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.


  • Individual Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

My 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 Background

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.

All Treatment Orientations I Use

  • Emotionally Focused
  • Humanistic 
  • Relational 

Issues I Treat

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Divorce
  • Women’s Issues

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • 503.224.6559
  • Website
  • 811 NW 20th Ave., Ste. 303
    Portland, OR 97209

At a Glance

  • Experience: 15 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Northwest
  • Rate: $100-100/session

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