Our Providers

 

Trauma Healing Northwest practitioners are licensed mental health professionals trained in specialized treatments for trauma and stress related disorders. 

Therapists

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Lynae Nelson, M.Ed., LPC, LCPC

Personally:

My name is Lynae and my roots run deep in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I care deeply for my community and love being able to do my part to help those with whom I share this beautiful place we call home. When I am not working, I am kept busy with four children, all teenagers and older, our four pets (we have two sassy Siamese cats and two small dogs). I enjoy spending time with my family, especially when we can do outdoor activities and travel together. My other hobbies include drawing, routine exercise, keeping my mind active with leaning, and my heart active with community service. I am currently in the process of achieving my Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in research and afterwards plan to become certified in scuba diving and plan to learn sign language. I engage in community service mostly with Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge and with other opportunities through my local church.

Professionally:

I believe that we all experience struggles in life and that these can contribute to stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma, and otherwise limit us. So often, these struggles can impact our relationships, career, and long-term well-being in ways that are sometimes difficult to manage. When this is our experience, I believe that it is beneficial to engage in therapy to work through the symptoms and impacts of trauma and stress and to heal from them. I take a positive approach to therapy and utilize proven strategies to help clients achieve their goals in a way and at a pace that works best for them. I commonly utilize EMDR, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches, like exposure therapy in conjunction with traditional and systemic psychotherapies like Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy. If you are considering therapy for the first time or are wondering if is time to reengage in therapy, I would love the opportunity to connect with you see how I can support you in accomplishing your goals.

Area of Interest

I am drawn to working with those who work in helping or high stress/executive positions. Research demonstrates these roles have a high correlation with trauma and/or stress related disorders and often are the least likely to seek out therapeutic support. As a result, some of the highest levels of stress, depression, and untreated trauma are seen in those who are helpers and or leaders. I believe that in order to help and lead well, we must be well. Therefore, I focus my work to serve:

  • Veterans and active duty military

  • Psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other clinical professional helpers

  • Pastors, pastoral staff members, and other clergy

  • Medical providers including surgeons, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals

  • First responders including police officers, fire fighters, EMT, and others

  • Professionals with other high stress positions such as professional athletes, small business owners, and executive team members

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Lisa Gascho, MSW, LCSW

Personally:

My name is Lisa and I grew up in Oregon and lived here into early adulthood. I’ve recently returned with my husband and two children, and am enjoying being near extended family again as well as being back in our beautiful state. In my free time I can be found having dance parties with my kids, hiking, baking, or wandering in a bookstore or library. When able, I love to travel as a way to broaden my understanding of the world and of the people who inhabit the places I visit.

I decided to become a therapist when I was still in high school with no more than the thought of “Well, I like helping people.” Though there are many careers and paths to helping others, the decision to be a therapist stuck with me, and I’ve now been a licensed psychotherapist since 2010.

Professionally:

I’ve learned that whatever a person’s life experiences have been, they can be experienced as a crisis or a traumatic event when it exceeds the person’s capacity to cope. It is there where I like to come alongside and help the person sort out what is needed in order to heal and move forward in their life.

As a therapist, I take a strengths-based approach with clients by not only working to address the issues they are seeking treatment for, but also helping them to recognize and access their own resilience, abilities, and resources; using these to address present-day challenges that they face.

I utilize various therapeutic modalities depending on the person’s needs and goals for treatment, which can include EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and others. My goal is to help people work through whatever pain they’re experiencing so that they can live in a manner that better supports their well-being and aligns with their values. This can look like helping a person process difficult life experiences in a more effective way in order to reduce the impact to them, teaching skills to grow the person’s ability to soothe and center themselves when feeling emotionally dysregulated or disconnected, and empathically challenging negative beliefs about themselves that do not reflect the full reality of who they are and their worth.

Area of Interest

I commonly work with people who have had trauma and losses in early life, sexual trauma, and those who struggle with codependent dynamics in relationships in which healthy boundaries are not maintained. I treat adults across the lifespan, but most often work with young adults, women, and those in the helping professions such as teachers and social workers.

Current areas of further interest and learning for me are the impacts of intergenerational trauma, historical trauma, and racialized trauma on a person. I’m also drawn to therapies in addition to EMDR that address the impact of trauma to both mind and body such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Polyvagal Theory.

Natalie Harper

Natalie Harper, MA, LPC

Personally:

My name is Natalie, and I was born and raised in Northern California. I have always loved the Pacific Northwest and decided to come here for graduate school. While attending my master’s program at Pacific University I met my husband and have been in the Portland area ever since. I love to travel, and we had the opportunity to move to Italy for a year following graduation. We now have two wonderful children who I love to spend my time with. We explore parks, nature trails, and make art. For self-care I love to read, garden, and socialize with friends. Joining two of these activities has me involved with a monthly book club that I love.

Professionally:

In my career I have worked in residential settings, outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient levels of care. I take a Person-Centered approach to therapy, so I act as a support and guide through the healing process. To work through unresolved trauma, I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness practices. These are evidenced-based tools that will allow you to become un-stuck and move forward with your goals. I also have a CADC-I and specialize in substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders. If you use alcohol or substances to cope with trauma or uncomfortable feelings, I will provide additional coping skills for relapse prevention.

Area of Interest

I have a passion for this work and supporting people who have motivation to heal.  Some areas that I am drawn to are pregnancy/birth trauma, childhood trauma, co-occurring disorders, depression, and stress related disorders. Some areas of focus are working with mothers, or those struggling with infertility, because I understand the isolation and loneliness that come with trauma/loss during this time. There are many resources and supports out there! I also am an LGBTQIA+ ally and create a safe place to be open and share.  

The choice to start therapy and sit with the emotions that come with it is a very brave act. You have already taken your first step toward healing by researching possible providers and treatment. I see therapy as a collaborative process and will always work alongside you. Whether you have engaged in therapy in the past or if this is your first time, I would love the opportunity to speak with you and answer any questions.

Marty Alan Michelson

Marty Alan Michelson M.A., CCTP, CAIMHP, Professional Counselor Associate

Personally:

I grew up in Eugene (OR) and have spent many months living in various countries around the world in research and study as a peacemaker and University Professor. For more than 20 years, my routine work involved University teaching in the State of Oklahoma to traditional classes of students in the University classroom. While working as a Professor, I earned various degrees and professional certifications and served hospitals, hospice care, schools, non-profits and caring professions. With changes to online teaching and our children moving out of our home, my wife agreed with me that it was time for me to get back to the beauty of Oregon. It is great to be back in a region of the world I love for its beauty and weather.

Professionally:

Life is complex for every human.  And, for some humans, due to hurt, disappointment, abuse, trauma or other realities, life is yet more complex.  

I am convinced that every person can do better in life if they have companions in the journey.  Science helps us better understand our human experience and I believe the wisdom of persons from various cultures and various religious experiences gives insight into how to live our best lives.  

In my role as a mental-health professional, I work to understand the unique experiences of each person. My practice involves offering insight into understanding our life experiences, while offering scientifically applicable caring ways to be more at peace with our lives and our relationships, at home, at work, in school, and wherever we engage with others.

I have additional earned Masters Degrees and a Ph.D. in other fields of studies within the Humanities.

Area of Interest

Transitions in life are hard.  While there are clinical terms for life’s complexity like “Anxiety” or “Depression” or an “Adjustment Disorder,” these issues usually emerge from having trouble managing the complexity of life’s transitions. I believe my decades of work with diverse persons in the traditional college classroom, help me to be a good guide for the life transitions of persons age 16-24.  For persons age 25 to 95 who are facing transitions in work, marriage, home life, understanding trauma, primary relationships, moving, or any shift in life, I offer wisdom gleaned from science and cultural perspectives to find more peace and flourishing for life’s journey.

Yeong-Keun

Yeong-Keun “YK” Jeong, M.A., CBIS, Professional Counselor Associate

Personally:

My name is Yeong-Keun (I go by “YK”) and my family of origin traces back to South Korea with mixed cultural values of Hahn (suppressed feelings of negative emotion) and Jeong (strong feelings of bond and interpersonal trust). While having accepted my vulnerabilities and weaknesses in some areas, I’ve consistently explored ways in which I’ve purposefully learned, joyfully loved, and meaningfully lived in other areas with my wife and two young adult children. Those personal journeys with them include family trips to unknown areas, random acts of kindness, and community service.

Professionally:

I believe that people are gifted with a brain capable of remembering from the past, learning in the present, and  making positive projections toward the future. Unfortunately, such a mental gift can become a prison for humankind when the aftermath of traumatic events and unprocessed memories continually trigger fear, anger, or guilt. These emotional disturbances are devastating for health and well-being.

As a mental health professional, I believe that counseling provides opportunities for self-awareness and personal growth within the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. In order to treat trauma-related and acute/chronic stress-related disorders. My approach to counseling is rooted in evidence-based modalities including attachment-relational processes, EMDR, along with cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Neuro-mental training and mindfulness exercises are also employed as practical aids in and between sessions.

Area of Interest

I am drawn to the integration of standard counseling methods and various mental exercises to offer tangible coping skills. Some examples of my focus areas include: 

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) / concussion (mild TBI)

  • Simple/complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Trauma experience in early childhood/adolescence

  • Trauma survivorship and disability

  • Any trauma-related or stress-related events

Candyce Monteleone

Candyce Monteleone, M.A., PMH-C, Professional Counselor Associate

Personally:

I’m grateful that beautiful Oregon has been home for most of my life. I grew up near Portland, eventually moving to the city for undergraduate studies at Portland State University and graduate school at Western Seminary. I enjoy traveling when I’m able to, and lived for a time in Argentina (study abroad) and Peru (teaching English to elementary school students).

I became a mom during the pandemic, and the past few years have really kept me on my toes! I love getting to see the world through my daughter’s eyes, and her enjoyment of life helps me keep my sense of wonder active. A highlight of my week is when my husband and I get to take her for hikes or nature walks. A few other things that bring me joy are spending quality time with friends and family, reading, swimming, running, doing art projects, and reflecting/writing. I try to read a wide range of books, and have a particular fondness for young adult science fiction and Mary Oliver’s poetry.

Professionally:

Healing happens in the context of safe and secure relationships. For this reason, I seek to create an atmosphere of warmth, empathy, and acceptance that allows clients to improve their personal insight, grow in understanding of their relationships, identify personal needs and values, and “be with” their emotions, especially the ones that are experientially difficult. I’ve seen that building a strong therapeutic relationship can help people, often rather quickly, start to identify what changes they want for themselves; it’s such an honor for me to get to come alongside to assist and collaborate in this process. I provide holistic and trauma-informed counseling to adults struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, traumatic experiences, life transitions, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Some evidence-based modalities I may use in therapy include Strengths-Based Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and EMDR.

Area of Interest

I’m trained and certified in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International (that’s what the PMH-C after my name refers to). Some examples of issues that can arise during the process of becoming a parent or growing one’s family and lead to seeking counseling include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, difficulty with isolation or role changes, grief and loss, and birthing trauma. This is often a uniquely vulnerable time in someone’s life, and accessing needed support and help can make a huge difference! 

Areas of professional growth and learning that I am pursuing currently include embodiment and self-compassion skills, working with race-based traumatic stress, and Emotionally-Focused Individual Therapy.

Neurofeedback Tech

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John Elliott, BCN

Personally:

Hello, I’m John. Though I was born in Arizona, I grew up on a dairy farm in the Willamette Valley region. I joined the Army a few years after high school and had many fortunate opportunities around the world. I have been drawn back to the place where I grew up and am currently working on building my own family farm.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking and camping with my family, playing the guitar, listening to blues and classic rock deep dives, self-sufficient living and strategy games.

Professionally:

I enlisted in the army in 2000 and served as a combat medic and mental health specialist. I first learned about neurofeedback early in my military career and it quickly became my area of focus. I am board certified through the BCIA and have spent the last 10 years working with soldiers, professional atheletes, and those working through attention deficits, PTSD, traumatic brain injury and addictions. For me, the possibilities of neurofeedback, and where it may lead us in our understanding of ourselves, is endless.

Area of Interest

PTSD, TBI and ADD/ADHD have been where I have honed most of my focus. In the idea of Neurofeedback, all of these revolve around your brains ability to adapt and grow new neural pathways. This is also known as neuroplasticity. Through time and training, using our brains natural instinct to learn and grow, we can train the brain to regulate and improve concentration and promote general relaxation which can help us to better regulate when coping with stressful events.