The TeamMeet the People of The Counseling Center

Our Counselors


Michael L. Myers, Ph.D.

Oregon Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Myers began his career as a staff clinical psychologist for the Jackson-Hillsdale Community Mental Health in Jackson, Michigan, eventually earning a Ph.D. from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Soon after earning his Ph.D., Dr. Myers was awarded a residency at the Pain Therapy, Biofeedback and Psychology Clinic in Eugene, Oregon.

Dr. Myers went into private practice and joined The Counseling Center in 1991. His pleasant demeanor, strict confidentiality, and unique insight, quickly made Dr. Myers Albany’s most sought after psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, learning disorders, pediatric bipolar disorders, attachment disorders, and Asperger’s disorder.

Dr. Myers also works with families, and one-on-one with adults and children to address behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma recovery. Dr. Myers is father to a beautiful, grown daughter and when he is not working he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, traveling, and contributing to The Mankind Project.




Vicki L. North, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Vicki North attended Texas Woman’s University, where she earned her undergraduate in Family Studies and her post-graduate in Counseling and Human Development. Vicki joined The Counseling Center in 1997. Vicki believes in using as many resources as possible to help her clients accomplish the changes in their lives as they learn to relieve their distress.

Vicki treats adjustment, mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. She specializes in working with trauma and abuse victims as well as women suffering from postpartum depression. She works with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy. Vicki also provides couples counseling and teaches parents to use effective communication and discipline techniques with their children of all ages. In addition, Vicki works with Veterans providing one-on-one and group therapy to address PTSD and other issues.

Vicki always makes herself available for speaking engagements and custody evaluations.

Vicki enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys gardening, her chickens, geese, as well as quilting and knitting.




Jeannette Rowell, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jeannette Rowell attended Corban University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Family Studies and George Fox University where she earned a post-graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her work, Jeannette provides counseling services to adults, children, couples and families and is committed to providing clients with a safe, comfortable setting to explore issues and to move confidently toward change.

Jeannette provides counseling services to children from age three through adolescence who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral issues due to problems with transitions (separations, divorce, and relocation), trauma, developmental issues, management of chronic illness, relationship issues, and attention/learning challenges. When seeing young children, Jeannette utilizes play therapy, providing them with a gentle, natural way to process their hurts and to build on their strengths.

Jeannette sees adults who are dealing with anxiety, mood, adjustment, trauma/PTSD and relationship issues. When seeing adults, Jeannette provides a variety of interventions tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

Jeannette is available for speaking engagements and workshop presentations.
Jeannette enjoys reading, hiking, creative writing, listening to a wide variety of music and spending time with her family.




Christopher Buck, MFT, Intern

Marriage & Family Therapist, Intern

Christopher Buck is a highly motivated and a skilled Marriage Family Therapist Intern with extensive background in multidisciplinary settings. He is a client advocate in the mental health arena. His desire is to bring his skills in the cognitive behavioral therapy and emotional focused therapy world into the counseling setting.

He is a passionate learner and seeker of continuing skills and knowledge. He brings with him a B.S. in Liberal Arts, M.Div. in Pastoral Care, Th.M. in Medical and Professional Ethics and is currently a doctoral candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Chris has been married 44 years to his wife, Michele, has 2 children and 8 grandchildren.




Laura McCoy, LPC

Laura McCoy attended Arizona State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science. Laura worked with children as a speech therapist before attending George Fox University where she earned a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

In her work, Laura provides counseling services to adults, adolescents, couples and families and is dedicated to assisting clients in making positive change. Laura provides counseling services to adolescents who are struggling with challenges, such as anxiety and depression, trauma, OCD and behavioral concerns. Laura uses a non-judgmental cognitive behavioral approach and a skill based model to assist clients.

Laura sees adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD and relationship/family dynamic challenges. Laura assesses the needs of the client and uses unique interventions to address the situation.

Laura enjoys gardening, biking, crafting, hiking and spending time with her family.

Paul Pridmore, M.Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Newport Office

Paul Pridmore attended Corban University, earning a degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Studies in 1992. In 1996 He received his Master’s Degree from Whitworth University. Paul just recently joined The Counseling Center in 2014, with the addition of an office in Newport, Oregon.

Paul served in the Washington Army National Guard from 2006-2012 as an infantryman. In counseling it is a great privilege for him to provide group and individual counseling to veterans resulting in greater growth and healing from impacts of combat. He works with a range of clients from adolescents to late adulthood who are battling with struggles from Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, grief reaction, as well as marital and family difficulties.

Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends and especially likes to perform, write, and listen to music of all kinds, often singing and playing guitar on weekends.


Our Support Staff


Clerical Staff

Norma Johnson, Tammy Kromhout, Carla Johnson and Ann Kerlee comprise the in- house office staff. In addition to sharing our counselor’s passion for human growth and development, our office staff provides full-service support to our clients. From their first contact with us to their last, clients are treated with respect, encouragement and complete confidentiality. The Counseling Center’s office administrative staff provides reception, authorization of benefits, secretarial support, insurance billing, collections, credentialing, contracting, and marketing, as well as some comic relief. Our office staff handles the day to day realities of running a business. This allows our counselors to focus solely on helping our clients to make positive changes within their lives.





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