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, including 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 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.
Mary and 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 Life Span 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.
She 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.
“I decided I wanted to be a part of a practice where I specialized and could 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. The PATH Center has been a great fit."
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 of experience as a pastoral counselor, teacher, speaker, husband and father.
Russ works with couples 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 Lifespan Integration (LI) 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.
Stephan Taylor, MS
Currently transitioning Washington license to Oregon
Stephen holds a Master of Science, Clinical Psychology degree. He began his therapist journey in 1994 working in a Wilderness program in Albany, OR for three years. This program treated teens with drug/alcohol problems and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder. After living in the woods for over 200 days a year, Stephen began working in community mental health evaluating dangerous (harm to self, others, or gravely disabled) for a mental hospital.
Stephen began a private practice in 2008 in Port Angeles, WA. During the past 26 years, Stephen has treated a wide variety of disorders, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and chronic disorders.
Stephen has experience working with men, women, nonbinary, LGBTQiA+ and adolescents. Types of therapy utilized by Stephen include: Developmental psychotherapy, CBT, TF-CBT, directive and non-directive counseling. Lifespan Integration (LI) and EMDR.
Teresa Jansen, QMHP
Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW
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 with 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 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
Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW
Danae Merrill, QMHP
Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW
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 is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a background working with individuals experiencing chronic illness and/or disabilities.
Karah Björn, QMHA
OHP Intake Coordinator
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.
Ashley is a Neurofeedback Technician and the Office Coordinator.
Karah holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Her professional and personal focuses are in holistic care. She believes that healing is at the intersection of mind, body, and spirit. She believes that her purpose in life is to empower others to heal their lives and nurture their self-growth.
Karah is trained in the Othmer Method of Neurofeedback. She plans to start graduate school Fall of 2021. She loves to travel and frequently visits northern Europe.
Karah is a Neurofeedback Technician and our Intake Coordinator for OHP.
Growing up in a pastor's home with four siblings, Estee learned from a young age the importance of caring for all people. Having a desire to nurture others, she chose to do so through food, graduating from culinary school in 2006 with a degree in Baking and Pastry. As part of a military family she's lived in numerous locations across the states, giving her a perspective of many different local cultures and the ability to easily connect with others.
Estee has raised two daughters and is the proud Nana of three, soon to be four, grandchildren. She has future plans of running her own business in the hospitality industry. Estee is enjoying caring for her clients as a Neurofeedback Technician. Estee also handles credentialing, benefits checks, and MVA insurance for the clinic.
Halle came to the United States from India in 2004. After years in an orphanage Halle joined a family in Utah that would not be her forever family as there was abuse and a disrupted placement. After several years in and out of foster care and institutions Halle found her forever family in Portland, Oregon. Halle understands trauma, abuse and grief and loss first-hand, which has influenced her a desire to help others who struggle with similar issues. Halle also knows healing and attachment as she is very close to her forever family.
Before coming to work at Portland Neurofeedback Halle worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities while she earned her certificate in medical administration.