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. 

Tammy Chatfield, MA, MFT, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years clinical experience. She has over 30 years experience providing social services support to children and families. She has training and experience in trauma informed care, providing individual, couples and family therapy. She specializes in treating children and adolescents. Tammy has extensive experience working with children and youth in the foster care system, as well as other children and youth who have experienced significant trauma. She has worked in community mental health and school settings. Tammy is familiar with the 504 plan and IEP process for students and is a strong advocate for academic support. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents exhibiting behavioral and emotional challenges. Tammy also has experience in working with the family court system, providing family therapy for challenging family issues. She uses a strength based approach, and has extensive experience working with children and youth in New Solutions and other higher levels of care. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Family Studies from Western Baptist College (now Corban University) and a Master of Arts Degree In Marriage and Family therapy from George Fox 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.

Dmitri Dosamantes, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has over a decade of clinical experience. He works from a collaborative, strength-based approach, and capitalizes on what has worked for you in the past. The human experience is vast and no two are alike. He will consider all that you bring into therapy, culture, family systems, your values, core beliefs, etc. Through exploration he will help you identify how your human experience has influenced how you go through life. He may challenge some of your core beliefs that may be out dated or not fit with the changes that you want to make. Dmitri has an eclectic approach that incorporates Humanistic, Relational, Behavioral, Mindfulness, and Narrative therapies. He has extensive experience working with teens and parents and how to maneuver though such challenging years. He does a lot of couples counseling and enjoys seeing how learning to effectively communicate changes the dynamics of a relationship. His work with the transgender population has given him a lot of satisfaction as he’s helped them on their journey to become their authentic self. He also provides letters to begin hormone treatment and related surgeries.

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 only working 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.

Stephanie Giddings, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, who specializes in trauma therapy for Veterans and their spouses, adolescent substance use recovery, parenting skills, and art therapy for adults and children. Stephanie is also a Board Certified Art Therapist and will use whichever modality or combination of techniques to best suit her clients’ therapeutic goals.

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.

Matthew E. Grady, LCSW, CADC-III, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who specializes in individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults. His undergraduate degree is from Prescott College in Arizona, where he studied Counseling Psychology and Experiential Education. He received his Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2002. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Vickie Haneberg, 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.  

Heather Hawkins, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in the mental health field for 7 years, specializing in work with adults, mid-life through late-life, families, and support for informal and formal caregivers. She is an experienced trauma-informed therapist who provides individual treatment to address and resolve concerns related to anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, grief, trauma, and non-pharmacological support to manage pain. Heather has experience working with adults in long-term care settings, geriatric social work, emergency mental health and palliative care. Approaches, training and experience include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Dignity Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012.

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. 

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.

Ishara Kassirer, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides strength-based, solution-focused counseling to young adults, mid-life adults and elders in an environment which is safe, nonjudgmental, and collaborative. She uses a supportive, holistic approach in treating depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, grief, identity issues, and problems related to chronic illness, aging and life transitions. Ishara is experienced in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness to help people achieve greater emotional freedom when dealing with restrictive thoughts, beliefs and conditions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. 

Tim Markwell, LMSW, Director, has worked in human services for over 20 years. He 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 Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network (MVBCN) Delivery System Management Group and is on the Board of Willamette Valley Health (WVCH).

Amber Post, MS, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 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, 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.

Claudia Rodriguez, LMFT, LPC, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, who provides therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She specializes in working with families, parenting issues, and children and adolescents who experience developmental disorders, autism, attachment difficulties, anxiety, trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and mood disorders. Claudia has received training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brain Gym, and Play/Art Therapy. She employs an eclectic approach with a strong reliance on evidence based practices and cultural sensitivity. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University, and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.

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 only working 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 bi-lingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional School Counselor with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. She received her Masters 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. Since 2015 Martha has also provided counseling to youth k-12 through the state online school, Connections Academy. Martha has attended various trainings on trauma, collaborative treatment, cognition and DBT. Martha’s treatment approach varies and is tailored to the individual and their problems. The foundation of her approach is derived from person-centered theory. Martha believes strongly that through exploration of self, all persons have the ability and power to manage problem situations. Martha is often considered “business,” in nature and will likely challenge you to self-actualize, participate in treatment and stress resolution. However, with kindness and compassion, she will support you without fail or judgement. Martha primarily offers individual therapy to youth 13 and up and adults. Martha also enjoys group therapy and has facilitated DBT for the last 5 years.

Kristina Wolfard, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families, both in individual and group settings. She provides comprehensive and supportive treatment for anxiety, depression attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, emotional challenges and trauma-related symptoms. Kristina is committed to providing interventions for individuals and families through a person-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based practices to challenge and support those she serves. Kristina’s therapeutic intervention strategies include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Yoga Calm Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem Solving, Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed and Mindfulness approaches. She has experience in working with diverse populations, both in the larger metropolitan areas on the East Coast, as well as smaller cities on the West Coast. With a focus in mental health, Kristina has worked with children, adults, and families within the foster care system, special education, and residential group homes. Kristina has provided intervention and treatment for multiple mental health diagnoses, including: Anxiety, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Substance Dependence, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Intellectual Disabilities. Kristina holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.