IHC Associates

Meet the our therapists

Adventist Health Portland believes in whole-person care, and we are proud to offer counseling services in many of our medical clinics. Our counseling services are performed by therapists from In-House Counseling Associates.

Lizza Chenven, LCSW, CADC

Lizza is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She has been practicing therapy since she received her master’s in social work from Portland State University in 2006.

She has experience counseling individuals, couples, families and groups and has worked with adolescents and adults. While Lizza has extensive experience working with teenage girls and women, she also spent several years working with a primarily male population, leading groups and conducting individual sessions. She understands the differing needs of women and men and she enjoys working with both.

Leslie Clements, LCSW

Leslie Clements is a licensed clinical social worker who has been a licensed mental health provider for nearly 10 years. She works from a strengths-based perspective and walks a partnered journey with her clients as they work to achieve their mental health goals.

She believes that life presents all people with challenges and at certain times we can all benefit from a therapeutic relationship in our life. With a caring open mind, Leslie works with her clients to undo maladaptive coping patterns and to work towards their own definition of health and happiness.

Rick Dawson, LCSW

Rick is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nevada. He has 20 years of experience as a group facilitator, individual and family therapist, and has worked as a substance abuse counselor. Rick provides counseling to adolescents, adults, individuals, couples and families.

He works with a large range of issues, including adjustment to life changes, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol issues and issues of elderly individuals.

Lucas Eberhardt De Master, Psy.D.

Dr. Luke Eberhardt De Master completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University with an emphasis in health psychology. He specializes in the treatment of insomnia as well as chronic pain, depression and anxiety.

Understanding that achieving better health and well-being is an individual process, Luke views collaboration with each client and a deep respect for their personal experience as essential in reaching their goals. He uses cognitive behavioral interventions built on each individual’s strengths and supported to integrate into their everyday lives.

Dr. Connie Eldridge-Pederson, Ph.D., CADC I

Dr. Connie Eldridge-Pederson has spent the last 34 years working with children and their families. She has worked in school, agencies and residential centers and in a private practice setting. She is extremely interested in assisting people to find hope for growth in their lives.

Dr. Pederson has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of North Texas. She has worked as an instructor teaching family counseling and addiction counseling at Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University and the University of Portland.

Stephanie Gallian, LCSW

Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. She has over 13 years of post-Master’s experience as a mental health clinician, working with children, adolescents and families as well as adult and geriatric populations.

She comes from a clinically diverse background that has included school and medical social work, working in-home with DHS-referred families, behavioral health insurance, and over 7 years at a mental health crisis line.

Cynthia Hiles, LCSW

Cynthia Hiles, LCSW received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California three decades ago. She has been a practicing clinical social worker in private practice and in a neonatal intensive care unit in a medical setting. Working with individuals or families coping with a medical crisis or facing a life challenge is her primary focus. Utilizing various treatment modalities, she is able to tailor a tool kit to maximize the therapeutic process in a respectful and compassionate setting.

Claudia James, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Claudia’s professional experience spans more than three and a half decades in the helping professions. This has included providing psychotherapy in mental health and medical settings, counseling and International Student Advising, and teaching English as a Second Language to college students, children, adult immigrants and refugees.

Doing this work, thoughtfully and wholeheartedly, has taught her that competent and compassionate relating, in therapy and in life, develops our innate capacity to recover from painful experiences and live with increased lightness, clarity, freedom and joy.

Lynn Launer, LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker Lynn Launer has been helping people of all ages bring more health, happiness and satisfaction to their lives for more than 35 years. She knows that facing challenges in relationships, substance use, communication, parenting, career, health or school can be daunting on your own. So can modifying long-standing thought, behavior and mood patterns.

With degrees in health education and clinical social work, Lynn has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health clinics, private and public schools and hospital home health. In clinical private practice for 22 years, she has also been a field instructor and mentor for social work students at Portland State University and has training in life coaching and positive psychology. She has designed and conducted workshops on the change process, goal setting, parenting, animal assisted therapy and self-care.

Britania Latronica, Ph.D.

Dr. Britania Latronica is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment. She has conducted assessments in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has experience in evaluations for developmental disabilities, personality assessment, neurological/cognitive assessments, and evaluating competency to make healthcare or financial decisions, as well as competency to stand trial.

Dr. Latronica’s primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral therapy and specifically acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is passionate about helping others alleviate psychological pain and find new ways of living.

Alexis Lessard-Templin, LCSW

Alexis Lessard-Templin is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. She received her Master’s in Social Work as well as her Masters in Women’s Studies in 2010 from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

She has experience providing individual as well as group therapy to those dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma and substance use. She knows that life can bring about loss in many forms and believes in the healing power of a therapeutic relationship. She believes in working with patients to help in identifying and creating new ways to live a healthy life.

Anne Meneakis, LCSW

Anne has been working in the mental health profession for more than 23 years. She has a broad base of training and professional experience, including individual, couples and group therapy, as well as parent coaching and mindfulness meditation.

Anne integrates research-based mindfulness and interpersonal neurobiology into her practice. Both conceptual frameworks enable us to create a deeper and more compassionate understanding of who we are and how our patterns in relationships develop. This also honors and fosters our innate, resilient capacity to make courageous and lasting changes within ourselves, our lives and our most important relationships. This is true even if those changes seem initially daunting and require leaving behind old patterns that have long held us stuck or have haunted us by painful memories.

Ninfa Neuser, Psy.D.

Dr. Neuser is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her undergraduate work in psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and finished her doctorate at Pacific University. She focuses primarily on psychological assessment and diagnostic clarification but also provides individual and group treatment for a variety of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and attention disorders. She treats individuals using a cognitive behavioral framework with an emphasis on the client’s strengths and fulfilling their potential.

Britt Ricci, MSW, LICSW

Britt is a licensed independent clinical social worker in the State of Washington. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. She has eight years of clinical experience as a therapist and group facilitator. Britt provides counseling to children and adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

She works with a large range of issues including parenting issues, adjustment to life changes, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, and strengthening connections between couples and family members.

Jennie Sullivan Vernier, LCSW

Jennie is a licensed clinical social worker and has been a practicing clinician for seven years. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Social Work with a direct human services emphasis. Jennie’s experience includes providing individual, couples, family and group therapy for a wide array of treatment needs including navigating life transitions (grief, divorce, etc.), managing physical health conditions and coping with mental health concerns.

Jennie uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach with her clients. She prioritizes the development of a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship so that clients may feel safe and comfortable to explore all their treatment needs in their journey towards recovery. Jennie has received training in the use of mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Additionally, Jennie is a certified compassion fatigue therapist specializing in work with helping professionals in order to manage issues of burnout and work-related stress.

Michelle Krummenacker, LCSW, CADC-III

A licensed clinical social worker with 19-plus years of direct work clinical practice, Michelle focuses on health and wellness within multiple settings. She uses a narrative, client-centered, brief, clinical approach to help people reach optimal health in mind, body and spirit. An expert in integrated healthcare, she collaborates and consults within medical practices to bring patients to living in their best health.