ABOUT US

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Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW

 Clinical Director

Clinical Supervisor

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), Internal Family Systems, (IFS) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Gail has advanced training in these protocols. She holds year long certificates in Attachment, and Foster & Adoption Therapy.  She is an EMDR Consultant in Training. She also a Certified Safe & Sound Clinician. Twenty three years ago, Gail trans-rationally 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 her. She became curious about Neurofeedback and 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.  The PATH Center (Portland Attachment & Trauma Healing) is a sister clinic in the same building. All the clinicians at The PATH Center are trained in LI and EMDR and several are trained in IFS. The therapists consult with Gail on a weekly (if not more) basis.  Gail is an EMDR Consultant-In-Training and the Clinical Supervisor for pre-licensed therapists.

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Ellen Summers , PhD 

Neurofeedback  Supervisor

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Mary Miyakawa, LCSW

Dr. Summers is a Licensed Psychologist with over 30 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 since 2006 sharing an interest in state-of-the-art treatment protocols, including EMDR, EFT, 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 grand children.   

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.  Members of that group have met monthly for group consultation 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. 

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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. 

Stephen 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, directive and non-directive counseling. Lifespan Integration (LI) and EMDR.

Steve facilitates a group for caregivers of children who have been sexually molested and are preparing for a forensic interview. 

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Pauline Robert, LCSW

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pauline works from a strength-based, culturally affirming, trauma-informed foundation. Her personal style is down-to-earth, warm, compassionate, and honest. She values each person's individualized needs and brings intention, authenticity, with an element of humor, to facilitate growth and healing, while maintaining a safe and trusting environment. 

 

Pauline's experience is in working with adults, young adults, adolescents, and families. She specializes in acute trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, anxiety, and depression. As an adult adoptee, Pauline has an unique perspective and understanding on attachment trauma and has worked directly on family unification programs within the Department of Corrections and Fostercare system. 

 

Pauline integrates multiple evidence-based modalities, including; Acceptance and Commitment, Motivational Interviewing, and Somatic Mindfulness practices, Life Span integration and EMDR.

Pauline facilitates a group for sexual assault survivors who are struggling with intimacy.

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Teresa Jansen, QMHP

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Professional Counselor Associate

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.
 
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.

Teresa facilitates a group for people with spiritual trauma. 

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, Life Span Integration and EMDR.


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.

Took Smoot, QMHP

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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Danae Merrill, QMHP

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Professional Counselor Associate

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 has additional training in Life Span Integration and EMDR.

 

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.

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Rachel Sheldon, QMHP

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Professional Counselor Associate

Rachel views healing as a journey that should not be taken alone. Utilizing an integrative and holistic approach, Rachel comes alongside her clients to hold a space that is warm, affirming, and authentic; to support clients as they face the concerns and challenges that arise in life. She views people as dynamic, taking into account their physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs. We will navigate through all these aspects of life together.

 

Rachel has experience working with a diverse population with issues around PTSD, depression, anxiety, attachment wounds, and grief. As a transracial adoptee herself, Rachel is passionate about supporting individuals and families through the layered process that adoption can bring.

 

Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in marriage, couple, and family counseling.  She is trained in Life Span Integration and EMDR.

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Kris Cartwright, QMHP

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Clinical Social Work Associate

Kris offers an approach that centers around integrative care and whole-person healing. Her style is warm and compassionate with a love for bringing curiosity and playfulness into therapy. Kris is also a strong advocate of functional, nutritional and natural medicine. Her training as a nutritional therapy practitioner gears her to focus on looking at the root of an issue. She offers a wide array of support including neuro-nutrient protocols.

 

Kris has experience working with all age ranges but has a special love for children and their families, viewing them as a holistic unit, intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

 

Kris enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, their collie, Juniper and their cat (with ample amounts of "fortitude") named Gigi. Her favorite things in life are family board game night, yoga, modern dance and a daily cup of hot tea.

Kris holds a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Health Across the Lifespan. She has training certificates in Hypnotherapy and Nutritional Therapy.  She is also trained in Life Span Integration and EMDR.

Ashley Woung

Insurance Specialist

Neurofeedback Technician

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Halle Brechbiel

Reception

Neurofeedback Technician

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 moved from making dogs beautiful, to helping people heal. Prior to dog grooming, Ashley worked with disabled children.  

Ashley is a Neurofeedback Technician and an Insurance Specialist.

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.  Halle is the proud mama of a precious toddler.