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Providers

Our Providers

David Shen-Miller, PhD

David Shen-Miller, PhD

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I am passionate about helping clients reach their potential. We accomplish this together through a humanistic, relational, mind-body-spirit integration that uses your strengths and resources. For me, therapy is not about fixing what is wrong, but about finding what is working and deepening your skills to increase your health, well-being, and overall happiness. I care deeply about providing excellent care, and trying out new ways of relating and thinking that may lead to change and optimize your health and connection with others. Although the past is important, we'll also focus on the here and now.

 

I rely on scientific practices in psychotherapy, focusing on restoring mind-body connection, self-care, and overall mental well-being. Men's health, anxiety, depression, existential issues, grief/loss, multiculturalism, and work are among my interests. Group therapy, psychological assessment, consultation, and research are also significant parts of my practice.

I have been active in men's health for more than 20 years, including directing a Men's Center, and working as clinician, consultant, and researcher with multiple papers and two edited books. As a former ballet dancer, I am familiar with body image and performance issues as well.

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Tom Farmer, PsyD

Tom Farmer, PsyD

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Working with individuals and families is a collaborative process. I hope to use my many clinical experiences to help guide clients through a path toward more satisfaction in life. Therapy is not a process of simple "change," but rather a process of finding and developing aspects of satisfaction in careers, families, leisure, and relationships that likely exist when we weed through the days' challenges. Through my years as a clinician, I know how to challenge that process. Through my years of teaching, I know when I can simply step aside and admire the strengths that each of us have inside.

My experiences in psychological assessment/treatment span from neuropsychological evaluations in a medical setting to work in psychiatric hospitals for those in extreme distress. I believe I offer a wholistic and comprehensive understanding of clients. Focusing on the science and the mind-body connection are essential for genuine growth.

I have spent years as a professor of psychology. I maintain expertise by teaching psychological assessment, family systems, and adult therapy to future clinicians at Bastyr University. While I enjoy the seeing growth in both students and clients, often they teach me how to be a better person.

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Dana

Dana Simerly, LMHC

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Here are some things to expect when we sit across from each other. I will want to have meaningful and honest conversations about the things in life that are hard for you to explore. Together, we will make a space to be able to give life to the words that are difficult to say out loud and help you grow in ways that feel useful to you. This can be a painful process and most often is worth it.

Some concerns that I often see include: Coping with sudden or traumatic losses, complicated, prolonged, or disenfranchised grief, depression, anxiety, issues regarding identity or meaning, relationships, and shame and vulnerability.

 

My work tends to be rooted in Buddhist and existential concepts though I pull from a lot of different types of therapies. I am currently in the process of getting a certification in thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

Serena

Serena Konkin, LMHC

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Certain passages in life call one to walk hand in hand with uncertainty. I offer my clients support and guidance through periods of instability, change, and self-discovery. My approach is collaborative and process based, encouraging a sense of trust, safety, and self-agency. Integrating Jungian, psychodynamic, humanistic, and family systems techniques, I work with each individual to develop their inner emotional resources and natural creative resilience.
 

My approach begins with the formulation of the therapeutic alliance, allowing for the unique and individual perspective of each client to be the guiding focus. I see transformation and healing as a nonlinear, organic processes that requires cultivation, patience, curiosity, and occasionally, humor.
 

I use client centered techniques to lay a foundation of compassion and empathy, with depth approaches to support deep and lasting change. I also provide dreamwork, active imagination, and involvement of creative practices as therapeutic approaches for interested clients.

Abbie

Abbie Spear, LICSW

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Every life is a series of transitions, some of which can feel impossible to navigate. People
and families can often feel ‘stuck’ in their current struggles and unable to overcome the
challenges and changes they are experiencing.

 

Whether the tough moments are navigating issues in daily life or processing landmark
events such as pregnancy or parenthood, the need for support is valid and you don’t have
to push through alone. Therapy helps you develop the tools and knowledge needed to bring out your unique strengths and abilities. No matter what age or life stage you are in, healing 
is possible. I believe that every person has the potential to be successful and happy.
 

When working with adults, I emphasize an ecological and strengths-based approach using psychodynamic and evidenced-based interventions. You are the expert of your own
experience and with the right tools, every person is capable of success. I most often see
people regarding perinatal mental health, parenting issues, ADHD, life transitions, and
anxiety/depression.


When working with children I strongly encourage parental involvement. Therapy doesn’t
exist in a vacuum and it is my belief that therapeutic success can only be achieved when
therapists and caregivers work together. I use a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. I work with children age 3-11 and their families, specializing in 
ADHD, anxiety/depression, inter-family conflict, and support during family transitions.

Meaghan

Meaghan Halverson, LMHC,
ATR-Provisional

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During times of distress and change, engaging in therapy can provide comfort, support, and even inspiration. I think of it as a creative collaboration in which you and I work together to develop presence, gain awareness, and deepen insight into your unique story.

As an art therapist, I believe sometimes words are just not enough to capture the depth and complexity of our experience. Art therapy offers an opportunity to engage the whole self in ways that are distinct from verbal communication alone and foster deep understanding and empowerment within yourself.  You don't need to be an artist to do art therapy and not every session needs to be focused on some grand masterpiece. Ultimately, I believe that art and therapy both rely on the same creative process: taking risks, shifting perceptions, finding unexpected solutions, transforming “mistakes”, and leaving a meaningful mark on the world around us.

Other therapeutic wells I draw from include somatics and mindfulness, which focuses on how we experience and move through stress and emotions in our mind and body; a queer feminist framework, which acknowledges the way systems of power and oppression shape our identities and sense of wellbeing in the world; and psychodynamic psychotherapy, which explores how early life experiences unconsciously impact our current reality.

My professional experience has focused on creative body-mind approaches to work with trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief in many different settings including refugee communities, eating disorder clinics, youth correctional facilities, domestic violence agencies, oncology settings, and in-patient psychiatric hospitals.  I equally enjoy working with children, teens, adults, and elders.
A little about me:
I identify as a white, able-bodied, queer woman.  I welcome both she/her and they/them pronouns. Prior to my life as an art therapist, I have spent time as an art teacher, film production assistant, arts administrator, bar tender, yoga teacher, forklift driver, voice over artist, and nanny.  I come from a Norwegian-Irish working-class family full of grit and humor.  And I have numerous unfinished art projects… because I too am still a work in progress.

Lucas

Lucas Peiser, LMHCA

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My hope for our work together is that you can begin to process and engage the pain that so often is difficult to approach and address. Instead of ignoring or pathologizing those things that have gotten you stuck, together we will explore ways to honor and grow from these realities. I often work with clients around issues of anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, and spiritual questions. I also help clients who are experiencing climate grief and who are looking to re/connect with the natural world. My approach is primarily psychodynamic and relational. Somatic, attachment, liberation, and ecopsychology theories also inform my work. Moreover, my approach is always trauma-informed.

David Sitlani

David Ravi Sitlani, JD, LMHCA

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Therapy can be a refuge where one can seek understanding, support and a place to be seen and heard.  At its core, therapy is a relationship with a foundation in trust and openness where you can be given an opportunity to open up and share, develop insight and experience growth in a safe and open environment. 

 

My integrative approach to therapy is focused on multicultural therapy, attachment theory, and existential therapy.  The focus of sessions is centered on the client and their lived experience.  I aim to be present, understanding and adaptive as a therapist so as to provide a space of openness and safety to explore your emotions, feelings and lived experience.

 

I have broad professional experience as I have worked in education, as a legal professional and now as a Therapist.  I identify as a multicultural, able-bodied, cis-gendered man and am also a cancer survivor.

Our Interns

Sara Brower

Sara Brower, BA
(MA in Progress)

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I am a third year graduate student and am eager to work as a clinical mental health counseling intern at Cascades Wellness Center. I recently relocated from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Seattle with my dog. I am excited to jumpstart my career in the PNW and explore the beautiful landscape. 

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Sam Osborne, MA
(PsyD in Progress)

Meaningful psychotherapy is grounded in a human relationship. My approach is one of depth and breadth, predicated on the living, dynamic reality of the psyche and the unconscious, and the relationship formed between us within the psychotherapeutic frame. My broadly psychodynamic approach incorporates both psychoanalytic and Jungian methods, as well as drawing from a deep well of other therapeutic modalities as needed. All my work is filtered through an anti-oppression, anti-racist, critical lens that acknowledges generations of damage committed by white, patriarchal, colonialist power structures and our collective need for liberation. For decades, I have been and remain an outspoken, unapologetic ally and advocate for Black lives, my trans brothers and sisters, and anyone who has ever felt marginalized. When I work with you, I commit to being with you all the way, no matter where the path may lead us.

Alicia

Our Clinic Coordinator

Alicia Underwood

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Alicia is the Clinic Coordinator for Cascades Wellness Center. Her excellent customer service skills and interest in holistic wellbeing make her a wonderful addition to our practice. She lives in sunny California and enjoys hiking, longboarding, and hanging out with her two Sphynx cats.

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