What is CARE?

Coordinating Agencies Response to Early Childhood Needs
Care Team

The CARE program is for the early assessment, identification, and intervention of childhood emotional, social, and behavioral needs in children aged 0-8, who live in Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County, and South Lewis counties. We teach incredible years groups to focus on enhancing parenting skills related to attachment and bonding, setting appropriate boundaries, and encouraging desired behaviors in children. We also use PCIT which is parent child interaction therapy to work on the attachment and bonding, and age-appropriate expectations. We utilize Triple P Primary Care which is a brief intervention to address the root cause of a behavior and equip parents with tools to manage behaviors.  We offer CBT depression, CBT anxiety and Trauma Focused CBT. We offer some individual therapy in the schools that we serve. Currently those schools are: Kessler, Mint Valley, St. Helens, Wallace, Woodland, Castle Rock and Broadway.  As we are a Grant Funded Program, CARE does not require a diagnosis or insurance for services.

CARE Team

Angelee Berrian

Angelee Berrian

School-Based Therapist

I’m Angelee Berrian, School Based Therapist with the CARE Project! I’m passionate about supporting families and schools, and I do so through therapy and consultation to improve the mental health of children and ultimately, communities. I enjoy supporting parents through Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Incredible Years parenting groups, helping them address behaviors and supporting them toward a more enjoyable parent-child relationship. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University in Portland. I love to cook, write poetry, and goof off with my husband and my daughter. 

Ami Bitton

Ami Bitton

Social Worker & School-Based Therapist

My name is Ami Bitton and I am a social worker and school-based therapist with the CARE team. I love to be outside hiking, walking my dog, or enjoying a good book. I love being a therapist and working with families to help them succeed and be the best they can be. 

Megan Huffman

Megan Huffman

Project Manager

I’m Megan Huffman, the Project Manager for the CARE Program. I am a Social Worker and have been a Therapist for 5 years. My favorite part about working with families is seeing small changes happen over time that ultimately make for big changes in the family. I love when I get to see parents have that “ah ha” moment and everything changes. I love being outside, sitting on the porch with a hot cup of coffee in the morning, going to the beach and playing with my kids. 

Lindsey Richards

Lindsey Richards

Nurse Navigator

My name is Lindsey Richards. I am the Nurse Navigator with the CARE team. I love playing games with my kids, going on road trips, and enjoying a good cup of coffee. 

I chose nursing because it is my passion and my purpose to help others. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Selah Mitchell

Selah Mitchell

Early Interventionist

My name is Selah Mitchell, Early Interventionist for the CARE program at Columbia Wellness.  I teach parenting groups using the Incredible Years curriculum. I teach one-on-one parenting skills with Triple P (positive parenting program) and Incredible Years home coaching. I have a passion to serve and help families and children.  As a mother of two boys, 16 and 25, I know parenting children can be both rewarding and difficult at the same time. I love to build on the strengths of the parents to empower, partner with community resources, and to help support parents with their parenting journey, to be the best they can be for the betterment of their children.  Some fun facts about me are  that I love to travel to Hawaii to visit my brothers. I enjoy hiking, swimming in the ocean and spending time with my boys and husband (high school sweetheart) of 30 years.  

Kelly Purcell

Kelly Purcell

Early Interventionist

My name is Kelly Purcell, Early Interventions for the CARE program. I have a Master’s degree in Education. I have worked in Education and Social Services with children and families for over 20 years.  Working with parents and caregivers to gain new skills and empower them in their roles with children is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my career.