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.
Ashlyn West, Professional Counselor Associate
Ashlyn West (she/her) is a Professional Counselor Associate and Body Trust® Provider Candidate. She works with adults of all ages and genders, and adolescents (16+). She comes from a background of working with eating disorders at a higher level of care treatment centers. She has a passion for working with individuals whose relationship with their body and self has been impacted by systemic oppression, trauma, and expectation.
Ashlyn’s approach to care aims to meet clients where they are at and work collaboratively towards goals of improving quality of life. She aims to provide a space where clients can honor the coping that has allowed them to survive while building a space of trust and collaboration to honestly evaluate where the clients are stuck. From a trauma-informed and social justice-oriented lens, she utilizes person-centered, motivational interviewing, psychoeducation, feminist approach, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to create space for insight, healing, and change to occur. She is currently intensively training and being supervised in RO-DBT. As someone who is over-controlled (OC), she is drawn to working with RO to serve the clients who are so often seen as doing “fine” and provide a space for permission and healing.
Ashlyn is originally from Idaho, but came to Portland for undergraduate studies at Concordia University and fell in love with the city. She earned her master’s degree in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University. This integrative degree program uniquely explored the complex relationship between mind, body, and self. She is currently pursuing Body Trust® Provider certification through The Center for Body Trust where she has had the privilege of learning from many activists/educators at the forefront of various liberation movements. Ashlyn is a nerd who enjoys learning, reading, and games (of the PC or table-top variety). She can typically be found at home with her partner, and a gaggle of animals.
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
Catherine specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, and relationship conflicts and has provided therapy in a variety of settings (hospital, residential, corrections, outpatient) over the past decade. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Cat moved to Portland in 2013 to pursue her Masters in Arts at Pacific University. Since that time, Cat has received extensive training in attachment-based approaches (e.g., how your experiences with loved ones shape the way you navigate life), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT; a 12-week PTSD treatment targeting thinking patterns to alleviate PTSD symptoms); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is particularly skilled in navigating systems and supporting clients’ health from a holistic lens.
Cat works hard to embrace openness, fun, and connection with others in her own life and with her clients. She is especially energized by finding creative solutions to wellness for clients who have historically struggled to find relief from mental health symptoms with traditional treatment modalities. Her openness, authenticity, and passion for creative problem-solving is what drew her to Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) and working with over-controlled clients. Cat’s approach to care recognizes each person possesses innate wisdom and works hard to partner with and empower clients to tap into their own expertise and strengths to navigate life with courage, connection, and fulfillment.
In her downtime, Cat enjoys trekking around Portland with her husband and her dog, Bird; building (and eating) charcuterie boards; going on adventures in the great PNW and beyond; and partaking in various arts and crafts.
LCSW, Abri Clinician
Rebecca Holmes (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who comes from a traditional Dialectical Behavior Therapy background in community mental health. She was drawn to the discoveries made by Radically Open DBT as a means to help individuals with over-control and perfectionist tendencies who are often missed or overlooked in treatment. Rebecca’s fields of interest include working with survivors of relational trauma and attachment-based disorders. She has received EMDRIA-approved basic training in EMDR. In addition to working with trauma, Rebecca has experience with teens and young adults who are navigating the challenges of transitioning to adulthood and supporting their needs for identity development and self-acceptance. Rebecca is also a 2nd-gen Asian American and is honored to be able to provide therapy to those seeking a culturally-informed lens. She recognizes that racial and cultural identity can have a unique impact on mental health and well-being.
Rebecca’s approach to care recognizes the inherent worth and value of her clients and that everyone should have the opportunity to improve their quality of life and become their most authentic self through therapy. She believes the therapy process is one that requires a sense of comfortability and the importance of creating a space where one can freely share their inner experience without fear of judgment.
Rebecca is originally an East coaster from Upstate New York. She earned her Master's Degree from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, with a focus on Trauma-Informed Care and Human Rights, before going on to work at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she provided individual and group therapy to adults of all ages with anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, self-harm, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. Rebecca was originally born in the Pacific Northwest and jumped at the opportunity to return to the West coast and reconnect with her early childhood experiences in nature. When she is not practicing RO DBT, Rebecca loves being outdoors; challenging her fear of heights while hiking but also enjoys being a homebody, testing out new recipes in the company of her partner and their cats, Carmello and Carrie.
Clinical Social Work Associate and Abri Clinician
Tess Renirie (she/her) is a clinical social work associate with an extensive background in a variety of modalities to treat eating disorders and co-occurring disorders, like anxiety and depression. She has worked in residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care, where she learned about and gained experience in current eating disorder treatments. Tess is particularly interested in the anti-diet perspective which examines how bias in science and marketing influences the development of eating disorders and their persistence in our culture. She finds joy in checking the citations on questionable diet studies to better critique the ways our social structure fosters negative body stereotypes.
Tess earned her master's degree in social work with a specialization in research from Washington University in St. Louis. She first learned about Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) when she wrote her undergraduate thesis on how differing "needs for structure" influenced responses to climate anxiety. A half-decade of work in the field has shown her that RO DBT focuses on common aspects of eating disorders that other modalities do not directly address. Tess's approach to care utilizes the most recent research to create a treatment plan tailored to her client's individual experiences. She believes in approaching care from a social justice perspective and acknowledging how systemic failures contribute to one's overall mental health. She hopes anyone who comes to therapy is able to have a healing experience that helps them develop into their fullest self (with a few laughs along the way).
Originally from California, Tess moved to Washington for a couple of years, where she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. After a handful of years living in the Midwest, she was happy to return to her favorite part of the country. In her free time, Tess enjoys exploring the food options in Portland and reveling in the daily shenanigans of her cat, Goose, and rabbit, Kiwi.
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.