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Counseling Psychology

Lynn Fontana

Adjunct Professor

My philosophy of change rests on a lifetime of study and experiences with people and the miraculous power of the human spirit to continuously learn and seek guidance in transforming imbalanced relationships.

My career includes work as a clinical therapist, consultant, and clinical supervisor. It also includes presenting at a number of workshops locally and nationally. My focus, over the years, has been on working with adolescents and their families. I have taught Theory and Practicum courses in Marriage and Family Therapy programs at various colleges and universities in Oregon. It has been a delight to serve as Adjunct Faculty in the Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy Program at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR since 2008.

In Hood River, Oregon, I developed the clinical program for a residential treatment center Next Door Inc., serving juvenile males and families.

I was the Clinical Supervisor of the Multi-Systemic Treatment (MST) program,  housed at the Juvenile Justice Court of Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon. Where I oversaw the collection of research data, provided program consultation, Supervision and training for the therapist’s work. Additionally, I supervised and consulted the Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI). I also helped develop three clinical outpatient treatment programs also housed in the Juvenile Justice Court.

At Morrison Center in Portland, Oregon,  I developed and supervised a out-patient clinical program called the Family Intensive Support Services (FISS) program for therapists to engage hard-to-reach families in their homes. 

These experiences have provided many opportunities for exposure, training and learning cultural differences, diversity and multicultural therapy. In Springfield, MA, I worked for Johnson Life Center, a minority clinic, as a therapist and trainer, served with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and also the Umatilla Reservation, among many other experiences. I continue to be dedicated to the empowerment of clients and students in the arena of Social Justice.

Currently, my private practice focuses on trauma recovery for individuals and families, adolescents and First Responders. The field is moving in many directions, one is the application of holistic assessment and therapy with the integration of body, brain, mind, and spirit. In this regard, I have received training in Post Doctoral Certification in “Interpersonal Neurobiology” at Portland State University.

I strive to continue this path of learning and appreciate the interpersonal connections that my students and I get to form. They challenge and inspire me to continue my growth in the areas of social justice and theoretical developments.

Service to the Counseling Field

Twice past president of the Oregon Counseling Association

Trainings on Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Adolescent Brain and Working with Families

2009 Leona Tyler Award for outstanding service to the Counseling Field


Areas of Expertise

Trauma Recovery, Individuals, Couples, Adolescents, Parenting, Families, Clinical Supervisor and Consultant for Counseling and Marriage and Family licensure, Certified in Interpersonal Neurobiology, EMDR Supervisor, and Consultant.