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About Family Ties
Counseling Center

Our Space

Family Ties Counseling Center

Family Ties Counseling Center is located in John’s Landing, off of Macadam Blvd on 333 S Flower St in South Portland. Two houses have been converted to cozy and safe therapy spaces, complete with hot tea and blankets!

Our Main Building

The Annex

Reception Area - Upper Level of Main Building

Rogers Office

Carl Rogers was a humanistic psychologist who posited that for a person to grow, they need an environment that provides genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. His notion of having unconditional positive regard for clients has influenced therapists for generations.

Satir Office

Virginia Satir, often coined “the mother of family therapy,” was a psychotherapist who advocated for the depathologizing of individuals by treating the whole family. She believed all people have an innate ability to grow, and that communication is paramount in families.

Bowen Office

Murray Bowen was a psychiatrist and professor who is considered one of the pioneers of family therapy, positing that families are emotional units that function as systems.

Imago Office

Imago therapy is a relational therapy used with couples to help conflict become opportunities for healing and growth, while nurturing bonding and mutual understanding.

The Beach Office

The Beach is a place where people go to relax and play. At FTCC, the Beach office is a dedicated sand tray room with hundreds of play figurines that can be used by both children and adults. 

Von Franz Office

Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist, scholar and author, best known for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales. 

Frankl Office

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, neurologist, author, and Holocaust survivor, is best known for his book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” His contributions to psychology include an emphasis on finding meaning in order to relieve suffering and focusing on the positive rather than staying entrenched in symptoms.

Cowlitz Group Space

The Cowlitz group space is named to acknowledge the ancestral land of the Cowlitz Tribe on which Family Ties Counseling Center sits. Moreover, we would like to acknowledge the Siletz, Grand Ronde, Clackamas, and all the American Indian and Indigenous Peoples who have been or have become a part of these lands in Oregon. Let this acknowledgement serve as a reminder of the genocide of Indigenous peoples and our present efforts to recognize, honor, reconcile, and partner with the people whose land and water we benefit from today.

Ainsworth Office

Mary Ainsworth was a developmental psychologist most known for her contributions to attachment theory, which guides much therapeutic work with intimate relationships and families.

Hollingworth Office

Letta Stetter Hollingworth was an American psychologist, educator, and feminist, best known for her contributions to the psychology of women and to education of “gifted” (a term she coined) children. 

Clark Office

Mamie Phipps Clark was a social psychologist whose work with the Doll Test provided scientific evidence on racial preference and discrimination, and whose findings were used in the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education case, ending racial segregation in schools.

Our Values

Good Enough Parenting

Our clients aim to accept that they will never be the perfect parent but strive to be a good enough parent.

Prioritizing Connection

Our clients prize closeness and connection within their relationships, even if it sometimes seems difficult or even impossible to do.

Open to Change

Our clients know somewhere deep inside them that it is possible for them to change. This causes them to take risks and be courageous in their healing and therapeutic journey. Because of this, our clients are typically highly motivated individuals, couples, and families who sense their own potential.


Much of the perpetuation of suffering in this world comes from the suppression of truth. Many of our clients specifically seek out safety and support to experience and express reality without distortion and to tear down falsehood.


Couples and families by nature are diverse and thus come in many different formations. We welcome everyone because ALL couples and families deserve to thrive.

Willing to get Help

This willingness is essential for the successful attainment of our client’s goals. They pay money and spend their precious time because they recognize that they can’t do it alone.

Striving for Love & Respect

Our clients value cultivating as much love and respect in the close relationships of their lives, even if they may be challenged to sometimes achieve it.

Our Vision

We envision a world where people enjoy greater emotional intimacy in their close relationships, where the perspective of family is broadened, and where marginalized populations are empowered  through gaining more equity.

Our Mission

We are a collaborative group practice that provides compassionate, affirming, and anti-oppressive care to serve and include all definitions of family. We believe in the strength of healing through relationships.

Our Leadership Team

Johanna Manalis


Owner/Executive Director

Jeremy Manalis



Diane McLendon


MCFT Internship Program Director

Erin Haley


Clinical Director

David Marks


Clinical Director

Laurie Dotten


Clinical Director

Caitlin Wilpone-Jordan


Director of Doctoral Training Program

Renee Limon


Intake Specialist 

Laneate Vang

Laneate Vang


 Executive Assistant


Bri Morales


Lead Intake Scheduler

Annie Hayflick


Intake Scheduler


Nyra Gaston


Billing Specialist


Nicole Zeman


 Financial Coordinator


Our Admin Team