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.
Kyong Zu Park, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
B.A., 2001, Korea University
B.S.N., 2012, Oregon Health & Science University
M.S.N., 2015, Oregon Health & Science University
ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Kyong has been providing community mental health service and emergency psychiatric service in the Portland area for the past 7 years. Her specialty is providing intercultural psychiatric service including but not limited to people from different countries and people from marginalized cultures.
Qualified Mental Health Professional,
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
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.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC, IBCLC)
Jennifer Barnes is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) committed to providing holistic, evidence-based care. She seeks to understand the background, strengths, and struggles of her patients to work together to build a treatment plan individualized to their needs. She can address a variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, depression, treatment resistant depression, bipolar, PMDD, and ADHD.
Her areas of interest and expertise include pregnancy, fertility challenges, postpartum, the transition to parenthood, and the menopausal transition. Before attending graduate school, Barnes spent the past 20 years working in women’s health and maternity care as both an RN and a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Several observations over the past many years contributed to her decision to return to graduate school: the rise in mental health disorders, the challenges in finding qualified providers, and the lack of community support. Her background in women’s health has given hera strong foundation in the way hormones interact with mental health.
Jennifer is passionate about collaborating with individuals to help them feel their best and live fulfilling lives. When not working in this role, she loves to read, take walks with her dogs, and spend time with friends and family. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys all that the area has to offer.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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.
Clinical Social Work Associate
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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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.
Qualified Mental Health Associate
B.S., 2017, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
M.S.W, Current Student, University of Denver
Kimmie is a clinical therapy intern through the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her Master’s degree curriculum focuses on mental health and trauma while also emphasizing the importance of cultural competency and the influence of larger systems. Kimmie has worked in a variety of clinical mental health settings, including community-based youth programs, hospital social work, and adult outpatient programs.
Kimmie practices from a trauma-informed, person-centered, and strengths-based approach. Her therapy style is eclectic and often pulls from modalities such as CBT, DBT, ACT and IFS. Kimmie’s therapeutic goal is to provide space for clients to process trauma, regulate emotions, and build skills to better navigate life. Through therapy, her hope is to empower clients to meet themselves with honesty in order to create true authenticity.
Tyanna "Ty" Benson
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, LICASW
Hello, my name is Ty! My intended purpose is to work alongside my patient in assisting them in developing a plan on what it is the patient is looking to achieve/the desired outcome. We will work together on understanding the emotions being experienced and why you are feeling the way you are feeling.
I will utilize several different therapeutic modalities such as cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, “talk therapy”, mindfulness, client centered therapy, all while working to develop coping skills, solution-focused and a strength-based perspective.
Therapy can be a challenging process and my goal/purpose is to meet you where you are at and assist you in getting where you would ideally want to be. As a therapist my intention for my patients to move at a pace that feels safe and appropriate for the patient, assuring my patient ‘s feel heard and validated.
Assisting those who have lived experience with trauma, oppression, relationships, addiction and whatever difficulties or pain one may be experiencing. I appreciate being in a position to be able to assist others with navigating through the healing and therapeutic process. As a therapist utilizing culturally relevant approaches to my clinical interventions is imperative to the services I provide. The service I will provide will be individualistic and together we will determine the best modalities to use moving forward. Life is full of challenges. Let’s navigate through these challenging times together in an attempt to reach your desired therapeutic outcome.
Qualified Mental Health Professional,
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
B.A., 2013, Washington State University
M.A., 2022, George Fox University
Hi, there! My name is Sophie Anderson, and I am a nationally certified Qualified Mental Health Professional, and LPC applicant in the state of Oregon. I have a background in forensic mental health and domestic violence work, with a special interest in working with LGBTQIA+ populations, trauma, and women’s emotional wellness. It is my belief that many therapies can be very problem focused, which I disagree with. I believe that people are not their problems and should be seen for their strengths, which is why I prefer to use Solution Focused Brief Therapy (or SFBT)—a type of psychotherapy which focuses on your inner resources, coping skills, and strengths to help you achieve your goals. I primarily work with adults in individual counseling; I will include you on the process of your therapy every step of the way: your diagnosis, my observations, and your treatment goals. When I’m not helping a client, I am at home snuggling with my two cats, Milo and Otis.