About Us

Susan Gelberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Gelberg is a seasoned licensed psychologist. She earned a BA from Cornell University, an MA from Ithaca College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has additional graduate-level training in business management and multicultural counseling.

Dr. Gelberg has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist. She has worked in private practices, hospitals, HMO’s, community mental health clinics, university counseling centers, a state hospital, and a state prison. She has in-depth experience in treating individuals with trauma (including PTSD, intergenerational trauma, complex trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse), depression, assertiveness issues, physical challenges, stress management problems, health concerns, cognitive disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, adjustment issues, personality disorders, relationship concerns, career and life planning issues, and educational concerns. She has training in LGBT issues as well.

Dr. Gelberg uses a variety of evidence-based treatment (EBT) paradigms drawn from developmental psychology, cognitive-behavioral approaches, short-term therapy, humanistic psychology, and existential psychology.  She also understands how contemporary Western evidence-based treatments must be modified in order to create treatments that incorporate cultural factors (‘culturally-informed counseling.”) She has made many national, state, and local presentations on such topics as diversity training, cultural competency, stress management, depression management, and career-related topics.

Dr. Gelberg’s primary goal is to provide a warm, supportive clinical environment in which there is mutual trust, caring, respect, and support for change. She believes it is an honor, privilege, and responsibility to help people from different backgrounds, occupations, experiences, and presenting concerns (the issues they seek help for).

Professional Associations

  • National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Oregon Psychological Association
  • Texas Psychological Association (non-resident member)
  • Association for Psychological Type International
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling
  • Oregon Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Licensures and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist Oregon (2005-present)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist Illinois (1991-present)
  • Qualified administrator (national certification) of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (2003-present)
  • Certification in White Bison culturally-informed programs
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1972-1985)

Additional Professional Activities

  • Secured grants for mental health services and programs (university, private agency, community mental health center, and state)
  • Published one professional book and one corporate handbook on diversity topics
  • Completed one thesis and one dissertation on career issues
  • 10 professional publications (refereed journal articles)
  • 23 professional presentations at state, national, and international conferences
  • 26 community and university presentations
  • Corporate consulting has included a Fortune 500 company
  • 20 years of supervisory experience working with volunteers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and new professionals

 

Mathew Ata’lunti’ski Poteet (Oglala Lakota/Chickamauga Cherokee/Takelma/Saponi/Cheraw)

mathewMr. Poteet has worked for many years in correctional and mental health facilities to assist individuals who have behavioral problems, addictions, and/or criminal behaviors. As a culturist, he gives prominence to culture for the genesis and treatment of behavioral problems. Mr. Poteet has worked for more than 18 years on diversity initiatives.  He has achieved state recognition and been honored as a community leader.  He has become a consultant for those in the mainstream culture who wish to better understand minority cultures.  He has presented in national mental health conferences on diversity issues.  He worked in Oregon’s Governor’s Office as the Statewide Program Manager for Affirmative Action.  He is a White Bison Facilitator and is also trained to present general diversity programs (Stir-Fry Seminars and Consulting).

The purpose of the trainings by Mathew Poteet, Oglala Lakota/Chickamauga Cherokee/Takelma and Chief Executive Officer and Head Consultant of Cross-Cultural Consulting Coalition, is to help others address sensitive topics which relate to cultural competency in a way that is supportive, encouraging, and challenging but not overwhelming.  Mr. Poteet is highly skilled at working with diverse populations.  His communication skills, humor, insights, knowledge of history and politics, ability to establish rapport and passion about diversity training are factors which make his presentations lively, entertaining, and relevant to the cultural competency needs of workshop participants.  He is able to approach difficult topics with both directness and tact.  His extensive experience in presenting on diversity topics instills confidence in his credibility and expertise.  Finally, he is able to adapt the training to the specific needs of the workshop participants.