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Brittany Russ, MSW, LCSW

Owner & Clinical Supervisor

Brittany has over 19 years of Social Work and combined leadership experience. During these years she has been supporting others on their personal journeys by way of a dynamic clinical social work perspective. Within her social work degree, she became experienced in working with individuals to improve interpersonal, community and systemic relationships. In addition, she takes a strong approach to systemic level action and change while working to be a leader within the community for children and families.  She believes that community, support systems and coping skills can be the building blocks to less stress, improved relationships, and overall wellness for the individual and the community.


Jill Hsieh, 

Professional Counselor Associate


Jill's therapeutic method often involves using Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy
(CBT), Solution- Focus and Motivation Interviewing. In Jill's counseling sessions, in addition to talk therapy, she also uses art and creativity in her practice. She believes during session the atmosphere doesn’t always have to be heavy and sad, it can
also be filled with fun and joy. She has experience with patients with depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, self-esteem and life transitions.
As an immigrant and Asian woman, she believes she can better understand peoples’ struggles when they are from a different cultural background. She is offering service in two languages, English and Chinese Mandarin. 

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Rachel Burk,
Professional Counselor Associate


Rachel uses an Existential Therapy approach to counseling, with influences of Feminist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. She also has experience integrating techniques from other theories in order to mold her treatments to each individual client's needs. Rachel has a history of working with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, burnout, self-esteem issues and more. She has a special interest in working with the elderly and LGBTQIA2S+ populations through their unique life struggles. Rachel believes therapy should be collaborative and considers herself a guide for those she serves, dedicated to assisting and supporting them through their journeys of self-discovery, purpose, healing, and growth.


Jodie Brown, LCSW


Jodie has over 25 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and families in various clinical settings.  She is compassionate, non-judgmental, and cares about the people she works with. She believes that each individual is doing the best that they can, and her job in the therapeutic relationship is to provide support and skills guidance to nurture everyone to reach their individual best. 
Her approach is client-centered, trauma-informed, and strength-based. Among other evidence-based practices, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused approaches to help others overcome personal barriers and feel truly successful. She has experience helping with various real-life struggles such as, depression, anxiety, relationship and/or family issues, PTSD, self-esteem, parenting and motivation. She finds it a privilege and is honored when others allow her to help them on their journey to health and to self-satisfaction.


Amanda Brown, LCSW MSW MACJ


Amanda's interdisciplinary education and training provided her an opportunity to develop a multidimensional perspective that allows her to see her clients through a holistic lens. Amanda graduated with Bachelors of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Arts Criminal Justice and a Masters in Social Work. I hold an Infant/Family Clinical Practice Certification and am a Certified Trauma Professional. Through her education and professional experience, she uncovered a passion for helping individuals involved within the criminal justice system reintegrate back into society and individuals impacted by trauma through releasing shame, increasing self worth and rebuilding relationships.

Her therapeutic style is inclusive, person centered and trauma focused. One of her biggest focuses is to help her clients deepen their level of self acceptance and to cultivate an understanding of the narratives they have about their experiences. And how by altering their narrative, they can gain a new perspective and find a deeper level of self compassion. She uses the creative process in her therapeutic work with her clients as another healing modality.


Cheri Havlena, MSW, CSWA


Cheri received both her bachelor and master degree (MSW) in social work. Cheri has been providing support services in the mental health field since 2014. Cheri integrates multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom to treat the whole person. Using a systems lens to understand ones biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development to help clients overcome barriers, achieve their goals and well-being.

Before coming to Brave Hope Counseling, Cheri’s work included providing intensive mental health crisis stabilization services to youth and families in both Oregon and Washington states in local schools, homes, and communities. She has counseled adults, and youth in a middle school and high school setting, implementing intervention services for substance use supports. Her previous work as a child and family therapist aligned with my passion for family preservation work by providing support services to help keep youth and families together in their homes and communities. She works with Adults, children, and families by walking beside then on their path to find inner healing and their best self.


Mel Cox

Director of Business Operations