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 am an in-network provider for:
  • CareOregon
  • Oregon's Health Co-Op
  • Out of Network Provider
  • United Behavioral Health
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2100 NE Broadway St, 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 a contracted provider with United Behavioral Health. I provide statements or superbills you can use to submit for reimbursement if your insurance covers out-of network providers. My fee is $140 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 in person or by video 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. In 2000 I went to work in apparel color development for Nike, Inc for 23 years. I completed my Masters in Counseling in 2009 and started my part-time private practice in NE Portland. As many of us did during the pandemic, I got clear I wanted to spend more time doing the work I most enjoy, so in 2023 I fully shifted my focus to therapy.

In addition to my professional journey I have learned a great deal from the challenges and joys of both new and enduring relationships where I am partner, mother, daughter, sister and friend. When I'm not working I love spending time with my adult daughter, my partner and my collection of fantastic friends. This often includes gardening, cooking, travel, and making things with my hands.

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 other mindful, experiential therapy approaches.

Services I Provide

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
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psycho-Physical Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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