Youth and Family Specialized Mental Health Professionals


Click through to learn more about each provider's background and interests.

Mountlake Terrace Location

Lolita Aguiñaga, MSW, LICSW ∙ Children, Adolescents and Families, ages 3 and up ∙ Play Therapy ∙ Art therapy ∙ Behavioral Problems ∙ Eating Disorders/ Body Image Issues ∙ Adjustments to Parental Separations ∙ Social skills ∙ ADHD ∙ EMDR ∙ LGBTQ

Lolita Aguiñaga, MSW, LICSW

∙ Children, Adolescents and Families, ages 3 and up
Play Therapy
Art therapy
Behavioral Problems
Eating Disorders/ Body Image Issues
Adjustments to Parental Separations
Social skills
ADHD
EMDR
LGBTQ

Aliisa Breisch, PsyD ∙ Children and adolescents, ages 11 and up. ∙ Attachment Issues for Adolescents and Adults ∙ Behavioral Problems ∙ Psychological Testing

Aliisa Breisch, PsyD

Children and adolescents, ages 11 and up.
Attachment Issues for Adolescents and Adults
Behavioral Problems
Psychological Testing

Lisa Gormley-Leinster, MA, LMHC ∙ Adolescent Mental Health (Ages 13 and up) ∙ Transitions - Middle School & High School ∙ ∙ Adjustments ∙ LGBTQ ∙ Social Anxiety ∙ Parenting Support & Coaching ∙ Family Therapy ∙ Adjusting to Divorce, Remarriage & Blended Families

Lisa Gormley-Leinster, MA, LMHC

Adolescent Mental Health (Ages 13 and up)
Transitions - Middle School & High School ∙ ∙ Adjustments
LGBTQ
Social Anxiety
Parenting Support & Coaching
Family Therapy
Adjusting to Divorce, Remarriage & Blended Families

Nicole Hollinsworth, MSW, LICSW ∙ Children, Adolescents, Young adults, and Families, ages 3 and up. ∙ Play and Art Therapy ∙ Behavioral issues ∙ Parenting

Nicole Hollinsworth, MSW, LICSW

Children, Adolescents, Young adults, and Families, ages 3 and up.
Play and Art Therapy
Behavioral issues
Parenting

 
Ken Huey, MA, LMHC ∙ Children & Families, Ages 5-12 ∙ Child Mental Health Specialist ∙ Parent Coaching ∙ Childhood Anxiety, Fears and Worries ∙ Behavioral Issues

Ken Huey, MA, LMHC

Children & Families, Ages 5-12
Child Mental Health Specialist
Parent Coaching
∙ Childhood Anxiety, Fears and Worries
∙ Behavioral Issues

Jason MacLeod, MA, LMHC ∙ School-aged children and adolescents, ages 12 and up ∙ Specialized training with children with Asperger's ∙ Addiction Specialist ∙ Family Therapy

Jason MacLeod, MA, LMHC

School-aged children and adolescents, ages 12 and up
Specialized training with children with Asperger's
Addiction Specialist
Family Therapy

Jewel Peot, PhD, LICSW ∙ Children, Adolescents and Families, ages 4 and up ∙ Play Therapy, Child Focused Model ∙ Mindful deliberate parenting ∙ Alternative options ∙ Biofeedback, EMDR, Meditation

Jewel Peot, PhD, LICSW

Children, Adolescents and Families, ages 4 and up
Play Therapy, Child Focused Model
Mindful deliberate parenting
Alternative options
Biofeedback, EMDR, Meditation

Linda Simmons, MS, LMFT, EMDR II ∙ EMDR with Children and Teens ∙ Sand Tray Therapy ∙ Attachment Work with Children and Families ∙ Adoption  

Linda Simmons, MS, LMFT, EMDR II

∙ EMDR with Children and Teens
Sand Tray Therapy
Attachment Work with Children and Families
Adoption
 

 
Teri Wood, MA, LMHC ∙ Toddlers, Children, Adolescents and Families (Ages 1 & up) ∙ Parenting ∙ Family Conflict ∙ Play Therapy ∙ Animal Assisted Therapy

Teri Wood, MA, LMHC

∙ Toddlers, Children, Adolescents and Families (Ages 1 & up)
∙ Parenting
∙ Family Conflict
∙ Play Therapy
∙ Animal Assisted Therapy

 
 

Seattle Location

Christy Adams, MA, LMHC ∙ Children, Adolescents & Families, ages 5 and up ∙ Child Mental Health Specialist ∙ Parenting ∙ Family Therapy ∙ LGBTQ

Christy Adams, MA, LMHC

∙ Children, Adolescents & Families, ages 5 and up
∙ Child Mental Health Specialist
∙ Parenting
∙ Family Therapy
∙ LGBTQ

Alisa Horwitz, PhD, Licensed clinical Psychologist ∙ Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Families ∙ Trauma ∙ Childhood Sexual Abuse ∙ Interpersonal Conflict within Families ∙ Life Transitions ∙ Developing More Successful Discipline Strategies

Alisa Horwitz, PhD, Licensed clinical Psychologist

∙ Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Families
∙ Trauma
∙ Childhood Sexual Abuse
∙ Interpersonal Conflict within Families
∙ Life Transitions
∙ Developing More Successful Discipline Strategies

Wendy Nystrom, MA, LMHC ∙ Children, Adolescents & Families, ages 4 and up ∙ Depression/ Anxiety ∙ Trauma ∙ Adjustment Issues ∙ Play Therapy ∙ Art/Drama/Music Therapy ∙ Animal Assisted Therapy ∙ Autism Spectrum ∙ Parenting ∙ Behavioral Issues

Wendy Nystrom, MA, LMHC

∙ Children, Adolescents & Families, ages 4 and up
∙ Depression/ Anxiety
∙ Trauma
∙ Adjustment Issues
∙ Play Therapy
∙ Art/Drama/Music Therapy
∙ Animal Assisted Therapy
∙ Autism Spectrum
∙ Parenting
∙ Behavioral Issues

Leslie samdahl, MA, LMHC ∙ Children and Adolescents, ages 9 and up ∙ Eating Disorders ∙ ADHD ∙ LGBTQ ∙ Addiction ∙ Developmental Disorders

Leslie samdahl, MA, LMHC

∙ Children and Adolescents, ages 9 and up
∙ Eating Disorders
∙ ADHD
∙ LGBTQ
∙ Addiction
∙ Developmental Disorders

 
Shadi Shirazi, PsyD, LIcensed psychologist ∙ Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, ages 2 and up ∙ Intake evaluations ∙ Psychological Testing ∙ Autism Testing ∙ College Accommodation Testing ∙ Academic Accommodation and IEP related testing

Shadi Shirazi, PsyD, LIcensed psychologist

∙ Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, ages 2 and up
∙ Intake evaluations
∙ Psychological Testing
∙ Autism Testing
∙ College Accommodation Testing
∙ Academic Accommodation and IEP related testing

Bob Viola, MA, LMHC ∙ Adolescents ages 13 and up ∙ Specialized experience and training in Drug and Alcohol Addiction ∙ Bipolar Disorders ∙ Parenting

Bob Viola, MA, LMHC

∙ Adolescents ages 13 and up
∙ Specialized experience and training in Drug and Alcohol Addiction
∙ Bipolar Disorders
∙ Parenting

B. Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW ∙ Adolescents age 13 and up ∙ Non-Traditional Family Structures ∙ Foster-Adopt Families ∙ Compassionate Parenting ∙ Verbal De-Escalation ∙ Trained through DSHS Title IV-E Children's Administration ∙ Child Mental Health Specialist  

B. Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW

∙ Adolescents age 13 and up
∙ Non-Traditional Family Structures
∙ Foster-Adopt Families
∙ Compassionate Parenting
∙ Verbal De-Escalation
∙ Trained through DSHS Title IV-E Children's Administration
∙ Child Mental Health Specialist

 

Becca Leitman, MSW, LISCSW ∙ Children and Adolescents (3 and up) ∙ Adoption Issues ∙ Pre and Post Adoption Counseling ∙ Adoptee Search and Reunion (all ages) ∙ Foster Parenting ∙ Attachment and Bonding ∙ Children of Divorce ∙ Family Therapy ∙ Grief and Loss ∙ Art Therapy ∙ Play and Sand Tray Therapy

Becca Leitman, MSW, LISCSW

∙ Children and Adolescents (3 and up)
∙ Adoption Issues
∙ Pre and Post Adoption Counseling
∙ Adoptee Search and Reunion (all ages)
∙ Foster Parenting
∙ Attachment and Bonding
∙ Children of Divorce
∙ Family Therapy
∙ Grief and Loss
∙ Art Therapy
∙ Play and Sand Tray Therapy

 
 
 
 

SOUTHCENTER

David Flack, MA, LMHC, therapist ∙ Youth (10 & up), Teens, Young Adults ∙ Childhood Trauma ∙ LGBTQ Topics ∙ ADHD ∙ Impulse Control Issues ∙ Higher Functioning Autism Spectrum ∙ College Transitions ∙ Treatment Resistant Adolescents

David Flack, MA, LMHC, therapist

Youth (10 & up), Teens, Young Adults
Childhood Trauma
LGBTQ Topics
ADHD
Impulse Control Issues
Higher Functioning Autism Spectrum
College Transitions
Treatment Resistant Adolescents

Katie Jo Glaves, MA, LMFT ∙ Children ages 3-18 and their Families ∙ Anxiety/Trauma/Grief and Loss ∙ Behavioral problems ∙ Art therapy ∙ Autism and developmental disabilities

Katie Jo Glaves, MA, LMFT

∙ Children ages 3-18 and their Families
∙ Anxiety/Trauma/Grief and Loss
∙ Behavioral problems
∙ Art therapy
∙ Autism and developmental disabilities

Kellyn McCullough, MA, LMFT, MHP ∙ Adolescents 12 and up ∙ Family Therapy ∙ Eating Disorders ∙ LGBTQ ∙ Anxiety ∙ Depression 

Kellyn McCullough, MA, LMFT, MHP

∙ Adolescents 12 and up
∙ Family Therapy
∙ Eating Disorders
∙ LGBTQ
∙ Anxiety
∙ Depression 

Leanna Ramsey, MA, LMFT ∙ Children, Adolescents age 5 and up ∙ Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder ∙ LGBTQ / non-binary genders ∙ Parenting Support ∙ Family Therapy ∙ Non traditional family structures ∙ Strength based  

Leanna Ramsey, MA, LMFT

∙ Children, Adolescents age 5 and up
∙ Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
∙ LGBTQ / non-binary genders
∙ Parenting Support
∙ Family Therapy
∙ Non traditional family structures
∙ Strength based

 

 
Jennifer Trefonas, MS, LMHC, MHP ∙Worked for Family, Marriage, & Assessment Counseling for 4 years ∙Worked as a children's counselor with Play Therapy in FL ∙Worked in several Community Mental Health Centers in both WA & FL seeing youths with and without their families ∙ Worked for several national Employee Assistance Programs and saw both youths & their families

Jennifer Trefonas, MS, LMHC, MHP

∙Worked for Family, Marriage, & Assessment Counseling for 4 years
∙Worked as a children's counselor with Play Therapy in FL
∙Worked in several Community Mental Health Centers in both WA & FL seeing youths with and without their families
∙ Worked for several national Employee Assistance Programs and saw both youths & their families

Megan Mckeegan, MA, lmhc, therapist ∙ Adolescents (13 & up) and Adults ∙ Families ∙ Childhood Trauma ∙ Self-harm ∙ Suicidal thoughts ∙ Adjustment Issues ∙ Self Esteem/ Self Image  

Megan Mckeegan, MA, lmhc, therapist

Adolescents (13 & up) and Adults
Families
Childhood Trauma
Self-harm
Suicidal thoughts
Adjustment Issues
Self Esteem/ Self Image

 

 

Medication Management Services for Children and Adolescents

We are also offering psychiatric medication management and evaluation for children and adolescents. We have several board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioners with specialized training and experience working with children and adolescents. They share a passion for working with the complex mental health issues of children, including behavioral and learning problems. 

Raquel Bolender, ARNP, PMHNP-BC Southcenter Location ∙ Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (ages 4- 26) ∙ Treat all child/adolescent psychiatric disorders ∙ Second opinions ∙ Medication management ∙ Psycho-education ∙ Parent education ∙ Autism spectrum disorders ∙ ADHD: parent education, behavior-modification, and medication management ∙ Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorders) ∙ Bipolar spectrum disorders ∙ Depressive disorders ∙ Adjustment disorders ∙ PTSD ∙ Sleep hygiene ∙ Holistic approach

Raquel Bolender, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Southcenter Location

∙ Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (ages 4- 26)
∙ Treat all child/adolescent psychiatric disorders
∙ Second opinions
∙ Medication management
∙ Psycho-education
∙ Parent education
∙ Autism spectrum disorders
∙ ADHD: parent education, behavior-modification, and medication management
∙ Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorders)
∙ Bipolar spectrum disorders
∙ Depressive disorders
∙ Adjustment disorders
∙ PTSD
∙ Sleep hygiene
∙ Holistic approach

Eliza Brink, ARNP, PMHNP Seattle Location ∙ Children, Adolescents, and Adults (Ages 11+) ∙ ADHD ∙ Acute Mental Health Diagnosis ∙ Bipolar Disorders

Eliza Brink, ARNP, PMHNP

Seattle Location

∙ Children, Adolescents, and Adults (Ages 11+)
∙ ADHD
∙ Acute Mental Health Diagnosis
∙ Bipolar Disorders

Jessica england, ARNP, PMHNP Mountlake Terrace Location ∙ Children, Adolescents & Adults (Ages 6+) ∙ Families ∙ Trauma/ PTSD ∙ Behavioral Issues ∙ Anxiety/ Panic Disorders ∙ Depression ∙ ADHD ∙ Anger ∙ Bipolar Spectrum ∙ Autism Spectrum ∙ Obsessive Compulsive Disorders ∙ Schizophrenia ∙ Combination Therapy/Medication Management

Jessica england, ARNP, PMHNP

Mountlake Terrace Location

∙ Children, Adolescents & Adults (Ages 6+)
∙ Families
∙ Trauma/ PTSD
∙ Behavioral Issues
∙ Anxiety/ Panic Disorders
∙ Depression
∙ ADHD
∙ Anger
∙ Bipolar Spectrum
∙ Autism Spectrum
∙ Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
∙ Schizophrenia
∙ Combination Therapy/Medication Management

Erin Frame, ARNP, PMHNP Mountlake Terrace and Southcenter Location ∙ Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (Ages 6-22) ∙ Substance Use ∙ Behavioral issues ∙ Coping skills ∙ Parenting support

Erin Frame, ARNP, PMHNP

Mountlake Terrace and Southcenter Location

∙ Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (Ages 6-22)
∙ Substance Use
∙ Behavioral issues
∙ Coping skills
∙ Parenting support

Alexandra Pales, ARNP, PMHNP Seattle and Southcenter Location ∙ Children, Adolescents, Adults (Ages 10+) ∙ Major Depressive Disorder ∙ Bipolar Disorder ∙ Childhood trauma ∙ Schizophrenia ∙ Personality Disorders ∙ OCD ∙ Childhood behavioral disorders ∙ Anxiety ∙ ADHD

Alexandra Pales, ARNP, PMHNP

Seattle and Southcenter Location

∙ Children, Adolescents, Adults (Ages 10+)
∙ Major Depressive Disorder
∙ Bipolar Disorder
∙ Childhood trauma
∙ Schizophrenia
∙ Personality Disorders
∙ OCD
∙ Childhood behavioral disorders
∙ Anxiety
∙ ADHD

Paul Samuelson, ARNP, PMHNP Mountlake Terrace Location ∙ Children and Adolescents, (Ages 5-22) ∙ ADHD ∙ Behavioral Issues ∙ Neurodevelopmental Disorders ∙ Parenting

Paul Samuelson, ARNP, PMHNP

Mountlake Terrace Location

∙ Children and Adolescents, (Ages 5-22)
∙ ADHD
∙ Behavioral Issues
∙ Neurodevelopmental Disorders
∙ Parenting

olivia uhart, arnp, pmhnp Southcenter Location ∙ Children,Adolescents, and Young Adults (Ages 8-30) ∙ ADHD ∙ Patient and Family Psycho-education ∙ Childhood Trauma/PTSD ∙ Adjustment/Transitions ∙ ADHD ∙ Childhood Behavioral Disorders ∙ Sleep, Hygiene, and Routines

olivia uhart, arnp, pmhnp

Southcenter Location

∙ Children,Adolescents, and Young Adults (Ages 8-30)
∙ ADHD
∙ Patient and Family Psycho-education
∙ Childhood Trauma/PTSD
∙ Adjustment/Transitions
∙ ADHD
∙ Childhood Behavioral Disorders
∙ Sleep, Hygiene, and Routines

 
 

Need help choosing a Provider for you or your child?

We will do our best to match you with the nurse practitioner, psychologist or therapist we feel would be best given your presenting issues, preferences, schedule and insurance plan. 

Phone: 425 640 7009
Email: info@mindfultherapygroup.com
 


Helpful Information for Parents

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

We strive to involve the parents as much as possible when handling issues with kids. We believe in looking at the family as a whole in congruence with Family Systems Therapy Model.  We may provide specific recommendations for prescriptive therapy for the child, parents or whole family, in order to achieve more holistic results for your child. 

Seattle Location

Our Seattle location in Northgate is also providing services for children and families, and we currently have therapy for children as young as 3 years old, Psychological Testing for learning accommodations and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Medication Management services for children 11 and up. 

PLAY THERAPY

For children and adolescents, we incorporate age-appropriate play therapy by using therapeutic games, toys and books. This also includes drawing, music, building materials, sand trays and play dough. We know that children often use play to express feelings or stories that are important to them. We use this to promote healing and self discovery. 

Play therapy is an evidence-based form of treatment that is developmentally appropriate for children, especially between the ages of 2-12. Play is the language of children and it can be structured in several ways depending upon the nature of the problem.  It can be experiential or directive.  During experiential play therapy, the child is given access to a wide range of toys, art supplies, sand tray figures and other items that they are free to use in their play.  The therapist focuses their attention on the child and tracks their play behaviors with empathic responses that also help the child make sense of their situation.  It provides a safe and nurturing environment for them to explore and express their emotions and allows children the space, the resources and the time to show what life is like for them. The child sets the pace.

In play therapy, the parental/caretaker collaboration and support is essential and their participation can take many forms depending upon the situation.  Parents/caretakers may be asked to join the play session, or be requested to follow through with specific tasks between sessions. Experiential therapy is often helpful during the assessment phase of therapy even if it takes a more directive approach later on. It is useful t as a way to build the connection between the child and therapist and it provides insight in to the presenting problems for the child. 

During directive play therapy, the therapist plays a larger role in initiating the structure of the interaction.  This type of therapy is more symptom- oriented and it usually includes a psycho-educational component.  This type of therapy includes the use of board games, some art therapy, or role play through the use of puppets or costumes. Family play therapy can be useful where either a segment or the whole family is involved in the play session. Filial therapy is also a directed form of treatment where the therapist would teach a specific skill to a parent then coach them as they learn to utilize it with their child. 

Sand tray therapy provides another way to communicate non-verbally through the placement of miniature figures in a sand-tray.  It can be used to create a visual representation of experiences that sometimes words just can’t describe.  A dynamic approach to sand tray therapy may be used to further identify interactional patterns or to gain mastery and rehearse options for possible future events. It may be used on an individual basis as well as in relational therapy between the client and their significant others.

Several of our therapists have attended continuing education seminars specific to play therapy. It is an invaluable tool to seeing into the minds and hearts of the little people who we serve.  Linda Simmons, MS, LMFT has over 20 years of experiences providing this type of therapy to children and considers herself a Play Therapist.