Our Therapists and Staff Are Here for You

CAFA's philosophical view of therapy is to come along side the client respecting their views and values. We hope to equip individuals to live healthier more successful lives. Our therapists are trained in child development, neuroscience, relationship skills and development, depression, anxiety, and the impact of trauma. We prioritize education in the field of mental health and remain current in best practices.  While all of our therapists share a common belief in God, CAFA is fortunate to have many different flavors of Christian faith with different views and different doctrines among our staff.

Meet our Therapists


Carolyn Rexius

Executive Director

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Oregon and her Master's in Social Work from Portland State University. She has extensive training in Domestic Violence, Play Therapy and Neurofeedback and was the recipient of the Sunshine Ladies Peace Award in 2006. Carolyn works with clients in marriage therapy, family counseling and individual issues. She also leads batterer intervention groups, women's groups and couple's reunification groups.

Carolyn believes the primary value in therapy comes as a result of a healthy relationship between herself and her clients. They will work together to better understand and describe the strengths and weaknesses of the client. As a person experiences being more completely and accurately defined, they develop a sense of greater competency and understanding of their own life struggles. 

Carolyn has a Christian world view and her counseling interventions are informed by her faith. That being said, her client's worldview need not match her own. She is curious and eager to understand her client's worldview and meet them wherever they are.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Oregon Association of Social Workers.

Carolyn started her career in counseling at age 50 and co-founded CAFA in 1994. She's been seeing clients ever since.

In her off-time, Carolyn enjoys traveling as well as spending time with her six grandchildren.

Carolyn is not accepting new clients at this time.

 

Angela Albin

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Neurofeedback Clinician

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Angela received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Oregon and her Master's in Counseling from George Fox. Angela has also trained at the NorthWest Center for play therapy and is a Neurofeedback clinician. She specializes in children and families; with an emphasis in divorce, separation, anxiety, ADD and behavioral problems.

Angela believes that everyone is capable of growing and changing no matter how young or old they may be. People are constantly affected by relationships, family, friends and co-workers and within a productive Therapeutic relationship, people are able to process interactions and grow towards a healthier life. Angela tends to work from a non-directive place; allowing individuals to determine the direction of their therapy.

Angela is a Christian and tries to view people and relationships through that lens, but she does not do Christian counseling. She never tries to convince anyone that her view is best. She likes to help people discover what their own beliefs are.

She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

When Angela is not at work, she enjoys watching movies, doing yard work and spending time outdoors. Despite her young age, Angela also enjoys knitting!

 

Mindi Barta

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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Mindi received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Christian University. She works with individuals, couples and families dealing with a number of issues such as: depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, pre-marital therapy, marital therapy, post-marital therapy and life transitions. She takes a special interest in child development, teenage years, couples work, relationship, families, domestic abuse, parenting and filial play. Mindi enjoys equipping individuals and families with resources to have a safe, fulfilling and enriched life.

Mindi takes pleasure in spending time in creation and watching college sports. She also loves being outside with her four energetic boys, whether it be hiking, biking, skiing or throwing the ball around.

 

Sarah Halstead
Master's Level Therapist
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Sarah Halstead received her Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor & Community Development Recreation from Western Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwest Christian University. She is a member of WACES (Western Association for Counseling Education) and ORCA (Oregon Counseling Association) and is working towards being a credentialed LPC. She is a person-centered therapist who believes the past is a part of who we are but does not have to determine our future. She hopes to help her clients live healthier, happier lives by exploring emotions, thoughts, and lifestyle choices (i.e. exercise, play, food, etc).

Sarah enjoys working with children, individuals, and couples. When not at work, she enjoys biking and camping with her husband or enjoying a local cup of coffee.

Sarah is working toward licensure with the State of Oregon, seeing clients under the supervision of Carolyn Rexius, LCSW.

Cheryl Heath
Master's Level Therapist
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Cheryl received her Bachelor’s degree in Family & Human Services from the University of Oregon in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Couples & Family Therapy from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the AAMFT, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is working towards being a credentialed Marriage and Family therapist. She is a person-centered therapist who believes the child/person leads the way, while viewing her clients with a systemic lens, interested in each person’s context, such as important relationships and environmental factors unique to each individual. Cheryl enjoys working with children, teens, individuals, couples and families. Cheryl also works as a site supervisor with CAFA’s Kids Connecting, supervised visitation program. Cheryl has had extensive experience working with adjudicated youth and continues to enjoy her work with this population.

When not at work, she enjoys exploring the Oregon coast, reading, and spending time with friends and family, including her three children, ages 27, 23, and 15.

Cheryl is working toward licensure with the State of Oregon, seeing clients under the supervision of Carolyn Rexius, LCSW.

 

 

Steve Neet

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Neurofeedback Clinician

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Steve received his Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Christian University, where he had the opportunity to intern at CAFA. He is a person-centered therapist who believes the person leads the way. He also teaches parents filial play for CAFA's supervised visitation program as well as teaching in the community. Steve is credentialed in Neurofeedback and will discuss incorporating the practice as part of his counseling protocol. He works with men, couples and families.

Steve is in-network with several insurance companies. Please call to determine if he is in-network with your insurance provider. He cannot bill Medicare.

Steve’s direct line: 541-686-6000 ex. 551

 

Laura Nydigger

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Neurofeedback Clinician

541-349-7564

Laura received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Northwest Christian University, where she had the opportunity to intern at CAFA.  She also received her Master's in Education at the University of Oregon in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Prevention Science. She is a member of the Association of Play Therapists and a member of the American Counseling Association. She is a person-centered therapist who believes the child/person leads the way. She also teaches parents filial play for CAFA's supervised visitation program as well as teaching in the community.  Laura is credentialed in Neurofeedback and will discuss incorporating the practice as part of her counseling protocol.  She enjoys working with children, individuals and couples.

Laura is in-network with Moda,PacificSource,Regence/BCBS, Trillium and United Healthcare.  She cannot bill Medicare.

 

Carol Rexius
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

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Carol received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwest Christian University. She is also a sponsor for the Sunshine Lady Foundation. She counsels individuals, couples and families. She specializes in depression and anxiety, adolescence, abuse, grief, self esteem issues, anger, blended families, premarital and personal growth.

Carol approaches counseling by exploring the client's significant context of living. This approach is known as "Systems Theory," which incorporates the whole family as an assortment of interrelated individuals who have many personal and emotional attachments amongst its members. Working on developing stronger, healthier and more satisfying relationships within the family system can enhance the development of a more positive personal identity. The process of therapy is unique to the needs of each client; being individuals, children, couples or families.

Carol comes from a Christian viewpoint but you don't need to share the same flavor of spiritually in order to have a successful counseling relationship.

Carol works Mondays through Thursdays.

Carol is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, HealthNet, ODS/Moda Health, MHN, PacificSource, Providence, Providence Preferred,Regence/BCBS, Reliant Behavioral Health, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, & Tricare. 

She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

When not at work, she enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Vicki Silverthorne

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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Vicki received her Master's in Counseling from George Fox University. She also has training in Imago Dialogue which enhances communication for couples and Somatic training which addresses emotions stored in the body. Vicki provides counseling for clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, grief, self-esteem issues and difficulty regulating emotions. She works with individuals and couples.

Her approach to therapy is to create a gentle, safe and encouraging atmosphere where you will feel heard, accepted and understood. She believes that we are all experts on ourselves; however, the stress of a problem can cause a loss of objectivity and prevent us from identifying our options. In working with her, you will explore together your issues, as well as discovering your strengths and how to improve the way you relate to others, your environment and yourself. She believes the goal of counseling is to become more effective in our lives whether it is in our relationships at work, within the family or in our friendships.

She operates from a Christian worldview but also respects the worldview of her clients in order to create a satisfactory counseling relationship.

She is available Mondays through Wednesdays daytime and evenings.

Vicki is in-network with Aetna, HealthNet, ODS/Moda Health, MHN, PacificSource, Providence, Providence Preferred, United Behavioral Health, & United Health Care and Regence/BCBS. She is not contracted with Medicare.  

Vicki is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Vicki enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, & exercising.  She's also an avid Duck fan.

 

Karin Stark

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Karin holds a Master's in Social Work. She has specialized training in trauma, somatic, autism spectrum, abuse and family therapy. Karin provides counseling for children, adolescents, blended families and adults. She specializes in mindful approaches for trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, Asperger-related issues and parenting of challenging and extraordinary children.

Karin's goal in therapy is to create a safe and comfortable space for you to share your thoughts, feelings, struggles, successes, hopes and fears. In working with her, you will explore together how you might be able to connect with your resources in order to reduce distress and increase your overall life with success and satisfaction. 

Karin is respectful of individual, ethnic, cultural and faith-related differences. She considers it a privilege to join people of all ages in their journey towards healing.

Karin is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Karin is in-network with Healthnet, ODS/Moda Health, MHN & PacificSource and Regence/BCBS. She is not contracted with Medicare. 

Karin belongs to the National Association of Social Workers.

When Karin is not at work, you will find her driving her children to and from soccer games, choir practice, and chess tournaments. She also enjoys small friend group fellowships of women from her art-making and faith communities.

 

 

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Teresa Syrios
Neurofeedback Clinician

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Teresa received her Bachelor of Science in Education and has extensive training courses in Neurofeedback through EEG Spectrum and EEG info. She has been at CAFA for 8 years working as a Neurofeedback clinician.

Teresa sees Neurofeedback as something for anyone who wants to improve their brain function.

As a Christian she is thrilled when she can help people experience a better life.

"When our brains are calm, stable and flexible, our lives are going to be more positive."

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback for the brain. Neurofeedback trains your brain to better function and become more stable and flexible. This training can help with many issues people struggle with: anxiety, sleep problems, depression, migraines, asthma, panic, PTSD, Attention Deficit Disorder and focus, brain injury and more.

For more info on Neurofeedback, please click here.

When not at work, she enjoys keeping in touch with her four sons, leading a Bible Study with her husband at their church, learning about nutrition and cooking gluten-free meals. Teresa also enjoys knitting, reading, exercising and household chores.

Teresa works on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm.

Teresa's direct line: 541-686-6000 ex. 560

 

Danene Wanner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Neurofeedback Clinician

541-349-2874

Danene received her Bachelors degree at the University of Oregon in Sociology with a minor in Non-Profit Administration. She went on to obtain her Master's in Social Work from Portland State University. She has also trained extensively in Filial Play Therapy for children and Neurofeedback training for the brain. Danene counsels individuals, couples and children ages 5 and up dealing with anxiety, emotional regulation, depression, trauma, anger and grief. Danene also facilitates parenting classes and works with parents and step-parents on how to get the best out of their kids and be able to enjoy them as well.

Danene's approach to therapy is to create a setting where you are comfortable to tell her about yourself and your concerns. She believes we are all experts on ourselves, yet the stress of a problem can cause a loss in objectivity and prevent us from identifying our options. She sees counseling as a joint process where we work together using a combination of narrative therapy (your story), contextual family therapy, Adlerian therapy (root of the difficulty) in regard to you, your family and your daily environment. This process of therapy will be unique to your needs, the needs of your family and the surroundings you live in daily.

Danene operates from a Christian worldview but you don't have to share the same worldview to have a successful counseling relationship with her. Danene is respectful of individual, ethnic, cultural and faith-related differences. She considers it a privilege to join people of all ages in their journey towards healing.

Danene works Monday through Friday daytime and evening. Danene is in-network with OAetna, HealthNet, ODS/Moda Health, MHN, PacificSource, Providence, Providence Preferred, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care and Regence/BCBS. She is not contracted with Medicare. 

Danene is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Oregon Association of Social Workers and National Association of Christian Counselors.  When she is not at work, Danene enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, gardening, and the general outdoors.

 

Erin McIntyre 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADA)

541-349-7555

 

CAFA Staff


Terry Hoagland
OPAC Group Leader

Terry currently leads three weekly Men’s OPAC groups. Terry received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Religion from Walla Walla University. He received his Master’s in Science Degree in Educational Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. He also received his Continuing Administrator License from the University of Oregon.

Terry’s training is in education. He is certified as a teacher and Educational Administrator at all levels. He has coached several sports, taught many grade levels and has been a Curriculum Director, Principal and District Superintendent. Terry is currently an Executive Director of a charter school. He is a member of The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA)

When not at work, He is enjoying semi-retirement. Little known fact: Terry enjoys sailing and has taken 1st and 2nd place trophies in the sport.

 

Echo Lucas
Director of Kids Connecting, Supervised Visitation Program

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Director Echo Lucas is one of the co-founders of CAFA. She brings over 24 years of experience working in the field of Domestic Abuse. She also was the Women’s Support Group Facilitator for 14 years. In 2008 she was awarded the Sunshine Ladies Peace Award. Echo’s main focus is working with churches throughout Lane County to provide spaces for supervised visits between parents and their children. Echo works with the Site Supervisors at each church as well as the trained volunteers to make sure the family visits are a safe and positive experience.

Echo works from 9-6 on both Wednesday and Thursdays and works from home whenever needed.

 

 

 Samantha May
OPAC Program Manager

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Samantha May is the OPAC Program Manager. She also facilitates the supervised visitation parenting classes. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in Family and Human Services with a minor in Psychology. She works at CAFA full time and provides a friendly face and compassionate listening skills to clients and community partners. Samantha loves being at CAFA because she enjoys the individuals she has the pleasure of working with and believes that change is truly possible.

 

 

 

 

Bettie Delury
Administrative Assistant
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Suzi Combs
Bookkeeper