Lisa O'Brien,MS, LPC

Lisa O'Brien,MS, LPC

Professions: Psychotherapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Professional Counselor
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


2100 NE Broadway, Suite 323
Portland, Oregon 97232

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My Approach to Helping


I want to help you feel better. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or painful relationships, I bring a deep commitment to helping you find new ways of moving forward in your life with greater awareness, compassion, and connectedness. My approach is influenced by a belief that conscious and healthy choices are developed partially through the perspective gained from deep awareness. While cognitive understanding of the causes of suffering is useful, opportunities for change increase with expanded awareness. This includes learning how your body holds subconscious material that contributes to troublesome beliefs and actions. Once subconscious material is uncovered we work together to develop new ways of responding, helping you and your relationships to feel more secure and invigorated.

I am at ease working with people whose lives have been strengthened and challenged by a broad range of factors including cultural, spiritual, political, and socioeconomic influences, intergenerational mental illness or family strife, and people with difficulties unique to gender and sexual minorities.

More Info About My Practice

I've been in private practice since 2009. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) registered with the state of Oregon.

I am not on any insurance panels, but can provide statements which you may be able to submit for reimbursement if your insurance covers out-of network providers. My fee is $120 for a 50-minute session. I offer a discount if you do not use my book keeping services and have a small number of openings at a reduced fee for people paying out of pocket.

Because the way I work intentionally leans into our therapeutic relationship to facilitate change, I encourage you to take advantage of a free 30-minute consultation session to help you decide if we are a good fit.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

My professional experiences have taken me on a circuitous route to becoming a therapist. My career began as an artist and Professor at Oregon College of Art & Craft where I taught for 10 years. Then, in 2000 I went to work as an apparel Colorist for Nike, Inc. Eventually, I realized I needed to re-engage with people in a meaning-making capacity and returned to school for my Masters degree in Counseling in 2006.

In addition to my professional journey I have learned a great deal from the challenges and joys of being in a 20+ year relationship. While the marriage has ended, our relationship continues as a warm, parenting partnership focused on supporting the interests of our college aged daughter. When I'm not working I like spending time with our gardening, hiking, cross-country skiing, making things with my hands, and traveling.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

I am energized and inspired by the therapeutic models of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems Therapy (CIMBS) and happily pursue advanced training in both. I participate in other complimentary trainings that incorporate the latest findings in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, and the mindful, experiential approaches taught at the M.E.T.A. training center in Portland, Oregon.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psycho-Physical Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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