GET TO KNOW US
Find the Right Clinician for You
Each person on our team focuses on different areas of mental health care. Some see adolescents, some see adults and some see both. Therapists practice using various styles, have different clinical interests as well as diverse personalities. While each person has specific interests, everyone in our practice is qualified to treat more general mental health problems and concerns. All providers follow the mission for our practice: to treat our clients and each other well and to basically be good humans to each other. Our admin calls us a 'family practice'. One of the best things about our practice is the ability to find the right therapist or to make a change to access someone who is the best match for you.
We are inclusive. We give each clinician the choice how to represent themselves here. Please ask any questions along the way as you search for that goodness of fit between you and a clinician.
We have a screening form if you want to complete it that we use to help match you to the best therapist.
STEPHANIE SNOW, MS, LPC
Licensed Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Owner of our Group Practice, Consultant
I am an optimist, always looking for another way to solve the problem and move forward in life despite the &^%*#!!. I'm a licensed psychotherapist; I have been a therapist for 15+ years and am the owner of this group practice. Born in Europe, I grew up in Asia and the South and moved to Oregon years ago to attend the Doctoral program (PsyD) at Pacific University in Clinical Psychology. I found a fulfilling profession and now call this rainy city my hometown. You may have known me under my previous last name: Brown.
I have been told I am compassionate, direct, honest, challenging and persistent. All of this is true: I don't believe in wasting your time or mine. I want to get to the heart of the matter with you. While life can get difficult, sometimes a little help from a professional can make things better. I have always loved psychology and feel grateful to be able to work with inspiring people every day. I value honesty, trust, compassion and personal strength and I hope to use these characteristics and values to provide you with the tools you need in order to seize back your life.
I practice psychodynamic therapy. I will want to get to know you and help you gain insight into who you are and how you relate to others.
Specialties & Interests: Older adolescents and adults, individuals and groups and teaching clinicians. I do not see couples. Complex trauma, emotional manipulation and personality disorders are my specialties however I have a lot of experience treating many mental health problems and crises. I have worked in my own practice, a group practice, in an agency setting, in a hospital setting, in a clinic setting and in the community. Ask questions; feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.
Insurance I take: PacificSource, BCBS, Moda, United, AETNA, Providence, OHP HealthShare, Trillium and Pacific Source Community Solutions and Open Card. I take actual money and Wellspring EAP.
I am the owner of our group practice and typically see clients on a long term basis so I am unable to take on clients right now however, when I am able to take on new clients, I will ONLY be accepting clients who want to meet in person. I do plan to run my group on 'how to deal with emotional manipulation' in Winter 2023.
AMANDA SAWYER, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am an Oregon native! Born and raised here, yet I know there is still so much of this state to explore! I am passionate about nature and the healing it brings. In my free time, I enjoy music, socializing, various nature-based hobbies, learning new recipes and tending to my growing collection of plants. I have a cute cat that brings me joy, along with a few scratches.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University with a major in Psychology. I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Lewis and Clark Graduate School. I completed many ecopsychology classes along with my counseling courses. I am a licensed professional counselor.
I am dedicated to helping you experience more self-awareness and an increased sense of peace as you journey through some of life’s most disruptive moments. I practice from a trauma-informed and person-centered approach. I recognize you are the expert on you and also on what you have experienced in your life. I will work to help you in your process of deciding what meaning you want to make of your experiences as well as how to bring a mindful self-compassionate approach to your life. I use mindfulness and draw on nature and invite it into our work together if this is something you are comfortable with. I collaborate with you to cultivate a space for you to feel safe, seen and valued.
Most of us arrive in therapy to get some help overcoming old stories. Connection has a way of providing us with the opportunity to stretch and grow beyond what we thought possible. This process is not without challenges, and you don’t have to suffer through it alone. This is the gift of therapy.
Specialties & Interests: I work with individuals, both adults and older adolescents, and couples. My experience lends itself to addressing the following concerns: grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, relationship obstacles, addiction concerns, family issues, attachment issues, depression, anxiety, life transitions and more.
I prefer in person sessions. I am seeing clients in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays and alternate Fridays. I am seeing clients over telehealth Mondays and Thursdays and alternate Fridays. I do not work weekends or evenings at this time. I am here to answer any questions you may have about my training and experience. I am currently accepting a very limited number of clients.
LIZ ASH, MS
Professional Counselor Associate & Art Therapist Associate
The first time I drove through Oregon four years ago, I felt like I arrived home. Now, 4 years later, I have finally transplanted myself from Kansas and I’m so gratified to enjoy all of the unique attributes that Oregon has to offer. I am excited to be here!
I believe that the path to transformation and healing comes from a personal decision to pursue change through a growth mindset. This growth mindset is facilitated through a working alliance between you and me. We will work together to better understand how your thoughts and emotions are cultivated in order to reach your goals.
I have a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Addictions and a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy from Emporia State University. My guiding theory is a person centered approach with a social justice framework which can be supplemented with art therapy interventions. I am a professional counselor associate under supervision.
My specialization and passions: working with adolescents and adults and groups, the LGBTQ+ community, working with individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence, who are cultivating personal growth, are in recovery or transitioning through life experiences.
Any questions, give me a call!
I prefer in person sessions. I am seeing clients in person Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am seeing clients over telehealth Mondays and Wednesdays. My plan is to offer groups soon. Stay tuned for group postings here.
MARISSA HARPER, MA
Professional Counselor Associate & Music Therapist
I grew up outside of Philadelphia and moved out to Portland to attend graduate school at Lewis & Clark College. I am so excited to have a home and community here!
I have a Bachelor Degree of Music in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College and a Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. I am a Professional Counselor Associate under supervision and a Music Therapist.
I believe that building a therapeutic relationship in a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental space is the key to healing. I work from a trauma-informed perspective and I see the therapeutic relationship as collaborative between client and therapist. I resonate with a narrative, creative, somatic, and here-and-now approach to therapy. I believe that people create a story about themselves from past experiences and interactions…some of which have been challenging and painful. I believe that unhealthy thoughts and or someone's self-identity have stemmed from negative interactions or events that have shaped that narrative. Highlighting strengths and healthy coping skills that you already have will allow you to write a healthier life story.
Specialties: I have worked as a music therapist across various settings and age ranges including a residential center with medically fragile folks, acute psychiatric care and senior centers. I highly value working through music via music creation (singing, playing instruments, analyzing songs, songwriting, etc). Music is an incredibly healing tool and you do not have to be a musician yourself to benefit from music therapy; that’s where I am here to help! My music therapy background can be incorporated into our therapy if you like but, it is not a requirement.
Are you someone who is ready to engage in therapy? I am! I want to work with someone who is motivated to be here and maybe excited to get started but also a little anxious about it. We don't have to be similar and we don't have to have had the same experiences; it's ok if we are different because we will still be able to build a good relationship. I really enjoy working with individuals who are in some kind of life transition (whether it is a relationship change, becoming an independent adult, navigating your career options or deciding on the school you might want to attend). I like working with people who are struggling with the 'bullshit of life' and are in the process of trying to figure themselves out. I like people who want to aim for the life they want and not the life that has been dictated for them. In essence, I am a big fan of personal choice! I want to help the unseen and the unhead and the people who feel invisible feel seen and heard.
I prefer in person sessions.
I am seeing clients in session Mondays and Thursdays. I am seeing clients over telehealth Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am working alternate Fridays in the office and over telehealth.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions; I look forward to working with you!
AMY 'AMES' FREER, MA
Professional Counselor Associate & Art Therapist Associate
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology 2015, Lewis & Clark College
Master of Arts, Art Therapy, 2022, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
I have spent the majority of my life in Oregon and the tall pines of the Pacific Northwest have always felt like home to me. In my free time, I like to binge TV shows, go hiking or paddle boarding with my partner, dabble in an artistic/creative hobby, lovingly annoy my cat or play board games with friends. I am nonbinary/queer and neurodivergent. People who know me well would describe me as creative, nerdy, compassionate, goofy and an inquisitive/deep thinker.
The primary focus of my training and practice is as an art therapist, and I am so excited to offer art therapy counseling services to anyone who wants a more experiential form of therapy! It is my role to provide you with clinically informed, supportive opportunities to reconnect to your creativity and develop new ways of relating to your struggles and creating meaning around your experiences. We can also engage in art processes that help foster transferable skills such as safely reconnecting to your body or emotions, managing distress or frustration, self-trust and compassion around “mistakes”, mental flexibility, cognitive skills, implementing boundaries, communicating needs and collaboration. Sessions tend to include both talk therapy and the creation of art, and the amount of either depends on your unique needs…from session to session, I will always try to meet you where you’re at. I am a professional counselor associate and an art therapist associate under supervision.
I use a strengths based, trauma informed lens that honors your unique experiences and perspective, supports your goals, and recognizes the ways in which you have resiliently adapted to protect yourself and get your needs met. Additionally, I am always considering how you may be uniquely impacted by systemic inequities, intergenerational trauma and both external and internalized forms of marginalization.
Special interests: LGBTQIA+ teens and adults, ADHD/Autistic adults, complicated grief and loss. complex trauma (attachment-related, childhood, intergenerational or systemic), relational struggles (boundaries, communication, attachment dynamics), identity, navigating disability/neurodivergence, stress and burnout, adjusting to difficult life transitions and existential struggles
I am currently accepting clients ages 15+ for individual in person and telehealth sessions, but I am prioritizing those seeking in person sessions.
I work Monday - Friday. My schedule is below. Our practice plans to offer art therapy groups and workshops in the future, stay tuned!
Please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have!
* I am currently full and am not accepting clients at this time, but if you want to work with me, our admin Savannah can put you on my waitlist.
SAM WILMARTH, MA
Professional Counselor Associate
I have lived in many places so, ‘I am from all over.’ I was born in Utah, raised in Michigan, and have settled down here in the PNW!
If you classify a hobby or interest as nerdy, I probably enjoy it! In my free time, I play D&D, read fantasy books, play video games and watch movies. However, I also enjoy being outdoors and love to hike, kayak, and rock climb! I also have a great appreciation for the arts, having acted in a play or two and I played a brass instrument for a number of years.
I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2020. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Pacific University in Oregon. I specialize in treating adolescents and younger adults, and have an interest in addressing complex trauma and it's relationship to depression and anxiety. I am a professional counselor associate under supervision.
Like my interests, I use a variety of interventions and theories for my clinical practice. I believe strongly in the biopsychosocial approach. Biopsychosocial includes the body, the mind and the social environment.This means that everyone comes to therapy with their own perspective and story. I want to learn about you, where you came from, who you are, and help you reach who you want to be. Together, we will work through the thoughts and feelings permeating your everyday life and utilize your innate strengths to work past your struggles! My goal is to get everyone I work with to be able to stand proud on their own, thereby effectively working myself out of a job. Have you noticed I like a little humor in my life?
I am looking forward to meeting you. Feel free to reach out and ask any questions you may have. I want us to meet that goal together!
I am accepting clients currently. I work Wednesday - Saturday both in the office and via telehealth. I prefer in person sessions. See my schedule below.
AUBRY LOPE, MSW
Clinical Social Work Associate
Aubry Lope, MSW
Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA)
I was born and raised in the East Bay, California and attended college in California for my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology. Though the golden state holds my heart, I traveled to Portland for the opportunity to spread my wings in the helping profession and earn a Master in Clinical Social Work. I graduated from Portland State University and received my Master of Social Work in 2021. I am a clinical social work associate under supervision.
In my formative years, I trained in classical ballet, cello, and in the visual arts. Intertwining creative and critical thinking is something I’m constantly striving for and this aligns with my life goal to never stop learning.
I value the following concepts and you will see them in my clinical practice. These include: a strength-based approach, harm reduction philosophy, trauma informed care, anti-oppressive practice, psychoeducation and the recovery oriented approach around instilling hope. Many of the individuals I’ve worked with have backgrounds where they have been repeatedly blamed, rejected, stigmatized, and profiled. In our work together I want to emphasize that recovery is not linear and the absence of all symptoms is not a universal reality. My commitment is to build rapport and trust with you and this idea is centered on breaking away from the me vs. you dynamic as we work to build a trusted therapeutic relationship.
I have experience working with children, younger and older adults with a range of developmental cognitive challenges and mental health conditions, including those with severe and persistent mental illness. I am particularly interested in working with adults that experience depression, anxiety, personality disorders and the relationship of substance misuse in families and healthy adult development. Since graduation, I developed my clinical skills working in a fast-paced community mental health nonprofit organization which provided me with a wealth of experience treating a variety of mental health issues and concerns.
I prefer in person sessions. I work Monday - Friday and have some evening appointments; I work both in the office and via telehealth.
I look forward to establishing trusted collaboration and always welcome further questions and feedback!
Please feel free to schedule an initial consult to determine whether we might be a good fit. I am taking clients currently. Please see my schedule below.
Mitchell is the newest member of our team. He will be accepting clients in the very near future. We are in the process of updating his information here including his photo and bio. In the meantime....meet Carafa, who is holding space here.
Admin & the Front Line for the Practice. She Knows Everything or Will Find Out!
She is our main admin and can answer your questions. There isn't enough space here to explain everything she does for our practice. She does all of our scheduling, billing, office management, is a friendly and responsive problem solver and has great customer service skills. If you can't find her, she is off with her dog Carafa, hiking or on the lake.
If you need anything, whether you want to be a client or are a current client or family member, Savannah knows it or can find you an answer so please reach out!
Admin & Insurance Wizard
Becky is our admin and she works on all of our billing and insurance issues. She is only in the office part time but can be reached all week. She is smart and funny and is a great addition to our team and we could not navigate your insurance issues without her persistence and expertise. Honestly, she is on hold with the insurance company to get you the mental health care you need so, when you come in, if she is here, THANK her. She does the job most of us don't want to do...and much more!
We are a team of people who love our pets, enjoy working together and are here to help you!
STEPHANIE & WINSTON
Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Owner of the Group Practice, Consultant & Loves her Dog Winston. Basically, always busy!