About Dr. Petronis

Dr. Petronis has been helping people to improve their lives for for nearly two decades. Prior to entering the field of mental health, Dr. Petronis helped individuals develop their physical potential as a personal fitness trainer and basketball coach. Dr. Petronis has been involved in sports and fitness for a lifetime, which has included collegiate basketball and participation in the first ever trials for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). In addition, Dr. Petronis has cultivated a spiritual life and discipline informed by nearly forty years of experiences and studies.


Dr. Lisa Petronis holds a Masters in Counseling with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Petronis is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist.

Dr. Lisa Petronis has been practicing in the field of mental health since 1995 in various settings. She successfully implemented and managed intensive family programs at two major residential treatment facilities before starting a private practice in 2002. In addition, she was a faculty member at the University of Phoenix in San Diego teaching in the graduate degree program for Marriage and Family Therapy since from 2006-2012 and is currently a faculty member at John Paul the Great Catholic University teaching psychology courses.

Dr. Lisa Petronis is a recognized expert in the areas of addictions, trauma, and cross-cultural psychology. In addition, she holds special training in depth psychology. Dr. Petronis is sought after by individuals from all walks of life seeking to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Dr. Lisa Petronis treats families, individuals, couples, and adolescents. She has appeared as an expert psychotherapist on XETV/Fox, KOGO news radio, ABC/10 news, and Catholic Radio. Within the San Diego community Dr. Petronis is well known for her work with the Lost Boys from Sudan credited with the first psychological study on the group and co-founding, The California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation, a charity aimed at helping the San Diego Lost Boys and Girls improve their the quality of their lives. –

“I help people attain fulfillment, freedom and success in their lives.”