Elisia Lopez-Mendiola (she/her)
As a multi-cultural woman of color, I understand the depth of our roots, our DNA, and what we as the 7th generation carry forward. We are who we’ve been waiting for, and we are right on time. I believe in our ancestors and their power to walk with us, to guide us, and empower us. I deeply believe that each of us carry within us the light and the capacity to heal, to grow, and to remove cycles from our lives. I invite and welcome you into this space to heal the child within and find your power to RISE again.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who provides trauma-informed, human/person centered, and culturally appropriate care in every interaction I have. I have experience with a wide spectrum of challenges in life, including but not limited to, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, social injustice, and addictions. I currently work full time with people who live with severe and persistent mental illness who suffer with the underlying feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and other barriers in life just like the rest of us.
I bring a unique perspective because I have the lived experience in all that I specialize in. I also serve as clinical supervisor to a wonderful group of individuals who are working with a wide variety of youth who face challenges such as homelessness, LGBTQI+ life transitions, grief, survivorship of human trafficking, domestic violence, and systemic oppression. Lastly, I serve as a mentor for those who are trying to rebuild their lives after trauma to empower those who want to take their power back. After earning my BSW at Concordia University, I pursued my Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Areas of specialty include: Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Addictions, Anger management, Coping skills, Bipolar disorder, Grief, Domestic abuse and violence, Dual diagnosis, Life coaching, Life transitions, Peer Relations, Self esteem, Sexual abuse and addictions, Stress, Supervision, Women’s Issues
Mental health: Impulse Control Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychosis Disorders, and thinking disorders
Types of therapy: ACT, Attachment based, clinical supervision, coaching, CBT, DBT, Emotionally Focused, Existential, Feminist, Humanistic, Multicultural, Narrative, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Trauma Focused
"I started therapy to address my PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Elisia has really helped me feel empowered to heal and truly be a survivor of my trauma. Elisia’s energy was a safe space for me, where I did not feel judged or ashamed of my thoughts and feelings, and trust me, I had a lot of shame. She has walked me through techniques to ground myself when I am feeling out of control and taught me to reframe my experiences. Elisia made me feel heard, valued, and loved in my darkest days. She truly cares about her clients and supporting us through our journey of healing."