About Lisa

About Lisa

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 first edition, originally published in September 2009, is sold out. The second edition including a new chapter will be available soon in print and ebook formats.

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. Published October 13, 2020.


What: an indie press making visible our shared humanity.
Why: because more than ever we need each other.
Where: based in Bellingham, WA.
Who: led by Lisa Iversen.