Meet Our Instructors

Our courses are taught by local and national professionals who are experts in their field. Our instructors employ a range of educational tools for maximum impact: lectures, assigned readings, group discussions, demonstrations and videos.

Our small class size allows you to forge connections with fellow students, and instructors alike, providing a forum for professional camaraderie, networking and referrals-even after you have completed the course.

Instructor Index:

Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW

Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW, has been a practicing clinician for over fifteen years, and works with both adults as well as very young children around issues of trauma, attachment, loss and meaning. She is adjunct faculty in the ATTACh-recognized post-graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training, and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington's post-graduate Psychological Trauma Certificate Program.  She teaches regularly at adoption agencies and child welfare divisions, as a field and classroom instructor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and trains professionals of varied disciplines at national conferences including the Child Welfare League of America and the Division of Early Childhood.   Kristie created the CHERISH Infant Mental Health program now utilized throughout King County's neuro-developmental centers to serve our littlest foster children.

Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington.  Kristie is a Children's Mental Health specialist, has a post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy, and a practice specialty of Early Childhood Mental Health.

Sara M. Baldwin, MA, MHP, LMHC

Sara Baldwin received her BA from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University in Bellingham with a self-designed concentration in "Mindfulness and the Mind: Studies in Buddhism and Psychology."  She received her Master of Psychology, Mental Health Counseling degree from Antioch University, Seattle.

Presently Ms Baldwin is a Psychotherapist at Citta Psychotherapy.  She works with individuals and couples specializing in personality disorders and anxiety, utilizing evidence based treatments such as Mindful Self Compassion.

Sara also worked as a Clinical Care Manager and Clinician/Case Manager at Sound Mental Health and has been a Bikram Yoga Instructor.


Elyse Beckman, MA, LPC, NCC

Elyse Beckman, MA, LPC, NCC is a therapist working for Providence Health and Services – Hospice department as a Bereavement Counselor. She has had extensive experience working with grief in various clinical settings for both adults and children. She is a trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapy therapist and worked in a structured DBT program for three years before moving to Hospice. She leads trainings for many different professions covering these topics. She is a clinical supervisor and adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC received her training in clinical art therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development.  She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Over the past fifteen years, Rebecca has provided counseling, training and consulting services in the areas of youth and family services as well as adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  She has worked in diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic settings and strives to bring cultural competence into her work. 

Ms Bloom taught in the Art Therapy Program at Antioch University in Seattle for eight years and is currently studying with Pat Ogen's Sensorimotor Psycholtherapy Institute.  

Information about Rebecca's practice is available at:

Brenda S. Butterfield, EdD, MSW, LMHC

Dr. Brenda S. Butterfield is founder of Our New Experience (ONE), LLC in Redmond, WA. She has been a mental health professional for over 30 years serving children, youth, families and communities in the US and abroad. In her clinical work, Dr. Butterfield uses an integrative, whole person perspective to support development of each human’s full potential. Knowing there are many paths to peace of mind, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches anchored in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and other phenomenological self-care practices all supported by scientific data as effective.

In addition to individual and group therapy, Dr. Butterfield teaches Mindful meditation classes, facilitates retreats and presents a variety of seminars and professional development trainings for mental health practitioners and other caregivers locally and nationally.    


Prior to founding Our New Experience Dr. Butterfield was an award-winning faculty member of the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth receiving multiple awards from students, colleagues, and community organizations for teaching excellence and leadership.  She has presented at national and international conferences and was invited to serve as a Guest Lecturer teaching psychology courses at the University of Birmingham in England in 2008. 

Dr. Butterfield is an innovative teacher in part due her unique educational background with degrees and in education, psychology and social work.  The nexus of her training combined with her wide array of clinical experience in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and higher education in the US, England, Africa and the Middle East is likely why clients and colleagues describe her work as “inspiring, authentic and transformative.”  

Dr. Butterfield earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1989 a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1998 and a Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota in 2014, specializing in the Psychology of Teaching and Learning.

Her professional work has always been challenging and rewarding but her greatest learning and satisfaction continues to come from being an adoptive and biological mom of two children. Lived experience has taught Dr. Butterfield about the necessity of developing an Essential-Self Care Practice by recognizing, surviving and eventually befriending mental illness in her own family. Her daily mindful practice continues to teach her how to recognize life’s challenges as invitations to develop her own full human potential.

More information about Dr. Butterfield is available at and on the Psychology Today website

Sally Carman, OTR/L

Sally Carman OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who has worked for four decades with children and adults in a variety of capacities.   Her Occupational Therapy employment has included setting up and implementing the OT program for the Tacoma Chronic Pain Management Program; she also worked fourteen years at St. Joseph and St. Francis Medical Center mental health units (Tacoma and Federal Way WA), Sally received  a post-masters Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy, and has served as a Clinical Adjunct professor for the graduate level Occupational Therapy program at the University of Puget Sound. Previously the Owner/Director of Center for Therapeutic Intervention, a multi-therapist pediatric clinic in Gig Harbor WA, she currently works, trains, and consults in this clinic and at Pasos Adelante, a multi-faceted clinic in Puerto Vallarta MX.  Sally’s primary focus is with those affected by adverse childhood experiences, notably foster/adopted children and families; among the approaches she uses are a wide variety of sensorimotor techniques, social/ interpersonal skill work, and caregiver education and support. 

Sally has been a requested speaker and trainer for a wide variety of audiences:  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), school educators in both the United States and Mexico, adoption agency-sponsored groups, courses for social workers and counselors, and parent associations.  In January 2016 under the auspices of, Sally was sent to the Children’s Shelter in Cebu, Philippines to provide staff training, materials, and support. She was chosen in February 2015 by Seattle’s KIRO radio as a “Hometown Hero.”

Amelia Carroll, MS, LMHC, CT

Amelia Carroll MS, LMHC, CT is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years' experience in the healing professions.  Certified in Thanatology: the study of dying, death and bereavement, she has dedicated herself to helping others develop better ways of dealing with the issues of loss, grief, serious illness, and end-of-life care as a group, retreat and workshop facilitator, classroom instructor and religious educator.  In addition to a private practice, Ms. Carroll's rich history of work experience includes hospitals, hospices, a cancer treatment center, funeral home and nursing homes where she has worked doing research on spirituality and healing, as a bereavement coordinator, mind-body therapist and chaplain.  She earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, acquired studies and training in world religions, spirituality, healing and integrated medicine.

Along with her Certification in Thanatology, she most recently received Certification in Spiritual Direction from the Sacred Art of Living Center, Living and Dying Series and Anamcara Project.  Singing with a Threshold Choir at the bedside of those who are ill and dying has added another dimension to her work and study in the field of death and dying.  With a strong desire to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from the effects of life-threatening illness, in addition to her work, she was a committee member on the 1996 World Gathering on Bereavement, helped develop the first Children's Hospice in Russia through the St. Petersburg-Seattle Sisters Church Program and has had continuous involvement and a resource to others on the End-of-Life Consensus Coalition.  Currently, Amelia serves as a Board Member on AHAT-Homecare (Affordable Housing and Treatment) in Tacoma.  Amelia has been interviewed and featured on radio and in many newspaper and magazine articles and through her extensive travel she has been honored to address students and professionals on mental health issues both nationally and internationally.

For more information about Amelia and her work, visit her website at:

Liz Covey, LMHC, LMT

Liz Covey is a licensed massage therapist and licensed mental health counselor in private practice in South Seattle, WA specializing in integrative trauma and attachment work with children and adults. She has extensive experience in the field of mental health, having worked with various populations, including community-supported foster care, DSHS Child Welfare families, inmates at the King County Jail, as well as serving the general population in private and non-profit counseling settings. She was the clinical manager of Hope House/Lutheran Community Service NW in Astoria, Oregon for four years, and has extensive supervision, training and community education experience. She has presented on clinical topics and held workshops for Oregon DHS foster parents, Parks and Recreation employees, and taught at the Community College level as a guest lecturer on special topics related to trauma, attachment and parenting.

Liz is working on a book with Sally Carman, OTR/L to accompany their training materials, and is also in the process of founding a non-profit organization to provide free counseling via video conference to people who are incarcerated.

Gregory Alan Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Greg Crosby has a M.A. in Sociology from Ball State University, Muncie IN and a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Crosby currently has a private practice where he sees groups and individual adults with Adult ADD and comorbid disorders.  He also is Associate Faculty (Adjunct) at Marylhurst University where he teaches courses both on the Graduate level and the Undergraduate level, and Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University.

In October of 2012, Greg retired from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR where he was the Clinical Group/Intern Program Coordinator/Clinician.  He had been there since 1987.  He has also been Adjunct Faculty at Lewis & Clark College and a Clinical Instructor at Oregon Health Sciences University, Department of Psychology.

Mr. Crosby has published numerous articles both nationally and internationally.  He has co-written a couple books and presented trainings nationally on a wide range of topics.

His new book co-authored with Tonya Lippert is titled: Transforming ADHD:  Attention and Action Regulation Skills to Focus and Succeed.

Greg Crosby is known for his entertaining presentations that blend integrating ideas from liberal arts and the sciences into his lectures and exercises.

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC, specializes in working with giftedness and treating addictions, depression, Axis II diagnoses and physical and sexual abuse.  She has been in private practice for close to thirty years in Seattle.  She taught in a graduate psychology program for many years and now enjoys teaching professionals via continuing education offerings.  She writes and trains nationally on topics related to high IQ adult and adolescents.  Until recently Lisa was clinical director at a Native American behavioral health program for children and youth where she learned that special population consults can never replace the therapeutic value of culturally specific services.

Lisa has been a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Seattle Counselors Association, and Co-chair of the DOH advisory Committee for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.  She has been training others in Clinical Supervision for many year and was part of the group that proposed the initial language for the Approved Supervisor WAC.

Lisa has been a presenter for Cascadia Training for over 10 year now.

For more information about Lisa, visit her website:

David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP

David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He is certified by the American Counseling Association to provide trainings related to the organization’s current Code of Ethics.

 For twenty years, David has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, drug/alcohol counselor, and case manager. Currently in private practice, David works with teens and young adults addressing issues related to complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist.

In addition to his clinical work, David is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has regularly provided professional development and continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences -- including the American Counseling Association and Association of Experiential Education.

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA

Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA described as "attachment guru" by Adoptive Families Magazine, specializes in attachment, grief, and trauma issues of children in her practice, Nurturing Attachments. Her passion is to help families develop close, satisfying relationships.  A clinical social worker, she has worked over 25 years in foster and adopted children's therapies and placements.  She has also been a therapeutic foster parent.

Deborah is core faculty for the award-winning Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Foster and Adoption Therapy at Portland State University.  She is main faculty in the ATTACh-recognized Post-Graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training.  She has taught in the Trauma Certificate Program at the University of Washington and was the 2008 Henry W. Maier Practitioner in Residence at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Deborah Gray is a popular presenter due to her practical and positive approaches.  She has keynoted conferences ranging from the Joint Council of International Children's Services to Orphan Conferences.  She continues to work in a clinical practice with parents and children, who help to teach her new approaches and techniques every day.  Visit her website at

Catherine Grytting, Ed.D

Dr. Catherine Grytting is a counselor, teacher, musician, artist, writer, Reiki Master and spiritual director who draws on creativity and weaves mind, body and spirit to assist individuals as they grow in authenticity and wholeness and deepen their relationship with Divine Source.  She began counseling in 2010 and has been providing energy healing and spiritual direction since 1997.  Catherine facilitates workshops and retreats on many topics, including creativity, spirituality, emotional intelligence, parent education, and the arts.  She also offers classes in energy healing and meditation.

Dr. Grytting has presented nationally, with Spiritual Directors International, regionally for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools and, locally, for the Archdiocese of Seattle and the now defunct StillPoint Center for Spirituality.  Publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as education, energy healing and spirituality.  Her doctorate, from Seattle University, includes the study of spiritual healing and a certificate in transforming spirituality.  Visit her website at to learn more about Catherine Grytting and the services she provides.

Terri Haaga, MSW, LICSW, GMHS

Terri Haaga, MSW, LICSW, GHMS is currently the owner of Aging for Life where she provides clinical supervision, geriatric mental health training and in-home geriatric mental health assessments and counseling. 

Terri is a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist who has worked exclusively with clients over 60 for the past 17 years.  She has served as a mental health clinician on a geriatric crisis team for over 13 years providing assessments, crisis intervention, stabilization and referral services. 

Ms. Haaga is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has taught numerous workshops and taught colleges courses for Eastern Washington University and Washington State University.

Terri received her BA in Social work and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Washington University.

Jennifer D Hudson, MA, LMHC, CMHS

Jennifer Hudson, MA, LMHC, CMHS has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from Western Washington University and a Masters in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Bastyr University, Leadership Institute of Seattle. 

Jennifer started out in community mental health working for Compass Health in the Child Advocacy Program at Dawson Place where she helped children, teens, young adults and parents heal from the impact of sexual abuse.  From there she started a private practice working with clients 13 years and older before becoming a Mental Health Support Specialist for the Lake Stevens School District providing mental health support services, program planning, staff consultation, and collaboration with outside providers. 

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins earned his BA from Grinnell College with a major in music.  In an interesting twist of fate, his studies in music lead straight in to professional Web development as co-owner and manager of TUG Internet Specialists, a Web development and consulting firm in Grinnell, IA.  After a couple years, the firm broke up and Roy moved in to a solo career, where he not only built websites and internet-based software systems, but consulted with clients on marketing concerns both practical and ethical, web-based business plans and web presence expansion.

In 2007, Mr. Huggins received his Masters of Science in Counseling.  He spent 3 years in Sapporo, Japan where he practiced on weekends, then returned to Portland, OR and set up a full-time practice in 2010.  That practice continues today.

Roy has since done consulting and training on digital ethics issues for hundreds of health care colleagues as well as teaching a class on building websites for mental health private practices.  Roy is now the Tech Committee Chair for the unified Oregon Counseling Association, a member of the Zur Institute Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University's Department of Counselor Education.

In addition to clinical practice, Roy's work is focused on helping colleagues clinicians to navigate the modern digital world both ethically and effectively, with "conscientious courage" so that we can meet the people we serve where they are in safe and useful ways.

To get more information about Roy:

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC

Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington and began her career in social service as a Resource and Education Counselor working with the seriously mental ill.

Randi obtained a Washington State Certification in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Chemical Dependency Professional Certification.  She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling from Antioch University, Seattle.  

In 2010 through 2013, Randi was the Director of The Soldiers Project Washington, a non-profit organization providing no cost, no report mental health counseling to current and former military members, their families and concerned others.  

In addition to specializing in treatment of suicidality, Randi provides counseling to those dealing with substance abuse, gambling and military trauma.

Randi also provides trainings for Washington State Behavioral Health Conference, Evergreen Council on Program Gambling, Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, various employment assistance programs, and individual health agencies.  Randi also specializes in developing Suicide Prevention Programs for Native American communities as well as various youth mental health programs.

Ms Jensen is the author of Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide, a book about overcoming chronic suicidality through peer support.  She is currently writing her second book called, How to Talk to Kids about Suicide: A book for all ages" as well as collecting stories of triumph for her book, "Just Because I Tried to Kill Myself Doesn't Mean I want to Die: Lessons Learned in Recovery from Suicidality. 

Douglas M Kerr, PhD

Douglas Kerr, PhD is a clinical psychologist in independent practice since 1986 and an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University Seattle and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Douglas practices and teaches couples and family therapy, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy. His practice has focused on adolescents with co-occurring disorders and their families.

Dr Kerr has been a MI trainer since 2002. Prior to that training of trainers, he was fortunate to participate in a MI research project where he was supervised by David Rosengren Ph.D. and received training from Drs. Rosengren and Chris Dunn. Dr Kerr teaches MI to family medicine residents, counseling students, professional counselors, and primary care staffs. He has taught several two day MI trainings for continuing education for psychologists, in-service trainings for counseling center staffs, and in primary care settings for MDs, nurses and support staff

Cary McAdams Hamilton, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S

Cary McAdams Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with diverse experience working in private practice, non-profit mental health service providers, juvenile justice, public education, residential treatment center and county assistance programs.  She is focused on working with children, adolescents and their families.

Cary is the President of Olympia Therapy, she is an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University in Lacey, WA and past Adjunct Professor at George Fox University in Salem, OR.  

You can find out more about Cary McAdams Hamilton at:

Jeffrey Morrison, LMHC

My lifelong desire to understand myself and the world around me, led to a degree in philosophy and religion. Although I studied psychology as an undergraduate, it was my exposure to Focusing, and gaining a deeper understanding of myself, that urged me to concentrate on psychology in depth.

I earned a master’s degree in Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology at Seattle University in 1986. I then worked in agency and school settings with adolescents, parents, and teachers. I have postgraduate training in Family System Therapy, Adlerian Psychology, and Focusing Oriented Therapy.

In addition to practicing therapy, I also teach meditation. I study the crossings of Feldenkrais, Zen and Focusing with Russell Delman through The Embodied Life School. I am passionate about sharing the gifts of meditation and Focusing with others.

Find out more at:

Willow Myers, MA, LMHC, LMFT

Willow Myers, LMHC, LMFT, Certified Child Mental Heath Counselor, Infant Mental Health Specialist, Certified School Counselor. State qualified mental health and family therapy supervisor.

Willow's current role is primarily that of therapist/counselor for adults, children and families in both private practice and agency setting.  She is also a therapist and mindfulness teacher of all ages.

Experience relevant to topic: she has worked in agencies, schools and drug/treatment centers with all ages since 1985.  Her roles in various settings included counselor/psychotherapist, intervention specialist, program developer, consultant and educator.  Willow has also presented workshops and classes to professionals and adults. 

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Rose Ness, MA, LMHC, CDP

Rose Ness is a Certified Chemical Dependency Professional and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington.  She has worked in the field of behavioral health for over two decades.  Rose is an experienced and seasoned clinician whose clientele range from individuals and families to larger systems in various settings including mental health, involuntary treatment and private practice.

Beyond delivering direct care she is also involved in workforce development, which provides direct supervision to other professionals who are beginning and looking to advance their careers in social service.  Believing in whole person health, Rose and her team of behavioral health experts support integrated physical and behavioral healthcare and are committed to healthcare transformation in Washington state.

Rose is currently a consultant, advisor and trainer for Sound Integration for Behavioral Healthcare in Arlington WA.  She also is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Skagit Valley College where she teaches every Winter quarter.

Yvonne Owen, PhD

Yvonne Owen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist retired from Seattle University after about 30 years. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1967 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1978.  Dr. Owen has provided clinical supervision to Master's level students for over 30 years.  She also leads consultation groups and provides supervision for pre-licensure professionals.  She developed the diagnosis and assessment class for master's students in the mental health counseling program, and has taught this course since the manual in use was the DSM-II: she has evolved with the course in her knowledge and experience.

Ms. Owen has a new title, Professor Emerita. She maintains a private practice in Seattle and has been teaching classes for Cascadia Training for over 10 years.  Yvonne is known for her inviting, engaging and humorous style.  

Trip Quillman, ACSW

Trip Quillman is a clinical social worker in Everett, Washington and has been in private practice for 35 years.  In addition to seeing patients, he has run numerous consultation groups for psychotherapists, focusing on the neuroscience of trauma and working somatically.  He has conducted workshops on Borderline Personality and Projective Identification; Treating Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid Personality Disorders; Trauma and the Body.  Two of his papers have appeared in "The Journal of Clinical Work," on neuroscience and therapist self-disclosure and treating trauma through three interconnected lenses:  body, personality, and intersubjective space.

Laurie Riepe, MA, LMHC

Laurie Riepe, MA, LMHC, offers psychotherapy in private practice with couples, individuals, teens and groups.  Working deeply and extensively in a transformative process, she supports her clients to explore the human experience within the context of freedom. Her background includes Eastern and Christian contemplative practices, yoga, Existential Psychology and Liberation Theory.

Laurie is dedicated to sharing the rich nuanced and vital conversation about choice and responsibility that lies at the center of our right to a death with dignity.

Through workshops, speaking engagements and writing, Laurie inspires professionals to develop courage regarding their work around death and grieving.  She encourages families and patients to deeply engage with life-finding meaning and joy even at the most difficult times.

Laurie has a wry sense of humor that she brings to all her work. Find out more at her website:

Julie M Rosenzweig, Ph.D, LCSW

Julie M. Rosenzweig, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. is an unabashed neuro-geek who is
frequently heard in workshops translating neuroscience into personal and
professional applications. With humor and passion, Dr. Julie happily shares her
knowledge about the brain, on topics such as toxic stress effects, attachment
disruptions, trauma-informed care, vicarious traumatization, clinical supervision,
and technology stress. Dr. Julie has been involved in the trauma field as a
therapist, consultant, and author for over 30 years, including service as a mental
health worker with the Red Cross in New York shortly after 9/11. Her clinical
practice includes individuals, couples and consultation groups. An experienced
educator and researcher, she is a Professor Emerita at Portland State University
and author of numerous journal articles, including The Neurobiology of Toxic
Stress: Implications for Social Work, a chapter in the Social Workers Desk
Reference (2015).

Mina Schoenheit, MA, Counseling Psychology

Psych/Soc. Educator – Consultant in Clinical Cross-Cultural Communication

Mina Shoenheit  earned  her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Historical Studies from Marylhurst University,  Marylhurst, Oregon.  She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in both Behavioral and Organizational Behavior from Union Institute & University at Vermont College, Brattleboro, Vermont.  Mina also earned her doctoral level education (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute & University at Vermont College and worked previously in private practice specializing in treatment of trauma related disorders for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and caring for people from multiple patient populations.  She completed her practicum internship with the Oregon Department of Corrections in Wilsonville and Quest Center for Integrative Care in Portland.   Previously Mina worked as Faculty and  Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Adjunct Faculty at OHSU Department of Psychiatry  at Oregon Health And Sciences University (OHSU).  She has more than 15 years experience as a business entrepreneur.   She has been with Oregon State Hospital (OSH) since May 2011 as part of the sex offending treatment team. 

Currently Mina Schoenheit is an educator at Oregon State Hospital Education Department, whose expertise is in clinical cultural assessments and counseling.  Ms. Schoenheit has presented locally, nationally, internationally on the following topics:  The Impact of Culture and Immigration on Depression, Challenges of Immigration and Acculturation:  Sorrow, Loss and the Evolution of Cultural Identity, and Artificial Nutrition & Hydration:  Diagnosis, Prognosis, & Honoring Across Cultures.  Mina is the Chair to Oregon State Hospital Subject Matter Expert Series.  She had an integral part in developing the Oregon State Hospital OHSU-CME Accredited Subject Matter Expert Series for the Oregon State Hospital and is its Chair and planner.

To read more about Mina’s “Good Work”, please click on the below link(s):

 Psych/Soc. Educator appointed to cultural competency board




Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW

Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, is an attorney with a background in Social Work and psychiatric research. She worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  Living in Seattle, she is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentations reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders including Narcissism and Psychopathy. 

Now an attorney, Fran works with mental health provider DOH Licensees of all disciplines who have received subpoenas, have to testify, or who have DOH complaints against them.  She also provides consultation on ethical and practice clallenges that put counselors at risk for DOH Complaints.  She completed her BA at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work in MYC and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington State licensure as both an attorney and LICSW. 

Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, CGP

Hannah is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist with nearly 20 years of experience and Master’s degrees in Special Education and Counseling Psychology. In addition, she holds various specialty certifications, including Certified Group Psychotherapist, and is a State-approved Therapy Supervisor. She has done extensive study and work in neuroscience-informed treatment of Anxiety and Trauma and she worked as a family therapist for many years. Her work experience, in both in the US and abroad, has given her a unique perspective and relatability. She has an engaging communication style and can convey difficult information in a compassionate and understandable manner. 

Currently, her endeavors include work as Group Therapy Program Coordinator for a well-regarded, partial in-patient hospital in the Seattle area and Founder/Executive Consultant and Trainer for Potential Finders. With her varied background, and in her own journey, she has found the incorporation of knowledge of brain-related responses in therapy reduces shame and increases the sense of self-control and efficacy in her clients. Therefore, she has integrated neuroscience in all she does. Her passion is to help her clients build a life that brings them joy and fulfillment and to educate clinicians on this very important and practical subject matter.

Bruce J. Spencer, PhD, MA, LMHC, LMSW, NCC

Bruce J. Spencer, MA, PhD, LMHC, LMSW, NCC, has 42 years of experience as a clinician and administrator of inpatient mental health, and chemical dependency programs, including 10 years of independent clinical practice.  He has a doctorate in psychology and has 10 years experience as an adjunct professor of psychology. Specializing in ethical issues, he has over 1,000 hours of advanced education in ethics, a certification in Advanced Ethical Studies, and has presented ethics seminars for 36 years. He has written curricula for ethics and solution-focused treatment, published numerous articles about ethics, and has presented over 100 day-long seminars nationwide.  

Mr Spencer is licensed in Washington (LMHC), and Michigan (LMSW) as well as by the National Board of Counselors. 

Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC

Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, LPC, LMHC, has worked in Community Mental Health, counseling and the forensic mental health field since 1997.  He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Cascade Mental Health Care in Centralia Washington.

Dr. Stride licensed in mental health both in Washington state and Colorado as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, respectively. He is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor by The Center for Credentialing and Education, affiliated with NBCC.  He also holds certifications by The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE), as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and a Certified Child Custody Evaluator.  He is a board member and Chair of the orals review committee for NBFE.  In addition he is a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Stride has taught psychology courses at the college level and conducts workshops on ethics, professional practice, mental health forensic services and working with the legal system. His expertise is sought by attorneys and courts for consultation in legal cases and forensic services.  He has also consulted with private and non-profit agencies concerning community mental health practice and procedures. 

Dr. Stride can be reached at Cascade Mental Health Care-360.388-7222

Eric Strom, Attorney at Law, LMHC

Eric Strom is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation and guidance to mental health professionals.  The focus of Eric's clinical practice is providing mental health counseling services to combat veterans.  Eric is currently serving as the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric has provided legal counsel to the US Naval medical facilities throughout the Western United States and the Pacific as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy JAG Corps Reserve.  Eric has taught a range of courses in professional ethics at a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Argosy University, Seattle University, and Edmonds Community College.

Eric graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit MI, attended the Hague Academy of International law in Hague, Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle, and is currently working towards his PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University.

Sivie Suckerman, MA, LMHC

Sivie Suckerman, MA, LMHC received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Acting in 1998.  She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Counseling Specialization from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and in 2014 received her Certification in Mindfulness in Education for Children and Adolescents from Mindful Schools.

Sivie currently works out of her private practice in Bellevue, WA where she provides individual, family, and group counseling focused on mindfulness based strategies.  Prior to this, she worked for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services on Mercer Island where she was an Elementary School Counselor and Mindfulness Educator Lead, for Ryther Child Center as a Child and Family Therapist, and for the YMCA of Greater Seattle/Family Services & Mental Health/CCORS Program in Seattle as a Clinical Supervisor I.

Rodolfo Trivisonno, MD

Rodolfo A. Trivisonno, M.D. (known by his patients as "Dr T") received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in 1986.  After completing medical school, Dr. Trivisonno became involved in research in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine,free radicals and aging.

In 1988, Dr Trivisonno began the first of his two psychiatric trainings at the "Psychiatric Emergencies Hospital of Buenos Aires T. de Alvear," (a University of Buenos Aires Medical School affiliate).  This first post-medical school training was psychodynamically and psycho-socially oriented. Dr. Trivisonno held the positions of Residents Instructor and Attending Psychiatrist in the Adolescent Inpatient Unit of the above-mentioned hospital. 

Dr. Trivisonno completed his second psychiatric residency in the United States at the University of Miami/ VAMC /Jackson Memorial/Mount Sinai Psychiatric Program.  This second specialty training was carried out to expand Dr Trivisonno's expertise in the area of biological psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.  This training was completed at a biologically-oriented program with an emphasis on a Bio-Psycho-Social approach to psychiatric treatment.  During those years, Dr Trivisonno gained experienced in the areas of neuropsychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

In 1997, Dr Trivisonno relocated to Washington State, where he held the position of Bilingual Attending Psychiatrist at Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, serving minority populations, particularly hispanic.

Over the years, Dr. Trivisonno has participated in multiple teaching activities.  He has taught medical students and residents in Argentina and in the United States.  The most recent of these academic activities took place in the University of Washington MEDEX program and previously in his role of assistant in teaching with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency (from 1997 to 2005) .

Dr Trivisonno is fluent in both English and Spanish and is certified as a medical interpreter.  Check out his website at:

Ron Unger, LCSW

Ron Unger is a therapist with 13 years experience specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, and an educator with extensive experience teaching continuing education seminars on that and on related topics. He serves as adjunct faculty at Portland State University, and teaches regularly at JFK University in Berkeley CA as well. He is also chairperson of the education committee for the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches for Psychosis (ISPS).

Rochelle Wright, MS, LMHC, CDP

Rochelle Wright is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional, and EMDR Certified Therapist.  She has been a counselor for over 22 years, specializing in trauma.  She developed the method of psychotherapy named Repair & Reattachment Grief Therapy that enables people to connect with their loved ones who have passed into the next plane of life.  She is co-author with Craig Hogan of the book, Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy which was revised December, 2015.
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