New Perspectives Staff

Becky Rasmussen, LCSW, has worked over 20 years with individuals, couples, and in group settings with adults and adolescents facing a wide range of problems, including mental and emotional disorders. As a clinical therapist, she has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, addictions, recovery, sexual abuse, and relationships. Becky has served as a consultant for various treatment and social service agencies. She is a member of NASW and a former chair of the State Board of licensed Social Workers.


Tim Markwell, LMSW, Director, has worked in human services for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a MSW in Administration and Planning. Tim is an experienced teacher, counselor, consultant, program developer, legislative liaison, administrator, director and entrepreneur. He is a member of NASW and a member of the Salem Downtown Rotary Club.


Neda L. Grant, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has provided therapy for over fourteen years.She specializes in treating children and young adults who have experienced trauma or mood disorders.She has extensive experience working with youth involved in the foster care system, exhibiting behavioral challenges, or affected by developmental disorders.She uses a strength-based approach to help individuals and families thrive.Neda has worked in residential, school and outpatient settings.She holds a Masterís Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College.


Susan Lee, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults.She provides individual, couple, family, and group therapy to an array of emotional and behavioral concerns relating to mood, abuse, trauma, grief, transitions, and parenting.She utilizes different treatment modalities such as art/play, cognitive restructuring, strength based and solution focused interventions, and relational therapy.She received her Bachelorís in Human Development and education from University of California, Davis, and Masters in both Counseling and Clinical Psychology from George Fox University.


Romnee Auerbach, MS, ANP, PMHS, PMHNP-BC is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and is ANCC board certified as a Family- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist in primary care. She specializes in pediatric and adolescent evaluation, diagnosis and psychopharmacology and provides services for a variety of mental, emotional, behavioral, and developmental disturbances for children, adolescents and adults. She has a Masterís degree from the University of Portland and postmastersí certificates from both Rush University and OHSU and hopes to complete her doctoral studies within the year. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ISPN, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, ONA, American Psychiatric Nurses Association/ board member for the local chapter of APNA, in addition to other professional memberships.


Jeannette Rowell, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has provided counseling services for over ten years. She provides counseling services to children, adults, couples and families. She specializes in treating young children who have experienced trauma and abuse, are involved in the foster care system, and have challenges with mood and anxiety issues. She gently guides children and their families as they go through difficult life transitions, helping them access their own resilience as they heal and grow. She uses a Strength-Based approach in counseling and has training and experience in providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy. Jeannette has worked in outpatient, residential and in school settings. She holds a Masterís degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gorge fox University.


Jane Silbernagel, LCSW, has worked with adults, children, and families for over 25 years. She specializes in work with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and life transitions. Jane received her Bachelorís in Psychology from John Hopkins University in Maryland, and her Masters from Portland State University. She has worked with adult and children's programs, an Employee Assistance Program, and has been in private practice for over 15 years. She is on the panel of most major managed care organizations. She is a member of NASW.


Gregory Trotter, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has 21 years experience in the mental health profession. He works with adults, adolescents and couples. He has history working with clients who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood abuse, transitions, losses, codependency, relationship concerns, dual diagnosis issues, and severe and persistent mental illness. He has an increasing interest and understanding in how our brains/minds and emotional health can literally heal and change through the counseling process. Gregory received his Bachelors from Willamette University and received his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College.


Sandi Cox, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist providing counseling services to children and their families.She has experience with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, grief, child and adolescent behavioral problems, family issues, parenting and school problems. She also specializes in working with the Deaf population.Her past experience includes working in the K-12 educational setting as well as a state residential child and adolescent treatment center.She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University and holds a Bachelorís degree in ASL/English Interpretation.


Ishara Kassirer, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides strength-based, solution-focused counseling to young adults, mid-life adults and elders in an environment which is safe, nonjudgmental, and collaborative.She uses a supportive, holistic approach in treating depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, grief, identity issues, and problems related to chronic illness, aging and life transitions. Ishara also uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in individual and group settings to help people achieve greater emotional freedom when dealing with restrictive thoughts, beliefs and conditions. She holds a Masterís Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California.


Romina F. King,LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist experienced in providing Solution-Focused, Existential, Cognitive-Behavioral and Experiential modalities of healing to individuals, couples, families and groups.This includes Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy involving horses through which learning and practicing the concepts of limits, boundary-setting, self-care, assertiveness, leadership, self-confidence, effective communication, problem-solving and accountability becomes possible.†† She has nearly a decade of direct service experience at Dual-Diagnosis Inpatient Residential Treatment Center, Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, Day Treatment Clinics for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children, Foster Care and Domestic Adoption Agencies.Her approach involves promoting self-discovery and reawakening an authentic relationship with life.This includes initiating important lifestyle changes, resolving interpersonal issues, and developing tools for coping with stress, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, addictions and compulsions.She holds a Masterís Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a Bachelorís degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, Great Britain.


Belinda Pearl, LCSW, has over 20 years experience in the counseling field, from her beginning as a paraprofessional crisis counselor to her present role at New Perspectives.She considers it a privilege to help teens and adults with the issues that affect their lives, such as traumas (big and small), life transitions, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse/dependency, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, grief & loss, and getting ďstuckĒ stressful circumstances.Her supportive, respectful guidance helps clients access their innate abilities to heal and become happier people.Belinda has a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Masters Degree in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California.She is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR therapy, solution-based therapy, and is a member of NASW.


Amber Post, MS, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15 years of clinical experience.She has training and experience in providing individual, couples, and family therapy and is able to see both children and adults.She has experience treating a broad range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, physical/sexual abuse, grief, domestic violence, and childhood emotional and behavioral problems.Amberís approach to therapy is strengths-based and solution-focused.She received a Masterís of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.


Darilou Potter, MS, NCC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over two decades of experience in providing strength based counseling for families, adults and children. She has experience working with those clients dealing with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, life transitions, parenting skills and severe emotional disorders of children and adults.She received a bachelor degree in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Masterís degree in Educational Psychology, Individual and Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Darilou also earned a post-graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Therapy Training Institute, Family Service Aurora, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Deanna Barney, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC is a state licensed and board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. She obtained her undergraduate training in psychology at Portland State University. She obtained her nursing certificate and subsequent Masterís in Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing. Deanna provides psychotropic medication management services to children and adolescents with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and mood disorders. Deanna is a member of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, Oregon and American Nurses Associations, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society- Yale Chapter.


Linda Bednarz, MT-BC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Music Therapist who has worked in the mental health field for the last 20 years. She provides individual and group therapy for adults with depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, addictions, life transitions, and chronic illnesses such as Diabetes and M.S. She has earned a Masterís of Science in Counseling from Western Oregon State College and a Bachelors of Music Therapy from Willamette University.


Cindy Bowling, PMHNP has worked for managed care organizations at HMO Oregon and Regence Blue Cross/ Blue Shield for 22 years. She received her first BA degree in American History in 1974 from the University of California at Berkeley. At age 51 she went back to school and became and RN in 2006. She obtained her Masters in Nursing and was licensed to be a PMHNP in 2009. She works only with adults over age 18, and has a particular interest in bipolar affective disorders.Cindy is ANCC Board Certified.



Matthew E. Grady, LCSW CADC-III, is a licensed clinical social worker who provides substances abuse and mental health counseling for adolescents, adults and families. His undergraduate degree is from Prescott College in Arizona and includes special training in Counseling Psychology and Experiential Education. He received his masterís degree in Social Work from Portland State University. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.



Robin Hanseth, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides counseling services to adults from multi-diverse backgrounds. She specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, problems beginning or keeping relationships, grief, anger management and adjustment related issues. Robinís approach is eclectic in nature with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused modalities. Robin has experience with inpatient crisis counseling, community mental health, school counseling, and private practice. She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.



Lara Inman, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced and trained in providing therapy to children and their families, as well as adults.She has experience with adoption and attachment issues, depression anxiety, trauma, and childhood behavioral problems.Specifically, Lara has received training in post-adoption issues, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and play/art therapy.Her experience includes treating a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues in children utilizing play therapy, behavior management, and parent training.In individual adult work Lara stresses a balance of validating emotional issues with a solution-focused approach.She also runs an adult DBT group.Lara received her Masterís Degree in Professional Counseling from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.


Ward Lofgren, LPC, CADC I, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor specializing in individual and family services for adolescents and adults.He received his Bachelor degree in Business Management from Sacramento State University, and his Masterís degree through Capella University.He has experience with clients who are coping with childhood abuse, anxiety, depression, transition issues, bereavement, addiction, recovery, and serious and persistent mental illness.His easy-going style reflects his years of business management experience through the use of solution-focused counseling and motivational interviewing.


Jesse Thompson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in providing solution Focusd, Strength Based talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Experiential modalities of healing to individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children.He has eight years of experience with child abuse interviewing, day treatment, and outpatient therapy.His approach promotes the understanding that all people are fundamentally good and strive for healing, awakening and creating an authentic relationship with life.Jesse treats teens and adults for issues that affect their lives such as trauma, life transitions, psychiatric disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, resolving interpersonal issues and developing coping tools for the stress of life.He received his Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.


Lynne Coon, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, provides individual counseling to adults aged 18 to 90. She has experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, childhood abuse, life transitions, losses, codependency, ADD/ADHD, relationship concerns, and drug & alcohol issues. She uses a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) approach to help clients make lasting changes. Over the last 7 years she has worked in community mental health, inpatient and private practice settings. Lynne received her Bachelorís and Masterís degrees from Portland State University. She also has a certificate in Geriatric Mental Health.


Stephanie Knight, LPC, CADC I is a Licensed Counselor and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has been counseling children, adolescents, adults, and families for nearly ten years, and has worked in a number of different settings including, domestic violence shelters, community mental health care centers, schools, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Stephanie utilizes evidence-based practices to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, addictions, and childhood behavioral issues. Her approach to treatment tends to be skills-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused. She is most recognized for her expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and facilitates psychoeducational groups for adolescents and adults. Stephanie received her Bachelorís degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and her Masterís degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Psychology.



Janis Vercoutere, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor.She is a graduate of Portland State University with a Master of Science in Counselor Education.She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson University in San Francisco, CA. Janis treats children, adults, and seniors who experience a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, foster care, adoption, grief, parenting, and childhood disorders. Utilizing cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and play therapy treatment approaches, Janis specializes in helping clientís meet their treatment goals by focusing on their abilities and strengths.



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