Meet the Staff

Paris Schaefer, PsyD (she/her)
Associate Director for Counseling and Training

Greetings University of Portland community! My name is Paris Schaefer, Psy.D. and I am a clinical psychologist and the Associate Director for Counseling and Training at the Health and Counseling Center.  

I’ve been working in college mental health for over 15 years at schools both big and small, most recently at Reed College as the Clinical and Training Director and Stanford University as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of the Mental Health and Well-Being Task Force. I have specialized training in short-term and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and my theoretical orientation incorporates tools from attachment theory, feminist and social justice perspectives as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. My clinical interests include college student adjustment and identity development, relationship issues, childhood stress, perfectionism, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma. 

In addition to direct clinical services, my areas of interest include: 

  • the role of creativity in identity development 

  • activism as intervention

  • psychotherapy and neuroplasticity 

  • mental health and campus climate 

  • psychotherapy training and supervision

College is such a critical time of exploration both intellectually, emotionally, as well as psychologically and spiritually. Ultimately, I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the primary vehicle for change and my style is warm, non-judgmental, and strengths based.

 

Clay Hartmann, PhD (he/him)
Psychologist

Hi, my name is Dr. Clay Hartmann and I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Oregon. I completed my PhD at the New School in New York City, where my research focus was on substance use, mourning, and the gendered experience of health. My clinical training experiences included a wide range of hospital rotations and university clinical placements, though I feel most at home in a college counseling center.  

I tend to work from a psychodynamic framework, which attempts to help people unpack the patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that leave them feeling stuck and on repeat. I try to help students identify those patterns, understand how they were formed, and help them to create new ways of connecting to themselves and to others. I also utilize skills focused therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention for students looking to make structured changes in their day to day behaviors. Lastly, I also tend to integrate in feminist and cultural theory into my work, in order to help students unpack how their struggles are socially and culturally located.  

I’m ready to help students with anything from relationship and family issues, to working through past traumas, and/or simply adjusting to the hectic life of being a Pilot. Outside of therapy I enjoy extended backpacking trips, local bands, and gardening. If you see me skating around campus feel free to say hi.  

 

Nikolai Guimaoutdinov, MA (they/them)

Predoctoral Advanced Practicum Clinician

Добрый день! My name is Nikolai Guimaoutdinov and I am in the process of completing my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Therapeutically, I seek to help my clients create change in their lives by blending a relationship-focused approach with elements of skills-based therapies. As someone who holds several marginalized identities, I value diverse experiences and strive to practice cultural humility. I hope to co-create a safe, accepting space with my clients in which we are free to explore any topic. 
My clinical interests include trauma, identity development, sexual health, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and personality disorders. 
In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, spending time with animals, cooking, and watching reality television.
Добрый день! My name is Nikolai Guimaoutdinov and I am in the process of completing my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Therapeutically, I seek to help my clients create change in their lives by blending a relationship-focused approach with elements of skills-based therapies. As someone who holds several marginalized identities, I value diverse experiences and strive to practice cultural humility. I hope to co-create a safe, accepting space with my clients in which we are free to explore any topic. 
My clinical interests include trauma, identity development, sexual health, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and personality disorders. 
In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, spending time with animals, cooking, and watching reality television.

 

Gregory Taylor, MA (he/him)

Predoctoral Practicum Clinician

Hi, my name is Gregory Taylor, MA. I’m am a doctoral student, training in clinical psychology at Pacific University. I received my bachelor’s degree in 2013 from the New School in New York City, where I studied psychology and philosophy. I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida before moving to New York City for 10 years and then to Portland, Oregon in 2018 to begin my doctoral training. I received my master’s degree from Pacific University in 2020. I am very excited to be a part of the clinical team at the HCC, and to be able to work with the wonderful students at UP. My past experiences include working in a community clinic where I worked with people struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal/family dynamics, self-esteem, identity exploration and development, stress and trauma. I also had the wonderful experience of running a “teen stress management group” for high school students in Portland. My current research is on masculine socialization and particularly the ability of some adolescent boys and young men to resist some of the problematic aspects of rigid conformity to American models of masculinity.Clinically, I utilize a psychodynamic lens to explore how individuals may have learned a certain way of being and interacting in the world and how these patterns can sometimes lead a person to feel stuck and uncertain of how to move forward. I will also pull from various therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness, as well as utilizing a feminist and systems theory lens that focuses on the social/cultural context and power dynamics that inform one’s sense of self and particularly self-in-relationship. Beyond therapy I’m interested in exploring nature, hiking, climbing, and playing music.