Do you sometimes find your past interrupts your present, complicating your ability to navigate your life effectively?  Do you envision the experience of a deeper relationship or enhanced communication in your family?  Whether you are contemplating a lifelong commitment, tuning up an existing relationship or making a life transition, there is hope. Bitterroot Family Therapy is here to help. Contact me to explore how we might work together.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Telehealth & COVID19

All sessions are virtual at this time. Telehealth is available for individuals, couples and families and is covered by some insurances. Working via video conferencing, you can receive therapy services from the comfort of your home or other convenient, confidential place (within the State of California). If balancing the time demands of family and work life is important, you may want to consider meeting using Telehealth.



With the belief that each day is truly a new beginning, it is the mission of Bitterroot Family Therapy to enhance communication, and promote hope, vision and recovery.  

About Me

My name is Lisa Larimer Burtis. I’m so glad you have found me at Bitterroot Family Therapy. I grew up in the San Francisco East Bay. After graduating high school (Albany High School – Go Cougars!), I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Montana, where I studied interpersonal communication.

Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the field of information technology. I enjoyed working between programmers and end users, one foot in both worlds. Life happened and I wanted to have more control over my time. It didn’t take long for my work experience and educational background to illuminate a path toward becoming a therapist.

I attended graduate school at the University of San Francisco, earning a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Before moving into private practice, I worked in community mental health for over 15 years serving transition-age youth (ages 16-25), families and adults.

My current focus is on couples, families and individuals with the desire to instill hope; to assist people in discovering a vision for their future; and to inspire recovery and healthy functioning.

I am licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT49997) in the State of California.

Why Bitterroot? River, Valley, Flower…

A River ~ As I traveled from California to Montana by way of Highway 93, excitement built as I crossed the Bitterroot River for the first time near Sula. The river’s clarity and movement caught my attention. My destination was close and I quickly married the thought of this great river with the thought of arriving soon at my destination, Missoula, Montana.

A Valley ~ The Bitterroot Valley, framed by the Bitterroot and Sapphire ranges, became a place of refuge, relaxation and departure from the rigors of undergraduate study. Today I visit with close friends as often as I can.

A Flower ~ Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), the Montana State Flower, is a perennial herb that is both nutritious and medicinal. It has multiple delicate petals that enliven the otherwise neutral landscape.

Bitterroot (Lewisia redivida)


What You Can Expect

What you can expect at the beginning of therapy is sharing information about yourself, your current situation, the difficulties that are occurring or a situation you are working to resolve. Barriers and current functioning are identified. Goals for therapy are created.

Whether you are a couple, an individual or a family, therapy can support you in growing. Life transitions including marriage, divorce, children moving out of the home; relationship tune ups; moving through trauma; addressing family difficulties– all may be addressed through therapy.


Couples therapy is a process where people in an intimate or otherwise committed relationship have the opportunity to explore enhancements to their relationships. For those seeking pre-marital counseling, services would focus on building a toolkit to help navigate some of the difficulties encountered when people join their lives, families, and households. My practice has a ‘no secrets’ policy which means that I may meet with individuals at times but the information gained in these sessions may come into a session when the other people are present.


Individual therapy encompasses one on one sessions and is designed to assist people in exploring feelings, thoughts, and communication habits to improve functioning and to provide greater understanding of self.


Family therapy is offered to help families address situations to improve communication and resolve conflicts. Families can come together and learn healing ways to be with each other.


Contact Information

There are several ways to contact me. You can call, send an email, or complete the form on this page. I look forward to connecting with you!

Telephone: (707) 962-3161

Email: info@bitterrootfamilytherapy.com

Office Location

Bitterroot Family Therapy is physically located in Fort Bragg, California, which is approximately 3.5 hours north of San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) in Mendocino County.

Currently, all sessions are via Telehealth due to the pandemic.

Most insurance plans will cover mental health services via telehealth during the pandemic. For both private pay and people using insurance, my license requires you to be physically located in California at the time of service. My plan is to keep a significant portion of my practice virtual once the pandemic has resolved.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 6:30pm

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