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Multicultural Counseling Services

605 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. • Portland, OR 97214 • Phone: (503) 231-7480 • E-Mail

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LCSNW’s Multicultural Counseling Services (MCS) provides one on one support and in-depth counseling, helping our clients increase their wellness and improve their quality of life.

Who We Are
Our dedicated and professional staffs serve the Greater Portland area with individual, family and group counseling services for the general public as well as culturally specific services for immigrants and refugees. We have doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s level bilingual and cultural clinicians, two medication providers, and bilingual and bicultural intake and reception staff. Learn more about our Clinicians by clicking on the tab above.

Our Mission: Providing comprehensive counseling services to increase the wellness and equity in the lives of Portland’s diverse communities.

Services

Our clients include individuals and families from all cultural and ethnic groups whose mental health and stability are compromised. Our dedicated clinicians will work with you to develop a wellness plan, while maintaining your confidentiality and privacy.

We offer:

  • photo Trauma Recovery
  • Youth and Family Transition
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage and Family
  • Senior Services
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anger Management
  • Culturally-specific Counseling
  • Alcohol and Drug Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Parenting Classes
  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions
  • Mental Health Assessment and Counseling
  • Peer Services

Culturally Specific Programs

LCSNW knows that mental health concepts vary from culture to culture, making translation complex and challenging. We are a part of the Regional Alliance of Culturally Specific Behavioral Health Providers based out of Multnomah County.

Our Multicultural Counseling Programs include:

The Partnership Project: Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI)
In partnership with OHSU, MAI provides culturally specific intensive medical case management services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS from the African and African-American communities, helping these individuals sustain the highest quality of life possible.
Program Contact: David Ochan

Pathways to Wellness
Pathways to Wellness is a new approach to detecting depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress in refugees and connecting them to the care they need to heal.
Program Contact: Sasha Verbillis-Kolp

Adjustment Support Groups
In addition to offering culturally-specific counseling services, LCSNW offers culturally and linguistically appropriate responsive groups that create avenues for discussion around emotions and experiences that are common to refugees.
Program Contact: Sasha Verbillis-Kolp

Peer Wellness Specialists
We work with traditional health workers from the refugee community to offer culturally specific care and coordination of services.
Program Contact: Gabriel Shannon

Clinicians

Our clinicians offer one-on-one support and in-depth counseling with the goal of helping all people achieve wellness and equity.

Cami Misk, M.A., QMHP

Cami is the Clinical Director for Lutheran Community Services, NW. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a Registered Intern working towards her Oregon LPC. Cami has been working in the Mental Health field since 2001, with experience with many client populations including homeless youth, persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Older Adults, and the Refugee and Immigrant population. Cami uses a person-centered approach, practicing unconditional positive regard for her clients. She uses DBT, CBT, Solution-Focused, Strengths Based and Trauma Informed approaches among others, when working with clients. Cami has been at Lutheran Community Services NW since 2010 and shares in the vision of health, justice and hope for individuals, families and our communities.

Dalia Baadarani, Ph.Dc, LPCi

Dalia works as an Arabic speaking counselor at LCSNW. She is fluent in both Arabic and English. She holds a Master’s of Education in School Counseling, and is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Counseling Education at Oregon State University. She focuses on offering mental health services to refugees that are both culturally and spiritually appropriate with a commitment to social justice interventions. Her research interest focuses on mental health as perceived by Muslim Americans, counseling issues among refugees in the U.S., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Emotional Intelligence, prevention advocacy, and culturally adapted interventions.

Gabriel Shannon, M.S., LPC

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Gabriel works as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Gabriel received her Master’s Degree in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Portland State University, is certified in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and is professionally associated with the American Counseling Association. Her areas of focus are Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Relationships, and Addictions. Gabriel’s approach is to work with the client and focus on self-awareness, choice, problem solving, and setting goals for the present and future to achieve the best outcome.

Jessica Minor

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Jessica works as the Clinical Intake Administrative Coordinator for the Counseling program. Jessica has been working with LCSNW since May 2013 and is responsible for coordinating counseling and psychiatric care for clients and providers. Jessica has a passion and substantial history working in the mental health field with both children and adults. Jessica enjoys working for a multicultural counseling agency which supports the community.

Lana Dingman

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Lana Dingman is a Russian speaking Clinical Case Manager for the Multicultural Counseling Program. Lana has a great deal of experience in social, mental health services and education. She has worked successfully with children, adolescents, adults, families, volunteers and students in Russia and the United States.

As the result of her intuition and general concern for others she has built long-lasting relationships with the teams of professionals, volunteers, and students with whom she has worked. She has worked productively with colleagues and clients by encouraging the highest level of their personal, educational and professional abilities.

She is fully bilingual (Russian-English) and functionally bi-cultural as the result of living and working extensively in two different countries. As the Mental Health Case Manager (Russian Speaking) she is responsible for providing culturally-sensitive services that help clients overcome cultural and linguistic barriers in order to gain access to needed mental health, medical, social, and educational services. As part of the Multicultural Counseling team, she provides direct assistance in gaining access to services, coordination of care, and linkage to appropriate services as well as group facilitation for support and psycho-educational groups.

Lisa Colella, MSW, CSWA

Lisa is a cross cultural social worker who coordinates community wellness programming, provides trauma-informed individual and family therapy and program development and support group coordination as part of Lutheran Community Services NW Multicultural Counseling Program. Lisa received her Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University with a focus in Community-Based practices. Her work has focused around the effects of trauma on individuals, families and communities and includes work with survivors of domestic violence, as well as children and families involved in the child welfare system. Lisa's work with refugees began in 2013; her work has primarily focused on community-based interventions, using alternative and expressive arts approaches to trauma recovery. Previously, Lisa has experience teaching school- and community-based ESL classes in Latin America and studying community development in Africa.

Luba Gonina, M.A.

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Luba Gonina is an art therapist/mental health counselor, who works with minority youth, families and adults specializing in design and implementation of culturally specific treatments. Her diverse clientele include refugees and immigrants from Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, whom she sees in individual and group settings.

Luba came to the U.S. as a refugee with a degree in Graphic Arts from Kiev, Ukraine. She continued her education at Portland State University graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Psychology & Art and received her MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University in Oregon. Her education, personal and professional experience provide her with deep insight to the emotional health issues refugees and immigrants are facing and enable her to find individually tailored and culturally appropriate treatment solutions for her clients. She uses an eclectic approach strongly influenced by cognitive behavioral theories and incorporates trauma-informed art therapy.

In her counseling practice Luba effectively adapts Rogerian person-oriented methodology and family system therapy for use with multicultural clients.

Luba believes in working with the community at large to promote ethnic arts and raise awareness of cultural enrichment brought to us by the newly arrived representatives of the world’s greatest cultures.  In addition to counseling, she organizes community events, engages and coordinates volunteers and facilitates multicultural exchanges.

Olga Parker, Ph.D, CADC-III

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Olga works as the lead Eastern European Therapist. Olga graduated from Moscow State University in Russia and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has over 27 years of experience working in the United States and Russia. For the last 18 years Olga has been facilitating Parenting classes, Alcohol and Drug Treatment groups, Domestic Violence classes and Family Enrichment groups for Russian-speaking clients. Olga is bi-lingual and bi-cultural in Russian and English.

Pierre Morin, MD, PhD., LPC

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Dr. Morin works as the Clinical Director for Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s Counseling program. Pierre is trained as a medical doctor, specializing in neuro-and psycho-social rehabilitation (physiatry), and brings over 29 years of clinical experience in medicine and mental health and addiction services. In counseling his goal is to help his clients find or recover a meaningful direction in life and discover creative solutions to the challenges they face. Pierre is bi-cultural and speaks English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Pierre can bill most standard insurance companies.

Raumene Rahatzad

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Raumene works as a National Certified Counselor, and received his Master’s Degree in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling from Portland State University. His areas of focus include Multicultural counseling, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Mindfulness, Faith, and Spirituality. Raumene believes therapy has the potential to increase one’s awareness and opportunities for growth. He believes in creating a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate space where client and therapist can work together on achieving goals. Raumene was born and raised in Portland, speaks Farsi, and is active within the Muslim community. In his free time, Raumene enjoys reading, cooking, spending time outdoors, traveling, and connecting with family and friends.

Sasha Verbillis-Kolp

Sasha works as the Program Coordinator of the Portland Pathways to Wellness program. She is a Masters level social worker with skill areas in social welfare administration, group work, assessment, engagement and outreach, coordination of care, and client/ systems advocacy. She has over twelve years of experience in the refugee field, including direct service in refugee resettlement, curriculum development, policy and program development, training and facilitation, international development, human rights advocacy and direct client services.

Seth Cohen, MSW, CSWA

Seth is a Clinician with the Multicultural Counseling Program where he completed his practicum as a second year MSW student. Seth brings his community-based passion and training as a social worker into his clinical practice with clients from deserve communities around the world. Seth has over 10 years of experience working in community mental health with children, adolescents, families and adults in a variety of different professional capacities. His work focuses around authenticity and transparency, cross-cultural collaborative processing, anti-oppressive practice, and critical consciousness. He pulls from his training in narrative, mindfulness, trauma-informed, and relational therapies in working with individuals struggling with a range of mental health and substance abuse challenges. Additionally, Seth has lived and worked in Latin America where he coordinated mental health training for community health workers in rural communities with limited access to healthcare. Seth was born and raised in Portland and leverages his expansive understanding of community resources and systems and his historical knowledge of the area in supporting his clients. When he is not at work Seth enjoys cooking, wandering in nature with his backpack, and watercolor painting.

Make An Appointment

For more information on specific services or eligibility or to schedule an appointment call our Central Intake at (503) 731-9589 or fill out the contact information below. If you cannot speak to our intake staff, please leave a message and we will respond within 24 hours.

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Before Your Appointment
Our Central Intake office screens and schedules intake appointments for our office-based outpatient services, as well as providing resource and referral information for callers in the Portland region. Before your visit, please fill out the following forms:

Referral Forms

General Referral Form
This form is used by any service provider to refer a child or family to LCSNW’s Multicultural Counseling Services for outpatient mental health services. It is faxed to Central Intake for follow up with LCSNW with the caregiver.

Records Request
To access the HIPAA release form, click here. Please fax signed records requests to (503) 731-9574.

Insurance Accepted
Accepting Medicaid (OHP), Medicare, and Sliding Fee. Many Commercial Insurances are covered, however, please call to ensure your insurance is accepted.