Dr. Shannon Lilja,D.BH, LPC, LMHC, CADC2, SUDP

Dr. Shannon Lilja,D.BH, LPC, LMHC, CADC2, SUDP

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor (LMHC)
Secondary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC)
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • LifeWise
  • Moda Health
  • ODS (Moda Health)
  • Out of Network Provider
  • Pacific Source
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon
Fees: First session (50-minute diagnostic eval) $175.00 per session
Subsequent 50-minute sessions $150.00 individual, couples or relational.
Sliding scale is available for those who self-pay.
I accept many insurances but if I am not a preferred provider or paneled on your insurance, I may be able to provide you with billing paperwork so you can file the claim on your own. Ask for more details.
I do not process insurance for couples work - insurance typically won't pay for couples therapy.
Cash, check, credit card (Square) accepted, including health savings reimbursement cards


752 Officers Row
Vancouver, Washington 98661

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My Approach to Helping

Seeking a counselor is the first step, and a great beginning, on the journey toward regaining control over how you feel and how you interact with others. My work focuses on helping clients increase awareness and insight, develop skills, heal, and grow. Ultimately, achieving a renewed sense of energy, balance, and personal empowerment. Concerns of notable interest to me are related to relationships (romantic or friendship-based), communication, confidence or ego-strength issues (self esteem), life transitions, and-or getting 'unstuck' from patterns. I believe that our expectations get in our way of truly being free to enjoy who we are and how we live; and believe distractions are often unseen and often sabotage our goals.
My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, and straightforward. I work with individuals and couples for brief work as well as long-term, more in-depth, therapy. I thoroughly enjoy the process of learning about people - what makes you, you? I find blending conversations around what isn't working with those around strengths - often those that have been ignored, clouded or lost over time - is a great way to become reacquainted with yourself. Learning about yourself, and about what makes you tick, can be a helpful exercise. It often leads to a different perspective, which can profoundly affect the way you communicate and attach to others (partners, friends, children, etc), your ability to empathize, your sense of empowerment, and confidence.
I believe the clarity you seek is possible. I consider it a privilege to be your therapist, and to work with you toward the goals you have in mind.
I am an in-network provider on some insurance (not paneled with OHP or Apple).

More Info About My Practice

Depression, anxiety, communication struggles, relationship challenges, life-demands, separation-divorce, life transition issues, self-esteem or confidence, emotional issues related to finance and money management, chemical dependency issues, "little 't' trauma, and some deeper trauma work.

My Role as a Therapist

I will help facilitate your journey to self-discovery, working with you to understand what is going on now, why that is, and then help you change to support your goal. I use a collaborative approach to set goals with you, and utilize cognitive behavioral and attachment-based therapeutic approaches as primary tools in the helping process. I believe the issues presented in session are wonderful opportunities for you to learn about yourself and move toward the changes you seek.

The change I refer to is in you - your thoughts, beliefs, choices and actions. We can and will talk about others in relationship to you ? I believe in the systemic approach that all things are connected - but the only place you really have leverage is in yourself. In our work, I will challenge you on your deeply-held beliefs around your expectations, fears you may not recognize, and self-defined limitations.

I believe we all have the potential for a rich, fulfilling life. We just need some help sometimes.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with individuals and couples.
    I work with clients recently released from alcohol or chemical dependency inpatient or outpatient programs and-or work in collaboration with agencies as an adjunct to care (ie working through emotional issues or concerns while in a substance abuse treatment program).

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Inadequacy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Perfectionism
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

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