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).
Alisha understands that counseling can be difficult, vulnerable work for her clients, so it is essential that they feel comfortable with her. Her warm, validating approach helps her clients to feel understood, respected, and to trust her as they work together. Alisha collaborates with her clients to understand both their goals and the obstacles in the way, and tailors counseling to each individual’s needs. She is passionate about helping others find purpose, learn new and effective ways to get their needs met, solve problems, and live from the truth that everyone is worthy of connection and belonging. Alisha loves helping others live whole-heartedly and rise to their full potential.
Training and Background
Alisha earned her master’s degree in counseling from Western Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Portland. Alisha has been a therapist in the SW Washington/Portland area for over six years. Most recently, Alisha worked at Portland DBT Institute (PDBTI) with individual adults, teenagers, families, and groups. She has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is a research-proven treatment that addresses high-risk behaviors (spending, drugs/alcohol, sex, etc.) and extreme emotional reactions by teaching clients a set of skills for living life well. She has also worked at a community mental health agency helping people with a wide variety of concerns and goals.
Prior to her career in professional counseling, Alisha worked in a homeless shelter; helped to manage a cafe employing at-risk teenagers; worked in a home for single moms recovering from homelessness and addiction; and worked for a university mentoring college students and student leaders.
Suicidal thinking and action
Breaking negative cycles/habits
In addition to being a counselor, Alisha loves spending time with her husband and two sweet daughters. She is a big fan of really good brunch, the outdoors (particularly the ocean), being active, and hanging out with friends.