Allisa Stopa

LPC, CADC I, ACS, Therapist Consultant
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I believe therapy can help us all create meaning, develop self-awareness, and determine how we can be more effective regardless of our circumstances. I tell my clients all ofthe time that there is no guidebook to life, we are all here just trying our best with the skills we have. Therapy can be a safe place to explore our innermost thoughts and feelings and figure out what we want out of life, or who we want to be, and provide tangible skills to achieve our goals. Therapy helps us look at the skills we have developed, sometimes out of necessity, and determine if those skills are the most effective or if certain skills are even serving a purpose anymore. I am deeply passionate about taking a person-centered approach and guiding clients on their journey to become the best version of themselves. Life is full of highs and lows, and my desire is to help clients identify their strengths, resources and goals, and work towards creating positive change in their lives.   

I believe in utilizing a multitude of skills and evidenced-based practices within sessions. I combine Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Mindfulness skills into a person-centered approach providing practical tools for managing life’s challenges.

My educational background includes an MA in Applied Psychological Sciences from Pacific University and a BS in Psychology from Portland State University. I am a certified alcohol and drug counselor as well as an Approved Clinical Supervisor.