse, intimacy issues, personality disorders, sexual disorders and issues, all addictions, psychosis, anxiety, phobias, compulsions and depression.

Psychologist and Spiritual Minister
At California State Prison-Sacramento (New Folsom) and San Diego (Donovan), December 2002-March 2003
Worked in the Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU: the prisons within the prisons) with inmates who cannot control their violent impulses or with severe mental challenges. Individual and group sessions. Behavioral management, case management with treatment team (including wardens, ISU, correctional officers, nurse, psychiatrist,), crisis and suicide intervention and hospitalization for chronic psychotic disorders, dementia due to head trauma and addiction, and severe personality disorders.

“Satsung in the hole” RJ Donavan: Mirrored after San Quentin, teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and Gangagi, and guidance from ex-convict, John Sherman, who became realized while serving time in Federal Prison, I Developed spiritual awakening “Satsung in the Hole” and qi gong based on

Intuition Nutrition
Psychologist San Diego, January 2000-August 2003
Worked in a retreat setting with patients with physical illness to cleanse and detoxify. Working with treatments team of nutritionists and medical doctors. Examining feeding rituals, food addictions, and lifestyles affecting health. Raw food prep classes and teaching the art of conscious eating

Spitshine Productions Writer, Producer, Director, Guest Speaker, Radio
Los Angeles, 1991-current
For feature film, “Not Bad for a Girl: An Analytic Approach to the Functions of Music and Gender Deconstruction”
* Nominated Best Director, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, 1995
* Best Documentary Film, New York Underground Film Festival, 1996
* Toured the international festival circuit, museums, media circuits, and universities discussing the subjects of creativity, sexuality, and gender play in Q & A and lecture formats.

Advanced Behavioral Medical Group
Psychologist: inpatient & outpatient, Glendale 1986-1997
Worked with beings carrying the notorious diagnosis: chronic psychotic, schizoaffective, schizophrenic, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), multiple personality, borderline and narcissistic personality disorder, anxiety and panic disorder, phobic, PTSD, eating disorders and all addictions. Worked 80% outpatient/20%inpatient along with psychiatrists, social workers, and nurses. Presented case conferences and speaker at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Glendale Adventist.

Life Fitness Center
Psychologist: Inpatient & Outpatient
Glendale, 1986-1997
Psychotherapy treating adults, adolescents, couples, elders, children, and teens. Worked with treatment team. Case seminar presentations, public speaking at hospitals, schools, and parental groups. Specialty sexual issues and disorders (premature ejaculation, vaginismus, dyspareunia, sex addiction, sexual abuse, domestic violence, fertility, pregnancy, as well as eating disorders, drug, alcohol, psychotic, anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. Supervised new interns.

Edgemont, Charter Oak, and Glendale Memorial Hospitals
Psychologist: Inpatient
Los Angeles County, 1992-1996
Worked with psychotic and Aids population in individual and group therapy. Worked with treatment team (RN’s, MD’s, LCSW’s)

Mountain View Lodge Hospital
Director: Inpatient
Glendale, 1989-1990
Subcontracted through Advanced Behavioral Medical Group to develop, implement, and co-direct an impatient drug treatment program for adolescents. Ran educational and therapy groups for both adolescent and parent groups. Work with treatment team.

Advanced Behavioral Medical Group
Glendale, 1986-1993 (pre and post doc)
Provided therapy and received individual and group supervision for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral hours.

Sierra Club, Zero Population Committee: Teen Sexuality (W. LA: 1988-89)
Issues of conservation. I headed and ran the teen sexuality program: teen pregnancy and sex education

South Bay Human Services
Torrance, 1986
Provided therapy to both voluntary and court ordered patient with drug addictions and ran weekly drug education groups.

Do it Now Foundation
Hollywood, 1985
Same as above

Options House
Hollywood, 1984
Provided individual, group, and family intervention for adolescent runaways coming from physically and or sexually abusive homes. Worked with social workers and Child Protective Services.

Masters and Doctoral Level Internships: U.S.C.
Los Angeles, 1984-1986
Provided counseling for students and worked closely with the Student Services Department and Education Department.

Office of Admissions-School Relations Counselor-U.S.C.
Los Angeles, 1984-1986
Vocational counseling for individual and groups to prospective students and/or their parents. Coordinated students with other campus offices including residential living and advisement, academic and athletic departments, assisted with recruitment and assigning mentors, family counseling. Learned intricate knowledge about various schools and services within the community addressing diverse student needs and concerns.

Linden Center, Five Acres, Hathaway Home for Children
Los Angeles, 1983-1984
Childcare worker responsible for 9 children/adolescents on a live-in basis, constructed and implemented behavior modification programs, worked with team of teachers, social workers, and psychiatrists. Counseled, tutored, coordinated, and carried out all aspects of daily living.

Southwestern Academy
Pasadena, 1982
Live-in tutor and counselor for private residence. Taught all subjects to an adolescent two years behind in courses and diagnosed with developmental disorders. Major depression, a catastrophic psychosocial stress, and selectively mute. Worked in conjunction with principal and teachers, assisting student to ultimate goal of obtaining high school diploma.


FILM and DVD’s
Quantum Enterprises/Enlightened Sexuality Director
San Diego and New York City, 2000-present

Panic Improvisation: Healing and Awakening Energy Meditation and Chi Field Therapy and Dancing compilations (Apramian, L. 1999-present)

The Alchemy of Enlightened Sexuality (Apramian, L., book in progress) women coming into their power physically, spiritually, mentally and facilitating healing/balance with each other, men, and children/teens

Goddess Wave (Apramian, L., 2003-present) series of moving energy meditations, spiritual mudras and mantras in nature

Snake Medicine, Snake Qi Yoga Series (Apramian, L., 1999- present) energy field medicine for healing and awakening consciousnes, qi field therapy, shamanism

MoonBlossum: Teen Girls, Enlightened Sex Education Rites of Passage (Apramian, L., 2003-present)

SunflowerTeen: Boys, Enlightened Sex Education, Rites of Passage (Apramian, L., 2006-present)

Apramian, L. (1990-1997). Writer, producer, director. “Not Bad for a Girl”

Apramian, L. (1992). Director, producer. Stories about Breast Cancer.

Apramian, L. (DVD in progress) Writer, producer, director, Alchemy of Enlightened Sexuality.


Apramian, L. (article in progress). Use of Medical Cannabis for Vaginismus, Dyspareunia, and Menopause to treat lack of libido, lubrication, and pain: 7 case studies.

Apramian, L. (November, 2009). Not Bad for a Girl, Next Generation: Madness, Creativity, Sexuality, and Gender Fluidity

Apramian, L (June Conference, AASECT). Correlations between HSV-II and Kundalini: 3 Preliminary Case Studies.

Apramian, L. (1995). Multiple Abortions and the Repetition of Archaic Longings, Sexual Enactments, and Shame: A Case Study.

Apramian, L. (2006). Moving Meditations: A Return to the Sacred Feminine.” Litteratura Serpentium, Volume 26-1.


Yoniverse Summit (March 19-21, 2010): a global project bringing in panelists to discuss and share about the evolution and balance of divine feminine/masculine integration, embodied empowered women and healing workshops, auction, artists, musicians, new films, and fundraisers for teen education in US and working with our international allies in West Africa to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM)

Breast Cancer Awareness Week: Produced and Co-Directed with Sheila Moorland, Stories About Breast Cancer, (1996), producing a auction at the Playboy Club, Hollywood, and an outdoor installation putting 1300 breast casts into grass at Griffith park to represent deaths due to breast cancer

Apramian, L. (1993-2003). International interviews on television, and radio, and in cyberspace, books, magazines, and newsprint on the subject of women’s issues, gender, madness, and creativity.

* Snake Qi Yoga: Featured in Meditation: East Meets West, a documentary film directed by Alan Sawyer
* Dr. Lisa Featured in Herbal Confusion news segment created by Internetwork News in 2001 about healing with herbs and lifestyle changes
* Dog Bite Prevention Week: Channel 9 news featuring Dr Lisa and Otabear the friendly pit-bull with kindergartners through third graders


Apramian, L. (1993-1997). Invited screenings of film, “Not Bad for a Girl”, followed by lecture and discussion on the affects of gender on development and identification with being a woman, rape, domestic violence, gender performance and fluidity and the idiosyncratic use of musical styles, sounds, and performance to express shame, conflict resolution, defensive, expansive and celebrative behaviors. See NotBadforaGirlMovie.com

AASECT: 2010 conference: Tantra Meditation May 2010

AASECT 2010 conference: Enlightened Sexuality, May 2010

San Diego State University, Psychology Dept, Dr. Soh-Leong Lim, MultiCultural Therapy, Spirituality and Sexuality, April 2010

AASECT: conference: Tantra Meditation , May, 2009

AASECT: conference: White Tantra Teens May, 2009

Museum of Art, Long Beach and Honolulu 1997.

Harvard University, Women’s Studies, Nov 1997.

University of So. California: Women’s Studies Dept, Communications Dept, & Women in Film, Film Dept., 1997.

21st Annual Feminist Psychology Conference, winter 1996.

Boston University, Women’s Studies, fall 1995.

Portland Art Museum, Rock Documentaries, winter 1996.

University of Washington, Women’s Studies, Seattle, 1997.

Washington State University, American Studies, spring 1996.

Bowling Green State University, Women’s Studies, Feb 1996.

Madison University, Women’s Studies, spring 1996.

Minnesota University, Women in Film, fall 1995.

Hallwalls Museum, Women in Film, Buffalo, NY, 1993.

Art houses and film festivals worldwide

Go to wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Bad_for_a_Girl

Apramian, L. (February, 1997). Multiple Abortions and the Repetition of Archaic Longings, Sexual Enactments, and Shame; A Case Study. Presentation at the Women’s Issues in Clinical Practice workshop at the Calif. School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.

Apramian, L. (Winter, 1996). Invitation to screen Not Bad for a Girl, followed by a presentation and discussion about gender fluidity sexuality, madness and creativity. The 21ST Annual Feminist Psychology Conference, by the Association for Women in Psychology, Oregon.

Apramian, L. (Spring, 1994). The Meanings and Selfobject Functions of Rock Music; A Theoretical Perspective adding gender as a self-object function and a Case Study. Paper presented at the Self Psychology peer supervision group facilitated by Robert Stolorow, Ph.D., Brentwood, CA.

Apramian, L. (Summer, 1991). Invitation to give a workshop on The Role Gender Stereotypes and Gender Play in Personality Development. Workshop covered needs, longings, impediments, parental and sibling influences, defensive foreclosure, resources, support systems, created ways to get past shame and inhibition to aspire and become. The Annual Riot Grrrl Convention, Washington, D.C., and subsequent local Riot Grrrl chapter meetings statewide.

International Documentary Association (IDA)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Association of Holistic Health
Association of Sexual Energy Professionals

Sierra Club
San Diego Herpetology Society

Joanne Axton, RN, board of directors AHH
RJ Ward, Screenwriter
Barbara Laier, Ph.D.
Lori Petri-Grebb, Ph.D
Doug Goodman