Providing Extraordinary Services for Exceptional People
Established and experienced Job Developer, with many employer contacts in the Portland metro area.
Effective and reliable services for OVRS job seekers. Rates established at a flat fee, so you know what you are paying for.
Affordable counseling services for those seeking growth and change. Sliding scale offered for those with financial needs.
Free initial consultation for customers seeking counseling services.
It is our mission at Mountain Crest Counseling Services to provide measurable outcomes and assist in facilitating individuals wishes for change and growth.
At Mountain Crest Counseling Services, we are focused on providing exceptional services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction; we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. Mountain Crest Counseling Services founder Mr. Charles Joel Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus on Vocational Rehabilitation from Western Oregon University in 2010. Mr. Taylor continued his education and completed his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2014. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Functional Family Therapist in the Functional Family Therapy Model. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Anger Management Specialist. Mr. Taylor is a Certified Counselor with the State of Washington, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with the State of Oregon. Throughout his career, Mr. Taylor has provided exceptional services with successful and consistent outcomes for customers from all walks of life.
Kayla Beckman Taylor
Employment Specialist Supervisor
Kayla has worked with Vocational Rehabilitation Services since 2009 and works with a wide variety of clients with varying needs, abilities, and interests. She enjoys getting to know her clients and partnering with them and local businesses to find unique and individualized jobs, making sure that it is a good fit for both the client and the employer. Kayla serves a diverse case load but maintains a focuses on providing mental health supports and has provided personal, social, and adjustment counseling services to several clients. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University in Portland.
In addition to Vocational Rehabilitation work, she provides individual and family counseling services.
Cody has been with Mountain Crest Counseling since 2014 working in various roles and responsibilities ranging from admin assistant, new hire training and on-boarding, billing coordinator, and office manager.
Cody received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management after graduating in 2016. He is excited to apply the skills learned in business school to help Mountain Crest Counseling develop as growing company.
Business Relations Manager
Ken has been working in higher education for the past 23 years. After receiving his BFA degree in Graphic Design and Photography from Humboldt State University, he worked as an Art Director for various advertising agencies in Southern California.
After 20 years of teaching Ken pursued his MBA and graduated in April 2014. Upon graduation he was promoted to work as a Career Coach and Adviser in the Career Services department at Zenith Education Group.
In 2015 Ken joined the team at Mountain Crest Counseling bringing his extensive background in business, education, and job placement. He believes everyone is employable it’s just a matter of exploring to find that perfect opportunity.
Madelyn graduated from Oregon State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Psychology. Madelyn enjoyed partaking in a wide variety of pursuits while studying towards her degree, including being a research assistant in a robotics lab and becoming semi-flexible in a brief stint with yoga. She especially took an interest in her work providing direct service to others as an in home caregiver for the elderly and while working in child care. Her passion for human services led her to join the Mountain Crest team in April 2019. As a recent graduate, Madelyn is excited to grow professionally as part of a team so passionate about making a positive impact on the individuals they serve.
Quality Assurance and Billing Specialist
Cintia graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2010 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. After graduation, she worked in the mental health field in various different roles to include therapy to utilization management. She has worked for Clackamas County and Anthem where she gained Medicaid and insurance experience. There she found a passion for supporting the administrative side of behavioral health. In Spring of 2022, she began working for Mountain Crest Counseling and brings a lot of experience and knowledge around quality assurance especially around Medicaid.
Chyanne graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2017 with her BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. After Graduation, Chyanne began working for a non-profit teaching life and employability skills to high school students. She later became a program manager for the organization and was able to help establish an education to employment route for their northern programs. In September of 2021, Chyanne was excited to find a career working with Mountain Crest. She has enjoyed helping people find and secure employment in Nevada and is looking forward to creating even more paths to success here in Oregon.
Gabrielle is a 2020 graduate from Oregon State University with a BS in Public Health and Entrepreneurship. During her time as an undergraduate she was an active volunteer for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition which later led to a research internship opportunity. After graduation, Gabrielle was a manager for an artisanal coffee shop in Corvallis. In 2021 she moved to Germany through an exchange program to learn a new language. Returning to the PNW in 2022 she began working with Mountain Crest and transitioned into the public health sector she has always had a passion for.
Sarah Kushner, MS, CRC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Sarah helps Oregonians like you, whether this is your first experience with therapy, or you have worked with a counselor before. She takes her cues from you, and together will build a therapeutic relationship focused on achieving your goals.
Whether you are dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, disability and chronic illness, weight stigma, or career questions, Sarah wants to help you frame your story, make meaningful progress, and develop clarity. She has worked with a range of clients—BIPOC and white, adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, people who have experienced complex trauma, and formerly incarcerated individuals.
No matter who you are, Sarah’s approach is strengths-based. She believe that we all have innate capacity to grow through our difficulties, and that my role is to help you discover and enhance your strengths in a way that compliments who you are at this point in your life. Sarah also wants to help you develop mindful coping skills to nurture yourself even after our therapeutic relationship has ended. Whatever you bring to counseling, there is space for you here.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Saya graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 2019 with a Master's of Art in Art Therapy. She received her bachelor's degree in fine art with dual emphasis in ceramics and printmaking, and a minor in anthropology, prior to earning her degree in Art Therapy. As an artist, she understands how both revealing and vulnerable art can be, and with her gentle nature, she assists clients through their own self-discovery process.
Through her educational, professional, and personal experiences, she has had the opportunity and pleasure of working and engaging with individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and ages, including LGBTQ++ individuals. These experiences have led her to develop an integrated approach utilizing art therapy, trauma-focused CBT, strength based, and client-centered modalities. She has great empathy and compassion for her clients while she assists them in developing greater insight, self-awareness and self-compassion.
She wants to help you discover your strengths in finding that you are capable of overcoming challenges, as well as gaining a deeper understanding that self-care is self-love.
Amanda Salmick (She/Her/Hers)
Clinical Social Work Associate
Supervised for licensure by, Caelin Johnson-Lupes, LCSW
Amanda attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a direct practice Master’s Degree in Social Work and a graduate level Mental Health Certificate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human services at Western Washington University. Amanda has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings and has experience engaging with clients from a multitude of cultures, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She believes that you are the expert on your life and that you have the inherent power to achieve your therapy goals.
As a therapist, Amanda practices with a humanistic approach and focuses upon the strengths of her clients. She weaves a blend of evidence-based modalities to include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Polyvagal Theory. She has a passion for collaborating with individuals who are living with depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, and borderline personality disorder.
Amanda believes that all people are doing the best they can in this moment, and that sometimes challenges in life can get in the way of us fully realizing our potential. While a diagnosis can be helpful in identifying symptoms, she looks beneath the diagnosis to assist in moving you through things that are blocking you from living your ideal life. Her counseling style is warm, holistic, and trauma informed.
Licensed Professional Social Worker
As a therapist, Zac values the unique experiences and narratives that an individual brings to their therapeutic process and celebrates the willingness to lean into the often-difficult work that therapy can elicit. It is the hope that the therapeutic process will illuminate the patterns and events that can and have created conflict and stress; and inhibit one’s feeling of wellbeing.
Zac endeavors to create a therapeutic environment that is centered in positive regard, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and seeks to empower the ability to make meaningful change in one’s life. Zac believes that a foundation for the effective therapeutic relationship is built on trust, validation, and compassionate accountability.
Zac is a graduate of Pacific University’s Master of Social Work program and received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Portland State University. Zac has experience working in multiple levels of care in the mental/behavioral health field with children and families; and with adults undergoing substance use treatment.
Clinical Social Work Associate
Supervised for licensure by, Caelin Johnson-Lupis, LCSW
Jade attended the University of California, Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies with an English minor. Upon graduating, Jade began working alongside ABA behavioral therapists, where she witnessed firsthand how early therapeutic intervention could support children and their development.
Jade’s interest in mental health and social justice inspired her to earn a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University and a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jade’s passion for improving the lives of others compelled her to earn dual degrees, thereby precipitating change at both the macro and micro levels.
Jade utilizes a strength-based, trauma-informed approach in her clinical practice. Whether working with foster youth, individuals struggling with intimate partner violence (IPV), or those wrestling with substance use and mental health issues, Jade’s approach is warm, non-judgmental, and validating.
Jade believes that the key to building a strong therapeutic relationship is to meet the client where they are and support them in developing greater insight into unhelpful or ineffective thought or behavioral patterns. Jade utilizes a combination of psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Seeking Safety to aid her clients in their respective paths to recovery.
Professional Counselor Associate
Supervised for licensure by, Charles Joel Taylor, LPC
Dawnne graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Psychology. As a psychology student, Dawnne advocated for individuals in domestic violence situations and learned first-hand how counseling helped individuals cope and brought about wonderful life changes. She received an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University where she gained experience working with adults, teens, and couples experiencing difficulties such as, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief, addictions, eating disorders, personality disorders, and relationship difficulties.
Dawnne strongly believes that your story, your pain, and your collection of struggles are unique to you. As a therapist, she embraces the concept that past experiences and relationships affect what we feel and believe about ourselves today. Dawnne’s practice is influenced by evidence-based modalities including those from Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral, Relational-Cultural, and Adlerian theories, but she understands there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy.
Dawnne works with clients to help them understand exactly what they are experiencing and why so that when they start making life-improving changes, they’ll stick. She provides a warm, non-judgmental, safe space where she can help you explore your concerns and find healing, growth, and wholeness.
Dawnne provides on-line therapy for adults, teens 14yrs and older, couples and other family groups.