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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. She has been practicing therapy since 2004 and continues to enjoy helping couples and individuals thrive in their lives.
Sabrina is passionate about the development of skills and practices in others and fulfills this passion in 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. She has a served as an adjunct professor in the Masters in Counseling program at George Fox University.
You can often find Sabrina at the barn using an experiential model of therapy based on using horses as co-therapists. She is a certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) therapist and loves taking her therapy practice back to her roots. She was on a horse at age 4 with her father, a true cowboy. Recently Sabrina and several team members have been certified in EMDR which is an evidence based approach for trauma.
Sabrina and Eric have been married since 1982 and enjoy spending time with their 3 boys, their wives and their 4 grandchildren. They have fond memories together of raising their children partly in Poland, which gives them a unique perspective of traveling, living abroad and how culture can impact a marriage. Sabrina and Eric consistently make time to go out on dates and continue fostering a healthy marriage, you’re likely to spot them dining at a local gluten-free restaurant.
Elizabeth Dyan Ficker, MA, LPC, CPC
Michael Morales, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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 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 has been adjunct teaching at George Fox University’s Graduate School of Counseling since the Spring of 2021. He hopes to continue promoting graduate student’s whole person growth, empathy, and clinical excellence. His past courses have included: Advanced Clinical Skills and Spirituality and Clinical Praxis. In addition, he also provides clinical supervision support, mentorship, and ongoing clinical training to student and state registered associates within the Core Values Counseling team.
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. (founder of Integrative Counseling Institute), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by Eliana Gil, Ph.D. He is currently receiving additional training under Sabrina Walters, M.A. (co-founder of Core Values Counseling), towards becoming a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist. His most recent post-graduate training includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with the focus on somatic and attachment (S.A.F.E) by Deborah Kennard, MS (founder of Personal Transformation Institute).
Michael has been married for the past 13 years and he and his wife welcomed 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.
Matthew Boylan, Oregon State Registered Associate
Matthew Boylan holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling at George Fox University. His background education is in Psychology and Sociology from Concordia University, Nebraska. His major coursework focuses on EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Restoration Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy. He is developing expertise using Gottman Couples Counseling, the Core Values Index, and he is currently focused on developing an Intersubjective Approach to counseling. He believes that growth and deeper understanding are the purposes of counseling and that people live within systems that are full of strength to solve challenges. He believes that change affects others through relationships and that this is a fundamental aspect of understanding challenges and strengths.
In addition to working at the office in Hillsboro, Matthew has found a love for working at Helping Hands Horse Rescue an Equine Therapy, using the experiential model of therapy based on using horses as his co-therapists. He is a Certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association) therapist and welcomes you to work with him and an Equine Specialist at the farm. He runs groups for youth and adults as well as offers individual, couple and family session at the farm.
From a personal perspective, he has been married for four years and has a wonderful dog and cat. He is an avid trail runner and is currently training for an ultramarathon. He grew up as a missionary kid and has lived in several countries around the world.
Bryan Lewellen, Oregon State Registered Associate
Bryan Lewellen is a LPC Registered Associate with the State of Oregon. He holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Grace College and Theological Seminary. Bryan is currently Gottman, Level II certified. One of Bryan’s main focuses is helping couples develop, improve, and/or heal in their relationships.
Bryan has many experiences that he brings to Core Values Counseling which include having been a youth pastor, an officer and administrator in the juvenile justice system, resident director at a university, serving as a high school athletic director, and coach of a state champion basketball team.
Bryan and his wife have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.
Bryan believes that people deserve an opportunity to seek help for personal healing and growth, as well as maneuvering through life while having the best possible interactions with their most important relationships. Bryan has a desire to see people live their best lives for themselves and with others. He has a keen interest in seeing people strive and thrive in their marriages.
Will Hale, Oregon State Registered Associate
Will Hale helps his clients lead fulfilling lives with an approachable, insight-driven and intuitive style of counseling. Together, they address what isn’t going well, and capitalize on strengths, while growing in empathy, connection, enjoyment and understanding with one’s self and significant relationships. For those that desire it, Will enjoys integrating spirituality into his work.
Will holds an M.A. in Marriage, Couples & Family Counseling from George Fox University and a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University. He draws upon Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Gottman Marriage Counseling for his work with individuals and couples. Post-graduate training includes Emotion Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, neurofeedback and the Core Values Index.
Will’s eclectic work history has helped him connect well with people from diverse backgrounds and appreciate the ways people pursue flourishing. Before counseling, he worked at churches, nonprofits, coffee shops, lawn care, summer camps and roller skating rinks. Will has used his clinical training outside of the counseling room in church operations and HR, with small groups using such curricula as Mending the Soul, Hold Me Tight Marriage Enrichment, and to provide volunteer trainings in small group leadership and emotional and spiritual health.
Outside of work Will and his wife are busy raising three spirited boys, gradually updating a house, and aspiring to enjoy as much of the Pacific Northwest outdoors as possible. None of this is possible without good coffee, the occasional novel, and an extremely diverse Spotify playlist.
Jessica Mendies, Oregon State Registered Associate
Jessica holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from The Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling (2021) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience (2003). Her major coursework includes human development, trauma, attachment, multicultural diversity within families, character development and anxiety and depression. She holds additional certification in Trust Based Relational Intervention, Child Centered Play Therapy, Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts and Gottman Couples Levels 1 and 2. Jessica has experience working with children, teens, individuals and couples who find themselves walking through grief, trauma and relationally challenging events. She believes character growth and relationship health develop through healing connections where it is safe to explore and process one’s internal world. Jessica has personally enjoyed traveling and living abroad, raising and homeschooling her five kids and going on outdoor adventures with friends.
Minah Oh, Student Intern
Minah Oh is a candidate for the M.A. in Counseling from Western Seminary; she has completed a B. A. in Political Science from McGill University, Canada; her coursework focus has included studies in Human development, Marriage/Family counseling, Integrative issues in Counseling, and Career/ Lifestyle counseling.
She firmly believes that the family is the foundation for all positive culture and society. If the married couple remains strong, the family will most likely be healthy, thus avoiding many troubles caused by separation or divorce. She longs to help families become strong and healthy so that the children may feel secure and confident at home.
Minah desires to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups on a variety of issues, including: depression, anxiety, infertility, survival of physical and/or sexual abuse, marital concerns, adjustment to life transitions, career development, parenting skills, and spiritual concerns. She believes that through negative relationships individuals are often wounded and through healthy relationships they may be healed again. Her major goal in counseling is to foster collaborative, healing relationships that provide safety for healing and growth. Her approach to therapy incorporates a Christian worldview using solid cognitive methods for healing.
She is originally from Seoul, South Korea and has lived in many different countries such as South Korea, USA, Canada, Japan, and Malaysia. Her multicultural perspective may serve as an asset to various clients from many different cultural backgrounds. Before developing skills for her counseling profession, Minah served as a senior economic researcher at Korea Institute of International Economic Policy, Seoul, Korea. Her natural compassion toward people led her to her interest in the counseling profession.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young son, meeting new people, reading, traveling to other countries, and spending quality time with friends or family.
Josie Self, Student Intern
Josie Self is completing her M.A. in Counseling from Western Seminary and holds a B.A. from Biola University, California. Her major coursework focuses on Human Lifespan Development, Multicultural Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based and PersonCentered Counseling. Josie has also completed Gottman Level One and Level Two training as well as training in the Core Values Index (CVI).
Josie’s professional interests include working with women and families experiencing infertility, grief, loss, and helping to restore hope through meaningful relationships and support. She has a special passion for families navigating perinatal and postpartum mental health as well as other major family transitions. She also aspires to become a Gottman Certified Therapist and has a passion to see all marriages thrive and inspire a legacy of health in the generations to come. She employs a deeply empathic and person-centered approach to therapy with an emphasis on identifying and highlighting client strengths and resilience.
She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has been married for four years. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and son, visiting coffee shops, and going for long walks along the Columbia River.