Shannon Lilja D.BH, LPC, LMHC, CADC2, CDP, Counseling in Astoria, Oregon, 97103

Shannon Lilja


Shannon Lilja


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Secondary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • LifeWise
  • Moda Health
  • Molina Healthcare
  • ODS (Moda Health)
  • Optum Health
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions
Fees: $100 per 50-minute treatment session.
If I am not a preferred provider or paneled on your insurance, I am able to provide you with billing paperwork so you can file the claim. Ask for more details.
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20 Basin Street, Suite 107
(Addtnl Ofc: 3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Bvtn 9
Astoria, Oregon 97103
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, St 152-D
(Addnl Ofc: 20 Basin St, Suite 107
Beaverton, Oregon 97006

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' in patterns. I believe that our expectations get in our way of truly being free to enjoy who we are and how we live.
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. If you are new to therapy or feel apprehensive, your comfort is my main concern. I believe the therapeutic relationship (trust and connection) is key to positive results and growth. Therefore, I offer a free 20-30 minute visit to answer questions you may have of me and of the counseling process.
My 50-minute fee is $100.00 per hour. I am an in-network provider on most insurance (no OHP).

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.

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.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    In addition to serving individuals and couples in a "typical" therapeutic setting, I also work with persons in the criminal justice system (ie on probation) or involved with the court system (ie mandated or recommended treatment on specific issues - ie substance abuse charges that result in mandated treatment). I work with clients recently released from alcohol or chemical dependency inpatient or outpatient programs and/or work in collaboration with such 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
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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