LiLin Hally, LCSW
Co-Founder, Clinical Director
Li Lin Hally (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults, teens, groups, and families in the Portland Oregon area. Li Lin has been intensively trained in RO DBT and is a RO DBT Senior Clinician and approved trainer. She has been a counselor for the past 20 years, providing services in a variety of capacities including Asian refugee relocation, services to homeless leprosy patients in India, service learning in the Philippines and comprehensive relocation services in Spain. She is still on the board of a non-profit in the Philippines.
Since starting her private practice in Portland, she has especially enjoyed working with highly anxious teens. All of these experiences have contributed to Li Lin’s clinical expertise. She received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1997. LiLin has lived and travelled in many different countries, and she and her husband have chosen to make Portland their home. She has twin daughters in college who are very proud of her and excited about Abri. LiLin identifies as over-controlled (OC) and every day practices what she preaches in being more flexible, open and having fun.
LPC, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Kirsten (she/her) is a licensed therapist, who has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for over fifteen years. She became interested in RO DBT when she came across the research pointing to its effectiveness in treating restrictive Anorexia Nervosa. She was among the first American therapists to be intensively trained in the modality and has been on the RO DBT Senior Clinician team since 2015, which has allowed her to benefit from in-depth training and supervision by the treatment developer - Dr. Thomas Lynch. As of October 2021, Kirsten is a certified RO DBT supervisor. If you are interested in receiving clinical supervision in RO DBT, please contact Kirsten directly.
Kirsten holds degrees from New York University and Lewis and Clark College. For several years she was a therapist at the Portland DBT Institute, where she was on the Path to Mindful Eating Team and a DBT trainer. After a stint managing the team, she left to be a Clinical Director of a partial hospitalization program before moving on to start her own private practice and focus on RO DBT. She is a past Chair of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network, and was, up until 2016, Coordinator of Lewis & Clark College’s Eating Disorder Certificate Program, where she still teaches occasionally as an adjunct. She also gives frequent trainings for professionals. In addition to being trained in RO DBT and DBT, Kirsten has also received extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma and EMDR.
Kirsten is a native of Portland where she lives with her husband, son (who attends college locally), and large labradoodle. She identifies as OC and has found the RO skills invaluable in her own life, in allowing her to get out of her head once in a while, connect more deeply with others, and have more fun. She is thrilled to partner with LiLin in making this treatment available to more OC adults and teens in Portland.
LCSW, Abri Senior Clinician
Shadee Hardy (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been intensively trained in RO DBT and both provides individual therapy and facilitates RO DBT classes. Shadee identifies as someone who leans towards over control, and has found daily practice of radical openness to have a profound effect on her ability to connect, accept, and approach situations flexibly. Shadee hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota where she obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Saint Thomas and College of Saint Catherine. Shadee was drawn to Oregon as she had the opportunity to develop more expertise in evidence-based treatments, and for the past six years, she has been happy to call Portland home.
Shadee has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2004, seeing patients struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, and borderline processes. In addition, she has a specialty providing treatment to those diagnosed with misophonia, a neurological condition not widely known nor fully understood by many in the larger community. Shadee has extensive training and experience in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. From this experience, she has adopted the philosophy that clients show up already possessing that which will ultimately help them heal. Therefore, instead of subscribing to a pathology-based approach, she sees her role as an ambassador and collaborator, helping clients to be self-discovers of both what constitutes their psychological well-being and what gets in the way of them moving towards it. She recognizes that it can take a tremendous amount of courage to acknowledge that which is not serving one well, to reach out for assistance, and to share deeply personal issues; as a result, she sees it as an honor to be a trusted witness and to support to those who cross her doorstep.
Carly Parnitzke Smith, PhD
Abri Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Carly (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked in academic medicine, community mental health, and university settings. She enjoys bringing her researcher side into her clinical work and looks for ways to get evidence-based medicine to those it has typically neglected, particularly sexual and gender minorities clients. In her previous work as a medical school professor, she taught courses on LGBTQ+ healthcare and trauma-informed care. Carly’s experiences up until this point studying and teaching about harm and healing in different types of institutions have led her to private practice where she can be a part of the healing more often.
In her therapy practice, Carly specializes in treating complex traumatic stress and dissociative disorders and in working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal or institutional betrayal. She is deeply trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD and generally has a (warm, creative, and irreverent) behaviorist approach to most things. As a queer woman, it is particularly meaningful work to Carly when she can help fellow sexual and gender minority folks heal from chronic invalidation and other traumas. In learning Radically Open DBT, Carly has found that long-lost piece of the Over-Controlled puzzle and (mostly) delights in connecting to her own OC experiences as a means to help others more genuinely.
Carly is a Chicagoland native but has lived and learned all over the United States (and ever-so-briefly, the south of France), earning degrees in various sorts of psychology at the University of Illinois, Wake Forest University, the University of Oregon, and Yale School of Medicine. Of all of those, she has only ever returned to one – Oregon. She is equally excited to introduce her "dogter" June to Portland and all of the nature as she is to join the Abri team.
LCSW, Abri Clinician
Rebecca Holmes (she,her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Rebecca has experience working with adults providing traditional comprehensive DBT via individual and group therapy. She was drawn to the advances made with Radically Open DBT as a means to help individuals with over-control and perfectionist tendencies. Rebecca also has a passion for working with survivors of complex trauma and attachment-based disorders. She is trained in EMDR and has co-facilitated a Women’s PTSD coping skills group. In addition to working with trauma, Rebecca enjoys working with young adults and teens transitioning into adulthood and helping to increase their self-esteem and self-acceptance. She believes the therapy process is one that requires a sense of comfortability and trust and recognizes the importance of creating an open space, where one can share their inner experience without judgment.
Rebecca is from Upstate New York, where she earned her master's from the University at Buffalo before going on to work at the University of Rochester Medical Center where she treated adults of all ages with anxiety, OCD, depression, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, and substance use disorders. Rebecca was originally born in the Pacific North-West and jumped at the opportunity to return to the West coast, as she loves the natural landscape and culture. When she is not practicing therapy, Rebecca enjoys being outdoors camping or hiking, as well as spending time at home, trying out new recipes in the company of her two cats, Carmello and Carrie.
Rebecca’s approach to care recognizes the inherent worth and value of others and that all people have the capacity to improve their lives and their connectedness to others through RO DBT.
Professional Counseling Associate, Abri Clinician
Sara Beth (she/her) is a Professional Counselor Associate and certified Developmental and Relational Trauma Therapist who has practiced for eight years across a wide range of settings (inpatient, outpatient, academic) in Canada and the United States. She integrates RO-DBT with clinical science and yogic principles to facilitate embodied healing experiences in individual, group, and class formats.
Sara Beth emphatically believes in the potential of all beings to change, grow, and renew their relationships with self and others. She upholds a sense of curiosity and hopefulness when approaching longstanding patterns – whether these manifest as overtly self-damaging (e.g., via self-injury, suicide, eating disorders) or subtler (e.g., via perfectionism, workaholism, social avoidance) behaviors. Sara Beth recognizes the need for a holistic, collaborative approach to mental health care that honors intersectional identities and prioritizes social justice. Guided by clients’ values, she utilizes somatic experiencing, attachment-, and mindfulness-based interventions to foster safety and increase psychological flexibility.
Since 2014, Sara Beth has pursued extensive RO-DBT training with the treatment developer and Senior RO-DBT Clinicians, including her current supervisor, Kirsten McAteer, Senior RO-DBT Supervisor and co-founder of Abri RO-DBT. Sara Beth has experience delivering traditional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, conducting psychological assessments, and is undergoing immersive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, two master's degrees from Simon Fraser University and Northwestern University, and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). A scientist-practitioner, Sara Beth is a published author in clinical research and is an active leader within professional psychology communities.
Sara Beth is a recent Portland transplant from the Midwest who has lived in New Jersey, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Vancouver, B.C. She is a proud cat mama of Patton Blossom, tabby cat extraordinaire, and loves meme therapy –check out her OC humor IG @ro_dbt_tribe.
Abri Registered and Licensed Dietician
Valerie Edwards (she/her) is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian (OR) who works with adults of all ages and genders, as well as teens (15+). She has a BS In Nutrition from Texas A&M University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She has specialized in the field of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating for 20 years, and especially enjoys helping clients make choices that create richer, more full lives for themselves. She also works with people who have medical issues related to nutrition, such as pre-diabetes or high cholesterol. Valerie takes a non-diet, Health At Every Size approach, and does not focus on helping people lose weight. She works with clients to create a more balanced, positive relationship with food and body, paying more attention to hunger and satiety cues, overall energy level, and eating behaviors.
She also loves to work with individuals around physical activity and movement. Often this takes the form of looking at one’s current lifestyle rather than focusing on the past and finding activities that are pleasurable and sustainable. For those with disordered eating, learning to fuel the body adequately to support exercise or activity is a vital part of recovery.
Valerie is a native Texan who fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, both for its nature and its people. She loves exploring the outdoors with her cattle dog mix and is an intermittent gardener. She also loves good fiction and movies.
Her approach involves listening to clients' goals and struggles, encouraging change, and suggesting experiments to challenge fears. She always believes in the power of her clients to change and recover. She is excited to be joining the clinicians at Abri and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge with Radically Open DBT.