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.



Jeannette Rowell

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.



Sharon Sielschott

Sharon Sielschott, LPC


Sharon attended Western Oregon University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art and her post-graduate degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, which emphasizes the needs of people with disabilities of all kinds. mm

Sharon works with adults and teens in individual therapy. Sharon utilizes an individualized approach in her work with clients, often including aspects of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavior therapy. Sharon assists clients in exploring choices in order to choose a hopeful and meaningful path forward.

Sharon has two grown children and several grandchildren and she enjoys dogs, gardening, photography, creative writing, reading, and travel.




Marilyn Slizeski

Marilyn Slizeski, LPC, CADC III
Licensed Professional Counselor


Marilyn Slizeski attended Oregon State University earning a Bachelor's Degree and two Master's Degrees. She holds licenses for mental health counseling and drug and alcohol counseling.

Marilyn provides counseling services for youth and adult clients, couples and families helping them to meet the challenges they face in their lives. She is experienced in co-occurring disorders, marriage and family issues, PTSD/trauma, substance use disorders, grief/loss, anxiety and depression, gender identity, and parenting issues.She cares deeply about her work and is dedicated to empowering clients to reach their personal goals.

Marilyn and her husband have three grown children. She finds her peace in the natural environment and enjoys hiking and camping and working on home projects.




Bob Nielsen

Bob Nielsen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Bob attended Marquette University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History/French/Secondary Education and Portland State University where he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work. Bob has enjoyed working with people with disabilities and mental health support needs in varying capacities since 1987.

Bob provides counseling services to adults and teens who are experiencing anxiety, mood, adjustment, trauma/PTSD and relationship issues. Bob uses Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other techniques to assist people to better deal with life’s challenges and live happier lives.




Gilbert McEdwen

Gilbert McEwen LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor


 Gib attended The University of Phoenix where he received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He went on to receive his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Capella University. He studies and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Gib works with young adults as well as older individuals, couples and families. Gib can be helpful in areas such as relationships, self- esteem issues, motivation, anxiety and depression. He cares about the progress that each client is making and will always work to help the client better themselves by finding more positive meaning in life by setting achievable goals that they can be proud of.

Gib and his wife have been married for many years and have two grown children, and one granddaughter. They enjoy time at the beaches of Oregon and traveling to exciting places for short stays. They enjoy experiencing different cultures and learning the history of other people.






Rita Hicks

Rita Hicks, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Rita Hicks attended the University of California at Riverside for her undergraduate degree and Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, where she earned her post-graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In her work, Rita provides counseling services to adults, adolescents, couples and families.

Rita follows a family systems approach to therapy, noting that many factors impact a family experiencing difficulties, and that a family in therapy can work together to help family members reduce distress and relieve the strain on the family. Rita also utilizes Strategic Therapy techniques, including building on individual strengths to foster desired changes in behavior.

Rita has extensive experience working with military individuals, couples and families. She also has experience with anxiety, mood, and adjustment disorders, ADHD in both children and adults, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, co-occurring disorders and relationship issues.

Rita has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, playing with her dog, “Jake,” travel and reading.









Our Support Staff

Clerical Staff

The office staff share our counselors passion; 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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