I enjoy working with individuals, couples, groups and families. My treatment approach is to provide support and insight to help clients address current life challenges and long standing issues. I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a primary intervention and skills training for those clients seeking solutions for issues related to emotional regulation, interpersonal communication breakdowns and difficulties in managing stress and personal balance. In addition to being a DBT Therapist, I am also a Cinema Therapist and provide groups that use film stories as a metaphorical approach to creating group process.
DBT Skills Training provides clients "How" skills to deal with issues including emotionally reactive behaviors, inability to express feelings effectively, difficulties in managing stress and surviving crisis and difficulties with being able to self calm. Cinema Therapy is engages film stories to guide the process of healing in a metaphorical and insightful way.
I am best known as DBT Therapist and also as a creative therapist particularly with the use of Cinema-Therapy.
Call or Email Lisa Bahar for a free consultation now - (949) 212-2081


  • Years in Practice: 4 Years
  • School: Pepperdine University
  • Year Graduated: 2005
  • License No. and State: MFC47796 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $200
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health
  • Health Net
  • MHN
  • PacifiCare
  • TriWest
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • License No. and State: LPCC/98 Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Certificate: CAADAC/CCJP
  • Certificate Date: 2009

Lisa Bahar's Groups

Cinema Therapy

Group uses film stories to illustrate problems clients are exploring. Group creates a reflection process of clients sharing insights gained from film and film clips shown. Group is unique in its approach of facilitating conversations in a creative and healing environment.

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DBT Support Group II

Group strengthens the skills learned in DBT I or prior treatment with experiential exercises including Mindfulness beach walks, tea in the gardens and intuitive eating, equine therapy for Emotional Regulation, improvisation acting class for Interpersonal Effectiveness communication skills, private yoga class for Distress Tolerance. Group ideal for the client that has a strong foundation in DBT.

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DBT Support Group I

DBT Skills Training group based on Dr. Marsha Linehan's 2nd Edition DBT Workbook and Handouts. Modules will include Core Mindfullness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills training. All clients must have an individual therapist to join and will need to schedule a free assessment. Group runs for 10 weeks. Sign Ups are ongoing.

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  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse

Mental Health

  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Humanistic
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015
Lisa Bahar, MA, CCJP, LMFT, LPCC, Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach

Lisa Bahar

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, CCJP, LMFT, LPCC