Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW
Gail is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years experience working with children and adults from the hardest places. She is an expert in her field. Gail is trained in traditional therapies, but favors right brain treatment protocols with high rates of efficacy such as Life Span Integration (LI), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She holds year long certificates in Attachment, and Foster & Adoption Therapy and also teaches Therapeutic Parenting using Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) strategies. Twenty three years ago, Gail foster-adopted three older children as a single mother. She married, and now has a birth child as well. Gail and her husband raised their children, and now enjoy six grandchildren.
After a car accident, Gail was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Neurofeedback was a Godsend for Gail! She was sleeping better and feeling better in a short amount of time. She became curious about Neurofeedback and researched all the ways that it was being used. She wanted to get Neurofeedback to as many people as possible! Her private practice was too full to accommodate Neurofeedback, so she called on some friends to help and together, they created Portland Neurofeedback, LLC.
Ellen Summers , PhD
Mary Miyakawa, LCSW
Dr. Summers is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with a variety of populations. She currently specializes in treating adults who experienced childhood trauma.
Dr. Summers and Gail Hardman-Woung have been in the same consultation group for more than a decade sharing an interest in state-of-the-art treatment protocols, such as EMDR, Tapping, Neurofeedback and Life Span Integration. Portland Neurofeedback is delighted to have Dr. Summers as the Neurofeedback Supervisor.
Dr. Summers and her wife became adoptive parents in 1992, creating a biracial family. They have raised two daughters, whom they adopted as babies, and they now enjoy the blessings of having a grandson.
Mary majored in child development at the University of Minnesota and received her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley. Mary had a private practice for thirty years specializing in trauma therapy for adopted children and adult women survivors of childhood abuse. In 2005 she met Gail Hardman-Woung at the PSU Post Graduate Training in for Foster and Adoption Therapy program. Soon after she formed an affiliation of adoption therapists, known as ACES. That group has met monthly for group supervision since that time. The group interest has been in study and training of the most current research on how the young child's brains are impacted by trauma and attachment disruption. As a result, we have all been trained in EMDR, Lifespan Integration, and Neurofeedback, some of the most effective and powerful interventions for PTSD.
Mary her husband, were blessed with a baby from Korea, an African American baby from Portland, Oregon. Then a brother, 10, and sister,11, out of the war in Vietnam. Then an African American son,7, from Cincinnati, Ohio and a daughter,12, from India. In the same years, they joined four other adoptive couples to form the Plan Loving Adoptions Agency in McMinnville, Oregon, which placed thousands of children from around the world for 30 years.
Mary's children have given she and her husband 17 beautiful grand children. Mary has a strong faith that she believes has enabled she and her family to endure the hard times. Especially now, as they all support her husband through the stages of Alzheimer's.
Margaret Rust, LPC
Margaret has over 25 years of experience working in various areas of the field of Mental Health. Margaret specializes in trauma, abuse, special needs, loss and grief and life transitions. She has training in Sensory Integration, Neuroeducation, Applied Behavioral Analysis, EMDR, and LifeSpan Integration.
Her background and life experiences led her to a multivariate approach when collaborating with clients and the people who support them. She has been trained in traditional therapies but prefers modalities such as Lifespan Integration, EMDR, and Neuroeducation. She works with the client through a learning process anchored in movement to treat at the root cause while activating, integrating, and building on positive connections within their relationship with self, family and others.
Margaret has been with her husband for 33 years. They have two adopted children and a biological son with severe complex neurological conditions resulting in severe behaviors and medical challenges.
Paula Fitzgerald, LMFT
Paula is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She began her mental health career 30 years ago working with adolescent girls in a residential treatment facility. She then moved on to work with women and children in a Battered Women's shelter and spent 15 years working with high risk children, adults and families as the Out-Patient Director for a non-profit agency.
After working several years as a Child Custody Mediator for the California Superior Courts she relocated to New York. She continued her professional experience by becoming a Family and Divorce Mediator and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. Paula’s work with adults and families focused on high conflict co-parenting, couples’ therapy and individual therapy.
She recently moved to Portland from upstate NY with her husband and her adopted 19-year-old daughter. This move is something she always planned on, and in fact, shared with her husband on their third date. With a goal to continue her career once settled in Portland she has joined the PATH Center.
“I decided I wanted to be a part of a practice where I specialize in something; I wanted to become an “expert” within the standard care of psychotherapist and to give back to people in need. Given my professional background and my personal journey with my own adopted daughter I knew I wanted a challenge. I want to be part of a treatment team that strives to meet the needs of the clients: a team that works to deliver each client a life worth living”.
Russ Brechbiel, LPC
Patient and compassionate, Russ brings to the counseling relationship an ability to connect with his clients and help them know they are not alone on the journey. He has over 20 years’ experience as a pastoral counselor, teacher, speaker, husband and father.
Russ completed his Master’s in Counseling program in 2015, and is currently working on licensure in the state of Oregon. He has worked with couple’s in premarital and marital counseling and is certified in Prepare/Enrich relationship assessment, is certified in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Russ is trained in Life Span Integration and in Flash EMDR.
As a father of 7, which include 5 adopted children, Russ has experience working with adoption, family adjustment and attachment issues. He also works with clients dealing with addiction issues, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and life adjustment issues.
Teresa Jansen, QMHP
Teresa views healing through an attachment and biopsychosocial lens, meaning that there are many intersecting areas of life (biological, psychological, social/relational) that impact wellness.
Teresa is trained in LI (Lifespan Integration), Spiritual Trauma, EMDR, and she is a Mending the Soul Facilitator (trauma groups). She uses a person-centered, strength-based approach, along many individualized interventions to help her clients reach their goals. Several years after experiencing personal healing from severe depression, trauma, and social anxiety, Teresa has has her Masters in Counseling and is currently pursuing licensure in the state of Oregon.
Teresa considers it a privilege to work with every client, and has experience working with men/women/nonbinary, LGBTQiA+, adolescents, folks in residential rehab, sex workers, and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She supports people working through addiction, anxiety, career goals, depression, PTSD, Borderline, parenting, trauma, and relationship concerns.
Took Smoot QMHP
Danae Merrill, QMHP
Took's personal approach to counseling is based on her belief of the inherent worth of every human being. She believes deeply in the need for human beings to connect with one another. She believes that people are resilient, and the human spirit prevails over and over again.
Took has experience in working with diverse populations with issues around complex trauma, grief, childhood abuse, family dynamics, and couples’ therapy. She has completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Couples counseling.
Took holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She has been married for 15 years and she is a mother of four children. Took's family has two dogs and a school of tropical fish around their busy household.
Danae’s focus in counseling centers on the respect and empowerment of her clients. Her approach is influenced by client-centered, holistic, and existential therapeutic frameworks and she prioritizes building a compassionate and trusting relationship with each of her clients. Danae is passionate about the healing and growth that can be fostered through counseling.
Danae has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including in office and hospital settings, as well as providing community-based counseling services. Danae has experience as a crisis stabilization counselor and extensive experience addressing attachment wounds. She has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, developmental trauma, domestic violence, PTSD, and disability related topics.
Danae holds a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. and she is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a background working with individuals experiencing chronic illness and/or disabilities.
Ashley joined her forever family through foster care at the age of five and a half. She had a cracked jaw and a history of trauma. Coming from a hard place, Ashley knows first hand what it takes to heal and become healthy. After a head trauma in 2017, Ashley greatly benefited from receiving forty plus sessions of Neurofeedback.
Prior to working at Portland Neurofeedback, Ashley was a dog groomer for seven years. She recently moved from making dogs beautiful, to helping people heal. Prior to dog grooming, Ashley worked with disabled children. Her future goals include entering the field of nursing.