Staff & Practitioners

Linda Bednarz, MT-BC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Music Therapist, who has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. She provides individual and group therapy for adults with depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, dual diagnoses (mental health and addictions) life transitions, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes and chronic pain conditions.  She uses strength based, creative approaches that may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  EMDR,  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Music Therapy.  She regularly offers groups for Creatively Coping with Chronic Conditions and Pain.  She has a Masters of Science in Counseling from Western Oregon State College and a Bachelors of Music Therapy from Willamette University. 

Anne Cummings, LCSW, MSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy for adolescents and adults. She works with individuals, couples and families and specializes in psychodynamic theory and complex trauma-related disorders and provides comprehensive and supportive treatment for anxiety, depression and attachment problems related to trauma. Anne has received diverse training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mind Body Bridging and Mindfulness and Healing Meditation. She takes a holistic and person-centered approach and utilizes evidence based practices to help clients achieve their goals while engaged in therapy. Anne is committed to providing clients with the essential support, cultural sensitivity, compassion and empathy that they need to restore their sense of self and improve self-esteem and self-confidence. She received her Masters is Social Work from the University of Utah and is an active member of NASW.

Rachel Freeburg, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has training and experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, group, and community settings. She has experience treating people who suffer from a range of symptoms including anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, attachment injury, psychosis, behavioral difficulties, and trauma-related symptoms. Rachel approaches therapy with the understanding that mind and body systems, family and relationship systems, and community systems all contribute to an individual’s challenges, and that healing is achieved through relationship and play. Rachel earned her Master’s Degree in social work from Portland State University in 2013.

Louise Fullerton, LPC, is currently working only as a supervisor and is not seeing any new or returning clients.  Louise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and had been in practice for over 20 years. She worked with children, including young children, and their families to address emotional and behavioral problems including anxiety, trauma, depression, and ADHD. Her on-going training has included a focus on attachment. She regularly included family and foster family members in treatment. She earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from Western Oregon University.

Dana Gamallo, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adolescents, adults, and families. She has over 15 years of experience providing therapy services in a variety of clinical settings in Oregon, Washington, DC and the New York City metro area. Her areas of interest and specialty include trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, parenting challenges and complex family dynamics. Additionally, Dana has extensive experience working with women-specific issues including pregnancy loss and sexual abuse trauma. Therapeutic approaches are eclectic and designed to meet the individual where they are when they enter treatment. Dana uses tools from evidenced-based treatments such as solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Dana offers a strengths-based approach and works to help individuals uncover their inner resilience. Dana earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004.

Kevin Govro, MS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in individual therapy for adults and older adolescents. He has experience working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, grief/losses, relationship issues, and severe and persistent mental illness. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University in 2012.

Ana Gutierrez, LPC, is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor who is excited to work with individuals, families, and couples, who are in search of a positive change in their lives. Ana holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. Her major coursework included: Human development and systemic approach to family relations, which assesses interactions between individuals. Ana has extensive experience working with children, youth, parents, and couples who display behavioral and emotional challenges. The main theoretical orientation Ana utilizes during therapy, includes a variety of evidence-based practices (systemic and relational models with a strong emphasis on Solution Focus, Cognitive Behavioral and Gottman Couples Therapy). In addition, Ana is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), where the focus is to help parents build an attachment with their child and improve their relationship. Ana looks forward to working with you on your new journey.

Courtney Hagemann, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA and received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling at George Fox University here in Oregon. Courtney loves working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families, utilizing both individual and family therapy to support clients with their mental health goals. She treats clients with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, parenting issues, and life transitions. She is trained and certified by the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center in ESFT (Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy), a strength-based and trauma-informed family therapy model. Other evidence-based therapies that Courtney utilizes are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She also treats clients using Parent-Child Relationship Training and Play Therapy.

Courtney approaches therapy from a systems perspective. A systems way of thinking states that you impact, and are impacted, by the family you grew up in, as well as the one you are currently a part of. She views therapy as a collaborative process. in which she will examine with her clients the source of their concerns, problems, and relationships in the context of a safe, therapeutic relationship. Courtney believes strongly in human resiliency and the value of being understood and she will assist clients in developing a plan of action for reaching their personalized goals and will incorporate their unique strengths, resources, supports, and culture.

Heather Hawkins, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience in social work and mental health. She provides individual support for adults healing from trauma, grief and loss, adjustment to acute and chronic illness, anxiety disorders and depression. Trauma specialties include treatment for medical trauma, dissociative disorders and complex trauma. She has a background in crisis mental health, medical social work, elder care and palliative care. Training and experience include EMDR, Ego State interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative interventions.

Ann Heath, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked as a mental health provider in the Salem area for 30+ years. She is experienced in providing individual and group therapy for adults with anxiety, depression, history of trauma, and adjustment issues related to divorce/medical conditions/bereavement/aging and other life transitions. She is also experienced in providing treatment services for persons with persistent psychiatric conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD with the goal of optimal symptom management.

Ann uses a goal oriented and solution focused model of psychotherapy. Her primary theoretical approach is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This is conducted in a respectful atmosphere, which is collaborative and interactive and based on helping clients understand the relationship of emotions and behavior to cognition, with the overall goal of making identified and positive changes. Ann’s counseling services are strengths based, trauma informed and culturally sensitive. She also integrates psychodynamic and social learning theory and motivational, as well as client-centered, psychoeducational counseling approaches, for individualized treatment.

Ann has a Masters in Social work from the University of Missouri, is licensed in Oregon and is active in NASW (National Association of Social Workers).

Steve Henderson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over eight years of experience providing behavioral health services to adults and families in outpatient, inpatient and correctional settings. Steve received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and his academic background includes a strong foundation of humanistic and existential theory, as well as practical experience in a variety of counseling techniques. Steve works primarily with adults aged 18 and older and is experienced in working with depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, self-esteem, interpersonal issues, trauma recovery, identity issues, spiritual and existential concerns, life transition and personality disorders. Steve often utilizes tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He emphasizes an open and productive therapeutic alliance, in which genuine interactions can provide opportunities for growth and insight. 

Vickie Hurst, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years.  She has training and experience providing individual and family counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of conditions.  Her areas of interest and specialty include depression, anxiety, trauma, physical/sexual abuse and assault, grief and loss, pregnancy and child loss, eating disorders, young children with developmental disabilities, and children with behavioral and emotional challenges.  She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents engaged in New Solutions and wrap-around services.  Vickie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University.  

Kaity Imbs, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked in the mental health field for over 8 years, with various experiences, including: dual-diagnosis inpatient, outpatient, residential settings and corrections.  Kaity attended undergraduate school at the University of Idaho, then moved to Oregon and pursued her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University.  Kaity works primarily with adults ages 18 and over, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Harm-reduction and Behavioral Activation, while treating depression, anxiety, criminality, or characterlogical issues.  Kaity’s approach is relationship-based, focusing on establishing trust and rapport and then building off the relationship in order to make healthy life changes.

Betty Kelley, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has training and experience working with children, adults, couples and families. She received her Master’s Degree from George Fox University in Marriage and Family Therapy, with additional coursework in Play Therapy, Sandtray, Couples Therapy, EFT Couples and Family, Trauma, Collaborative Problem Solving and Dialectic Behavioral Theory.

Betty’s goal is to work with clients to bring hope into a world that is constantly changing. Whether in crisis, hurting, change or wanting to work on personal or family goals that look overwhelming, she seeks to provide a safe environment, while working through their challenges. Betty believes in helping clients work through their challenges while building on their strengths for empowerment and growth. She has experience working with children, adults, seniors and families and supports families by activating the potential of their physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual resources toward reaching their goals.

As a professional therapist, Betty believes in exploring and understanding clients’ experience within family systems and dynamics. She provides an atmosphere where clients feel safe exploring emotions and relational impact, using play therapy, sandtray and collaborative problem solving. She believes in providing an environment where clients can feel safe. Betty has a passion to work with children, individuals, couples and families in transitions.

Rachael Lehti, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating children, families, and young adults who are dealing with a variety of mental health or behavioral concerns. She has been working in the mental health field for several years after graduating from George Fox University in 2015 with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has experience (in office and community settings) treating issues such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. She uses a client-centered approach that incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques.

Tim Markwell, LMSW, Director, graduated from the University of Kansas with a MSW in Administration and Planning. Tim is an experienced teacher, counselor, consultant, program developer, legislative liaison, administrator, director and entrepreneur. He is a member of NASW and is on the PacificSource Community Solutions (PCS) Community Advisory Council.

Casey Mills, LPC, NCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. He has extensive experience working with children and youth in both the foster care and school systems. His focus is on working with children and families managing separation/divorce, physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, trauma recovery, and childhood emotional and behavioral problems.

Casey earned his Master of Science in education degree, majoring in rehabilitation counseling with an emphasis in Deafness from Western Oregon University. This has allowed him the opportunity to work within the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community, since earning his degree. Casey’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and solution focused. He has over 25 years of experience providing counseling and support to children and families.

Tieryn Olson, LCSW, is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing mental health therapy for children, adolescents and families. She received her Masters in Social Work in 2013 from Portland State University and has completed additional certifications including her Certification in Therapy for Adoptive and Foster Families, as well as Certification in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is a trauma-informed therapist who works with both young children and adolescents and has experience in early childhood trauma, foster care/adoption, parenting concerns, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She uses Attachment Theory to guide her practice, as well as Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Therapy with Social Skill development.

Tieryn has worked with children and adolescents with reducing their behaviors and symptoms, both at home and in educational settings. She has experience supporting families and schools in advocating for Special Education Services/Supports for children and youth with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD or Trauma related concerns.

Elida Perales, MSW, LCSW, is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who provides therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Elida works with adults and children experiencing depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, sex abuse, adoption and foster care issues, parenting issues and life transitions. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University, with a Minor in Criminal Justice. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Elida’s clinical approach includes evidenced based practices, research based and trauma informed practices and cultural sensitivity.

Amber Post, MS, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She has training and experience in providing individual, couples and family therapy and is able to see both children and adults. She has experience treating a broad range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, relationship problems, physical/sexual abuse, grief, domestic violence, and childhood emotional and behavioral problems. Amber’s approach to therapy is strengths-based and solution focused. She is also trained and experienced in Co-occurring Disorders Therapy (for individuals with both substance abuse issues and mental health issues), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She received a Master’s of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Darilou Potter, MS, NCC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over two decades of experience in providing strengths-based counseling for families, adults and children. She has experience working with those clients dealing with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, life transitions, parenting skills and severe emotional disorders of children and adults. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Individual and Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Darilou also earned a Post-Graduate Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Therapy Training Institute, Family Service Aurora, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Becky Rasmussen, LCSW, is currently working as a supervisor only, and is not seeing any new or returning clients. Becky has worked over 25 years with individuals, couples, and in group settings with adults and adolescents facing a wide range of challenges. Her ambition is to help people free themselves from negative experiences in order to live a full and satisfying life. As a clinical therapist, she has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, addictions, abuse, and relationships. Becky has served as a consultant for various treatment and social service agencies. She is a member of NASW and a former chair of the State Board of Licensed Social Workers.

Michelle Retton, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an EMDR trained Therapist. Michelle’s experience includes crisis response and intervention, inpatient psychiatric services and corrections, domestic violence advocacy and systems navigation, and hospice and palliative care. Her clinical hours include individual therapy and group counseling at the Portland VA Medical Center in the caregiver support program.

Michelle’s treatment approach includes evidenced based and integrative therapies, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT), Mindfulness Training and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as level 1 training in clinical hypnosis.

Michelle’s practice skills primarily focus on a strength-based and relational approach, while promoting self-determination and resiliency. She implements Anti-oppressive counseling and Trauma Informed Care in psychotherapy sessions. Her role as a therapist includes facilitating awareness, insight, action, growth and the psychological development of her clients.

Michelle primarily works with adults and teens age 16 and above. Her experience includes working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and existential issues. She is currently pursuing certification in EMDR and additional training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Joselyn Salaz, Ph.D., LPC, has her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Supervision and Counselor Education from OSU, Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from OSU and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from WOU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, clinical hypnotherapist and is certified in other integrative modalities. Joselyn has worked in mental health for 17 years and stays involved in the field of counseling psychology through research, university teaching and counseling affiliations.

Joselyn works with women seeking holistic solutions to feeling overwhelmed, burnt-out and stressed as they move through difficult times in their life. In Joselyn’s unique style of counseling, she utilizes mind-body connection techniques to help women understand and change maladaptive patterns. She focuses on helping women find balance in all domains of their life, through a blend of positive psychology and other integrative approaches.

Stephenie C. Szumny, MA, LPC, NCC, CADC I, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with more than 4 years clinical experience in the state of Oregon, providing individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Special areas of interest are relationships, parenting, attachment, anxiety, and depression (especially related to pregnancy and birth). Stephenie has extensive training working with parents who desire to increase their bonds and secure attachment with their children as young as 2 years old, (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy). Stephenie utilizes a person-centered approach to therapy, balancing unconditional kind regard with increasing personal resourcefulness. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University in Chicago Illinois.

Jesse Thompson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in providing Solution-Focused, Strength-Based Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Experiential modalities of healing to individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children.  He has ten years of experience with child abuse interviewing, day treatment, and outpatient therapy.  His approach promotes the understanding that all people are fundamentally good and strive for healing, awakening and creating an authentic relationship with life. Jesse treats teens and adults for issues that affect their lives such as trauma, life transitions, psychiatric disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, resolving interpersonal issues and developing coping tools for the stress of life.  Jesse received his Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

Gregory Trotter, LPC, is currently working only as a supervisor and is not seeing any new or returning clients. Greg is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has 22 years experience in the mental health profession. He has worked with adults, adolescents and couples. He has history working with clients who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood abuse, transitions, losses, codependency, relationship concerns, dual diagnosis issues, and severe and persistent mental illness. He has an increasing interest and understanding in how our brains/minds and emotional health can literally heal and change through the counseling process. Greg received his Bachelors from Willamette University and received his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College.

Vanessa Underwood, PMHNP, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority practicing in Salem, Oregon. PMHNP’s are advanced practice nurses with graduate training in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. She sees adolescents and adults for medication management. She also may do some combinations of medication and therapy appointments. Vanessa received her Associate Nursing Degree from Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon. She advanced her education at Phoenix University, receiving her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Finally, she completed her education at Oregon Health & Science University, receiving her Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health Care. Beyond her schooling, Vanessa gained experience working at Salem Hospital doing critical care nursing and dialysis.

Janis Vercoutere, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She is a graduate of Portland State University with a Master of Science in Counselor Education.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson University in San Francisco, CA. Janis treats children, adults, and seniors who experience a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, foster care, adoption, grief, parenting, and childhood disorders. Utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and play therapy treatment approaches, Janis specializes in helping clients meet their treatment goals by focusing on their abilities and strengths.

Linda Weisensee, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has received Certification in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families. Linda has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families, and has extensive experience working with youth and families involved in the Child Welfare System, as well as with individuals and families affected by developmental disorders. Linda’s approach is eclectic with an emphasis on cognitive behavior therapy, art/expressive therapy, and narrative therapy modalities. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s College.

Martha Witt, LPC, is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional School Counselor and Clinical Hypnotherapist, with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. She received her Master’s in Counselor Education from Portland State University. She has extensive experience working in the crisis field where she had the opportunity to help individuals of various populations, mental health and psycho-social problems. Martha also has also provided school counseling to youth in grades K-12. Martha believes in the importance of continued education and has attended numerous trainings on trauma, anxiety, collaborative treatment, cognition, neuroscience, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, CBT and DBT. Martha’s treatment approach varies and is tailored to the individual and the problems. The foundation of her approach is derived from person-centered, acceptance and commitment, cognitive behavioral and reality theories. Martha strongly believes, that through exploration of self and mindfulness, all persons have the ability and power to manage problem situations. Martha can be considered “business,” in nature and will likely challenge you to self-actualize and participate in treatment with intention and commitment. However, she will support you without fail or judgment and with kindness and compassion. Martha primarily offers individual therapy from ages of 13 to middle adult.

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