Meet the Therapists at The Hope Connection

  • chelsea B. shields, MA, LMFT Intern/Pre-licensed Professional

    Chelsea is a Marriage and Family therapist who is passionate about living a deliberate life, reaching her full potential and helping others do the same.  She believes if we are not growing and taking responsibility for our lives, we are stuck in a horrible place called mediocrity, something that most are not fortunate enough to escape.

    Chelsea desires to work with individuals and couples who make an intentional decision at changing their lives and creating meaningful and rewarding relationships with those they love.  She believes that in order to embrace the full joy of life, one must learn how to live in the present moment, understand oneself, and know how to receive and give love.

    Chelsea offers Mindfulness Meditation Groups

    Chelsea works primarily out of the Portland location but is available at the Newberg office.

    You can reach Chelsea at:

    Phone: (503) 908-4655

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    Supervisor: David Manock, PhD, LMFT

  • DEBBIE JOHNSEN, ma, LMFT Intern/pre-licensed Professional

    Debbie provides an accepting and non-judgmental counseling relationship to help clients feel safe and supported. She understands that longstanding patterns of thoughts or behaviors can interfere with achieving a fulfilling life and she works with her clients to pursue effective life changes. Debbie focuses on highlighting strengths in individuals and relationships as a foundation of growth. Debbie has a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. She works with individuals, couples, and families to address whatever issues or challenges her clients choose. Areas of focus include couples work, life transitions, grief, depression, PTSD, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and communication skills. 

    Debbie works out of both the Portland and the Newberg locations.

    You can reach Debbie at:

    Phone: 503-549-4920

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    Supervisor: James Delanay, LMFT, CADC III

  • heidi tillotson,MA, LMFT Intern/Pre-licensed Professional

    I believe that all individuals have intrinsic value and worth and need to see that reflected in the eyes of another.  Often things happen in our lives that block our ability to see ourselves correctly or to build and maintain healthy relationships.  I approach counseling from a systemic, strength-based collaborative orientation.

    I desire to be instrumental in helping you heal from traumas, shame and hurts in order to have the life you long for.  I want to help you explore and make the changes you desire.  I believe growth is most often born out of the struggles in our lives and that we need someone to walk alongside us as we journey toward health, wholeness, and healing.  I believe in hope: your story is not finished.  I love helping individuals, couples, children and families to craft a desirable next chapter.

    I work out of both the Portland and Newberg locations.

    I can be reached at:

    Phone: (503) 966-8134

    Supervisor: Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, PhD, LMFT

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  • Jackie zebrowski MA, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Clinical Supervisor

    I specialize in strengthening relationships, which includes the one you have with yourself.  I provide a safe space for you to explore past trauma, share vulnerable emotional experiences, and identify barriers to your success.  I believe you are the expert in your own life and my role is to help facilitate the changes you want to make.

    One style of therapy does not work for everyone; therefore I integrate different approaches to best serve you.  My strengths-based approach incorporates your past successes, strengths, resources, and hopes for the future.  Together we will co-create goals to improve your emotional and mental well being as you see fit.  I am passionate about the work I do to help individuals, couples, and families create the lives they desire.

    Jackie works out of the Portland location.

    Jackie can be reached at

    Phone: (858) 703-5341


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  • jacklin hordes, MA, ATR-BC

    Jacklin is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist.  She received her Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia.  Since then she has worked with an array of clients, specializing in children with emotional and behavioral concerns.

    Jacklin encourages clients to utilize art in session as a way to express themselves in an alternative manner.  She works to create a safe environment where clients can feel comfortable exploring challenges as well as strengths.  Jacklin uses a holistic approach to therapy, working to understand her clients as a whole.  One type of therapy does not work for everyone and in turn Jacklin uses a variety of techniques to create an individual approach that fits each client's needs.

    For more information about Art Therapy please visit the American Art Therapy Association's website:


    Jacklin works primarily out of the Portland office but is available at the Newberg office.  

    You can reach Jacklin at:

    Phone: (971) 302-2585


  • Jolee scott, ms, lpc intern/pre-licensed professional

    JoLee Scott is a Masters Level Professional Counselor and a Registered Intern with the State of Oregon.  She has an immense amount of life experience that informs her current practice of helping those who have endured domestic and/or narcissistic abuse.  This personal knowledge aids in her ability to understand clients through a very broad lens, appreciating that every person has their own journey and expert knowledge about their life and themselves.  In addition to her work with domestic and narcissistic abuse, JoLee works with couples.  Her strong desire to help couples on their journey of awareness and acceptance is the catalyst for her work.  She aims to assist couples in their desire for a better life by understanding the delicate nature of this intimate relationship.

    JoLee works out of both the Newberg and Portland locations.

    You can reach JoLee at

    Phone: 503-974-4357

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    Supervisor: Steven D. Spotts, PsyD

  • Krista Lawless, MA, LPC intern/Pre-licensed Professional

    Krista works hard to create a non-judgmental environment where clients are safe to be authentic. She is a professional post-graduate counselor intern who works with individual adults, adolescents and couples. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Studies from George Fox University. Krista's specialties include teen issues, adult and teen survivors of childhood abuse, toxic faith/religious abuse, women's issues, domestic and dating violence, depression, anxiety, spirituality, shame, coping skills and grief and loss.

    Krista works primarily out of the Newberg office.

    You can reach Krista at:

    Phone: 971-264-2335.

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    Supervisor: James Gurule, LPC

  • liz gregory, ma, LMFT, RPT

    Co-Founder, Program Director , Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist

    Liz is a Child and Family therapist with over 20 years experience working with children, teens and families. As a mother of 2 she is sensitive to the challenges of being a child in this generation as well as raising a cohesive family. Liz believes attunement and attachment are at the core of every human connection and she assists each client with ways to nurture that foundation. 

    She works with children, adolescents, couples and individuals.  Her specialties include working with children ages 3 and up with self-regulation, self-esteem and problem solving skills through Play Therapy; helping families navigate communication, separation or divorce challenges; Prepare/Enrich Pre-Marital counseling, PTSD and trauma, survivors of sexual abuse and anxiety and much more.  Liz also proudly serves as a provider for The Returning Veterans Project. 

    Liz also offers to speak to groups and schools on Mindful Parenting.

    Liz works out of the Portland location and offers Saturday appointments.

    You can contact Liz at:

    Phone: 503-928-6542

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  • mark porterfield, MA, LMFT intern/pre-licensed professional

    Mark builds safe, empowering relationships with clients, where experiences in therapy propel each one forward in the search for joy, change and meaning. His training enables him to creatively integrate attachment-based theory, interpersonal neurobiology and existential-humanistic perspectives into work with clients dealing with a variety of emotional disturbances, anxiety, behavioral problems, trauma and loss. Mark’s work with clients often involves experiential and expressive therapies including: Sandtray Therapy with individuals and families, Play Therapy with children and Emotionally-Focused work with couples. He is also a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, offering pre-marital counseling for couples. 

    Mark works out of both the Portland and Newberg locations.

    You can reach Mark at:

    Phone: (503) 782-0603

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    Supervisor: Michelle Engblom-Deglmann PhD, LMFT

  • Director of Operations and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Clinical Supervisor

    Shari is an Individual Couples and Family Therapist who is passionate about working with teens, individuals, families and couples. She has over 12 years experience working as a Mental Health Therapist, Parent Educator, Teacher, Child Advocate and Mentor. She specializes in working with individuals and families that have experienced trauma, PTSD and family relational issues. 

    Shari works out of both the Portland and Newberg locations

    You can contact Shari at:

    Phone: 503-336-9744

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  • skyler Johnston, MA, LPC Intern/Pre-Licensed Professional

    Researchers have consistently found that the most powerful determinant of therapeutic success is the relationship with one's counselor.  It is the safe, non-judgmental and genuine connection that enables the healing process to move forward.  I have made it my mission as a helping professional to bring a lens of radical openness to my interactions with others, to foster safe spaces where we can collaboratively explore behaviors, thoughts and experiences. The aim is always to promote greater well-being, personal growth and integration both within oneself and to the environment around us.

    I work with families, couples and individuals age twelve and up, across a wide spectrum of issues and concerns.  These include but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, sex and intimacy, career counseling, health, nutrition, family systems, aging, grief and loss.

    My approach to counseling has been strongly influenced by the field of positive psychology and solution focused therapy.  Both emphasize the here-and-now and work to address problems and areas of dysfunction, whilst simultaneously identifying strengths and promoting wellness.  The process of change is not always easy, but it doesn't have to be undertaken alone.

    Skyler works out of both the Portland and Newberg locations.

    You can reach Skyler at:

    Phone: (206) 518-9790

    Supervisor: Shari Davison, LMFT

  • Tabitha Marsh, LAc, LMT

    Licensed Acupuncturist and Licensed Massage Therapist

    Tabitha has been a specialist in Natural Pain Relief & Mind-Body Balance for over 20 years. Her goal is to provide an oasis of immediate relief for people who are going through the overwhelm and frustration of major life changes, chronic illness and pain so that they are freed to do the deep inner work and healing that working with a therapist provides.

    Acupuncture and Massage Therapy may be helpful if you have been:

    • Told that you are too sensitive or get overstimulated easily.
    • Dealing with chronic pain that doesn't seem to be getting better.
    • Slowed down or debilitated by a life-challenging or chronic illness.
    • Frustrated by medications that aren't helping or are causing side effects due to sensitivity, or you have been concerned about potential addictive properties.
    If any of the above are true, natural medicine can  help you reset the neurological and hormonal balance of your body, plus reduce chronic patterns of stress so that you can live the life you want in body and mind.
    You can contact Tabitha at:
    Phone: 503-515-9626
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