About Us

John Butler VI, Ph.D. Candidate, LMFT

john@coastal-center.com

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #T1258

¡hablo español!

At the Lincoln City office Tuesdays-Thursdays

Online Mondays and Fridays

I accept Self-pay, Moda, IHN, and BCBS

For online sessions: https://doxy.me/butler

I would be honored to be your therapist and help you and family obtain the support and hope you deserve. I particularly specialize in child and family relationships. Does your child have behavioral, social, or emotional challenges? Does your child not listen, whine and nag, act defiant, tantrum, and have anger or aggression? I’m fluent in the languages of parenthood and childhood. I work with many mothers who desire a caring and safe male role model for their child. I offer play therapies, where children can express thoughts and emotions through the language of playfulness. This type of treatment can help with communication, emotional expression, emotional regulation, problem solving, and processing events, crises, and traumas.

Quick Facts:

  • In addition to English, I speak both Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Advanced training and certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (pcit.ucdavis.edu).

Julie Ramisch, Ph.D., LMFT

julie@coastal-center.com

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #T1160

Practice owner and supervisor

At the Lincoln City office and online Sundays-Thursdays

I accept Self-pay, Moda, IHN, OHP Open Card, Samaritan Choice, and BCBS

For online sessions: https://doxy.me/julieramisch

As a therapist I am trained to provide brief, specific, and solution-focused services to individuals, couples, and families. I try to help clients achieve their goals quickly and efficiently. I enjoy getting to know clients individually and want to help clients feel better about themselves and their relationship with others. You can learn more about marriage and family therapy here. Overall, my basic goal is to help my clients feel like therapy was a successful experience.

I graduated from Purdue University Calumet with my master's degree, and then Michigan State University with my Ph.D.. I worked as an assistant professor at a university before starting Coastal Center in 2016.

Quick Facts:

  • AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

  • Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples (http://www.iceeft.com/)

Christa Bhagat Smith, M.A., QMHP, Professional Counselor Associate

christa@coastal-center.com

Supervised by Julie Ramisch, Ph.D., LMFT

Registration #TBD

At the Lincoln City office Thursdays

At the Corvallis office Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

I accept Self-pay and IHN

For online sessions: https://doxy.me/cbhagatsmith

I completed my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. My previous experience includes a clinical internship working in a substance abuse facility, with a focus on DBT techniques. I also worked as a community-based therapist helping to reunite families. I enjoy working with families and couples, and collaborating with them to understand how their interactions with the world affect their daily lives. I am under the supervision of Dr. Julie Ramisch. We meet for 2-4 hours for supervision a month.



Melissa Demers, M.A., QMHP, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

melissa@coastal-center.com

Supervised by Julie Ramisch, Ph.D., LMFT

Registration #R6568

Online Mondays- Fridays

I accept Self-pay and IHN

For online sessions: https://doxy.me/melissadem

I completed my M.A. degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. I have experience working with folx from all walks of life and mental health concerns, including those struggling with gambling addiction and other substance use disorders. As a systemic therapist, I enjoy working with couples and families to resolve relational conflict, increase effective communication, create a more equitable bond, and enhance intimacy. I work alongside clients, exploring their strengths and values to help them better cope with life’s ups and downs. Whether you’re dealing with a loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, relational conflict, or coping in ways that don’t align with your values, I would be honored to be a witness to your process and meet you right where you are. I am under the supervision of Dr. Julie Ramisch. We meet for 2-4 hours of supervision a month.

Jacob Merritt, M.A., NCC, QMHP, Professional Counselor Associate

jacob@coastal-center.com

Supervised by Julie Ramisch, Ph.D., LMFT

Registration #R6847

At the Lincoln City office and online Sundays-Tuesdays

Online Wednesdays

At the Corvallis office Thursdays

I accept Self-pay and IHN

For online sessions: https://doxy.me/jlmerritt

I completed my M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at Tyler. My previous experience includes counseling undergraduate college students and individuals with disabilities. I am a person-centered counselor who utilizes other approaches, such as CBT, when appropriate. I provide individual counseling to adults and adolescents who are struggling and I would be honored to walk with you through this process. My specialties include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, OCD, self-esteem, and grief. I am under the supervision of Dr. Julie Ramisch. We meet for 2-4 hours of supervision per month.



Are you interested in joining our team? We are always looking for talented and dedicated licensed therapists or associates to join our team. If this is you, please let us know and ask us how to apply!