Staff

 

Lisa Green

LPC-MHSP
Executive Director

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Lisa Green, LPC-MHSP

Executive Director

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and over 10 years experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She has previously worked in private practice, a partial hospitalization setting, and supervised an adult mental health crisis response team. Areas of professional interest and experience include working with children and adolescents in dealing with transition/TCK issues, behavior problems, anxiety, depression, self harm, abuse, and family issues, and adults with problems with mood, self-esteem, faith crises, coping with stress, transition, and a history of trauma and abuse. She utilizes both EMDR and Brainspotting with adolescents and adults as a means of reprocessing trauma.

Lisa grew up moving around the world in a Navy family, and has traveled widely participating in, then leading large groups of teens and young adults on overseas ministry trips. Before completing her Master’s Degree, she worked in a youth ministry for 6 years as a mentor for college-aged women, focusing on their spiritual and emotional development. She has a great love for exploring new places and trying new things, but also perfecting the best everyday things like a great cup of coffee or loaf of bread. She loves city life, but is also trying to turn her apartment into a garden.

Linda Parker

LMFT
Counselor

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Linda Parker, LMFT

Linda Parker, LMFT

Counselor

Linda has a B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and a Masters Degree in counseling from Georgia State University. Before joining the staff of Olive Tree Counseling Center she has been in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Bernardino, California for 30 years. She also developed the counseling degree program at the International School of Theology in Arrowhead Springs, California. She has co-authored the book, Mind the Gaps about helping provide care for cross-cultural workers and made short-term trips over a period of 18 years to provide care to workers in Eurasia and Africa.

Linda specializes in relationship problems such as communication and conflict resolution difficulties, intimacy issues, unfaithfulness, parenting issues, as well as individual issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma resolution both recent and in childhood, and cross cultural adjustment issues. She is a certified EMDR therapist with 18 years’ experience in trauma resolution. Linda also does seminars to help teams work more effectively together through enhanced communication and conflict resolution skills as well as helping them develop their philosophy of ministry.

Linda loves serving cross-cultural workers. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, snorkeling, snow skiing, and spending time with friends.

Corinne Gnepf

LCMHCA, NCC
Counselor

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CORINNE GNEPF

Corinne Gnepf, LCMHCA, NCC

Counselor

Corinne is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and National Certified Counselor with a Master’s Degree in counseling from Columbia International University. She provides counseling for adults, as well as children and their parents and draws from her experience working in residential, partial hospitalization, member care, and counseling center settings.

Corinne enjoys using play therapy to enter a young child’s world, and speaks the language of play to facilitate their healing and growth. She helps parents and children with behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, developmental and attachment issues. Also having training in EMDR, Corinne can come alongside children and adults to help them work through trauma, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other issues. Her other interests lay in cross-cultural transitions, grief and loss, crisis, and debriefings.

Corinne is from the small country of Switzerland but for several years has lived and explored the big world in West Africa and the United States. She loves to be outdoors and active in the woods, mountains, snow and water, and relaxes with a good book, delicious ethnic food, playing board games and being creative with her hands.

Amber Goodloe

LPC
Counselor

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Amber Goodloe, LPC

Counselor

Amber is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and is also trained in EMDR for trauma processing. She has experience with adolescents, families, and adults in various contexts including as a counselor at an adolescent residential facility, providing pre-field assessment and training for those preparing to move overseas, and debriefing for families, couples, and singles while on furlough. Amber is skilled in working with issues of adoption, attachment, self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, family conflict, struggles with sexual identity and other sexual struggles, depression, and those with a history of trauma and abuse.

Before getting her degree in counseling Amber spent 8 years living in China as a youth minister working with families from over 20 cultural backgrounds, and through this developed a passion for serving and investing in workers around the world. Outside of the office you can find her drinking coffee, playing in the snow, exploring the great outdoors, or traveling to a new city or country.

 

Carl Sands

LPC
Counselor

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Carl Sands, LPC

Counselor

Carl has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible, Christian Life and Ministry from Lancaster Bible College and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, USA. He has experience doing counseling with cross-cultural workers and providing individual and group counseling for people struggling with a wide range of mental health issues in a day hospital setting. He specializes in working with men with past issues of abuse, addictive behaviors, and emotional regulation. He also has experience with adults regarding various mental health, emotional or spiritual struggles.

Carl has 18 years of experience in cross-cultural ministry in West Africa and Papua New Guinea. He loves combining his understanding of field realities with his counseling experience to serve cross cultural workers.

He enjoys fishing, skiing, biking, going for walks, exploring new areas, writing poetry, and just sitting to watch the sunset.

 

Nick Steffen

LMHC
Counselor
Available for counseling beginning May 2021

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Nick Steffen, LMHC

Counselor

Nick is a licensed clinical counselor with master’s degrees in both Pastoral and Clinical Counseling. He has experience within Christian residential and private settings working with couples, teenagers, and their families on a range of presenting issues. He looks forward to working with those who desire to work through the toxic effects of trauma, improve the quality and depth of their relationships with their spouse or children, learn how to manage team conflict effectively, address faith struggles in a supportive environment, overcome the causes and impact of depression or anxiety on their lives and ministry, understand and work through the causes of burnout, or overcome additions that have kept them stuck in unhealthy patterns.

Nick has specialized training in several trauma related therapies (including EMDR and TF-CBT) and TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). He has trained national staff with a ministry in Haiti in providing trauma competent care to children from hard places, and enjoys working with couples utilizing the Gottman Method. He loves integrating his work with both neuroscience and the Christian faith.

Nick and his wife enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures. He has interests in theology, political theory, and English literature. He enjoys a good podcast and is always learning something new! He and his wife are also passionate about supporting workers and helping them thrive.

 

Steve Scruggs

Psy.D.
Available for counseling / consultations beginning April 2021

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Steve Scruggs, Psy.D.

Psychologist

Steve is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who completed his doctorate at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He served for several years as an Air Force Psychologist, providing individual, couples, and group therapy as well as psychological assessment and child/family therapy. He lived overseas for 5 years and had an opportunity to assist several cross-cultural workers during this time. He also worked for several years with the Veterans Administration, specializing in substance use disorders and trauma. He works with individuals and couples and provides psychological assessment for children. His interests include trauma, anxiety, depression, and the integration of psychology and theology.

Steve has been married to his wife Grace for nearly 40 years and they have 3 grown children.


ASSOCIATE COUNSELING STAFF

Susan Butler

LMFT, LPC, LMHC
Visiting Counselor

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Susan Butler, LMFT, LPC, LMHC

Visiting Counselor

Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University and a master’s in Spiritual Formation from George Fox Seminary. She is an approved supervisor for the state of Oregon and has been an adjunct professor at George Fox University in the counseling program. Susan has taught with TELOS international Inc. with their international graduate counseling program in China and Peru.

Susan is trained in C.P.R.T (Child Parent Relationship Therapy), ADOPTS (Specialized therapy for pre and post adopted children and their parents), Gottman Method couples therapy, and PREPARE/ENRICH (pre and post couples inventory). She has experience with marital therapy, adoption, play therapy, trauma, self-esteem, and transition issues. Her passion is working with couples, families, sand tray Therapy, and working cross culturally.

Susan enjoys running, swimming, weaving, house remodeling, travel, exploring new cultures and spending time with her 12 grandkids.

Peter Everts

LPC
Visiting Counselor

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Peter Everts, LPC

Visiting Counselor

Peter is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He worked with adolescent inpatients for several years before beginning private practice with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Over his 39 years of clinical practice Peter has enjoyed helping children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, life transitions, grief and loss, parenting concerns, abuse, and sexual concerns. Peter has been trained in EMDR for work with trauma-based problems and also loves working with couples utilizing emotionally-focused couples therapy. He administers some personality and interpersonal tests.

Having moved eleven times in the first few decades of his life Peter has some personal awareness of the impact of dislocation and making adjustments to new living situations. Peter still enjoys backpacking and mountain climbing with several of his six adult children and 15 grandchildren. When he isn’t adventuring outdoors, he enjoys most sports, board games, puzzles, reading, and traveling.

Roger Sandberg

LPC
Visiting Counselor

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Roger Sandberg, LPC

Visiting Counselor

Roger Sandberg has Master’s degrees in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and Biblical Studies, and is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has worked as a counselor in both private practice and community settings, doing marital and individual therapy with adults as well as work with older adolescents. He particularly enjoys working with those who are navigating depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationship conflicts, grief and loss, and cross-cultural transitions.

Roger specializes in an individual counseling approach called Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), an experiential approach that emphasizes one’s God-given healing capacities, based on neuroscience, attachment, and emotion research. He also utilizes Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC).

Roger has enjoyed doing cross-cultural ministry in various parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America. For relaxation he enjoys reading, walking in nature, sports, listening to music, and meaningful conversations with good friends.

Eve Austin

LMFT
Visiting Counselor

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Eve Austin, LMFT

Visiting Counselor

Eve is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Eve enjoyed 20 years as a worker in Tajikistan and four in Turkey. She is married with one teen daughter, two married children, and one adorable grandson. During her time oversees, she was a wife, mom, worker, educator, entrepreneur, and counselor for workers, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. Eve’s life and work overseas provide her with understanding and empathy to journey with clients from diverse backgrounds through the challenges of team dynamics, transition, relocation and cultural adjustment. She has a passion for supporting TCKs through tween, teen and young adult growth and transitions. She works with kids, teens, couples and families.

Eve enjoys being active outdoors, reading, eating ethnic food, and time with her family.

 

Virginia Pignato

LMHC
Visiting Counselor

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Virginia Pignato, LMHC

Visiting Counselor

Virginia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Counselor Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. She has been a counselor for many years and has also developed and implemented support group ministries and trained lay counselors. Virginia especially enjoys working with cross-cultural workers. She moved to the U.S. with her family when she was a young teenager and is all too familiar with the challenges of adapting to a new culture and learning a new language. Virginia has broad experience in the areas of anger management, depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse issues, couples counseling, and multicultural counseling, particularly within the Hispanic population. She has conducted and facilitated workshops and seminars in these areas and more. She is able to provide counseling in Spanish and English.

She’s an avid reader who devours books of many types. In addition, she loves hiking, traveling to new and interesting places, learning new languages, and spending time with her husband of 32 years, Tom, as well as loving on her sweet Cocker Spaniel, Dylan.

 

Charlie Schaefer, Ph.D.

Ph.D.
Visiting Psychologist

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Charlie Schaefer, Ph.D.

Visiting Psychologist

Life presents each of us with many twists and turns, some of which are hard to navigate. I enjoy coming alongside others as Christian Psychologist to help them move through those significant times in their lives. I meet with individuals, couples, parents, adolescents, and teams to address such issues as: life transitions, debriefing, stress management, building hardiness and resilience, burnout, conflict, anger management, trauma and loss, parenting, men’s issues, pornography, and coping with overwhelming emotions such as depression, anxiety, and grief. I also do psychological testing on such issues as personality styles, various types of distress and mental health concerns, and marital satisfaction.

 

Frauke Schaefer, MD

MD
Visiting Counselor and Consultant

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Frauke Schaefer, MD

Visiting Counselor and Consultant

I believe resilience is a matter of mind, spirit, body, and the relationships we build, the contexts we live in, as well as our stress loads. I focus on short-term resilience enhancing counsel and coaching from a holistic perspective. There are many avenues to increase resilience. If desired, I am also happy to provide consultation about the need for medication in decreasing distress and increasing resilience, think with you about ways in which necessary medication can be prescribed, and discuss who could follow up with you in this regard.

I work with individuals and couples, adults, adolescents, and families. Issues I commonly work with include: stress, burnout, depression, trauma, sleeping problems, grief, marital difficulties, cross-cultural transitions, suitability of job role in relation to personality, and interpersonal conflict.

 


SUPPORT STAFF

Marilyn Ellis

Intake Coordinator

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Marilyn Ellis

Intake Coordinator

Marilyn serves as the Intake Coordinator. Originally from Canada, she has been involved in doing Member Care and Counseling in Canada and various countries in Central Asia since 1998 and loves to help out where she is most needed. Marilyn and her husband Robin moved to Antalya in 2017.

Sarah Ruston

Administrative Assistant

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Sarah Ruston

Administrative Assistant

Sarah serves as Administrative Assistant. Originally from Yorkshire, England, with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Ethics, she has experience as a Trustee of an Integrative Medicine Charity/Non-profit in the UK and as a Commercial Lawyer specializing in the UK’s National Health Service Medical Records Storage for twenty years. She provides a wide range of administrative support for Olive Tree staff and clients, working with finances, office records, lending library, and many other organizational details. She also enjoys greeting clients upon arrival and assisting with orientation to the office. Her ministry at OTCC is part of her service as an Oblate of The Community of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal Order of Sisters, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jackie Sands

Support Role

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Jackie Sands

Support Role for Childcare & Office

Jackie serves in a part-time support role as receptionist, caring for children while their parents are in counseling, and assisting in other behind the scene office responsibilities. She has spent 18 years living cross culturally in West Africa and Papua New Guinea. During that time she been a center hostess, kindergarten assistant and worked in a medical clinic pharmacy. She desires to come along side and help in any way she can.

 

Amber Steffen

Communication & Assimilation Coordinator

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Amber Steffen

Communication & Assimilation Coordinator

Before coming to Olive Tree, Amber used her degree in Graphic Design for nearly 12 years in Marketing & Design at a global orphan care ministry, where she invested deeply in the lives of children, cross-cultural and national staff in Haiti and Ethiopia. Her role there involved print/web design, writing, fundraising, and international small business development. She was even able to co-create a Trauma Healing Program for children based on TBRI Trauma Competent Caregiving materials.

At Olive Tree, Amber supports the gifted counseling team by designing and maintaining the website, online and print materials, videos and more. She is excited to also welcome new staff and visiting counselors and help them acclimate to the city.

Amber also enjoys a good novel, painting, discussing the Enneagram over coffee, and traveling with her husband, Nick.

Grace Scruggs

Intake Coordinator Assistant

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Grace Scruggs, MSN, RN

Intake Coordinator Assistant

Grace assists Marilyn in processing client intake requests for services. She and her husband Steve have lived in Germany and Turkey in the past and appreciate the opportunity to be involved in supporting those who live in a cross-cultural setting. She has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Oklahoma, and has been a registered nurse for nearly 40 years, with recent experience teaching nursing students at Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing. She has been teaching inductive Bible studies for over 20 years and enjoys building relationships with women in the community.