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Sabrina Walters, M.A., LMFT, LPC
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Sabrina is a Gottman Certified Therapist and she holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University and a Bachelors of Science in Music from Linfield College. Major coursework includes human growth and development, family and couples counseling, multicultural counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, spirituality, Gottman Couples Therapy, and the Core Values Index.
Sabrina is passionate about the development of skills and practices in others and fulfill this passion as an adjunct professor in the Masters of Counseling program at George Fox University as well as training counselors and coaches in the use of the Core Values Index. She also trains therapists for the Gottman Institute and presents to couples the Art and Science of Love created by the Gottman’s.
Elizabeth Dyan Ficker, Oregon State Registered Intern
Masters Level, Licensed Professional Counselor State Intern Elizabeth holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Multnomah University (2011) and Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Counseling (2002). Major course work included a wide array of subjects relating to human development, marriage and family topics, diversity, depression, anxiety, grief, and more. She has additional training as an ICF Certified Professional Coach, which includes experience in life, health, and executive business coaching. She has experience working with couples, individuals, and adolescents. Elizabeth is passionate about helping people get “unstuck” in their lives and their relationships. Her philosophy is that everyone has the potential to heal, grow, and thrive while becoming the best version of themselves and to contribute positively to the relationships in their lives and their community. She uses a holistic approach to counseling, utilizing cognitive-behavioral methodologies, values-based philosophy, solution-focused & strength-based psychology, positive psychology, and implement coaching when ready to move forward. Elizabeth has a tendency to blend psychoeducation and psychotherapy to enhance the client’s ability to heal, grow, and reach their goals, as well as connect with others.
Michael Morales, Oregon State Registered Intern
Michael holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, Family and Child from George Fox University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Bible from Biola University. He brings to Core Values Counseling his past professional experiences working with youth and families in crisis (Santa Maria Youth and Family in Santa Maria, CA, and Albertina Kerr in Gresham, OR) and in para-church ministries for over 8 years.
Michael’s professional interests include the integration of psychology and spirituality, leadership development, and clinical counselor development. He has received additional post-graduate training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Intersubjectivity by David Manock, Ph.D., and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by Eliana Gil, Ph.D. He is currently receiving additional training under Sabrina Walters, M.A., towards becoming a Gottman Couples Therapist.
Michael has been married for the past 11 years and he and his wife recently had the great joy of welcoming their first child to the world in 2019. In his free time, you may find Michael cultivating his interests which include photography, physical fitness, cooking, and the growth of meaningful interpersonal relationships.
Throughout his various professional roles and education programs, Michael has been shaped by the question ‘who helps the helpers?’; for now, he has chosen to answer that question by lending support to local pastors and their families.