Our Staff

Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being is important to us. Please let your clinician know how we can collaboratively help you achieve the results you are seeking.

Brian L. Whitney, MA, LMFT, LMHC, S-PSB

Clinical Director

Brian has been a therapist and business consultant since 1971. He is a Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Specialist with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. He uses a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach in treatment. Brian understands the impact of significant relationships in life, and their effect upon one’s health. In Brian’s counseling practice, he works with adults and families, specializing in marital relationships, depression, trauma and sexual addiction and infidelity.

Brian helped create and implement the King County Firestoppers Program, providing mental health intervention services for children engaged in dangerous fire-setting behaviors throughout King County. While in the Army, Brian provided treatment and support for Vietnam returnees and their families, focused upon adjustment and reintegration after overseas deployment. As a management consultant and an Employee Assistance Provider, Brian conducts Critical Incident Stress Debriefings and Conflict Management Services, as well as leadership and staff development training. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, travel, and playing tennis.

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Bill Lennon, EdD, LMFT, LMHC, SOTP, CSAT-S

Evaluation Consultant

Dr. Bill Lennon is a Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Washington Stated Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider.  He is also trained in Lifespan Integration.  Dr. Lennon has 29 years experience working in the field of compulsive sexual behavior, specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families whose lives have been impacted by the disease of sexual addiction.  As a nationally Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor, Bill has been trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professional (IITAP).

Through the years, Dr. Lennon has founded programs for drug addicted and troubled youth and established a 72-hour foster home program.  He has three adopted children and has provided care for many foster children over the years.  Bill has taught graduate level classes in counselor education and directed Chapman University’s Community Clinical Psychology program for 15 years.  He presents workshops on various topics including team building and the prevention of sexual misconduct.  He has been a guest on local and national television and radio programs and has received numerous professional honors throughout the years, including Who’s Who in America for his leadership achievements in the area of community service.  At Pacific Lutheran University’s Centennial Celebration he was designated as one of the top 100 graduates from the University.  Bill was also elected to the Ocosta High School Hall of Fame for his football coaching success during his earlier career as a teacher and coach.

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Debbie Runke, MS-Candidate

Debbie is an intern who is completing studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University.  She believes a fulfilled and rewarding life is one lived in healthy relationship with others, especially your partner and your family.  There are times, however, when your attachments can be seriously stressed by a relational injury, loss of a loved one, disease, or some other factor.  Whether working with individuals, couples, or families, she draws on systems thinking and curiosity to help you identify resilience and strengths you already possess.  She uses your experiential approaches to help you explore opportunities to gain hope, to heal and to grow in a compassionate and understanding therapeutic alliance. Debbie recently completed Level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and actively uses this method in her work. 

An east coast transplant, Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the Pacific Northwest (especially with a camera), using genealogy tools to tell the stories of people who lived before, and a good cup of coffee.

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Greg Bates, ARNP, PMHNP

As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Greg offers psychotherapy and medication management, often in conjunction with each other.  Greg offers both short and long term psychotherapy. Greg began working in the mental health field in 1972, and became licensed and accredited as a Nurse Practitioner in the early 90s.  He has worked in mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, acute care general hospitals on consultation teams, crisis centers and private practice for approximately 15 years.  Greg works with a variety of conditions, which include anxiety and stress, mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder), life transitions, loss and grief, individual relationship issues, trauma, PTSD, family of origin issues (including childhood abuse), and geriatric mental health conditions.  He serves clients ages 18 and older.

Greg’s philosophy is “we’re all on this journey called life”.  He believes his role is to listen to and understand your life’s narrative.  As a guest, he will try to understand your hopes, wishes and goals in order to identify the obstacles in your way.  Greg will strive to guide, assist and walk beside you on your journey.  The goal of your interactions will be to enable you to live the fullest life possible and minimize and/or eliminate the obstacles in your way.  He applauds your willingness to come here and invest in your life, and considers it an honor to work with you.

Greg and his wife of 39 years moved to Washington in 1979.  They have three children, two of whom have special needs.  He considers his marriage and children to be his greatest teachers in his life.

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Jim Amandus, DMin, ThM, CSAT-C

Dr. Amandus has over 25 years of experience in pastoral counseling of individuals, couples and families as well as experience in the field of trauma as a police chaplain. Jim believes the central aspect of therapy is the client-therapist connection “to do together” the hard and courageous work involved in hope and healing. Jim draws principles from cognitive-behavioral, object relations, and solution focused therapeutic approaches within a trusting safe environment that engages the body, soul, and spirit to step into personal and relational growth. His multi-cultural position is derived from experiencing and respecting racial, gender, and sexual differences.

Jim is currently working toward his Certification as a Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).  Jim has served for twenty-six years as the Senior Pastor of Highlands Community Church, Renton, WA. He has four children, one of whom is adopted from Russia. Jim has taught at the graduate level on the subjects of leadership & conflict resolution and meditations in the Psalms and served as past-president of The Renton Rotary Club. Jim has come to CoHear/BCS from his pastoral counseling because of his commitment to the power of community in group to bring hope and healing to marriages and individuals experiencing hurts, habits, and addictive behaviors.

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Leslie Savage, MS, LMFT

Leslie is a Seattle Pacific University Master’s graduate and a Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Specialization in Medical Family Therapy. She has been working in the field since 2007 and takes a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach when assisting adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families in treatment.

Leslie considers it a privilege to join people on their life journey and accompany them into a deeper inner understanding and acceptance of their circumstance for change to happen. She integrates narrative therapy, mindfulness, and focusing-oriented psychotherapy to allow each person’s process to unfold with empathy and compassion and connect with the goodness within to discover the right way forward, unique to each person’s life experiences and temperament.

In Leslie’s counseling practice she specializes in chronic or progressive illnesses, chronic pain management resulting from an illness or injury, partners of sex addicts, marital relationships, particularly reintegration of healthy intimacy resulting from sexual compulsivity, as well as, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, self-worth issues, and peer relationships. She facilitates a Living Well group aimed at providing additional therapeutic support for those who live with chronic pain. Leslie is the primary investigator of a phenomenological research study about patient narratives of living with chronic pain and how they describe mindfulness and well-being. Her research team includes Steven Overman, MD and Scott Edwards, Ph.D. at Seattle Pacific University. In addition, she receives on-going training and supervision in the field of sex addiction.

An outdoor enthusiast, Leslie enjoys hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, and downhill skiing with her husband and family time with her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.

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Michelle Peadon, MA, LMHC, CSAT

Evaluation Administrator

Michelle has been helping people in need using cognitive-behavioral techniques since 2004 and subsequently received her M.A. in Counseling from Northwest University in 2011.  Her early work with autistic children and their families has given her a particularly tender appreciation for the unexpected challenges that life brings along with a belief in the strength of the human spirit that often is never tapped except under the duress created by the myriad of life’s many struggles. Michelle considers the most integral part of therapy to be the coming together of client and therapist to work toward a common goal.

She empowers her clients to make positive changes in their lives utilizing cognitive behavioral, narrative, and psycho-dynamic techniques as a comprehensive approach to her work as a therapist.  Her reflective, genuine and sensitive approach allows clients to discover their path to healing in a safe, non-judgmental and accepting environment.  Her multi-cultural perspective grows out of her belief that it is important to embrace the differences in us all.  Michelle currently facilitates groups for addicts in recovery, and provides personalized counseling for individuals, couples and families. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and walking her dog.

Please call the CoHear/BCS front office at (425) 283-1313 to discuss scheduling options for an evaluation. See our Forensic Evaluations page for more details.

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Nolan Giesbers, MS, LMFT, S-PSB, CSAT-C

Nolan is a trained Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who has a deep passion for working with families, couples, and individuals in need of additional support and guidance in times of trouble. His primary objective within the therapeutic relationship is to provide clients with a safe environment to explore further the issues they find problematic in their lives.  Providing treatment to clients since 2010, Nolan really emphasizes a client driven approach where people come into session prepared to work on things they choose to work on.  It is in this approach where he believes change can be sustaining and purposeful.

His primary specialty is working with those who struggle with sexual compulsivity and the implications this has on their relationship. To help further educate Nolan in this field, he is actively working towards obtaining his certification as a sex addiction therapist (CSAT).  Part of his time at CoHear is spent helping individuals and couples heal through the pain the addiction has caused and providing a process for them to grow in the midst of their pain.  He also facilitates sex addiction groups aimed at providing additional support for those who are struggling through their addictive process. Nolan also has experience working with teenagers struggling with self-worth issues, peer relationships, and educational issues.

Outside of counseling, Nolan is married and has two young children.  He enjoys staying physically active with family and friends while being an avid Huskies and Seahawks fan.

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Shawn B. Whitney, MS, LMFT, S-PSB

Shawn Whitney, MS, LMFT, S-PSB has personal and professional experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups around psychosocial and medical health issues. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado and Washington states. He also holds Specializations in Medical Family Therapy and Problematic Sexual Behaviors. He is also an American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists Certified Sex Therapist Candidate. Shawn is also a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

In addition to offering online therapy services through CoHear, Shawn works as a Clinical Supervisor and Instructor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and as a Therapist in Counseling Services at Colorado State University. He is passionate about strengthening people and relationships through the exploration of family and interpersonal dynamics. He employs a wide range of clinical assessment tools to determine client issues and needs. The psychosocial conditions Shawn provides ongoing treatment for include addictions, anxiety and depression, abuse and trauma, marriage and relationship issues, health and wellness, spirituality/faith issues, identity development issues, and sexuality. He believes a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to health is the most comprehensive method of treatment. Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, getting outdoors, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

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Tori Dabasinskas, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Clinically trained as a licensed marriage family therapist and licensed in Washington and California, Tori is a communication strategist deeply devoted to supporting people seeking health in relationships.  She brings a wealth of clinical experience from over 25 years of outpatient/inpatient psychological services. Trained as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Tori specializes in conflict resolution, anxiety management, marriage, parenting and coordinated professional care.  Dedicated to teamwork and integrated care, while practicing in California, Tori founded and developed WIT Professionals (Wellness Integrated Team: www.witprofessionals) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, a progressive employee effectiveness program valuing the health of professional and/or personal relationships.

Nationally and Internationally, Tori has practiced her expertise counseling, running groups, leading workshops and teaching seminars in a variety of settings including businesses, hospitals, treatment centers, churches, schools’ parents’ groups and various non-profit organizations.  She is certified in Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR), and is currently working towards certification as a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behaviors (S-PBS)

Tori adores time with her family, long runs with her Labrador Retriever and most any sport in the outdoors.  She has a love for dark chocolate and is often found enjoying a delicious cup of hot coffee.

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Willem Jillson, MA, LMHCA, ASOTP, CSAT-C

Willem’s passion for working with issues of trauma and personal development grew out of his disaster relief efforts in the Gulf Coast, post Hurricane Katrina. His belief in the power of group dynamics and support coupled with finding one’s home in the bonds created by living and working in community brought him to his work as a therapist leading groups of men seeking a safe place where they can belong.

Willem enjoys his work with both juveniles and adults using sensorimotor and psychotherapy approaches combined with cognitive-behavioral principles to restore health and healing to the painful wounds of trauma survivors. Willem engages the heart and mind of his clients for the redemption of their passions, beliefs and behaviors in a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic setting. He received his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He is also an SOTP, sex offender treatment provider.

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