- To be a leader in the provision of compassionate and effective psychological and wellness services.
- To inspire change and engender respect as a provider of high-quality psychological and wellness care.
- To be a valued and well-integrated partner in alliances that promote the health and quality of life for the community and its members.
- To provide accessible, effective, and efficient behavioral health and wellness services.
- To engage in active outreach to assure prevention, early intervention, and coordination of services to reduce the impact of health and behavioral disorders for the individual and community we serve.
EBH’s values are best summarized with the word, VECTOR. “Vector” is a mathematical term indicating both strength and direction. For EBH, VECTOR is the strong guiding values that give direction of all our patient and business relationships.
Validating: We strive to begin and maintain every relationship with validation of the experiences and needs of the other person or business entity. Ensuring they feel understood and that all members of our team have an accurate conceptualization of the expressed needs and experiences.
Empowering: We strive to empower others to develop skills, relationships, meaning, attitudes, and knowledge to grow personal strength, resiliency, and reduce stress.
Curious: It is critical, as good scientists and health providers, that we demonstrate curiosity about the cause, the course, and effectiveness of treatments for each individual's concerns.
Teaching: We strive to teach our patients and the community about the advances in the physical basis of psychological care and strive to orient patients and the community to the range of options for care both physical and in mental health.
Outcomes Driven: We focus on patient-identified goals and utilization of evidence-based therapies to work towards these goals.
Respecting: We strive to show respect and compassion to all individuals interacting with EBH building strength in rapport and relationships. With aim to serve our clientele with excellence in customer service, warm, friendly, and inviting interactions, with clear expectations and boundaries.
Directors at Evergreen Behavioral Health
Jill Fancher, PhD
Director of Pain Management Services - Licensed Psychologist
Pain Geek: I love everything to do with the science and the understanding of pain, pain processes, chronic pain, and pain relief. For me it starts with a passion for sifting through, sorting, and translating scientific articles. I am motivated by working with fellow individuals with pain, helping to decipher the complexities of what's working and what is not. Combine this with a skepticism of quick-fixes and cure-promises, my personal goal is help foster an environment of compassionate communication and systematic learning about pain.
Pain Advocate: Pain stigma, bias, and discrimination are pervasive in our society. From overt messages of disbelief and invalidation of the person with pain to more subtle messages of exaggeration, it is time to change the conversation about chronic pain! Those of us with pain often feel isolated, but we are not alone. With over 1/3 of the adults in America with chronic pain it is time we come together and change how pain is treated. I am working with other organizations and groups of people with pain to fight the stigma and engender empowerment for people with pain.
Psychologist: I utilize time-limited empirically based treatments that teach science, skills, and support for managing difficult situations, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors - empowering individuals to improve their quality of life with the support and compassion everyone deserves and should expect. My practice is focused on treating health-related concerns, including chronic pain & chronic illness.
Public Education: I truly enjoy engaging the community in discussions of mental health care consumer options, rights, and responsibilities. Hope for good outcomes hinges on 2 determinants: A good match between the therapists skills and style and utilization of evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches.
Specialties: Chronic Pain, Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Anxiety Disorders
Laura Smith, PsyD
Director of Clinical Services - Licensed Psychologist
As a pain psychologist, I work with chronic pain on various levels. On the micro-level, I love working individually with people who live with chronic pain. It is a passion of mine to be a safe person for those who are exhausted from the intensity and agony of pain and suffer with the social and psychological impact of pain. I use the Mastering Pain Method, which is a compassionate and comprehensive approach to pain management. This approach utilizes the range of evidence-based therapies for pain management. The Mastering Pain Method also introduces neurobiological skills that, in addition to a variety of possible biological changes, can induce the release of endogenous opioids, reducing pain. All together this comprehensive system exploits neuroplasticity to change the way the brain and spinal cord process pain, and ultimately, change the person’s experience of pain.
After successfully witnessing so many of my patients be empowered, finding reprieve, and improving their lives using this method, I became extremely interested in making the Mastering Pain Method available on a larger scale to patients and providers. In part, I am fulfilling this interest by expanding our clinic, Evergreen Behavioral Health, adding warm competent psychologists to our practice who also are trained as Mastering Pain therapists. In this way, we are meeting more of the need for pain management services and general psychological care in our local community.
Because I am passionate about pain, patient-provider communication, collaboration, and improving quality of patient care, I dedicate part of my time to the Mastering Pain Institute. In this role I am helping to develop and provide training for providers to use the Mastering Pain Method themselves. My personal goal is to not only improve the lives of those who live with pain, but also to be of service to physicians and allied health professionals who treat pain by providing support, education, and consultation.