Laura got her start as a chemical dependency counselor at Skagit Recovery Center in Mount Vernon, WA in 1997. However, the last 17 of her 20 years in the field have been spent serving Clark County, WA. Passionate about recovery, she opened Affinity in 2008 to expand on the area’s much-needed addiction and behavioral health services.
Shahna began working as a CDP in 2013 after obtaining her bachelor's in psychology from Washington State University and is currently working toward her master's in clinical mental health and addiction studies. She is also A.C.T's first certified problem-gambling counselor. Prior to getting her start in the behavioral health field, Shahna provided life and spiritual mentoring to young men and women for over 20 years.
Drew began his counseling career in 1992 after receiving his
Certificate of Proficiency in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Centralia
College. He obtained his degree in psychology in 2001 at City University and
began his Mental Health Counseling career shortly after in 2002, becoming
licensed in 2008. Drew, along with Laura, opened Anchor Point Counseling in
2007, eventually taking full ownership when Laura left to open Affinity. His passion
is helping those with co-occuring disorders, focusing on mindful mood
management skills. Drew promotes compassion, love, and kindness, which is
reflected both in his personal and professional life.
Matt obtained his bachelor's degree from Washington State University in 2014 where he majored in psychology and minored in addiction studies. He is currently working toward his Master of Science in Mental Health to become a LMHC. His passion for helping people in recovery started after losing friends to the disease of addiction. Matt's focus is on Neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and communication.
Olivia runs Generations Counseling down the hall from Affinity, with her main area of focus being domestic violence and anger management counseling. Generations and Affinity work together with co-occurring patients to provide all-around service to those with a dual diagnosis. With 27 years in the field, Olivia has been an excellent resource and partner to ACT.
Caleb received his Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University in 2017. New to the field, Caleb enjoys inspiring change in his patients, which he believes to be rewarding not only for them, but himself, as well. His areas of focus are Cognition, Neuroscience, and Abnormal Psychology, including domestic violence and stress management. When he’s not working at ACT, Caleb works with Autistic children, and writes and practices philosophy.
Nathan has an Associate Degree from Portland Community College and will complete his Drug and Alcohol Counseling program there in June of 2018. Prior to getting in the field of addiction, Nathan volunteered with the Yellow Brick Road Street Outreach program, helping to provide youth with basic medical and hygiene supplies along with helpful information on how to get off the streets. Nathan is determined to help lessen the stigma surrounding addiction that has plagued society. He is passionate about helping those who are struggling in their active addiction to get past those road blocks and ultimately experience a happy, healthy life.
Amanda has been in the field for 15 years, and actually worked for Anchor Point early in her career as a trainee under Laura and Drew's supervision when they co-owned the agency. Helping people grow and succeed in their recovery is Amanda's main driving force and the reason she became an Addiction Counselor. Her goal is to be the best person she can be each day with the hope that it will positively impact those around her.
Jackie has been with Affinity since 2015 and has been a tremendous asset to the team from day one. Jackie's extensive knowledge of insurance billing makes her a great resource to clients who need help deciphering their behavioral health benefits.
Sue joined the ACT team in June of 2017 and has contributed greatly to front office operations and patient care coordination, as well as the overall morale of the office.
Sjenna helps run the front desk and assists with various tasks that keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. When she's not in the ACT office, Sjenna volunteers with the non-profit Don't Shoot Portland.
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