Lisa Knudsen, LPC, CADCII, brings over 20 years of experience working with addiction recovery, grief, and loss to her practice at Newberg Counseling & Wellness. Trained as a family therapist, Lisa brings compassion, candor, humor, and confidence to her sessions, offering clients a safe space where they can tell all of their stories. Her extensive time spent working with alcohol and drug treatment at the Hazelden-Betty Ford Rehab program in Newberg gave her the experience to help clients handle difficult situations around substance abuse, and her other areas of speciality include couples therapy and work with families.
Counseling Methods and Specialties
Lisa’s counseling methods include role play, meditation, action methods, and grounding exercises to help clients access their own strengths, and her 100+ hours of training in psychodrama allows her to use that technique as well to teach clients to connect with their emotional lives and inherent wisdom. Lisa also leads group therapy sessions, particularly to facilitate healing from grief and loss. “I believe grief work is one of the most important and sacred undertakings of our lives,” Lisa says, “as it frees us to move toward hope, joy, and gratitude.”
Lisa often uses Sand Tray therapy to work with her clients as well. Check out her article about using Sand Tray with Adults here!
“Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes this is what happened. And I will choose where the story ends.” -Brené Brown
Therapist at Newberg Counseling & Wellness (2018–present)
Private Practice Therapist, Sherwood, OR (2016–2018)
Spiritual Care Counselor at Hazelden-BettyFord, Inc., Newberg, OR (2012–2015)
Family Therapist at at Hazelden-BettyFord, Inc., Newberg, OR (2011–2012)
Float Therapist at Hazelden-BettyFord, Inc., Newberg, OR (2010–2011)
Focal Therapist at Hazelden-BettyFord, Inc., Newberg, OR (2008–2010)
Evening/Weekend and Float Counselor, at Hazelden Inc., Newberg, OR (2004–2008)
Private Practice Therapist at Hope Counseling Services, Hillsboro, OR (2003–2004)
Family Therapist at DePaul Treatment Center, Portland, OR (2000–2003)
M.S. Clinical Counseling, California State University, Hayward
B.A. Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego
Additional Trainings and Certifications:
Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon / Alcohol and Drug Counselor (2005)
Newberg Counseling & Wellness invites clients of all backgrounds, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, and life circumstances to a transformative experience.
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