Individual & Couples Therapists
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 issue related to domestic violence. He is a member of the advisory group to the state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs.
Matt Johnston is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and has worked with abusive men and people with alcohol and drug issues since 2004. He is also Program Director of Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue (DVSD), which facilitates restorative justice conversations about domestic violence. He also facilitates the Survivor Impact Panels in Washington County.
Diana Groener is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who aspires to help alleviate suffering in her fellow human beings. Some of you are facing new challenges, some are working through more chronic issues. Diana is honored to be your guide to building greater connection and meaning in your life. She works with individuals and couples on issues of sexuality, intimacy, and emotional expression. She also works with first responders on issues of vicarious trauma and burnout. Diana can help reduce the conflict and stress in your life, developing greater resilience in the process.
We have nearly twenty clinical staff members 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.
Joan Scott is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and has counseling experience that has spanned the past 42 years. Her undergraduate studies were at Marylhurst University with her graduate studies at the Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University. Most recently her love of dream work and Jungian Psychology has taken her to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, where she has completed her course work toward a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Depth Psychology. Joan has been in private practice for the past 26 years working with women and trauma, couples and families. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for 14 years. In the field of domestic violence she has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups for both men and women. In addition she has a background in mental health, addictions, trauma, death and dying and Jungian Psychology. She also leads a specialized Criminally Oriented Group at Allies, which was developed based on research identifying subtypes of abusive men who may have different issues and needs. She also has run a group home for severely traumatized adolescent girls through the child welfare system for the past 14 years.