Lisa Hobart LPC, LMFT, CADCI
Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Sciences from Oregon State University(2001), Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oregon State University (2001), Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Portland State University (2004).
Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor beginning 2006, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist beginning 2007, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor beginning 2008.
Work Experience: Beginning in 1999 I explored counseling in a variety of settings including high schools,universities, private practice, community mental health outpatient non-profit organization, and community dual diagnosis (mental health & addictions) intensive outpatient. I began with WPCS in 2007 and greatly enjoy the outpatient population I serve.
Individual (child, adolescent, and adult), Couples/Marriage and Family
I believe the most important aspect of counseling is the therapeutic relationship. If our personalities clash or if you aren't comfortable then progress will be more difficult. Our first session is a chance for you to get a feel for me and for me to gather information to see if I can help. I do not believe that I am any better than my clients, I am simply a safe open place for you to come in and figure out how you want to change your life. I like to think I am warm, accepting and compassionate while also being very straight forward and tactfully blunt when needed. I am LGBT and kink friendly.
The way I counsel individuals is different from how I counsel couples or families.
Individual Work: I believe people come to counseling with different needs and desires for how to sort through their difficulties and I shape therapy to what works best for each person. I am always strengths based and solution focused but implement techniques from various theories and styles as suited to each person. That can include shifting your thinking, your behaviors, gaining insight, processing emotions/traumas, establishing a support network, etc.
When working with children therapy looks different depending on their age and what their issues are. If children are processing trauma or learning to cope with difficult times I may engage in play therapy or art therapy. If they are struggling with behavioral issues therapy is generally more structured around skill building and establishing clear rewards and consequences at home.
Couples/Families: When you enter into couples or family work I look at the system as opposed to any one person's difficulties. If any individual appears to need focused work I refer them to their own therapist and I work on shifting the system to a healthier way of operating. I use many theories and techniques from John Gottman's work. I assess each family system for unhealthy/unproductive patterns and we work on changing them together through exercises, practice and accountability.
I was born and raised in Oregon and though I complain about the rain come December I love the climate and green scenery. I enjoy being outdoors in a variety of ways; traveling, camping, hiking, walking my dogs, gardening, wineries, adventure sports or simply soaking up the sun on a nice day. In the gloomy seasons I frequently go to the movies, explore new restaurants, and entertain for my friends. Most of my time outside of work is spent with those I love.
0-5, 6-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-64
Abuse, Anxiety/Fears/Phobia/Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder , Depression, Eating Disorders , Grief/Death, OCD , Postpartum Depression , PTSD, Religious/Spiritual Issues, Stress Management, Adoption, Parenting Issues, LGBTQ+, Men's Issues, Sexual Issues, Women’s Issues, Addictions