Heather Carstens, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Executive Clinical Director
I have had experience in school districts as a family therapist and substance abuse counselor, working with teens in the school setting for the OESD.
I have been in private practice at Peninsula Psychological Center, Inc., P.S. since 2005, where I have worked with individuals, couples, and families, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief, and Solution Focused therapies. I have also completed level two of the training program at the Gottman Institute for Marital Therapy.
I specialize in helping clients with communication issues, parenting, anxiety disorders, depression, and life transitions. I have experience with couples, teens, and military families. I work with patients with symptom reduction, increasing emotional health and moving forward in their personal growth.
Mireille Reece, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the states of Washington and Texas. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Biola University in 1999. In 2001, I completed my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology and went on to complete my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006.
I have over 10 years of experience as a licensed psychologist providing both psychological assessment and individual and couples therapy. I spent nearly three years in postdoctoral training focused on neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with neurological, psychological and developmental disabilities. Since then, I have worked in private practice treating individuals, couples and families who present with problems ranging from short-term adjustment issues to severe life stress and chronic conditions. My skills include the treatment of depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD and women’s issues. I also help people cope with job and relationship stress, as well as transitions and loss, and issues related to faith.
My approach to treatment is grounded in interpersonal neurobiology. This means that I assist clients in their understanding of the relationship between brain, behavior and interpersonal relationships/attachment. I also incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness. I also strongly value the fundamentals of well-being and maintaining good mental health which includes emphasizing the role of healthy eating and physical exercise.
Leslie Savage, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
I have over thirty years of experience in the mental health field. I am experienced in providing psychological evaluations as well as individual, group, family and couples therapy. I specialize in trauma treatment. I also specialize in the evaluation and treatment of Asperger’s Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the treatment of insomnia using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
In therapy, I work from a constructivist/existential perspective , and practice from an egalitarian point of view.
F. Jeri Carter, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
My clinical training internships were at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital and Mesa Lutheran Hospital, Scottsdale and Mesa, AZ (1985-1987), and at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA and Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA (1997-1999).
My practice experience includes working with individuals, families, couples, children, adults, and older adults, addressing a wide range of issues and concerns, with emphasis on health/medical psychology, life and health transitions, the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD. I am especially interested in building and supporting resilience that enables people to live healthier, happier, and more productive lives.
Clinically, I work from an integrative broadly-based relational-developmental approach. This means that there are many different methods that we may use together to deal with the problems that you hope to address. However, in general, I follow an approach that focuses on your history of personal development and relationships as a way of understanding your current situation, and this helps to develop strategies for supporting you in the achievement of your goals.
Deborah Marcet, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
I made a mid-life career change, obtaining a Master of Education degree in Counseling from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1988. I worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for 4 years in Charleston before returning to school for a doctoral degree. I attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. My clinical internship training was completed in 1994 at the Institute of Living in Hartford Connecticut. My Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology was awarded in 1997.
I have over 25 years of experience working in private practice and hospital day treatment programs. My therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic but my clinical work is eclectic in nature, utilizing EMDR, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and dream work.
I specialize in work with trauma and abuse. I also have expertise and understanding in the unique challenges of military life. I work with people from late teens to senior citizens with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, career and life transitions, relationship issues, and stress management.
Judith Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the States of Washington and California. I am certified as a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. I am a Fellow of The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from Northwestern University in 1973. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Education and Health Sciences with a specialty in Drama Therapy at New York University in 1984. I completed an internship and residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., from 1984-1986. I worked for several years in the Washington, D.C. area as an Expressive Arts Therapist.
In 1990. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego and in 1995, I earned my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, also from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. I completed a predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology in 1993 from the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland.
I have been a licensed Psychologist since 1998 I have worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, Veterans’ centers, public schools, academia, and private practice.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, depression, grief, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and marital problems.. I work with individuals, couples, and families.
My approach to treatment is grounded in interpersonal psychotherapy and systems theory. This means that I believe that individuals’ attachment to others and their social systems are extremely influential to their well-being. I utilize a number of tools in working with clients that draw upon expressive arts therapy including writing, art and role-playing to process grief and trauma. I also employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt therapy, dream work, among other interventions.
Gayle LaBissoniere, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I obtained my Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from City University in 2000, and my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in 2011. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Trauma Professionals.
My primary therapeutic orientation is Gestalt, and I also incorporate the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Thought Field Therapy in working with clients.
I have 14 years of experience as a psychotherapist. My specialties are in the fields of trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. I work with adolescents and adults in individual therapy as well as providing couples therapy and family therapy.
Catherine Murray, Psy.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
In 1990 I earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine (including stress management, hypnosis and biofeedback) from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. A Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Counseling was earned from the University of San Francisco in 1993, and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology was earned from the University of San Francisco in 2005.
My counseling and clinical training were conducted in several settings, including the Children’s Health Council, an affiliate agency of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California (1997 – 1998). I completed a year long American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship in 2000. This program was a consortium between Central Lousiana State Hospital and Pineville Developmental Center, both in Pineville, Louisiana.
I mainly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory, in which the relationships between people are the primary focus. I also draw from Narrative Therapy / Solution Focused Therapy and Reality Therapy / Choice Theory and other approaches to therapy. In Family Systems work, the relationships between people are the primary focus with the goal of improving the functioning of the family (or couple / group) or “system” as a whole. Emphasis is placed on each individual taking responsibility for his or her own actions, reducing blame and on all joining together to confront and solve the problems that have prevented optimal functioning.
I work with individuals, couples, families and groups, and with people of all ages, including children as young as four years of age (working with their parents, as well) to older adults. I especially enjoy helping those facing “life transitions” (such as deciding on a career), stress management / “burn out”, adoption and relationship issues, as well as treating people who are experiencing symptoms of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), anxiety disorders (including panic attacks). I utilize biofeedback as a learning tool, as well as offering hypnosis as an adjunct to talk therapy. I believe that therapy must be tailored to the individual, so I work to help you find the answers that are the right fit for you.
Brendan Reilly, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
My areas of expertise include adolescent psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, and chemical dependency issues. I have worked in the field of mental health and particularly with adolescents since 1982 in a wide variety of settings including outpatient private practice, group homes, residential treatment, hospital, and day treatment facilities.
Julie Parker, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
I am a board certified EMDR clinician through EMDRIA, practicing EMDR since 2007. Although I specialize in the treatment of trauma using EMDR, I also have expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), anger and stress management, and play therapy. I use these various methods of treatments to provide marital counseling, family counseling and individual counseling.
I work with all ages, from age four and older, including chlidren, teens, adults and seniors. I treat grief and loss, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, esteem issues, relationship issues, divorce recovery, transition and communication issues, stress and anger management, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, combat-related PTSD, and a variety of other issues.
My approach is holistic, eclectic, and educational. I am dedicated to providing strategic, quality services to help clients to achieve their ideal goals for emotional and physical well-being.
Susan Heng, M.S.W., LLC, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
I am a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, and Certified Post Adoption Specialist. I am certified in EMDR and IBSR.
I have over 30 years of psychotherapy and counseling experience with children, teens, families, adults, and seniors. I specialize in play therapy and enjoy engaging children to communicate through play, working closely with their parents.
I have extensive experience with sexual abuse treatment. I enjoy working with survivors of abuse and EMDR and IBSR techniques are often used to assist in their recovery.
I often treat clients with anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), post adoption issues, behavioral problems, academic problems, mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism), and problems associated with aging.
Barbara Starr, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
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Jimita Baugh, MC, LCMHC, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. I was previously a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. With 20+ years of experience working in several states, I have extensive experience working with troubled teens and their families as well as troubled parents struggling with parenting issues and other family or relational issues. I attended Arizona State University, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1995 and my Master of Counseling degree in 1999. Since 1999, I have worked with youth and families who are, or have been, involved with the Juvenile Courts, Law Enforcement, Family Courts, the Foster Care System, and Child Protective Services, specializing in working with children and teens and their caregivers. Often, my primary focus is on helping both children / teens and their parents address oppositional defiant behavior, intermittent explosive outbursts, anger, stress, anxiety, boundaries, adjustment, depression, dysfunctional patterns, generational issues, patterns of abuse and victimization that impact parenting practices. My emphasis in all areas of counseling in mental health is helping my clients with self-exploration, self-awareness, self-determination, and problem solving to attain their stated goals. I help my clients free themselves from problematic thought patterns and problematic behaviors, so they are free to engage with themselves and others in healthier ways. I have a secondary specialty of working with individuals struggling with racial trauma and how that impacts their daily living.
Holly Roso, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident
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Brenna Scaringella, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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Amanda Williford, LCSW-A
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Kenneth R. Collins, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. My areas of specialization are adjustment issues in the workplace, marital counseling, post-treatment substance abuse counseling, and grief counseling. My career has included individual, couple, family, and group therapy, short-term employee assistance counseling, corporate coaching, and behavioral healthcare consultation to major corporations.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and received my Masters in Social Work degree in 1976 from Virginia Commonwealth University, which I attended on a scholarship from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. I completed an internship at the Medical College of Virginia Alcoholism Treatment Program and focused my academic work on substance abuse treatment while working on my MSW degree.
From 1976 to 1981, I provided individual, marital and family counseling at family service agencies in Richmond, Virginia and Long Beach, California. I began a private practice in 1981 that included counseling, employee assistance consultation and post-treatment recovery groups.
In 1985, I joined the staff of the employee assistance program at Chevron and was promoted to Program Manager in 1989, where I supervised a staff of nine full-time and six part-time counselors. While at Chevron, I helped redesign the company’s substance abuse benefit and substance abuse follow-up procedures, which resulted in raising the two-year retention rate for treated employees from 50% to 75% and was recognized by the company’s Vice Chairman for my work with impaired executives.
In 1999, I began a consulting service that included direct employee assistance services, evaluation of employee assistance programs for corporate clients and individual and marital counseling. During this time, I took several classes in grief counseling at the UC Berkeley Extension Program. I continued my consulting practice until 2013, concluding with a benchmarking study of international employee assistance programs for Boeing Corporation.
My approach to treatment includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for short-term counseling, Emotionally Focused Treatment for marital issues and small group supportive follow-up for individuals who have completed an inpatient or intensive outpatient program for substance abuse disorders.
Vilma Boon, M.Ed., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I have over twenty years of clinical experience working as a psychotherapist in private and public mental health clinics. I provide psychotherapy for clients experiencing depression, anxiety, compulsive and impulsive behavioral difficulties.
Christie Wright, M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counselorere
I have worked in the field of mental health with children and adults for over fifteen years in a variety of settings. I have worked in private practice and in public mental health clinics, where I have worked as a supervisor and administrator in mental health and chemical dependency.
My areas of expertise include addiction, children’s mental health, marriage and family counseling, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. I also treat insomnia using CBT-I, a brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia.
Rose VandenBerghe, Ph.D., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I have over 18 years of experience in the mental health field, practicing in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, university counseling centers, hospital-based behavioral health programs and private practice. I enjoy working with adults from 18-98 years of age.
My basic therapeutic orientation is client-centered and psychodynamic. I may also employ cognitive-behavioral or mindfulness approaches as appropriate to client needs. I believe compassion is the heart of good therapy, and I help clients to clarify their own therapeutic goals and move in their chosen direction toward healing and growth. My specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, grief, long-term personality issues, older adult issues, psychodynamic psychotherapy — including dreamwork.
Brenda Valenzuela Fortune, Ph.D., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I have had significant experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Aside from private practice, I have worked in various settings including community mental health, church, school, community college, and both private and government agencies. I specialize in working with older teens and adults who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, attachment and adjustment issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, and parenting difficulties.
My passion is helping individuals, couples and families achieve emotional wholeness so that they can enjoy healthy and satisfying relationships. I draw from a variety of approaches, particularly from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Bowenian Family Systems Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. As a member of the AsianAmerican community, I am keenly aware of the issues that immigrant families often experience, and am committed to helping them gain insight and master the skills they need to thrive. In addition to English, I speak Tagalog and Ilocano fluently.
Denise Bower, M.A., LLC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I have certifications in Child Mental Health, Adoption/Foster Care, and Attachment Focus Therapy.
I am also trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
My passion is working with children (ages 0-21), teens, and their parents. I enjoy working with challenging behaviors and situations. I believe that it is important to work collaboratively with schools, medical professionals, and other providers in working with children and families.
My areas of expertise in treatment are working with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, trauma, attachment issues, adoption issues, developmental disabilities, parenting and social skills.
Denise Merrill, M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I worked as a Certified Mediator and Mental Health Ombudsman from 1998 to 2007 for the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County. In 2009 I began working in public mental health as a Child and Family Therapist, which continued until 2016. I have provided mental health services part-time in private practice mental health settings since 2013, and now I am available full-time to work with individuals and families.
My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, I use a variety of theoretical perspectives to address the individual needs of my clients. I have specialized training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
I have been a marriage and family instructor offering both individual and group learning opportunities for couples and parents to improve their interpersonal relationships. My experience in mediation has provided many years of experience in communication and conflict resolution skills. This experience is often used to help people move from anger to resolution.
I have a pragmatic orientation that focuses upon examining thoughts, beliefs, and how they influence behavior. By understanding, challenging, and being aware of our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, one can respond differently and use those newly found skills to better manage life challenges.
I enjoy working with children and adults to address problems with adjustment, depression, anxiety, mood and emotional regulation, and behavioral problems. I believe that families are the foundation of our society, and helping families and individuals to find meaning and to work through their challenges is my focus.
Jeff Watson, Ed.D, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the States of Washington and Florida. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2009. I earned my Master of Science degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2011 and a Doctoral degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2017.
My clinical training included an internship at a crisis receiving facility in Central Florida where I provided psychotherapy and assessment services in inpatient and outpatient settings. I also provided therapy and social integration services at a private facility in Orlando. I also provided mental health counseling services to military service members as a Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) prior to joining Peninsula Psychological Center.
I am experienced working couples, teens, first responders, and military service members and their families.
I specialize in anxiety management, emotional regulation, PTSD, and trauma management. I work with clients to increase emotional health and to reduce their symptoms using brief therapy, EMDR, solution focused therapy, and other interventions.
Mallory Milligan, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I am also a Child Mental Health Specialist. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas in 1986. I was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2014.
I have completed extensive training for treatment of victims and for perpetrators of sexual abuse, as well as Domestic Violence Advocacy Training, Basic Mediation Training, and Lifespan Integration Basic Training, followed by a year of consultation in Lifespan Integration.
I have worked with adolescents and their families since 1984 in a variety of settings, including a cross-cultural behavior modification residential program, faith-based youth ministries, a runaway shelter, juvenile court as a probation officer, and as a therapist on a youth inpatient unit. I have also worked with adult survivors of domestic and childhood abuse, provided treatment for the chronically mentally ill, and worked in a women’s shelter and inpatient settings.
My therapeutic orientation is holistic, psychodynamic, interpersonal and narrative-based, drawing from developmental neuroscience and modern attachment theories. When applicable, evidence-based approaches of treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing are utilized.
I have am experienced in work with child adoption and attachment issues, adolescent suicidality and adjustment issues, depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, PTSD and dissociative disorders.
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We are preferred providers for a number of insurance companies including Aetna, Cigna, First Choice Health, GEHA, Humana LifeSynch, Kaiser Permanente, LifeWise, Magellan, MHN, MODA MultiPlan, Optum Health, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, TRICARE, Uniform Medical, United Behavioral Health, and most other insurance plans. We offer payment by MasterCard and Visa as a convenience to our clients. We also welcome cash.