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Elisa Doebler-Irvine, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Parenting issues Coping with life changes
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About me

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.

If this sounds like a fit with your needs, let's get started!

Professional experience

28yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

License information

OR LPC C1268


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Elisa Doebler-Irvine. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Elisa has been a gift from the universe. She has an incredible delth of insight and ability to help you see the issues. Not nky to see what the problems are but give you the tools and support u need to fix them. THANK YOU Elisa, for giving me my happy hack.

Written on Nov 28, 2022 after therapy with Elisa for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I so appreciate the insight Elisa gives me in every session. She always remembers where we've been and where we're going, is able to help me refine/define goals, and she's practical in her approach. She's a good fit for me and I'm grateful!

Written on Aug 29, 2022 after therapy with Elisa for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues

Elisa understands that life can be a little chaotic sometimes and is a great ear to talk to. She helps me focus on the positive and find the joy in life.

Written on Jul 28, 2022 after therapy with Elisa for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

So amazing and helpful! Always is giving me wonderful advice that helps my bad days and also my good ones.

Written on May 02, 2022 after therapy with Elisa for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Easy to talk with and always gives back thoughtful responses

Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Elisa for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and adhd

I have been working with Elisa weekly for 5 months now. Simply put, she has been indispensable to me and my family while we navigate a time of incredibly stressful transition. I have been in counseling on and off for decades, and have had the great fortune of working with several highly skilled therapists; Elisa brings a level of insight and skill that exceed all expectations. She is smart, receptive, responsive, and solutions-oriented. She is a remarkably clear and articulate communicator. She is incredibly knowledgeable and detailed in her responses, both written and in person. She brings in a variety of therapeutic tools to meet me where I need to be met at any given moment. She genuinely cares about my family's well-being, going above and beyond to support us, particularly when crises arise.

I am so grateful to be working with Elisa! She has made a world of difference in our lives.

Written on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Elisa for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching