Meet the NorthStar Team

Dr. Andrew Williams

Dr. Andrew Williams is a licensed and board Certified General Psychiatrist.  After graduating residency at Creighton University School of Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center he returned home to Portland,OR.

Before entering medical school Dr. Williams worked as an Art Therapist, helping people with serious mental illnesses, trauma survivors, cancer patients, and at risk youth.  The use of expressive therapies in the healing process led Dr. Williams to develop a caring, holistic approach to psychiatry.

At Northstar Psychiatry Dr. WIlliams continues his practice of person-centered care using both traditional and cutting edge technologies to better the lives of his patients.  When he isn’t helping patients at Northstar, Dr. WIlliams works in an emergency setting and teaches the next generation of psychiatrists in one of the region’s leading academic hospitals.

NorthStar Team Members

Kyong Zu Park, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education
B.A., 2001, Korea University
B.S.N., 2012, Oregon Health & Science University
M.S.N., 2015, Oregon Health & Science University

Certifications
ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Marisa Goldfinger

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education
B.S., 2015, University of Central Florida
B.S.N., 2017, University of North Florida
M.S.N., 2021, Frontier Nursing University;
Currently pursuing a doctorate from Frontier Nursing University

I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in addiction medicine. I hold a master’s degree and am pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to obtaining my master’s degree, I worked as a psychiatric registered nurse at the Oregon State Hospital and a psychiatric emergency room in Portland, OR. I have extensive experience working with clients experiencing mental health crises using a trauma informed approach, striving to meet the clients where they are. I also enjoy brainstorming and collaborating directly with my patients to create the best treatment plans for their specific needs and wishes.

Outside of the office, I enjoy doing CrossFit, exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, and spending time with my two- and four-legged friends and family!

Sara BaDour

Qualified Mental Health Professional,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Intern

Education
B.S., 2016, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
M.S., 2021, Capella University

My name is Sara BaDour. I am a Qualified Mental Health Professional and LPC Applicant with a focus on trauma and crisis counseling. I practice from a person-centered approach in which I believe the client is the expert in their own life, creating a collaboration between client and clinician.

Building rapport and a therapeutic relationship is a necessary foundation for any therapy and heightens the efficacy of individualized interventions like CBT, DBT, and trauma-informed care. I also have a background in neuroscience which I integrate into my therapy to provide clients an understanding of how the brain works, relating it back to their presenting problem(s). I worked with clients experiencing a wide variety of issues from depression and anxiety to substance use, trauma, and personality disorders.

No one client is the same, which is why the therapeutic interventions are structured to the client in a collaborative fashion, empowering the client to regain strength in themselves and their lives.

Ana Cupp

Clinical Social Work Associate

Education
B.S.W., 2018, University of Nevada
M.S.W., 2019, University of Nevada

Ana believes the focus of therapy is unique to every client and that their relationship with their clinician is just as important. Ana likes a direct approach and values honesty because she’s seen that if we can learn to be honest and more accepting, life becomes easier, problems become solvable, and we become more capable of being kind to ourselves and others.

She’s worked with survivors of abuse resulting in PTSD and sees the beauty, bravery and resilience of those who are willing to face trauma and work towards healing. She’s worked with teens, enjoying the energy and enthusiasm they bring into the room, and she’s worked with people in grief who may have little energy at all. But loss is the threshold to deeper life and brings its own surprising gifts.

Ana uses a Strengths-Based Person-Centered approach, focusing on a person’s strengths, interests, resources, and capabilities. She considers her greatest strength to be her ability to listen deeply, connect authentically and envelop a trusting, healing relationship with people from all walks of life. This work is not always easy, but she is committed to creating a collaborative safe space for clients to face their challenges as they come.

Jessica Bentura-Jimenez

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education

B.S.N., 2017, Colorado Technical University
M.S.N., 2021, Frontier Nursing University
*Achieving a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at Frontier Nursing University

Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to the adult population. In her practice, she strives to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for her patients and their treatment preferences. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience, personal observation, and patient input, in order to develop a treatment plan that is patient centered. Focused treatment areas include depression, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.

Kendra Pittman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education
B.A., 2012, Western Washington University
M.S.W., 2017, Portland State University

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works primarily with adolescents, teens, parents, and families from diverse cultures and life experiences to address depression, anxiety, trauma, unhealthy family patterns, and other unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior that can leave us feeling “stuck.” When we feel overwhelmed by sadness, anger, or worry, it can negatively affect our mental, physical, and spiritual health. I am passionate about supporting people in finding their strength and sense of calm in the midst of chaos. My approach to supporting you (and your family) is gentle, compassionate, and genuine, yet direct and straightforward. Together, we will work to reach your goals by building on the skills that you already have and by using practical interventions to move towards where you want to be. I see each client as unique and we will work together to establish what you define as success in your life and how to meet your goals for emotional, mental, and physical well-being, addressing mind, body, soul.

My goal is to offer a space where you feel safe and empowered. Finding a therapist that you connect with can be a critical part of your healing journey. I am happy to offer a free phone consultation before our first appointment to ensure you are comfortable before moving forward. I can offer sessions in both English and Spanish. I look forward to hearing from you and co-journeying with you on your path towards healing.

Trinity Toft

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education
B.A., 2004, San Francisco State University
M.S.W., 2014, New York University

Trinity Toft (she/her) psychotherapist specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression and life transitions for women, focusing specifically on new and expectant mothers. Combining the love of humans and their stories, Trinity received a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State and went on to pursue her Masters in Clinical Social Work at New York University.

Trinity is a trauma-informed therapist with training in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, and Perinatal Mental Health with Postpartum Support International. Trinity has worked in hospital, school and community based settings with a diverse group of clients which has challenged and shaped her knowledge and focus. Trinity uses humor, pop-culture references, and evidenced-based practices in her work. She will probably drop an f-bomb or two.

A published writer, musician, storyteller and former back-up dancer, Trinity has also been reading her adolescent journals to audiences with Mortified (www.getmortified.com) for over a decade. She lives with her sneakerhead husband, princess-obsessed daughter, and extremely fluffy cat Raisin in Portland, OR.

Trinity supports the LGBTQAI+ and BIPOC communities and is committed to anti-oppression and anti-racist work personally and professionally.

Victor Hernandez

Clinical Social Work Associate

Education
B.S., 2010, Portland State University
M.S.W., 2017, Portland State University

My name is Victor Hernandez, I’m a counselor who graduated from Portland State University (PSU) with a Master’s in Social Work. I have experience assisting individuals with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. I provide services in both English and Spanish (Bilingual and bicultural).

My approach is holistic, considering social complexities and life stressors. I have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused approaches, Crisis Intervention and case management. I also use components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I primarily work with the following diagnosis: Schizophrenia (and other psychotic disorders), Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Adjustment disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. I believe in collaborative effort in order to attempt achieving a desired outcome.