The mission of Allies in Change is to raise awareness of, educate about, and encourage the practice of healthy, loving and respectful relationships with oneself, one’s partner and family, and the community. As our name reflects, Allies in Change intends to promote working with others as allies. We acknowledge that some cultural values such as traditional definitions of gender roles and power undermine a person’s ability to be fully loving in relationships. We seek to address and change these values on individual, familial and societal levels. As an agency, we seek to practice these values ourselves in both our professional and personal lives.
Individual and Couples Therapists
Chris Huffine, Psy.D
Chris Huffine, Psy.D., licensed psychologist, is the Executive Director of Allies in Change. He offers individual and couples counseling with adults on a variety of issues including mood disorders, stress management, relationship/intimacy issues, and addictions. Chris is also a facilitator in three of our counseling groups. During his career he has worked with over a thousand abusive men and hundreds of female and male victims of abuse. He is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University where he teaches an anger management class and speaks on domestic violence. He also offers a graduate level class on domestic violence at Pacific University. He regularly speaks publicly and offers trainings on a variety of issues related to domestic violence. He is a member of the advisory group to the state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs.
Jeanne Goetz, LCSW
Jeanne Goetz is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Jeanne has been providing individual and couples counseling for a variety of issues for over 25 years. She also led domestic violence groups for over 20 years, specializing in working with survivors of domestic violence. Jeanne has worked with both batterers and survivors.
Jan Bridgewater, LCSW
Jan Bridgewater is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Jan has over ten years of experience in the counseling field. Her experience includes working at the YWCA / Counseling Center as counselor and clinical supervisor for seven years. While there Jan co-facilitated Women Survivors of Childhood Abuse group. She has over six years of experience working as a child and family therapist/supervisor at a child and family counseling program. She has also had a private practice for the last ten years. Jan volunteered at the Portland Women's Crisis line for two years answering the crisis line & as a restraining order advocate.
Jan's areas of interest includesexual abuse and trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression, PTSD, LGBTQ, gender identity, mastering self-destructive thoughts and behaviors whether they be conscious or unconscious, mindfulness and somatic work, domestic violence, relationships, chronic illnesses including cancer.
Dimitri Ntatsos, LCSW
Dimitri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been providing treatment to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups in outpatient mental health, residential and correctional settings in Wyoming, Arizona and Oregon, including working extensively in the criminal justice system with violent and sexual offenders. His work is influenced by a number of powerful treatment approaches utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.), Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Motivational Interviewing techniques. His specializations are in the treatment of Trauma (combat-related, PTSD, abuse, grief & loss), Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders, Domestic Violence (victims of and their perpetrators), Personality Disorders (including Antisocial, Narcissistic and Borderline) and Adolescent/Family work.
Sherry Beckmann, LPC, LMHC, NCC, EMDRII, MA
Sherry is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has assisted individuals for over 10 years in resolving the underlying causes of their life and relationship challenges. While Sherry uses a variety of effective therapies, she has over ten advanced certifications in EMDR therapy; this treatment can dramatically and quickly help with a variety of challenges including anger, panic, anxiety, abuse recovery, sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction, phobia, OCD, depression, and other conditions.
Sherry is an accomplished couple's therapist and uses a variety of proven techniques to assist partners move toward a more fulfilling, intimate life together. Her research interest includes interpersonal neurobiology and how the brain chemically responds to emotional and traumatic events. She is a certified clinician in HeartMath neurofeedback therapy, which is a proven technique to assist with anger, pain management, sleep disturbances, and emotional regulation such as anxiety and panic. She has advanced certifications to treat military trauma including complex PTSD and works with first-responders including police, firefighter, and EMT populations. Sherry is a certified clinical supervisor and can provide oversight to master-level and post-licensure LPC clinicians.
Diana Groener, LPC
Diana Groener is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been working with abusive men since 1997. She has run every type of specialty group offered at Allies in Change. She created a domestic violence group with a focus on inappropriate sexual behaviors. Diana is also a state-certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She published an article about the special sex offender treatment group for high risk men that she co-created. Diana has presented at local, state, national, and international levels on a variety of subjects. She has also opened a private practice to work with individuals on couples on subtle issues of intimacy and conflict.
We have a dozen clinical staff who facilitate our groups. They are highly skilled, well-trained, and deeply dedicated to their work. Many are licensed mental health professionals and most have over five years experience running groups. All receive on-going supervision to continually improve their facilitation skills.
Allies in the Media
Allies in Change Counseling Center's Clinical Director, Dr. Chris Huffine, has been interviewed on several occasions for a variety of local news stories on television, print, and radio.
Dr. Chris Huffine, was interviewed by Willamette Week on February 14th for their article "A Question of Force." Click here to read the article.
Dr. Chris Huffine, has been on KPAM 860 several times, including on July 2nd and July 13th discussing the "Horman Family Situation." Click here to listen to the broadcast.
Dr. Chris Huffine was on OPB's "Think Out Loud" discussing "The Economy and Domestic Violence." Click here to listen to the broadcast.