Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
About Alisha as a Therapist
Alisha Hurlbert is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Washington) and Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon) and has been practicing in the SW Washington/Portland area for over 10 years.
Alisha believes we heal in healthy, connected relationships. This is the core of therapy – experiencing a safe, validating, encouraging, relationship in which clients feel seen, heard, and known. This is the foundation needed for us humans to be able to do the brave work of healing from life’s wounds, grieving losses, changing coping strategies that aren’t actually making things better, and ultimately coming home to ourselves.
She works hard to understand your individual story and experiences, to partner with you in getting where you want to go within the therapeutic relationship. Alisha partners with you to explore what you are wanting from life, the obstacles in the way, and what matters most to you. The goal, no matter what your struggle, is to equip you to feel whole within yourself and confident you have the skills needed to face life challenges well, in line with your values and who you are at your best.
Alisha is passionate about helping others find purpose and meaning; learn new and effective ways of getting needs met; solve problems, and live from the essential truth of being worthy of connection and belonging as you are. She feels called to help others rise to their full stature.
Training and Background
Alisha is currently focused on, and very excited about, interpersonal neurobiology. In a nutshell, this is the science of how our brains are formed in relationship – both for better and for worse. This is about paying attention to what we feel and experience with compassion and curiosity. This is about helping our brains in their amazing work of moving us toward a sense of wholeness and connection (which they are always trying to do), with ourselves, others, and the world around us – able to live with joy and freedom.
Alisha earned her master’s degree (MA) in counseling from Western Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication from the University of Portland. Before joining Lacamas Counseling, Alisha worked at Portland DBT Institute (PDBTI) with individual adults, teenagers, families, and groups. She has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is a research-proven treatment addressing high-risk behaviors (suicidal behaviors, spending, drugs/alcohol, sex, etc.) and extreme emotional reactions by teaching clients a set of skills for living life well. Alisha does not offer full-fidelity DBT treatment, but can be a step down for those who have completed the full program.
Before PDBTI, Alisha worked in a community mental health setting with people of myriad backgrounds, conditions, and struggles.
Prior to her career in professional counseling, Alisha spent a year volunteering in a homeless shelter in Arizona; helped to manage a cafe employing at-risk teenagers in San Francisco; worked in a home for single moms recovering from homelessness and addiction also in San Francisco; and worked for Concordia University in Portland mentoring college students and student leaders. She also taught swimming lessons to all ages during summers in high school and college.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays All appointments must be scheduled in advance
Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield First Choice PacificSource
Suicidal thinking and action
Breaking negative cycles/habits
Teen Counseling (13 years and up)
In addition to being a counselor, Alisha loves spending time with her husband and three sweet daughters. She is a big fan of brunch, the outdoors (particularly the ocean), being active, and hanging out with friends.