Lisa Popelka

Lisa Popelka

Licensed Professional Counselor

In my counseling practice, I encourage people to live from their hearts. I view the struggles we face as an opportunity to develop the clarity, confidence, and courage to be who we are.

Client Status

accepting clients



811 NW 20th Ave., Ste. 303

Portland, OR 97209

At a Glance


Rate: $100

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2005

Languages: English


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Background and Approach

Warmth. Connection. Depth. Compassion. Honesty. Intuition. This is what I cultivate in my work with people who struggle to feel good enough about themselves. My clients feel accepted and nourished. They feel like I get them. They have found a place where they can be themselves. We start with awareness in the present moment and go from there. As they explore and express their tender emotions - the shame and pain diminishes to uncover the needs hidden underneath. In claiming those needs and accepting their own vulnerability, my clients carve a path which frees them to make choices that bring joy and fulfillment into their lives. This healing allows them to be true to themselves.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I received my B.S. in Psychology in 1990 and my M.S. in Counseling Psychology in 1994. Throughout those years I volunteered and worked at a variety of agencies & schools serving children, teens, families, & individuals. I started my private practice in June 2005. From 2004-2015: I have trained with & participated in a consult group with Bob Edelstein in Existential Humanistic Psychology. In 2006, I trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy - with Sue Johnson's organization & took an advanced seminar with Les Greenberg in 2011. From 2010-present, I continue my EFT training with Jamie Levin and Charles Edwards - with EFT Individual trainings and on-going Consult. In 2010, I trained in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Seigel & attended an IPNB & Mindfulness workshop with Jack Kornfield & Dan Seigel. I study mindfulness by following the teachings of Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfeld, Tara Brach, Jon Kabat Zinn, & James Baraz. I also have a meditation practice.

Techniques I Use


  • Relational  External link

    One of the best predictors of outcome in therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. So we build a safe, solid foundation - by engaging in an authentic open connection that allows you to feel seen & accepted. Our relationship is a forum for taking risks to be yourself, to explore feelings, to express needs. This lens opens a pathway to new ways of being in outside relationships.

  • Humanistic  External link

    Humanistic therapy honors your inner-knowing and innate drive to move towards wholeness. I have faith that as you stay present to yourself, you are guided to what is best and right for you. With warmth, humor, and intuition - we discover the places that need attention. We also work with the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness to cultivate self-trust, self-acceptance, and self-value.

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    This is an experiential therapy. We stay present to your inner experience, exploring your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, as they surface in the room. As your emotional awareness increases, we are able to identify your unmet needs and old patterns that have kept you stuck. Our work focuses on transforming those patterns, which frees you to make choices to lead you to a fulfilling life.

Issues I Treat


  • Women's Issues External link

    As women, we are often inculcated to meet others' needs & expectations, to denigrate our own needs, and to strive for perfection based on external criteria. I help women discover the power of compassion to soften their inner critic; to grow solid enough to listen and trust their own voice; and ultimately to cultivate self-acceptance and the courage to be true to themselves.

  • Divorce External link

    Women contemplating divorce may feel confusion, guilt, isolation, or pressure - yet therapy can help you to find your center and cultivate clarity about what is the best path. When you must go through a divorce, you come face to face with a range of intense emotions. Therapy can offer you a safe place to decompress; to receive support, and to engage in the process of healing, and growth.

  • Self-Esteem External link

    Feeling like we are not enough - essentially not good enough usually indicates some layer of shame underneath -- something's wrong with me. When we feel like this, we need someone who can help us face these vulnerable feelings with compassion and gentle curiosity - who leads us down a path that eventually cultivates a sense of self-acceptance and self-love.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    I work with women who would like to develop greater emotional intimacy in their close relationships. I help women feel more solid inside themselves, so they can speak their truth, and recognize their needs as legitimate. We increase awareness of old patterns that get in the way of authenticity & closeness. We explore how vulnerability creates connection and is fundamental to emotional intimacy.

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