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Who We Are

Starting as a small team, we are working to build a collective.

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Alissa Bazinet, PhD

Co-Founder, Director of Research & Development, Board President, and Therapist

Dr. Alissa Bazinet (she/her) is a clinical psychologist and researcher. She is the Associate Director of the Social Neuroscience & Psychotherapy (SNaP) Lab at OHSU, and serves as the Vice President of the National Psychedelics Association. As a clinician, she specializes in the treatment of co-occurring trauma and addiction, utilizing somatic-oriented and mindfulness-based approaches. She believes in a holistic approach to treatment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of a person and the environments and experiences they are exposed to throughout their lifetime. For the past six years, she has been an outspoken advocate for the emerging field of psychedelic therapy and is trained to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.  She is a longtime lead volunteer for the Zendo Project, an organization that provides psychedelic peer support and harm reduction services at music festivals and events. 

Brian Hannah, LCSW

Co-Founder, Director of Clinical Operations, Board Treasurer, and Therapist

Brian Hannah (he/they) is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Prior to graduate school, they found a passion in serving others while working with adults struggling with chronic homelessness, substance abuse, and severe mental health issues. After completing his master's degree in social work, he fell in love with working in hospice and palliative care, providing therapy and bereavement counseling to individuals with chronic and life-limiting illnesses and their families. After many years of wonderful work in hospice and palliative care, they opened their private practice so that they could provide psychotherapy with a breadth and depth that was not possible in the hospice and palliative care model. Since that time, Brian has been trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, somatic therapies, psychedelic harm reduction, and more, allowing him to practice with a wide range of tools in order to skillfully serve the Portland community. As a queer person, Brian is excited and honored to bring his skill set, dedication, passion, and determination to serving the 2SLGBTQIA community.

brianhannahcounseling.com

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Sara Sentell, ND, LAc

Physician

Dr. Sentell (she/her) is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon and co-founder of The Ren Clinic which offers trauma-informed integrative medicine. Her clinical training began in Social Work and this has heavily influenced her whole-systems approach to investigating the roots and branches of health and wellness. She has a special emphasis on integrative psychiatric approaches for patients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma including the use of mindfulness and somatic interventions, acupuncture, herbal medicine, medication management, and psychedelic assisted treatments. She is in the 2021-2022 Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute; completed her Ketamine training through Polaris Insight Center, and is in the 2022 cohort of the MDMA Therapy Training Program with MAPS

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Chris Stauffer, MD

Board Member 

Chris Stauffer, MD (he/they) is a psychiatrist and Director of the Social Neuroscience & Psychotherapy Lab (www.chrisstauffermd.com) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Stauffer’s clinical work has focused on addiction and PTSD among Veteran and LGBTQIA+ populations. Their research aims to maximize the benefits of therapeutic alliance and psychotherapy through the adjunct administration of social psychopharmacology, including oxytocin, MDMA, and psilocybin. Current studies include psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for Veterans with methamphetamine use disorder and MDMA-assisted group therapy for PTSD. Dr. Stauffer is a member of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, a supervisor and assistant trainer for MAPS’ MDMA Therapy Training Program, and an advisor and instructor with Alma Institute.

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Allison Holmes, BSW

Administrative Assistant

Allison Holmes (she/her) is a community organizer in Portland, OR and the Intake Coordinator at Sequoia Center. While studying Social Work at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Allison co-founded the first Students For Sensible Drug Policy chapter in the state. After graduating college, she moved to Oregon to further her activism in drug policy reform and community engagement. Allison recently served on the Board of Directors as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Portland Psychedelic Society. She is skilled in active listening, intentional communication, and meeting people where they’re at. She is well versed in the process of introducing and exploring conversations about expanded states of consciousness, and psychedelic-assisted therapy with folks in all different phases of their healing journeys. 

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Julio Iñiguez, LMFT, CGAC-II, CADC-I

Board Member and Therapist

Julio Iñiguez (he/him) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon.  He completed his education in Marriage and Family Therapy at Lewis & Clark College in 2014. Julio has held multiple positions in the mental health and addictions field including direct service counseling in agencies, program development and management, as well as clinical supervision of direct counseling staff. He is the clinical consultant for the residential and outpatient problem gambling treatment programs at Bridgeway Recovery Services and serves on the Latino Advisory Committee for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling in Washington state.  He is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and assists in training other practitioners.  He is studying with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute to become a certified psychedelic-assisted therapy practitioner focusing on ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin assisted therapies.  Julio brings a systemic, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed perspective to his work with individuals and couples in his private practice.   

julioiniguez.com

Alyssa Gursky, MA,
Registered Associate

Research Assistant and Therapist

Alyssa Gursky (she/they) is a Registered Associate in the state of Oregon. They are the owner and operator of Psychedelic Art Therapy LLC, which aims to utilize the creative process throughout the psychedelic healing journey for structural healing and insight. Their background in research includes working as a night attendant of Phase II and III of MAPS’ study using MDMA to treat PTSD. Additionally, she worked at a Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience lab that researched topics including meditative cognition, emotion regulation, and social interaction. She is a trained Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist and is in progress of completing her training as an MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapist. As a queer person, she is devoted to offering psychedelic therapy to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

psychedelicarttherapy.com

 

OR Registered Associate #R6492

Supervised by Peter H. Addy, OR LPC c5475, WA LMHC LH 60851067 & Lesley Burke, LPC, #C2683, ATR

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Veronica Vargas, LPC

Therapist

Veronica Vargas (she/her/ella) is an LPC in Oregon, and her formal training is in counseling psychology with an emphasis in depth-psychotherapy. She finds beauty in witnessing the unfolding of human potential, and cultivation of meaning. In her work as a licensed psychotherapist she assesses the whole person or family system by looking at relational and cultural systems; spirituality; personal and intergenerational trauma; systems of oppression; personal values and how they are or aren't reflected authentically in the person's life. She's been in a personal sacred relationship with plant medicine for about 15 years, where she's found profound value in their healing qualities. She attended a training course through Lewis & Clark on Entheogen Assisted Psychotherapy and Integration, and she received training in ketamine assisted therapy through Synaptic Integrative Care and Training Institute. She has a private practice in Portland, Oregon where she offers psychotherapy, dream work, psychedelic harm reduction and integration. She also works in leadership and consultation for a local non-profit.

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Jackie Boltz, CSWA

Therapist

Jackie Boltz (she/her) is a Clinical Social Work Associate in Oregon. She is deeply passionate about supporting those healing from trauma and exploring post-traumatic growth. Previous to graduate school, she worked in Greece providing assistance to refugees of war and at home spent her time volunteering as a victim advocate for survivors of sexual assault and working in community mental health. Since leaving graduate school, her practice has focused on supporting those with PTSD and complex PTSD. Working with people as they recalibrate their nervous systems and find safety in themselves and in relationships is a process she is deeply honored to support. While she has a focus on trauma, she loves working with clients from all walks of life. She has experience with people working through existential issues, life transitions, spirituality, sexuality and personal growth. She is sex, sex worker, LBGTQ+, and kink positive.

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Mark Henry, LPC

Therapist

Mark Henry, LPC (he/him) is a Licensed Profession Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College and a Master’s in Education from Linfield University.

Mark feels privileged to be a witness and a supportive presence for his clients, helping them connect, trust, and listen to their deep self. His hope for his clients is that they experience finding their thread of wisdom and vitality within that can lead to a soulful and heart-led life.

 

He brings his 25 years of professional training, skills, experiences, and intuition, including somatic, nature-based, spiritual, and creative theories and practices to guide you and collaborate with his clients in their journey to connect to and trust their deep self, curate a life of wholeness, embodied aliveness, and engagement.

 

A seeker and learner by nature, some of the ways that he has added to his knowledge base are through education with Internal Family Systems (IFS or Parts work), sex therapy certification with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with the Ketamine Training Center, and is currently in training for psilocybin facilitation.

 

www.markhenrycounseling.com

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Lesley Burke, LPC, ATR

Board Member

Lesley Burke (she/her) is an art therapist who has been in the mental health field since 2006, and a licensed psychotherapist since 2011. Learning about MDMA assisted psychotherapy and the MAPS trials in 2003 was one of the driving forces behind her decision to seek out graduate training in counseling after obtaining a BA degree in visual arts.  She currently offers counseling and art therapy in private practice within the Haven arts community where she is also a resident artist.  Her practice focuses on treating PTSD and anxiety using EMDR, art therapy, and somatic approaches, as well as individual and group psychedelic integration support.  Lesley’s training includes completing the MAPS MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD program, as well as ketamine assisted psychotherapy, EMDR, somatic, and mindfulness based approaches to therapy. As an advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction, Lesley has worked with the Zendo Project, White Bird, and others offering psychedelic harm reduction at events.  Lesley is looking forward to a future of access to plant medicines and psychedelics for everyone who can benefit from them, and using visionary art as a method for integrating these experiences.

lesleyburkelpc.com

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