About Create Change

Get to know us better

Who We Are

Create Change has provided counseling, medical management, coaching, business development, and mediation services in Portland, Oregon for the past 10 years to individuals, couples, families and businesses.

A variety of retreats, trainings and workshops are offered for those seeking personal enrichment or professional development within a group, or couple-focused atmosphere.

Sheila Walty | Clinical Social Worker, Coach, and Trainer

 

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • A Certified Executive Coach
  • A Certified Peoplemap Trainer
  • A Professional Life Coach
  • Reiki Master

 

Sheila has provided counseling and coaching services for more than 25 years to individuals, couples and groups.  Sheila specializes in business development, couples therapy and trauma recovery.  Her therapy style is experiential as she uses multiple techniques to address the needs of her clients. Sheila’s therapy focuses on mind, body and spirit balance as she holistically evaluates and treats each client. Sheila is energetic and results oriented. Scientifically proven and effective therapeutic techniques are utilized to promote connection, growth and healing.

Mary Cross | Clinical Social Worker and Mediator

 

  • A Clinical Social Work Associate
  • A Certified Mediator
  • A Masters Level Communicator
  • Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Specialist

 

Mary has a 15 year background in social work specializing in grief and loss as well as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder counseling.  Mary also specializes in communication and conflict resolution using therapy and mediation with couples and families. She is comfortable with both multigenerational and multicultural concerns.  She celebrates each person’s uniqueness bringing an openness to her style of meeting clients where they are. When people work with one another to reach agreements that are mutually acceptable, relationships improve and peacemaking can begin.

Milar Moore | Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 

  • A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • A Hypnotherapist
  • A Palliative Mental Health Specialist
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Specialist

 

Milar Moore, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, has over 10 years of providing counseling and medication management to adults and seniors.  Milar specializes in dementia, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sexual issues and anxiety.  Her primary focus has included geriatric, neurological, medical and palliative psychiatry.  Milar also works with adults coping with disease and death and dying issues.

Joan Ayala | Clinical Social Worker, CADC III

 

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Group Therapist
  • Clinical Social Work Associate
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment Specialist

 

Joan specializes in dual diagnosis, drug and alcohol addiction services and recovery options for clients. We are excited to have one of the few level III drug and alcohol counselers in Oregon joining Create Change.  Joan enjoys working with individuals to improve relationships and success in living.  She assists clients to overcome the barriers they encounter in creating the life they want.  Joan will also be bringing group therapy to our practice in the areas of Skills for Living using DBT concepts beginning in September. Later groups will include Stages of Change as well as Healthy Relationships.

MacKensie Keiner| Clinical Social Worker, Case Manager

 

  • Clinical Social Work Associate
  • Parent Trainer
  • Family and Youth Therapist
  • Life Coach

 

MacKensie specializes in holistic therapy. She is passionate about working with families to improve conflict resolution, strengthen communication and help parents navigate the challenging dynamics of childrearing.  MacKensie believes  that while some life situations cannot be changed, every client can find joy in the life they have. She is particularly interested in working with people who feel invisible, are struggling to work through anger, or are wrestling with a sense of loss.  MacKensie will be adding services to youth and families to Create Change.  She is passionate about parenting and eating disorder issues as well as the needs of older adults.

Megan Baldwin | Account Manager

 

Megan is the Account Manager for Create Change.  Megan has worked in various health care settings for the past 15 years. She is experienced in scheduling, billing and benefits management. Megan can assist you by checking your insurance benefits and preparing you for copay and deductible responsibilities.

Counseling and Psychiatry

Create Change offers specialty counseling and psychiatry for individuals, families, and couples.   Our therapists offer services that incorporate mindfulness, EMDR, cognitive therapy, and sensorimotor techniques. We address the issues of anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation, anger management, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and relationship concerns of our clients.
Learn more>

Coaching

Business coaching helps people create balance in their lives while reaching for their desired goals. Coaching clients learn to create better use of time, improved physical shape, better relationships, improved health, life satisfaction and an overall sense of control and peace of mind. Business coaching focuses on entrepreneurs in transition and building management skills to create teams that produce.
Learn more>

Mediation

Create Change offers mediation in Portland, Oregon, with several mediators and counselors.  We specialize in family and couples mediation as well as workplace mediation in all areas of  interpersonal conflict. Create Change’s mediators in Portland help with conflict resolution, divorce or separation agreements, family estate planning and workplace negotiations.
Learn more>

Training

Create Change offers workshops and retreats for individuals, couples and groups that are designed with personal and professional development in mind. Many topics, locations, lengths of workshops and retreats are available. Register for a Create Change workshop or retreat.
Learn more>

48

WORKSHOPS & TRAININGS

15

BUSINESSES SERVED

346

SATISFIED CLIENTS

42

RETREAT GRADUATES