I have been a counselor for over 28 years seeing individuals, couples and families across the lifespan and from all walks of life. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. I completed my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and a PhD specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy from Kansas State University. I also completed a two-year post-graduate program in Clinical Human Sexuality at the Menninger Clinic. This blend of training has been useful as I help my clients address both individual and relationship issues (whether their partner joins them or not). I find that, often, the individual and relationship struggles overlap. I have worked in traditional out-patient mental health settings, residential treatment, private practice, forensic assessment and consulting as well as taught for several universities. During my years as a counselor, I have worked with clients struggling with a wide range of issues including those related to depression and anxiety,
adjusting to life changes, relationships, parenting, eating and body image, trauma, substance abuse, anger management, divorce/separation, and sexual abuse.
My counseling style is characterized by collaboration and respect. I tend to have a client-centered view and use psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral strategies. I believe that the systems of which people are a part (family, social, and cultural, for example) have a significant impact on their health and happiness as well as their pain and distress. Commonly, people set out to solve a problem only to have the solution turn out to be unhelpful or even unhealthy over time. I focus on helping clients address the original issues so as to let go of the now-troublesome solution. I have a deep interest in Positive Psychology and believe that there are many ways in which people can increase their own well-being and happiness in their daily lives. I incorporate many interventions from this field into my counseling practice. It can be that removing the pain or discomfort in life doesn't necessarily bring deep happiness and well-being. There are many ways to enhance this in one's life to create resilience when future challenges show up.
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- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Divorce and Separation , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Postpartum Depression , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy
LPC #C-1268 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
In the short time I have been in contact with my counselor, Elisa, she has provided me with a great deal of support and understanding, advice and compassion.
Dr. Elisa Doebler-Irvine made the experience of reaching out for therapy in a virtual forum an easy one. She responds quickly and always puts thoughtful insight into her replies. I was cautiously optimistic that I would be paired up with someone who would be able to lend insight into areas of improvement in my life. However, Dr. Elisa Doebler-Irvine was never judgmental. She gave me worksheets or helped me break down my own frame of thinking. She is clearly a talented therapist who will be helping people for a long time to come.
I was shocked by how easy it is to talk to Elisa. It feels like a smart, insightful pen-pal who happens to have a ton of experience and expertise. Her style is gentle but she has already pointed me toward great ideas and resources. I am feeling hopeful for the first time in a long while.