About Lisa

About Lisa

Lisa Iversen portrait

Lisa received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1992. Her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, with a minor in Women’s Studies, is from the University of Minnesota (1986). She has been a practicing psychotherapist in the Pacific Northwest since 1993 and facilitating Systemic and Family Constellations since 1999.  From 2008-2015 she co-hosted the radio show, “Life Conversations presents Ancestral Blueprints” with Atlanta-based host Adé Anifowose and Ombassa Sophera. While actively connected to her Minnesota roots, Lisa now creates home with her husband and their daughter in the Pacific Northwest where she directs the Center for Ancestral Blueprints.

Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul is Lisa’s first book, and contains Lisa’s reflections on psychotherapy, truth, ancestry, tribe, and democracy. The second edition is coming December, 2020.

Whiteness is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women is an anthology of essays, stewarded by Lisa, written by twelve women from three countries disentangling themes of innocence, historic trauma, grief, perpetrator/victim bonds, race, privilege, gender, guilt, money, boundaries, and belonging in their families and ancestries. Coming September 29, 2020.

Book Events


Instagram Interview with Jen Pastiloff
Date TBA

Join us on Instagram for a live conversation between Lisa Iversen and Jen Pastiloff, author of On Being Human. Hosted on Instagram @jenniferpastiloff

Follow Lisa on Instagram at @lisa.b.iversen


Book Launch for Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor
October 13, 2020 at 6pm

Join editor Lisa Iversen and essayists Sonya Lea and Una O’Connell, in conversation moderated by Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD, author of Journey Through Trauma, who says, “As a psychologist who works with trauma, I can say that the essays in Whiteness is Not an Ancestor provide a crucial element of preparation for the conversations and dialogue that white women and men need to have about their histories—so that the trauma of anti-Black racism and the genocide of our Native American and Alaska Native people can be witnessed and healed.”

Sponsored by Seattle’s Elliott Bay Bookstore.

Pre-orders available beginning October 1.

Produced by CAB Publishing in partnership with Zoom.