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Amy Kleiner

Amy earned a BA in Biology from Colorado College, an M Ed. from the University of Oregon, and spent over 20 years as a public-school educator and principal. For over a decade, Amy’s work in both the public and private sectors has focused on transformative justice, racial justice, and problems of practice rooted in the socially constructed hierarchies tied to identity groups. As a white person herself, Amy’s affinity work with white-identifying clients understands that racialized oppression harms each of us and that we, white people, must commit to reckoning with uncomfortable truths, changing our beliefs and actions to help foster interracial liberation, and that this is “forever” work without an end point. Because individual racial identity development is connected to one’s personal racial identity, much of Amy’s practice occurs in white affinity spaces. In multiracial settings or with non-white clients, Amy teams with a partner whose racial identity is different from her own. As clients deepen and develop their own racial identities, their internal work extends into their communities, organizations, and businesses at large, anchoring permanent climate and culture changes in liberatory practices. 

Andrew B. Mendenhall

Dr. Andrew Mendenhall is a graduate of Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed Family Medicine Residency and a Leadership Fellowship at OHSU. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.  Dr. Mendenhall co-founded HealthWorks NW with Dr. Paul Conti in 2009 and participated in the transition of this practice, through acquisition in 2012 by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. Mendenhall is the Chief Medical Officer of Central City Concern, a large, regional FQHC system serving the houseless and less fortunate within the Portland region. At PPG Dr. Mendenhall provides consultation services for licensed health professionals and supports the PPG team providing consultation for individuals with complex pain management and/or substance use disorders. He has worked with health professionals, executives and their family members who present with complex presentations overlapping these distinct areas of clinical practice as a sub specialist for more than 15 years. Dr. Mendenhall is a strong advocate for patient choice, harm-reduction and is an expert in providing evidence-based clinical interventions from a strengths-based frame.

Annie Robertson

Dr. Annie Robertson is a licensed psychologist and psychological consultant. She earned both her Masters of Science (MS) and Doctorate degrees (PhD) in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon. She has been working in a private practice setting for the last 23 years specializing in treating adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, relational issues, and trauma. Prior to this she has worked in adolescent residential and day treatment centers as the lead psychologist. She also has worked with Oregon Research Institute as clinical director of a substance abuse treatment research program for adolescents.

Dr. Annie approaches her work integrating Eastern and Western psychological modalities which both help to identify and shift responses to deeply conditioned/ingrained beliefs and patterns.

She works with her clients in an individualized, compassionate, and collaborative manner weaving in interventions adopted from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, acceptance and commitment (ACT), systems theory, dialectical behavioral, and neuroscientific orientations.

Bethany Russell

Bethany Russell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. She graduated with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016 from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her internship as a therapist at Integrative Life Center where she worked alongside an interdisciplinary team to provided holistic treatment through individual and group therapy to individuals with dual diagnoses. She is Level II EMDR trained. In her practice as a therapist, coach, and consultant, Bethany uses a blend of Internal Family Systems (parts work), inner child healing, spirituality, and somatic work from a feminist, holistic, attachment, and trauma-informed approach. She believes we were all born innately whole, and our work is to simply return to that wholeness by releasing shame, regulating our nervous system, connecting to our intuition, and integrating our internal parts.

Charlotte Thomas

Charlotte Thomas is a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington with fifteen years of experience in the field of psychotherapy.  She is a Certified DBT Clinician™ through the Linehan Board of Certification.  Charlotte is a graduate of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University with a Masters in Social Work, and Davidson College with a Bachelors in Psychology and a Concentration in Neuroscience.  Charlotte holds expertise in using Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat individuals experiencing forms of anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder and with specialization in eating disorders.  She is particularly passionate about working with complex, multi-diagnostic clients and those who have already attempted multiple treatment episodes without long-standing improvement.  Charlotte is currently serving as Co-Chair of the DBT SIG (Special Interest Group) of the Academy of Eating Disorders.  Charlotte uses a unique blend of radical genuineness, warmth, and empathy to help her therapy and consultation clients generate change and build towards a life worth living.

Christiane Farentinos

CEO

Christiane “Chris” Farentinos is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she earned her medical degree at UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University), completed her psychiatry residency at UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro Federal University), and practiced psychiatry before moving to Portland. In Portland, Chris pursued a career in substance abuse and mental health counseling, health care administration, training, and research, and held positions as Director and Chief Operations Officer for two community-based addictions and mental health clinics, as well as Vice-President for the largest local Psychiatric Hospital. While engaged in her professional career, Chris attended Portland State University and earned her Master of Public Health degree in Health Care Administration and Policy. While being a leader, Chris’s passion for people’s personal healing and growth was a constant. Chris is a certified addictions counselor, a consultant, a national trainer in Motivational Interviewing, trained in DBT, CBT, IFS, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, trauma work and ACT, and is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach by the renowned Co-Active Training Institute in California and a member of the International Coaching Federation. Employing a warm and strength-based approach Chris has a passion for helping individuals transform in the pursuit of a life of wellness, spacious presence, fulfillment, and purpose.

Clyde Blair

Clyde Blair is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and a certified Sensorimotor practitioner with over twenty-five years experience in the field of psychotherapy, relationships, addiction, and counseling for individuals and families. He’s a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the Naropa Institute. He is also currently adjunct faculty at Antioch University of Santa Barbara. Clyde has extensive experience providing therapy for individuals and couples with shock trauma, developmental and attachment trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Clyde uses a variety of approaches to working with clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems and parts work, and Depth psychological approaches. Clyde uses his experience and presence to help each unique client utilize their strengths and wisdom to take action to live more fulfilling, happier, and empowered, lives.

Deanna Feeley

Deanna Feeley is a certified Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, Systemic Family Constellation Facilitator, Hakomi Practitioner, Addiction Recovery Coach, and Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Deanna completed a four-year training with Dr. Brennan, at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, earning a diploma in Healing Science in 2006. Deanna’s passion for mindfulness-based therapy approaches led her to enroll and complete training in the Hakomi Method of body-centered psychotherapy from the M.E.T.A. Institute, Systemic Family Constellation Therapy from the Human Systems Institute, and Compassionate Inquiry training lead by Dr. Gabor Mate. For the last 18 years, Deanna has studied medicinal healing methods with indigenous healers and teachers in South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. She has been leading and curated healing retreats in the United States and other countries for over 8 years. Helping people “come home to themselves” is a universal theme within the personalized work Deanna offers to individuals, couples, and families. 

Erik Vanderlip

CEO

Dr. Vanderlip is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Family Physician licensed to practice a full range of medicine in multiple states. Dr. Vanderlip received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and MD from the University of Oklahoma, his home state. He completed an advanced combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa and fellowship training in the delivery of integrated behavioral health services and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Vanderlip relocated back to his home in Oklahoma serving an Endowed Chair role in Psychiatry and Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma until 2016. He joined the pioneering on-demand healthcare startup ZoomCare, orchestrating it’s mental health service offering and eventually serving as ZoomCare’s Chief Medical Officer through 2021. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), serving on the Board of the APA from 2012 to 2014 and has a current appointment on the Clinical Quality Committee. He has lectured and published widely on the integration of physical and mental health care. His primary passion is assisting individuals with optimizing their health and wellness and empowering their inner ability to maintain their optimal level of functioning.

Jessie Barr

Jessie Barr is a Mental Health Therapist and Consultant licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California.  She earned her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2004.  Jessie has been with Pacific Premier Group, PC since it opened in 2014.  During this time her practice has specialized in women’s mental health and provided counsel on a wide range of issues including trauma, mood disorders, life transitions, relational issues, substance abuse, divorce and parenting.  Jessie utilizes an attachment-informed approach to build a safe and warm therapeutic relationship and provides counseling for individuals and couples that is direct, non-judgmental, collaborative and individualized.

Jessi Frothingham

Jessi Frothingham is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Certified Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) therapist in Portland, Oregon. She received her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota in 2008. Jessi has been in the mental health field since 2003 in a variety of roles from supervising the family therapy program at De Paul Treatment Centers, supervising counseling students at the Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Clinic, providing clinical trainings for professionals, consulting, working within the mental health system of care, and providing individual therapy for adults. Jessi has extensive experience providing therapy for individuals with trauma, attachment trauma, anxiety and perfectionism and coaching parents of young adults that are struggling to launch.

 

Jessi blends a variety of approaches from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to weave a completely individualized treatment model for every client. Through a strong and authentic therapeutic relationship, her goal in every client encounter is to understand their unique human experience, fostering hope and an integrated whole sense of self.

 

Katy Powell

Katy Powell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She received her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Katy received training and extensive work experience in community mental health and treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders with a focus on trauma and severe, persistent mental illness. Katy has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and served as a PMHNP and Medical Director at a full fidelity DBT clinic in Portland. Within the DBT model she has experience working with eating disorders, trauma, and the balance of treatment with therapeutic skills and psychopharmacology. Katy has been with Pacific Premier Group, PC since 2015. During this time, her practice has involved client care, consultation, and assessment for health care professionals. Katy specializes in assessment with a trauma lens and care delivery with incorporation of a wide skill set including in-depth therapy, behavioral approaches, medication, and EMDR.

Mark Schorr

Mark Schorr graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in 1993. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon) Licensed Mental Health Counselor (New York) Certified Addictions Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. Mark incorporates mindfulness, acceptance/change strategies and strengths-based active engagement in his sessions, working with those struggling with trauma histories, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. With 30 plus years of experience, he has held director level positions and worked in multiple outpatient settings, including managing sites specializing in dual diagnosis (mental health and addictions). Mark has been extensively trained in and has decades of experience with solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. He has been trained in DBT (dialectic behavioral therapy) to the highest levels (Advanced Intensive with DBT developer Marsha Linehan, PhD). The author of multiple articles, he also provides consultation, supervision, and training in various subjects.

Mike Brody

Mike earned his Masters of Science from Oregon Health and Science University in 2002. He had a joint appointment in OHSU’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing from 2003 – 2009, during which time he practiced as a member of the outpatient clinical team and taught courses in psychotherapy (focusing on Motivational Interviewing) and psychopharmacology. Mike’s passion for working with young adults led him to join the clinical staff at Reed College in 2002, where he served as Director of Health and Counseling Services from 2004-2009. Mike was then asked to take on the role of Vice President and Dean of Students at Reed, and he remained in that position through the 2019-20 academic year. During his time at Reed Mike maintained a small private practice and served on numerous boards and expert panels speaking nationally on the topic of college mental health and wellbeing. Mike brings a decades-long mindfulness practice to his work with clients to address a wide range of issues, including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship and identity issues, trauma, substance abuse, and the range of challenges associated with the transition to, through, and beyond college.

Paul M. Conti

President

Dr. Paul M. Conti is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his training at Stanford and at Harvard, where he served as Chief Resident. He then worked in private practice while serving on the medical faculty at Harvard. Dr. Conti was named as one of Oregon’s Top Psychiatrists in 2008, his first full year of practice in Oregon. He is a general psychiatrist, treating all aspects of both mental illness and the impact of life stressors. Dr. Conti is adept at helping people untangle complex problems, and he incorporates a holistic view of each client or patient into his work, knowing the far-reaching impacts trauma can have upon the systems and communities in which an individual resides, works, and serves. His practice includes the use of medications and psychotherapy, and he also treats complex cases, co-occurring alcohol and drug issues, and does neuropsychiatric assessments. In addition to clinical treatment, Dr. Conti provides business-related and legal consulting services.  He is the author of Trauma: The Invisible Epidemic, a book that brings his valuable insights about how we can collectively heal from trauma’s effects to a larger audience.

Shagun Pawar

Dr. Shagun Pawar is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon. She graduated with a Doctorate of Psychology degree, with an emphasis in Health Psychology. She has worked and trained in hospital and primary care settings, suicide crisis lines, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and with homeless veterans on the island of Oahu. Dr. Pawar is a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education and has worked as a relationship coach in the Empowered, Secured, Loved Relationship Program. Dr. Pawar works with individuals using the lens of complex trauma to help bring awareness into how one’s past may have shaped the adaptive and maladaptive behaviors of their present. At the core of her work, she promotes improving the relationship with oneself to maintain long term healing. 
As a therapist, Dr. Pawar brings her warmth and compassion to her work and blends a variety of approaches depending on what works best for her patients. She uses the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Inner-Child work. 
As a coach, Dr. Pawar has worked with clients around the globe and specializes in problematic relationship patterns. She approaches her work through the basis of Attachment Theory and helps individuals of all ages and couples. Her goal as a coach is to help clients build feelings of security within themselves and in their attachment to others and overcome barriers to finding and maintaining healthy relationships, whether it is with a partner, family member, or friend.

Sharyn Abelson

Sharyn Abelson earned a BAA in Radio & Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada. Following a decade working in broadcasting, Sharyn co-founded an integrated event production and marketing company where she led international teams and clients through multifaceted projects and events for over 20 + years. Longing for new challenges and change, Sharyn pivoted to coaching and consulting and earned her CPCC (Certified Professional Coactive Coach) through The Co-Active Training Institute. Sharyn’s approach to whole-self leadership integrates coaching and mindfulness to support individual and executive leaders to identify and achieve what they most want for themselves, their work and how they relate to the world around them.

Sonali Patel

Sonali Patel is a licensed Family Therapist and Certified Addiction Counselor. She received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College, Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She completed her internship as a family therapist at Lewis and Clark Community Counseling Clinic and DePaul Youth and Family Services, providing dual-diagnosis treatment (addiction recovery and mental health illness) to adults, adolescents, and their families.  For the last seven years, she has worked with individuals, couples and families, specializing in addiction and trauma within individuals and the family system. As an Addiction Counselor, Sonali utilizes advanced behavioral modification techniques and recovery skills to help restore balance, improve communication, and provide psychoeducation to individuals and families, fostering hope and recovery.  In addition, Sonali has experience working with female survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the local shelter community.  Sonali brings a warm and supportive therapeutic style to her work with individuals and families as they work towards their wellness and health.

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