Alisha Phillips

Alisha Phillips (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I love my job. Witnessing my clients explore their potential for healing and growth through our work together is an inspiring privilege.

Client Status

waitlist

Contact

541-285-7917

2705 E. Burnside St.

Suite 108

Portland, 97214

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90-$120

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2013

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Cigna
  • MHN
  • Optum
  • PacificSource
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My Ideal Client

My typical clients are young professionals, though I enjoy working with people of all ages and life stages, and especially fellow parents of young children. I have a passion for helping adults explore personal identity and stage of life challenges. I specialize most in family and relationship issues- partnering, parenting, postpartum depression and anxiety, infertility and pregnancy loss, as well as communication, codependency, and divorce.

My Background and Approach

I will spend time getting to know you- your concerns, your strengths, your values, and your hopes for the future. Together we will work toward understanding your story and practice building on your strengths, identifying resources, and learning new skills. I work with each client in a unique and different way, which may include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness and relaxation techniques. My background is in early intervention and parent coaching, helping parent-child dyads build strong bonds and healthy attachment. Though I no longer work with children as clients, I still emphasize the importance of understanding the early experiences of my adult clients and their relationship with their younger selves and family of origin. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bushnell University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services from University of Oregon.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I moved from my home state of Alaska to Oregon as a college student and have lived here ever since, now settled down with my husband, two young children, and sprawling vegetable garden. I am personally passionate about reducing the impact of consumption on our beautiful planet, and strive for values of simplicity, balance, and kindness. I am also passionate about caring for women and mothers and helping people see their true selves through layers of systemic oppression, shame, and silencing. I am fascinated with the integration of Eastern philosophy and spiritual practices with Western psychology and academic pursuits. Clients of mine know I talk about the most recent discoveries in neuroscience in the same conversation as a Buddhist parable. I am a student and fellow traveler in many ways, rather than an expert. I chose to become a counselor because it is the most rewarding and enlightening path for me.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling External link

    I have specific training and experience in couples counseling, and enjoy helping couples improve communication, intimacy, and affection. I require a consultation before starting work with a couple.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) External link

    I was trained to use the DBT program to work with clients with a range of presenting issues, such as borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. In my practice I will use DBT skills and worksheets with clients when useful and appropriate.

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    My training and practice in therapy primarily uses a CBT model- identifying the ways that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors work together and can lead to feeling stuck, as well as be used to make changes and grow.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 External link

    It may feel like life is completely on hold right now, but that doesn't mean that your mental health has to wait. Supportive mental health counseling can mean the difference between mental health crisis and healthy coping during this pandemic. Telehealth appointments available- a platform I have been using with clients for over 5 years.

  • Infertility External link

    A club where no one wants to be a member. Infertility is fraught with layers of self-identity, grief and loss, and challenges to communication and self-care. I have had extended training in this topic, as well as personal experience.

  • Parenting External link

    My professional experience prior to becoming a counselor was as a parent coach. I have also worked in crisis intervention for parents who have a child that has experienced trauma as a licensed counselor. My approach to working with clients around parenting has to do with examining layers of personal history from childhood, parental identity development, attachment theory, and practical coaching based on child development.

  • Postpartum External link

    There are few more critically life-changing and difficult times in a person's life than the postpartum year+. Many women feel like their emotions at this time are "wrong" which leads to waiting to reach out for support. We are meant to have a caring, nurturing village and you are not alone! COVID19 has made this time even more isolated. Please reach out, I will do my best to squeeze you in. I have training from WellMama and Postpartum Support International (check out their online resources too!)

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