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Barbara Overson
Barbara Overson
MS, LMHC, CMHS, BCB

Educational and Professional Background: Barbara Overson, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, received her Master of Science degree in Psychology: Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University in 2007. She received…

Educational and Professional Background:

Barbara Overson, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, received her Master of Science degree in Psychology: Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University in 2007. She received her bachelor degrees in Psychology and Art from Gonzaga University in 2003. Barbara is a Child Mental Health Specialist and is board certified in Biofeedback. Barbara maintains a part-time clinical practice serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked in the mental health field since 2002 and has experience providing services within outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. She is dedicated to continuing her work with individuals who are reaching for personal wellness, empowerment, and health.

Treatment Philosophy:

As an artist who enjoys using pottery and painting for self-expression, Barbara utilizes a variety of hands-on techniques in her work. She believes every individual possesses personal strengths and knowledge of their needs and is able to increase self-awareness in a collaborative therapeutic environment. She uses a client-centered perspective in her work and believes intervention techniques are most effective when they are tailored to the individuals with whom she is working. In sessions, Barbara creates a supportive and safe environment that allows clients to explore their innermost feelings and struggles. She primarily utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, biofeedback, play therapy, and phenomenological interventions. She aspires to help clients and families build on their own strengths and learn additional skills that empower them to better manage life’s challenges.

Areas of Specialty:

Barbara enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families who are dealing with the following types of issues:

  • Anxiety disorders, trauma, phobias, and OCD
  • Mood Disorders
  • Communication and relationship issues
  • Family transitions, such as divorce or coping with new medical diagnoses
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment and interpersonal problems
  • Building emotional intelligence
  • Attentional/organizational difficulties(ADD/ADHD)
  • Mind-Body connection/Health Psychology
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence, Family Issues/Transitions, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorder, OCD, Organizational Difficulties, Phobias, Trauma
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
MEd, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Beth Johnson, MEd, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and Children’s Mental Health Specialist. She received her BA in Psychology from Western Washington University in…

Educational and Professional Background:

Beth Johnson, MEd, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor and Children’s Mental Health Specialist. She received her BA in Psychology from Western Washington University in 1990 and MEd degree from City University in 1994. She has worked at Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Clinic working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, Catholic Community Services working with children and families, and Family Counseling Center working with adults, adolescents, and families.

Beth uses a variety of approaches to working with adolescents and families. These techniques include psycho-educational tools, cognitive behavioral strategies of reframing beliefs and thinking patterns, building positive self-image, recognizing options, learning about positive life choices, and building support systems.

  • Trauma and abuse recovery
  • Parenting strategies
  • Family transitions
  • Parent-adolescent conflicts
  • Divorce adjustment
  • Mood disorders
  • Grief and loss
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Abuse Recovery, Adolescent Issues, Divorce, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Relationship/Interpersonal Difficulties, Trauma Recovery
Bridget Gordon
Bridget Gordon
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Bridget Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1981. She received…

Educational and Professional Background:

Bridget Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1981. She received her Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1989. She has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 1993. Since receiving her MSW she has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, with populations ranging from adolescents to adults and geriatrics. Bridget is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and The Northwest Independent Practitioners Association.

Areas of Special Interest:

Bridget Gordon primarily works with adults. She provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Her areas of interest and specialty include the following:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
  • Self Esteem and Assertiveness Building
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Works with:
Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Anxiety, Dual Diagnosis, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues
Brittany Bruner
Brittany Bruner
MA, LMFT, CMHS

Educational and Professional Background: Brittany Bruner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Child Mental Health Specialist. She earned her BA in Psychology from WWU in 2007, and…

Educational and Professional Background:

Brittany Bruner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Child Mental Health Specialist. She earned her BA in Psychology from WWU in 2007, and her MA in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle’s Child, Couple and Family Program in 2010. She has worked in a variety of settings including a drug and alcohol inpatient treatment facility for adolescents, a short term inpatient facility for those with mental illness, and a community mental health agency working with children, adolescents and families.

Areas of Interest:

Brittany enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She employs a variety of theories in her work, including Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and Solution Focused. Her work is process, and emotionally focused. She believes it is important that therapy be client focused, driven by what her client’s are bringing to the therapy room, and what they are hoping to accomplish. She looks forward to collaborating with you on you journey!

Areas of Specialty:

Brittany works with children, adolescents, couples and families.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Child/Adolescent Issues
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • School Problems
  • Parenting Struggles
  • Family Issues/Transitions
  • Relationship/Interpersonal Difficulties
  • Life Transitions
  • Challenges with Connection/Intimacy
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Behavioral Concerns, Challenges with Connection/Intimacy, Child/Adolescent Issues, Family Issues/Transitions, Life Transitions, Parenting Struggles, Relationship/Interpersonal Difficulties, School Problems, Trauma
Colleen Semple
Colleen Semple
MEd, LMHC, CMHS

Educational and Professional Background: Colleen Semple, MED, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Antioch, Seattle in 1992 with a focus on Psychology in Education….

Educational and Professional Background:

Colleen Semple, MED, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Antioch, Seattle in 1992 with a focus on Psychology in Education. This emphasis is the foundation for her work with individuals in schools and communities, in conflict resolution, and drug/alcohol prevention services for youth. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education/ Counseling in 2001 at the University of Montana and worked as a school counselor in elementary, middle and alternative high school programs. Colleen has a broad range of experience counseling individuals and parents in community mental health centers and schools, teaching parenting classes, and working with high risk youth. Colleen has most recently worked as a child/family therapist at Catholic Community Services becoming a Child Mental Health Specialist while establishing her private practice in Bellingham. Colleen has done extensive training in children’s mental health disorders, Life Span Integration therapy (see www.lifespanintegration.com) and issues related to grief and loss. She continues to explore postgraduate training.

Areas of Special Interest:

Colleen enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in childhood and adolescent behavioral disorders and works with adults providing Lifespan Integration therapy for trauma, grief/loss and personal transitions.

  • Adoption challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Grief/Loss
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • School Problems
  • Trauma/Posttraumatic stress issues

Personal Statement:

I draw on a variety of approaches and techniques to meet the needs of each individual client. I have a collaborative, compassionate style combined with an active problem solving approach to support the goals of each individual. My priority is to create a safe place for clients to gain greater clarity and insight into their own lives, while promoting their use of mindfulness, problem solving and acceptance in their personal transitions and transformations.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Adoption, Anxiety and Depression, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Oppositional Behavior, PTSD, School Problems, Trauma
Debra Young
Debra Young
MA, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Debra Young is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 1987. Her career within…

Educational and Professional Background:

Debra Young is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 1987. Her career within the Mental Health System ultimately led to a three year position as a Clinical Supervisor for a Mental Health Agency in Alaska. She returned to direct service care and opened a part time private practice in Bellingham in 2007, while also working as a Research Associate for Western Washington University. She is currently full-time in her private practice. In addition to her Masters degree, Debra is an EMDR Provider and is certified in Hypnotherapy.

Treatment Philosophy:

With understanding and genuine caring, Debra provides a safe and confidential environment to support you through the process of self-discovery, healing and change. She is client centered in her approach and tailors the counseling process to the individual client, while drawing on her skills in solution focused, insight oriented therapy & cognitive behavioral approaches, as well as EMDR for trauma resolution and Hypnosis for supporting life change and enhancing performance.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders
  • Loss & Grief
  • Depression
  • Life Transition & Adjustment
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Reduction & Management
  • Performance Anxiety & Enhancement
  • Behavioral Change
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Behavioral Change, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Performance Anxiety, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery
Heidi Suni
Heidi Suni
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Heidi Suni graduated in 1972 with a BA in Social Welfare and went on to obtain her MSW in Social Work in 1974, both from the…

Educational and Professional Background:

Heidi Suni graduated in 1972 with a BA in Social Welfare and went on to obtain her MSW in Social Work in 1974, both from the University of Washington. She has been a private practitioner in Bellingham for twenty-five years and a Member of Associates in Mental Health since 1994. She is currently a licensed certified social worker with continuing education in numerous areas, including Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

Areas of Special Interest:

Heidi works with adolescents and adults, couples, and families. She uses a variety of approaches to assist clients with:

  • Loss, grief, depression, & bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Parenting and Family Issues
  • Couples and other relationship problems
  • Trauma and abuse recovery
  • Life transitions, including aging, chronic illness and career choices
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illne, Couples and Relationship Problems, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Parenting and Family Issues, Trauma Recovery
Jack Duffy
Jack Duffy
MA, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Jack Duffy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who primarily works with individual adults and couples. He received his BA in Psychology from Western Washington University,…

Educational and Professional Background:

Jack Duffy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who primarily works with individual adults and couples. He received his BA in Psychology from Western Washington University, and, in 1990, he received his MA in Psychology from Seattle University.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Mood disorders
  • Marital/couples work
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Physical illness/trauma
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & loss
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Interest:
Marital/Couples Work, Mood Disorders, Physical Illness, Physical Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
John Siegfried
John Siegfried
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: John Siegfried received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1980 from Western Washington University and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington…

Educational and Professional Background:

John Siegfried received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1980 from Western Washington University and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1982. He has worked in the mental health field since 1974 in a variety of clinical settings and in private practice of psychotherapy since 1983. He regularly attends post-graduate training, workshops, and group consultations. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Areas of Special Interest:

John has a special interest in couple relationship problems. He delights in working with couples because he can appreciate how each person in the relationship is really just striving to be cared about but is probably showing it in some self defeating way. As couples open up in therapy, tenderness replaces fear and hostility.

John has had extensive training and/or experience in the following areas:

  • Couple relationship problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work related difficulties
  • Career issues
  • Divorce adjustment
  • Stress
  • Couple therapy
  • Treating sexual problems
  • ADHD, ADD Issues
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Works with:
Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Interest:
ADD, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression, Career Issues, Couple Therapy, Divorce Adjustment, Relationship Issues, Sexual Issues, Stress
Jupe Johnson
Jupe Johnson
MA, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Jupe is a State licensed mental health counselor located in Bellingham, Washington. He offers his services to individuals, couples and families. Jupe also facilitates a monthly…

Educational and Professional Background:

Jupe is a State licensed mental health counselor located in Bellingham, Washington. He offers his services to individuals, couples and families. Jupe also facilitates a monthly support group for Adults with ADD & ADHD. Jupe received his Master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2007, and an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University in 1998. Before going into private practice, Jupe was a staff family counselor at CCS Recovery Center in Bellingham, Washington for four years. Jupe has been in private practice for four years.

Treatment Philosophy:

Jupe’s approach to counseling comes from what is called Systems theory. The systems you are a part of – your family of origin, your current family, your work environment, social circles, school, etc.- contribute greatly to your sense of self and your emotional/mental health. Jupe will encourage you to get curious about the patterns in your life in these different areas. They might be communication patterns with others, unhealthy habits, or even destructive thinking and feeling patterns. There are patterns of behavior that are healthy too. Sometimes, these patterns have been in place since we were children or teens. Do they help or hinder you in being the person you would like to be now?

Jupe’s approach to counseling is also strength-based. In other words, he builds on what works already. Finding or remembering your strengths can be a journey. It is some of the most rewarding work you can do, and can change your life.

Finally, Jupe incorporates the idea of mindfulness into his work. Mindfulness is about bringing attention to what is happening in the moment and noticing, but not acting on how you feel in that moment. It’s about responding to your life rather than reacting to your life and the people in it. Feelings help us to take action and point the way out of problems. However, our lives don’t need to be defined by our emotions.

Area of special interest:

Jupe believes in each of us, there is a part that can be described as “shiny”. It is the part of us that makes our heart feel good and our head feel proud. Sometimes we lose sight of that part of ourselves and we can feel lost, lonely or confused. Helping you find that shiny part and expand it into all areas of your life is what Jupe does best. Each of us has what it takes to create a fulfilling life, AND….sometimes we just need a little help in that process.

Areas of specialty:

Jupe specializes in the following areas: Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sexuality, and Emotional Intimacy. Within these areas Jupe can help with the following:

  • Adult ADHD assessment
  • Adult ADHD symptom management
  • Adult ADHD support and coaching for goals
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Intimacy
  • Communication skills
  • Couples communication
  • Life Transitions
  • Young Adult guidance,
  • Sexuality issues (sex positive)
  • LGBT issues
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Adult ADD & ADHD, Emotional Intimacy, LGBT, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Young Adult Guidance
Keith E. Poynter
Keith E. Poynter
MA, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Keith Poynter is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 1992 and a MA…

Educational and Professional Background:

Keith Poynter is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He received a BA in Sociology from the University of Georgia in 1992 and a MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 2005. Keith utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach that emphasizes training received in Gestalt Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Contemplative Psychology, and Wilderness Therapy. His approach has evolved out of fourteen plus years of working within diverse Wilderness Therapy programs and Community Health Centers as counselor to youth and their families.

In general, Keith embraces a therapeutic approach that incorporates mindfulness, acceptance, and working in the present moment to restore whole health. Utilizing these elements along with body-centered practices, Keith works to heighten a client’s personal awareness and encourage insight and clarity into existing problems. He is focused on providing therapy that is driven by the needs of the client and provides problem solving and stress reduction skills that they can enact immediately into their lives. Keith trusts in the client’s innate ability to know what it is that he/she requires while working through difficult life situations. He encourages the client to move towards whole health and he does so in a direct, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner.

AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

Keith specializes in serving youth and young adults who are struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Disruptive behavior in the school/home environment
  • Poor peer and family relations
  • Issues related to verbal, physical, emotional abuse
  • Difficult life transitions related to adoption, divorce, and loss/injury of a family member.

In an effort to positively influence and move the entire family system towards improved communication, Keith consults with and counsels parents and family members.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Abuse, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Disruptive Behavior, Family Relationships, Life Transitions, Peer Relationships
Kenneth Chovil
Kenneth Chovil
LICSW, MSW

Educational and Professional Background: Ken Chovil is a licensed, independent clinical social worker. He earned his Master of Social Work degree, with emphasis in children, youth and families, from the…

Educational and Professional Background:

Ken Chovil is a licensed, independent clinical social worker. He earned his Master of Social Work degree, with emphasis in children, youth and families, from the University of Washington (1994), and Bachelors Degree from the University of Puget Sound (1979). He is also a State of Washington Certified School Social Worker and K-12 School Principal. He maintains professional memberships with National Association of Social Workers and Northwest Behavioral Health IPA, and pursues continuing education in order to remain current with mental health practices.

Ken has worked for over 25 years in public agency and school settings providing direct services to children and families, as well as case management, advocacy and program administration.

Personal Statement:

My approach is to work with you to identify goals for treatment, or things about your life or yourself that you would like to change, and then agree on ways to determine if progress is being made. Drawing on a variety of strategies, I will ask you questions that challenge your thinking and help you facilitate behavior changes that will result in the changes you seek.

Mr. Chovil works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse
  • Parenting
  • Family Issues
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Domestic Violence, Parenting and Family Issues, Trauma
Lori Michelson
Lori Michelson
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Lori Michelson, MSW, received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 1992 and has been practicing ever since. She has had extensive experience…

Educational and Professional Background:

Lori Michelson, MSW, received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University in 1992 and has been practicing ever since. She has had extensive experience working with all client groups covering a wide range of therapy issues. Her past experience ranges from working with children and teens through adults and seniors in individual, couple, and family settings. She currently limits her practice to working with adults and older adolescents – individuals and couples.

Having Type I Diabetes since the age of 28, Lori has had years of first-hand experience with facing the many challenges of diabetes. She is in a unique position to combine her professional skills and training with her personal experiences to offer valuable help to people with diabetes and other chronic physical illnesses. Lori also works extensively with clients who have general mental health issues. She draws from many counseling approaches and uses whichever will most effectively help each of her clients. These techniques include cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented, Gestalt, solution-focused, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Areas of Special Interest:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Living with Chronic Physical Illness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adult survivors of childhood abuse
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Works with:
Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Interest:
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Anxiety and Depression, Chronic Physical Illness, Grief and Loss, Low Self Esteem, Relationship Issues
Mark Dooley
Mark Dooley
MA, MES, LMHC, CMHS

Educational and Professional Background: Mark Dooley received his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2002, and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College…

Educational and Professional Background:

Mark Dooley received his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2002, and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in 1993. Mark is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist, WA State Approved Clinical Supervisor, WA State Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Provider, and is often summoned as an Expert Witness. In 2017, he surpassed 18,000 hours of direct psychotherapy, including inpatient, intensive outpatient, wilderness, in-home, integrated healthcare, and private practice settings. Along with his clinical training and experience, Mark’s work utilizes informal mindfulness study as well as graduate research on mutually healing relationships with nature.

Areas of Special Interest:

Mark Dooley works with all age groups, most psychiatric diagnoses, and practices individual, family, and couples therapy. He specializes in adolescent and young adult populations and is clinically trained in a variety of approaches to child, adolescent, and adult therapy. His work is influenced by Existential Theory’s emphasis on revealing and addressing healthy anxiety, Process Oriented insight and change, and Family Systems view of people in the context of their closest relationships. Mark is also educated and practiced in engaging the healing potential of human/nature relationships via Ecotherapy, and is often accompanied in treatment by his therapy dog Stella. Further professional training and experience includes Native American and GLBT populations, HIV+, homeless youth, suicide prevention, foster and adoptive families, trauma survivors, infidelity, medical psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology, clinical supervision, parenting and mental health assessments, and legal testimony.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
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Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
MS, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Mark Tucker has worked at Interfaith Community Health Clinic, providing comprehensive care by working with Primary Care Providers and Psychiatrists. Mark is a Licensed Mental Health…

Educational and Professional Background:

Mark Tucker has worked at Interfaith Community Health Clinic, providing comprehensive care by working with Primary Care Providers and Psychiatrists. Mark is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has worked as a counselor since he received his Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University in 2007. In 2005 he received his B.S. in Psychology, also from Western Washington University.

Treatment Philosophy:

Mark uses a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focus, and Motivational Interviewing. He would be happy to discuss the difference between these and other approaches. Mark has also received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP). SP uses mindfulness to unfold how we engage ourselves and others. Mark works to integrate our body, emotions, and thoughts while processing the past or examining the present in new, and more effective ways.

Regardless of approach, Mark always works collaboratively with the client in a supportive atmosphere. “By working together, we create a safe environment to promote change. I may suggest or encourage direction; you decide what path you want to explore.” Mark believes that each person has within themselves the wisdom to find needed change. He will strive to provide the right tools and skills to assist in reaching the client’s goals.

Areas of Specialty:

Previously Mark has worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter and is knowledgeable in Deaf Culture and ASL. He welcomes members of the Deaf community, their families, Hard of Hearing and individuals that have hearing loss due to aging.

Mark enjoys working with adults, couples, children ages 6 to 12, and families focusing on

  • Trauma/PTSD Recovery
  • Depression/Bipolar Regulation
  • Anxiety Management
  • Communication and Relationship Issues
  • Adjustment and Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Grief, Loss and Mourning
  • Low Self Esteem/Assertiveness
  • Child Development
  • Effective Family Dynamics
  • Life Transitions
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Works with:
Adults, Children, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Child development, Family Dynamics, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Low Self Esteem, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Relationship/Interpersonal Difficulties, Trauma Recovery
Michelle Beller-Siegfried
Michelle Beller-Siegfried
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Michelle Beller-Siegfried is a Washington State Certified Social Worker.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978.  She has…

Educational and Professional Background:

Michelle Beller-Siegfried is a Washington State Certified Social Worker.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978.  She has been in private practice in psychotherapy since 1983.  In addition to her private practice Michelle has worked in various inpatient and outpatient mental health settings.  She served as Human Resource Advisor and training director at Western Washington University from 1984-1989.

Areas of Special Interest:

Michelle Beller-Siegfried specializes in individual, couple, family and group therapy. Areas of interest include women’s issues, relationship issues, life transitions, and cross-cultural issues. Michell is also a certified EBT (Emotional Brain Training) provider and offers Wired for Joy groups as well as advanced EBT groups and individual coaching.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work related difficulties
  • Career issues
  • Family transitions
  • Couple relationship issues
  • Divorce adjustment
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Stress Management
  • Thought Field Therapy (level 2)
  • EMDR (level 2)
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Trauma/Posttraumatic stress issues
  • Relaxation training
  • EBT (Emotional Brain Training)
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Cross Cultural Issues, EMDR, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Relaxation, Thought Field Therapy, Visualization, Women's Issues
Nancy Quigg
Nancy Quigg
MS, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Nancy Quigg earned her Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Psychology from Western Washington University in 1983. In 1978 she graduated from Acadia University , Nova Scotia…

Educational and Professional Background:

Nancy Quigg earned her Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Psychology from Western Washington University in 1983. In 1978 she graduated from Acadia University , Nova Scotia with an Honour’s Degree in Psychology and Biology.

She worked as a neuropsych psychometrist at the I.W.K. Hospital for Children in Halifax N.S. and with autistic and neurologically impaired children and adolescents at Sunny Hill Hospital and Laurel House in Vancouver B.C.

Nancy has also served as a volunteer for the Whatcom/Skagit County CISM Industrial Team and the CISM Police Fire Teams leading debriefings following fatal accidents or trauma in the workplace. She loved the work and “the team spirit was the finest I’ve ever encountered.”

Nancy’s treatment philosophy includes working from a personal psychology premise that is optimistic and explorative. She uses Socratic questioning to help discover and change perceptions and behavior. She prescribes specific reading, exercise, self care and charting to engage the client towards a momentum of change between sessions. She works with both problem solving and long-term therapies and would be glad to discuss the difference with you.

She has a special fondness for groups and couples in the midst of transition. As needed, she works closely with medical staff to provide education and treatment when medicine can be an adjunct to therapy.

Areas of Special Interest:

Nancy has expertise in treating:

  • Post Traumatic and Acute Stress Disorders
  • Developmental Concerns
  • Relational & Communication Conflicts
  • Panic, Anxiety and Depression

Personal Interests:

Nancy enjoys gardening, music, reading, fly fishing, long walks with friends and kayaking.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Developmental Concerns, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Relational and Communication Conflicts
Rakefet Richmond
Rakefet Richmond
PsyD, LCP

Educational and Professional Background: Rakefet Richmond, PsyD, LCP, is a Washington Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Following her graduation from the Clinical Psychology Program at Indiana State University she worked at a…

Educational and Professional Background:

Rakefet Richmond, PsyD, LCP, is a Washington Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Following her graduation from the Clinical Psychology Program at Indiana State University she worked at a Veteran Administration hospital in upstate New York in the Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic. Her work included individual and group therapy both for veterans and their families. She has also worked in the Western Washington University Counseling Center and is currently in private practice in Bellingham.

Areas of Special Interest:

Rakefet works with adolescents, adults of all ages, couples and families using a variety of approaches. Her areas of specialty include:

  • Combat and Sexual Trauma
  • Sexual Identity Issues
  • Guided Imagery and Hypnotherapy for the treatment of Anxiety Disorders
  • Cross Cultural/Acculturation/Immigration Issues
  • Perinatal and Postnatal Loss
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety, Combat Trauma, Immigration Issues, Perinatal and Postnatal Loss, Sexual Identity Issues, Sexual Trauma
Rena Ziegler
Rena Ziegler
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Rena Ziegler received her BA degree from Harvard University in 1963, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) from the University of California at…

Educational and Professional Background:

Rena Ziegler received her BA degree from Harvard University in 1963, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a Registered and Certified Social Worker in the State of Washington, and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.  She has worked continuously in the field since 1966 in a variety of clinical settings and regularly attends trainings and workshops.

Areas of Special Interest:

Rena Ziegler works primarily with adults, specializing in both individual and couples therapy. Areas of focus are treatment of:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief.

Personal Interests:

Her personal interests include music, reading, gardening, animals, birds, and walking.

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Works with:
Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues
Richard Spitzer
Richard Spitzer
PhD, LCP

Educational and Professional Background: Dr. Spitzer, PhD, LCP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice since 1982. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the…

Educational and Professional Background:

Dr. Spitzer, PhD, LCP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice since 1982. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and his MA from the University of Washington.

Areas of Special Interest:

Dr. Spitzer works with adolescents, adults, and families. (He does not work with couples or conduct marital therapy).

  • Eating Disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Adult Identity/Male Issues
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
ADD, ADHD, Adult Identity, Eating Disorders, Male Issues
Tara J. Platz
Tara J. Platz
MEd, LMHC, CMHS

Educational and Professional Background: Tara Platz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University in…

Educational and Professional Background:

Tara Platz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2002 and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Western Washington University in 2005. Since receiving her MEd, Tara has worked in a variety of agency settings providing direct mental health services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. In 2011, Tara began specializing in anxiety disorders and received ongoing clinical supervision from the Director of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, Dr. Stacy Shaw Welch. Tara continues to explore post-graduate training in several areas including tics, trichotillomania and gender identity.

Areas of Specialty:

Tara enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She strives to create a safe and supportive environment in which individuals are motivated to achieve their identified goals. Her overarching theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy, though she employs a multitude of techniques to assist clients with:

  • Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Parent Support
  • Child/Adolescent Issues
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety, Child/Adolescent Issues, Depression, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, OCD, Oppositional Behavior, Parent Support, Parent/Child Relationships, Peer Relationships, Phobias, School Issues
Tara McDonald
Tara McDonald
MA, LMHC

Educational and Professional Background: Tara McDonald is licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication at the University of…

Educational and Professional Background:

Tara McDonald is licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication at the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO) in 1977 and her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University (Yellow Springs, OH) in 1995. She has worked in private practice; in an inpatient hospital for substance abuse and acute mental illness; in a residential treatment home for adolescents; with women and children at a domestic violence shelter; and as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor. Tara has also taught at a spiritual community rooted in Buddhist thought, at two universities, and in various workplace settings. Her enduring passions include working deeply with people, lifelong learning and growth, and being surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

Areas of Special Interest:

Tara specializes in working with adults and couples, drawing from psychodynamic, attachment-based, solution-focused, cognitive/behavioral, and Internal Family Systems (working with internal parts) approaches. Her areas of interest and specialization include:

  • Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner criticism
  • Couples’ issues, including affairs
  • Substance abuse and addictive behaviors
  • PTSD and wounding from neglect or abuse
  • Working with families with loved ones struggling with addiction
  • Highly sensitive persons
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Body image and overeating issues
  • Boundary work and relationship concerns
  • Career, work, and life direction concerns
  • Spirituality and accessing inner resources
  • Grief, sorrow, and loss
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Works with:
Adults, Couples
Areas of Special Interest:
Addiction in the Family, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression, Body Image, Career Direction, Couples' Issues, Grief and Loss, Low Self Esteem, PTSD, Substance Abuse
Trevor Aerts
Trevor Aerts
MA, LMHC, CDP

Educational and Professional Background: Trevor is a Licensed Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counselor who has been working in Whatcom County since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology…

Educational and Professional Background:

Trevor is a Licensed Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counselor who has been working in Whatcom County since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and his Master’s degree in child, couple and family counseling from Antioch University, Seattle. He began working for Catholic Community Services in Everett, WA as a Co-Occurring Disorder Counselor then moved to Bellingham to take a position as a Behavioral Health Specialist in the Whatcom County Juvenile Detention Center. He transitioned into Sehome High School as an Intervention and Prevention Specialist in 2015, also beginning his private practice providing services to adolescents and their families.

Treatment Philosophy:

Trevor’s therapeutic approach is focused primarily in Cognitive Behavioral, Strength-Based and Systemic perspectives; taking the view that our lives are comprised of many parts and the relationship of those parts plays a large role in our personal and relational health. He takes the stance that each person will do the very best with the resources they have, and when additional support or services are needed, they serve to enhance, develop and add to the strengths already present. The fundamental principal of his work is that we feel, think and behave. Change in the interaction between those core humanistic traits provides opportunity and accessibility in removing barriers to happiness and contentment.

Areas of Specialty:

Trevor’s primary focus is on adolescents and their families who are working with:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Anger/Aggression control
  • Substance Use/Addiction
  • Social and Romantic Relationships
  • Physical, Mental/Emotional, Sexual Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Legal Involvement
  • Family Roles and Communication

Trevor understands that each and every case is unique and requires an individualized approach, however, he always strives to collaborate with as many members of a family as possible as a way to provide the most helpful, comprehensive and ethical services he can.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anger/Aggression control, Anxiety and Depression, Emotional Trauma, Family Roles and Communication, Grief and Loss, Legal Involvement, Mental Trauma, Physical Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Social and Romantic Relationships, Substance Use/Addiction
Vermeda M. Fred
Vermeda M. Fred
MA, LMFT

Educational and Professional Background: Vermeda M. Fred, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA State. She received her BA in Social Psychology from the University of…

Educational and Professional Background:

Vermeda M. Fred, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in WA State. She received her BA in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1982. Vermeda utilizes her training as a family systems therapist, completing a post-graduate fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Family Institute, as well as training in cognitive behavioral therapy and eating disorders treatment.

Treatment Approach:

Vermeda helps clients learn how their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors, as well as how their past and present family systems influence their choices. Her approach is positive, holding faith for the client, while this person steps toward a healthier lifestyle, even when the client may be awash with anxiety, depression, a sense of hopelessness and being fresh out of ideas. Whether with eating disorders or other types of obsessive behaviors or recurring emotional patterns, Vermeda and the client together create new approaches, which they test for effectiveness, so that the client can see in measurable terms, the progress he/she is making.

Areas of Special Interest:

Vermeda works primarily with teenagers, young adults and adults, and sees children as young as eight (8) years old, as well as women with post-partum depression. Vermeda is particularly adept in helping parents with parenting issues, spanning all phases of childhood development, and with couples, in improving their communication and problem-solving behaviors. Additionally, she joins well with teenagers and young adults, as they face problems at home or at school, or transition issues in college or their career. She provides individual, couples and family therapy, and group therapy:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bereavement/Grief Issues
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Couples Issues
  • Parenting Issues
  • LBGTQ Issues
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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety and Depression, Bereavement/Grief Issues, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
Virginia Diaz
Virginia Diaz
MSW, LICSW

Educational and Professional Background: Virginia Diaz, MSW, LCSW, received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Seattle University and her MSW from Hunter College School of Social…

Educational and Professional Background:

Virginia Diaz, MSW, LCSW, received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Seattle University and her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. She’s had post-graduate training in trauma informed therapy, play therapy, grief and loss and cognitive behavioral therapy. Virginia also completed the advanced assessment and diagnosis certificate program through New York University.

Virginia worked in Dublin, Ireland with adults in an alcohol rehabilitation center and with individuals, youth and families for 10 years in several New York City non-profit agencies. In July 2010 Virginia became the founding social worker at a middle school in Brooklyn. She spent 6 years working with families, developing the school’s anti-bullying curriculum, and establishing the counseling program at Brooklyn East.

Areas of Interest:

  • Working with children and adolescents struggling with low self esteem, bullying, difficulties at school, disordered eating, as well as grief and loss.
  • Empowering families to change patterns of communication and creating plans that help streamline their busy lives.
  • Supporting families, adults and children going through the grief or separation process.
  • Guiding and supporting adults struggling with life challenges, psychological concerns and substance use.

Insurance:

I am an In-Network provider with Regence Blue Shield, Group Health, Premera, First Choice Health, and Medicare.

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Works with:
Adolescents, Adults, Children, Families
Areas of Special Interest:
Bullying, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, School Problems, Substance Use/Addiction