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Wesley Murph

Wesley

Clinical Counseling Trainee

In 2018, Wesley began volunteering as a crisis intervention center. He enjoyed the work and decided to go back to graduate school, in his mid-40s, to get his Master’s degree in counseling. He will graduate from Northwestern University in March 2022.

Before coming to the counseling field, Wesley worked in medical sales for six years. He also owned two businesses including a pet business that was featured on an episode of The Dog Whisperer by Caesar Millan.

Melissa Lunde

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Clinical Counseling Trainee

Melissa graduates from Northwestern University with her Master’s in Counseling degree in March 2020. She provides clinical mental health therapy for children and adults. Some of her areas of specialty include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, tics and Tourette disorder, and other neurological and behavioral disorders, individuals impacted by trauma, parenting, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and play therapy. Melissa assists clients in establishing a stronger sense of self-esteem and an ability to cope with life circumstances. She offers both traditional therapy and teletherapy.

Melissa graduates from Northwestern University with her Master’s in Counseling degree in March 2020. She provides clinical mental health therapy for children and adults. Some of her areas of specialty include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, tics and Tourette disorder, and other neurological and behavioral disorders, individuals impacted by trauma, parenting, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and play therapy. Melissa assists clients in establishing a stronger sense of self-esteem and an ability to cope with life circumstances. She offers both traditional therapy and teletherapy.

Melissa Lunde

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Clinical Counseling Trainee

Janda Grigsby

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MA, QMHP II, LPC State Intern Counselor

Janda earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Psychology from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2007. A year later she was hired at the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis, Oregon as a Children and Adolescent Treatment Specialist (CATS). As a CATS staff, she worked with children and adolescents who were struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral problems. Her duties included: maintaining a safe living and working environment for clients and staff, teaching and modeling appropriate behavior, and acting as a listening ear for the clients, leading groups, administering medications and participating as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team. 

Tatiana Adams is a graduate of Corban University with a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling from Ohio Christian. As a Registered Intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists she is working to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tatiana interned at the Salem Free Counseling Clinic and worked at Cascadia as a Treatment Specialty II with PSRB clients. She is currently working at Cascadia Behavior Health Care Out Patient Clinic as Case Manager/Counselor III.

Tatiana Adams

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MA, QMHP II, LPC State
Intern Counselor

Tatiana Adams

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MA, QMHP II, LPC State
Intern Counselor

Tatiana Adams is a graduate of Corban University with a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling from Ohio Christian. As a Registered Intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists she is working to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Tatiana interned at the Salem Free Counseling Clinic and worked at Cascadia as a Treatment Specialty II with PSRB clients. She is currently working at Cascadia Behavior Health Care Out Patient Clinic as Case Manager/Counselor III.

Erik Denton

MA, LPC, CADC I, ABA, Counselor, Consultant, Presenter

Twenty-eight years ago, Erik began working in the social service world with children and teenagers who were struggling in life to find the balance between who they were and how they fit into the world around them in relationship to where they had already been in life. Over his career, he has continued to work with children, teenagers, and adults who suffer with diagnoses such as: bi polar, schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism, Aspersers, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc. In doing so, Erik has worked in classrooms, residential placements, and community proctor homes, and he has worked as a proctor parent. Over the course of his career he has worked with a variety of cultures such as: Native American, Latino, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, street, gang, etc.

Lucas earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and his Master of Arts in Counseling both from Corban University, graduating most recently in 2013. While earning his Master’s degree in Counseling, Lucas was an intern at the Corban University Free Mental Health Clinic, serving first as the receptionist and then as a counseling intern seeing his own caseload of clients. Just before finishing his Master’s in Counseling, Lucas started working as a Skills Trainer for Albertina Kerr, working with youth in therapeutic foster care. 

Lucas Pitman

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Lucas Pitman

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Lucas earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and his Master of Arts in Counseling both from Corban University, graduating most recently in 2013. While earning his Master’s degree in Counseling, Lucas was an intern at the Corban University Free Mental Health Clinic, serving first as the receptionist and then as a counseling intern seeing his own caseload of clients. Just before finishing his Master’s in Counseling, Lucas started working as a Skills Trainer for Albertina Kerr, working with youth in therapeutic foster care. 

Amber Sirstad

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Amber received her B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in 2013. She did her undergraduate internship with the Department of Human Services in Gresham, OR.  Upon continuing her education , in 2016, she completed her MA in Counseling through Corban University in Salem, OR.  Amber did her clinical internship at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, OR.  Amber believes people have self-awareness, personal strength, truthfulness and can be personally resourceful in these capabilities to create change in their lives.  She works toward the goal of creating an atmosphere of comfort for the client based on trust, understanding, and unconditional positive regard while remaining attentive.

In Minette’s role as a Christian Counselor, she works to provide a safe and respectful environment where clients are free to explore and question their world. Whenever possible and with client consent, she incorporates biblical truth into the counseling and healing process. Minette believes people are basically trustworthy, resourceful, capable of self-understanding, and able to make the changes they desire. Additionally, she believes that as relational beings, our sense of satisfaction with life derives from social adeptness, that is, our ability to connect and contribute. Maintaining a healthy place in family and society fulfills basic needs of security, acceptance, and worthiness. Finding that place of social well-being begins with self-awareness, self-acceptance, and forgiveness of self. 

Minette Bennett

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Minette Bennett

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

In Minette’s role as a Christian Counselor, she works to provide a safe and respectful environment where clients are free to explore and question their world. Whenever possible and with client consent, she incorporates biblical truth into the counseling and healing process. Minette believes people are basically trustworthy, resourceful, capable of self-understanding, and able to make the changes they desire. Additionally, she believes that as relational beings, our sense of satisfaction with life derives from social adeptness, that is, our ability to connect and contribute. Maintaining a healthy place in family and society fulfills basic needs of security, acceptance, and worthiness. Finding that place of social well-being begins with self-awareness, self-acceptance, and forgiveness of self. 

Erik Denton

MA, LPC, CADC I, ABA, Counselor, Consultant, Presenter

Twenty-eight years ago, Erik began working in the social service world with children and teenagers who were struggling in life to find the balance between who they were and how they fit into the world around them in relationship to where they had already been in life. Over his career, he has continued to work with children, teenagers, and adults who suffer with diagnoses such as: bi polar, schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism, Aspersers, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc. In doing so, Erik has worked in classrooms, residential placements, and community proctor homes, and he has worked as a proctor parent. Over the course of his career he has worked with a variety of cultures such as: Native American, Latino, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, street, gang, etc.

Amber received her B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in 2013. She did her undergraduate internship with the Department of Human Services in Gresham, OR.  Upon continuing her education , in 2016, she completed her MA in Counseling through Corban University in Salem, OR.  Amber did her clinical internship at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, OR.  Amber believes people have self-awareness, personal strength, truthfulness and can be personally resourceful in these capabilities to create change in their lives.  She works toward the goal of creating an atmosphere of comfort for the client based on trust, understanding, and unconditional positive regard while remaining attentive.

Amber Sirstad

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Amber Sirstad

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MA, QMHP II, LPC Counselor

Amber received her B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in 2013. She did her undergraduate internship with the Department of Human Services in Gresham, OR.  Upon continuing her education , in 2016, she completed her MA in Counseling through Corban University in Salem, OR.  Amber did her clinical internship at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, OR.  Amber believes people have self-awareness, personal strength, truthfulness and can be personally resourceful in these capabilities to create change in their lives.  She works toward the goal of creating an atmosphere of comfort for the client based on trust, understanding, and unconditional positive regard while remaining attentive.

Janet Pitman

Janet

Office Manager

Janet started her career in the late seventies and has worked in all different types of offices for most of that time. She started at the State of Oregon securing several promotions for the years she was employed there. She married in 1982 and moved to Southern California. There she worked for Vyline Corporation in Long Beach for the two years she lived there, advancing to office manager.  She moved to Eugene in 1984 and worked for the office that supported 15 Wendy’s restaurants. She returned to Salem in 1988 she took a break from her career to raise two children.

Indy is our clinic service dog. He is a two-and-a-half year old, medium sized, Black Lab/German Shepard/Australian Shepard mix. He is full of energy, loves to greet people at the door, walk people out of the office, and shaking hands. Indy is a nationally certified service animal who aspires to move further in his training as a service dog, as well as, into agility training. As an energetic young dog, he loves to interact with people, go for walks, and play fetch. He has become a valuable member of our team.

Indy

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Service Dog

Indy

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Service Dog

Indy is our clinic service dog. He is a two-and-a-half year old, medium sized, Black Lab/German Shepard/Australian Shepard mix. He is full of energy, loves to greet people at the door, walk people out of the office, and shaking hands. Indy is a nationally certified service animal who aspires to move further in his training as a service dog, as well as, into agility training. As an energetic young dog, he loves to interact with people, go for walks, and play fetch. He has become a valuable member of our team.

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