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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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Diana Melman, MS-Candidate

Diana is currently obtaining a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University with a desire to create space for individuals, couples, and families connect to themselves and to others in meaningful ways. Her target program completion date is June 2022. She is working as a clinical intern at CoHear/ BCS, and is a Student Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Diana acquired a Bachelor of Business Administration from Fordham University in 2005 and worked as an account manager in the rich media industry. Her passion for people and relationships led her to pursue a new career after spending several years raising three young children. Realizing that has put her on a long journey to do what she loves and that is working with people in insightful ways.

Diana’s personal life has been an amazing journey, through which she discovered, that she would be able to live out her dream of helping others by choosing a career path as a Marriage and Family Therapist. By living in different countries, making friends and studying in different cultures Diana appreciates how different and at the same time how similar we are as human beings.

Diana’s work is informed by systems and attachment thinking, and believes in a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to life and work with clients. Solution-focused brief therapy and positive psychology are her professional orientations. She considers it an honor and privilege to walk alongside people in their unique journeys toward wholeness and healing.

 

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David Gaines, MS, LMFTA

David is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. He approaches counseling from a holistic perspective, acknowledging and listening to the biological, social, psychological and spiritual parts of your life; meaning he will pay attention to the intersection of not only to your thoughts, emotions and behaviors, but also to your relationships, your physical well-being and more.  Additionally, David is interested in your experiences and stories. He finds it is often in these stories, told to us and by us, that we find meaning and purpose. Unfortunately, not all these stories are desirable. David believes understanding the context of your life and situations are crucial in working towards creative solutions.

In his work he draws upon the ideas of narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, attachment theory, solution focused therapy, and others. David is also trained in Lifespan Integration- a gentle-mind body approach used to help people dealing with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, overwhelming life experiences, and more.

David’s hope is that with the assistance of a warm, empathetic and open environment you can feel known, accepted and begin to experience relief from the problems affecting your life. He considers it an honor to bear witness to your life.

Outside of counseling, David enjoys spending time with his spouse and daughter, cooking, and cheering on the University of Washington Huskies.

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Debbie Runke, MS, LMFTA

Debbie’s previous career was as an information technology director in a multi-national Fortune 1000 company. It was there that she discovered a passion for working with adults who were struggling with life’s difficulties. After two and half decades in that field, she switched careers to pursue that interest more fully. Today, she is a Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.

Today, her work is informed by attachment and systems thinking, and she brings a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach into her work with individuals, couples, and groups. Trained as a narrative therapist, Debbie also draws on cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, positive psychology, and polyvagal theory. She uses EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy with trauma survivors, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work with couples, including those affected by trauma, relational betrayal, or addiction. Debbie is an Employee Assistance Program provider, and delivers Psychological First Aid sessions to employees in organizations following critical incidents of unexpected death or workplace violence.

An east coast transplant, Debbie enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the Pacific Northwest (especially with a camera), reading, using genealogy tools to tell our stories, 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 41 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

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 a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT).  Jim has served for thirty 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 and training as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC-A) 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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Lauren Dudugjian, MS, LMFTA

Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who considers our lives to be found in the stories we tell – about ourselves, about others, and about the world. Our past memories, present experiences, and future hopes are all woven into rich narrative tapestries that comprise “who I am.” At different points in life all of us encounter difficulties, and often despite our best efforts we can find ourselves stuck in patterns that do not promote living in ways that are authentic, joyful, and hopeful. Therapy is a unique place where we can explore our difficulties and patterns, locate our preferences, and author stories that foster wholeness. Lauren takes a systemic approach toward mental health and focuses not only on thoughts and emotions, but also on relationships, biology, community, cultural contexts, and spirituality. She believes that trusting relationship is essential in therapy and prioritizes clients’ experiences and wisdom. Lauren also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle Pacific Seminary, and strives to integrate sound theology and pastoral care in her therapeutic work, for clients who so desire. 

In her work Lauren draws from the ideas of narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, family systems theory, various fields of social criticism, and more. 

Lauren hopes that in therapy clients will experience safety and acceptance and discover power to confront difficulties in their lives – perhaps from new angles – and find space to live into hope, confidence, and joy. She considers therapy to be sacred work and is honored to share in her clients’ journeys. 

Outside of counseling, Lauren loves spending time with her husband and her rescue dog Zuri (who frequents the office as a “canine therapist”), ministering with teens, gardening, drinking too much coffee, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.

 

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Leslie Savage, MS, LMFT

Do you want more from life, a sense of belonging and purpose or perhaps deeper and more meaningful relationships?

Do you feel fatigued, physically and mentally depleted and perhaps alone in your circumstance caused by an illness or injury?

Are you facing emotional turmoil caused by unresolvable chronic pain?

Are you facing other significant challenges or transitions in your life (like divorce, betrayal or death of a loved one)?

I am a Focusing-Oriented psychotherapist in certification with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in Medical Family Therapy. I integrate mindfulness and narrative therapies to establish a trusting therapeutic alliance so you may take my hand into your inner world and turn toward what is painful in a safe and supportive way. I will help you learn to step back from what is uncomfortable while staying in relationship to it. That is the only way you can learn from your experience and move forward.

I believe you are doing your best to meet the demands and challenges in life. It is natural to push away, bury or distract oneself from nagging feelings of discontentment, unhappiness and even hopelessness. Through my years of working with this approach with my clients, collectively we have found that embracing painful emotions, insecurities and vulnerability has paradoxically been a healing experience. There is a noticeable shift that some have described as relief, clarity, liberation, acceptance of who they are, and more openness and honesty with themselves and others. If you seek a way to meet the enormous challenges in life and keep thriving and growing, then it is my heart’s joy and honor to help you befriend what is emotionally painful and discover reconciliation and healing.

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Lynn Tienken, MS, LMHC

Lynn as a family therapist for 34 years brings her experience as a counselor, parenting facilitator, and faculty trainer in schools to inform her work with couples and parents.  They seek her counsel in managing their children’s behavioral challenges. With the collaboration of the Lake Washington School District, community service groups and a local church she developed a mentoring program for single parent children.  As a single parent mother herself she knew that “resilience and growth” for these children is enhanced through the support of a“village.”

Lynn’s love of learning with couples—those struggling to keep their relationship or just keep their relationship healthy–gives direction and purpose to her counseling sessions.  Her clarity with couples comes from her early years of work with families going through high conflict divorce.  Her insight and tools for growing intimacy and healthy communication are often a turning point for couples who have lost hope.

Often individuals who are working with Lynn on trauma, anxiety or depression discover relief and change through her insights about their existing relationship challenges.  Her present moment focus redirects their attention to tools that relieve stress and worry.  They learn to be more in the moment with themselves and their intimate relationships.

Away from work, “I love hiking in the mountains with friends and family, exploring cultures in countries throughout the world and just hanging out with my grandkids.’  Sketching and water color painting is a passion that teaches me to better see  life from creative dimensions.

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Nolan Giesbers, MS, LMFT, S-PSB, CSAT, CIIP-Associate

Nolan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose primary area of focus is helping individuals and couples sort through the challenges that sexuality can bring into their interpersonal relationships.

Having worked in the counseling field for over 10 years, Nolan has helped a number of clients through issues of sexual infidelity, intimacy dysfunction, and compulsive sexual behavior.

He is a certified sexual addiction therapist (CSAT) and is currently working toward the completion of his sex therapy certification (CIIP) to provide more comprehensive treatment for all sexual issues across the intimacy spectrum.

Through his clinical training, Nolan also has experience in helping adults and adolescents through life transitions and has obtained training in the trauma based treatment Lifespan Integration which is designed to help people connect to themselves more fully through each stage of their individual development.

Outside of counseling, Nolan is married and has three 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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Steven A. Maybell, PhD, LMFT, LICSW, CCTP

Steve has over 40 years of experience in the counseling and therapy field. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical social worker. He works with adults, young adults, and teens who are challenged by emotional distress, including:  anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, perfectionism, feelings of inadequacy, issues of sexual identity and orientation, spiritual and religious quandaries, and relationship challenges. He takes a holistic and systemic perspective into his work, meaning that he sees everything connected to everything else – connections between body, mind and spirit – thoughts emotions and behavior – past, present and future, and people connected to their relationships. 

The way Steve works is to trust and tap into the resources and wisdom of his clients. Depending on the issues being addressed the focus may be on practical problem-solving, emotional support, or processing significant experiences. When needed or wanted, the work may also be more in-depth; to help clients understanding their beliefs, emotions, and behavior patterns and their origins, that while hidden from consciousness, are often the source of so much discouragement and unhappiness. Bringing these to light enables clients to begin the process of reorienting to a more valid and encouraging view of self and others, and new possibilities for their life. For the past ten years Steve has received training in and has practiced the evidence based and trauma-focused treatment models of EMDR and Lifespan Integration. He has witnessed remarkable results with these models.

Steve recently retired as Director of the Student Counseling Center at Seattle Pacific University (SPU).  In addition to his work at CoHear/BCS, he will continue with SPU as an Adjunct Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.

Steve’s life outside of his profession is full. He and his wife, Debbie, married for fifty years this June, love the Northwest and never tire of traveling around the area. Their two adult sons live close by with their families.  They are soon to be blessed with their fourth grandson. They have regular childcare responsibilities and host all three generations each week for dinner.  Steve loves music and playing the guitar with his grandsons.

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Sue Neufeld-Ellis, LMHC, CSAT, NCACII, RN

Sue Neufeld-Ellis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC); Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT); Chemical Dependency Counselor both locally and nationally (CCDCII & NCAC II); and an RN. She has worked in the fields of counseling, nursing, addictions, and psychotherapy since 1981. She has been a meditation teacher for 20 years facilitating people in groups; individually; and couples. She has been professionally mentored by Dr. Patrick Carnes, PhD since 2006. She currently trains therapists in a mindfulness-based program for IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals). She taught meditation classes with Dr. Carnes for professionals on Cybersex and meditation, and was closing keynote speaker with Dr. Carnes at IITAP in 2016. GentlePath Press and Dr. Carnes produced Sue’s CD “Serenity Through Meditation” with musician Steven Halpern in 2007. Sue has been selected as one of the 50 most Distinguished Professional Women in America by Who’s Who for 2020.

Sue is currently providing Mindfulness training and practices in an individual and group setting. Working with people in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. She is trained in EMDR and Lifespan Integration since 1997. She also does Interventions  for Mental Health issues, Chemical Dependency and Sex/Relationship issues.

Sue is also a co-author in the book “Clergy Sexual Misconduct” published by GentlePath Press. She is a trained meditation teacher through University of California San Diego and studied meditation at the University of Washington. She was part-time faculty for six years at Bellevue Community College in WA where she taught classes on Sex Addiction, partners and Stress Management. She has been a featured guest on several talk shows and was a columnist for a local newspaper on sex and relationship issues. She has worked with Sex/relationship Addiction; Partners and Couples since 1987.

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Tori Dabasinskas, MA, LMFT, LPCC, S-PSB, AF-EMDR

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-Candidate

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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