If you’ve struggled with overwhelming emotions or relationship difficulties, you may feel it’s time to work with a therapist. This first step can come with mixed emotions and uncertainty, and these feelings are normal. MCS health providers understand the challenges of getting started with therapy. With so many types of mental health professionals to choose from, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the options. MCS clinicians include individuals, couples and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and more. A closer look at each type can make your choice easier.
Erin Andersen, LICSWA
Erin’s foremost goal is to provide a safe space by building a transparent therapeutic partnership. She believes in working with clients to better understand difficult and uncomfortable emotions and uses an intersectional approach to the feminist perspective to explore how existing social norms and systemic barriers can act as deterrents to growth. Erin obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has experience working in schools and hospitals with clients and their families. Erin draws on Emotionally-Focused Therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness techniques to address struggles associated with those experiencing depression, trauma, generalized and social anxiety, and self-esteem and self-image issues.
Sara Domeland, LMHCA
My therapeutic perspective is broad and my approach is eclectic as to meet you where you are while supporting your unique therapeutic process. The basis of your process is a foundation of trust between you and myself that formulates over time. My goal is to provide you and others participating in therapy with the best possible care.
There is a compendium of theories and practices utilized as a framework that is developed depending on your needs. These are the following: Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused and Strength-Based Therapies, Structural Family Therapeutic Approach
As these approaches offer tools from which to guide the process, the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for growth for each individual in a safe and supportive environment. I welcome you to engage in a supportive, nurturing, and life-inspiring process of self-exploration.
Gillian Farrell, MS, LICSW
Gillian is passionate about providing an inclusive and affirming environment for all those seeking care. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2019, but has been working in the broader social services field for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. She works with trauma, including PTSD and C-PTSD, acute and chronic grief/mourning, systemic oppression, family conflict/abuse, depression and anxiety. Her therapeutic approach can be described as humanistic and she incorporates somatic and cognitive techniques in practice. She is a strong believer that trust and safety are the foundation of therapy. She will work with you to identify what approach best fits your individual or family needs, so that you/your family feel safe, valued, and understood. Her space will always be LGBTQ2S+ affirming, anti-racist, body-positive, compassionate and non-judgmental. She will accept you and provide quality care to you exactly as you are.
Tanya Glover, MS, LMFTA
Tanya provides support for children (7+), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She draws on her experience from the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Children/Youth and Families (DCYF). She provides a safe environment and is very supportive, allowing the opportunity for each individual and family member to build a rapport and connection with her. She will work to offer care that is supportive and nurturing. She will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective, productive, and independent. She fosters a quality of understanding that has a significant impact on the capacity for healing.
Ayla Grant, MS, LICSWA
Ayla believes therapy is a partnership where trust and safety are essential to building a therapeutic relationship. Her approach is eclectic, strengths-based, and client-centered. She approaches each client uniquely, drawing upon different theories and evidence-based practices. Her practice is guided by the theories of systems theory, attachment theory, relational choice theory, and critical hope theory. She is passionate about providing inclusive and affirming care to each client. Having a trauma-informed lens guides her treatment models because of her understanding that one does not work for all. These treatment models include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), parts work, and mindfulness.
Ayla earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She has a concentration in mental health and trauma. She has worked with issues related to housing and food insecurity, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and Complex-PTSD. The populations she has worked with are the unhoused community, survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of sex trafficking. Her passion derives from her goal to assist others to thrive, not just survive.
“…and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom”. ~Anais Nin
Judson Hayes, LMHC
Jud is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) for over ten years. He has experience working with adult and adolescent clients from diverse backgrounds who experience various mental health and substance use-related challenges. Jud specializes in a trauma-informed, integrative, and evidence-based approach incorporating existential psychotherapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Jud describes his primary aim in therapy is to provide a non-judgmental setting where clients can more deeply explore the challenges that brought them to therapy and develop strategies promoting positive and long-lasting outcomes.
Cynthia Langston, LICSW
Cynthia Langston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2015. Following her graduate work, Cynthia relocated to Seattle and worked at the Crisis Solution Center. In 2017, she worked at Discovery Behavioral Health in Port Townsend for more than five years serving children, adolescents, and adults with various mood and behavioral challenges (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma), as well as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar, and personality disorders. She has received specialized training in military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (military and civilian), and domestic violence.
Before obtaining a master’s degree, Cynthia was a professional performance coach for over 15 years. She was the director of Master Mind Seminars, where she taught and facilitated groups and individuals in the field of self-development, including mindfulness and meditation. Currently, Cynthia is the mental health therapist at Chimacum High School, and part-time therapist at MCS Counseling Services.
Johnny Thigpen, MSW, LICSWA, SUDP
I approach my work with clients with openness and curiosity. I believe the people I serve are inherently whole and healthy, yet many have learned to cope with suffering using unhealthy substances, relationships, or habits. Bringing a holistic approach to understanding each individual, I assess clients’ histories, interpersonal patterns, and environments, examining social, spiritual, physical, and emotional factors as well as their sense of purpose. When collaborating with clients, I prioritize establishing a therapeutic bond and gaining trust as the foundations of my work. I believe that all of us are “people in recovery” and while we are all in this journey together, each client’s voice is the single most important aspect of their individual treatment.
I have had several careers in my adult life: Sailor (Navy, Coast Guard), school bus driver, addiction counselor, and most recently, mental health therapist. I earned a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work and am certified as an addiction counselor. No matter where you are in your journey my hope is to walk alongside you and perhaps gain some insight. This goes both ways. I know that I would not be the person I am today without all the people I have encountered in my life.
Nick Niemann, MS, LMHC
Sara assists clients eager to clarify problems, set goals, learn tools, and create a plan for change to get the life and work they deserve. Sara draws upon cognitive-behavioral, strength-based techniques, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, Jungian psychology, interpersonal skills, and dreamwork – all incorporating the diversity and values of the individual client. Sara is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington.
Brad Page, LMHCA
Brad earned his Master’s degree at Liberty University in Mental Health Counseling. After five years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, he worked in the emergency department and has spent the last thirteen years in the fire service. He volunteers with Kitsap County DEM CISM Team, working with first responders who have witnessed critically significant events. He also organizes the Peer Support team for his department. Brad’s goal is to provide a trusting environment, enabling every client to see their inherent worth, self-actualized identity, and intrinsic value. His approach is to seek first to understand, allowing the client to expertly narrate their own story. Even though there is brokenness, there does not need to be dysfunction.
“Everything’s not awesome, but that doesn’t mean that it’s hopeless and bleak. . . . We can make things better if we stick together” (Emmet).
Moncia Ramirez, LMHC
Monica is passionate about assisting young adults, adults and others in coping with everyday life stressors. Monica has a background in working with mental health crisis, young families, and the geriatric population. Monica received her Bachelor’s degree In Social Work with a minor in Sociology from Wichita State University in Kansas. She later received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University in Kansas. Monica’s therapeutic approach is utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Grounding, and Motivational Interviewing. She believes in building rapport in order to provide a secure environment for healing. She has enjoyed having the opportunity to teach others positive alternatives in handling anger.
Autumn Russell, LICSWA
Autumn believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is based on collaboration, communication, trust, and client autonomy. They believe that everyone has strengths and experiences that they can draw on to grow, change, and heal. Those strengths often inform treatment goals and pave the way for what work will be done in sessions.
Autumn enjoys working with LGBTQ+ individuals and is a current member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health.) They have experience in working with individuals and couples as they explore gender and sexual orientation. Additionally, Autumn works with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, gender dysphoria, and stress. They utilize tactics from acceptance and commitment therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy
Kaitlyn Speer, LMHC
Kaitlyn works with individuals who are struggling with difficult symptoms such as anxiety, depression, anger, and trauma. Her specialties include working with adults and couples who are seeking to better their interpersonal relationships and reduce symptoms. Kaitlyn received her Master’s in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Walden University, and has experience working as an outpatient therapist in a community mental health agency. Kaitlyn describes herself as a “child’s therapist that never sees children”, as she works with adults to recognize how their past may be impacting their present and how to change the cycle of generational trauma. Kaitlyn believes in an eclectic approach, utilizing DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), LGBTQ+ accepting and developing a relationship with her clients. Kaitlyn upholds a standard of Trauma-Informed and Gender Affirming Care. Kaitlyn believes in empowering her clients to continue the work, even outside of her office.
Rebecca Williams, LICSW
Rebecca strives to work collaboratively with adolescents, and young adult clients, empowering them in various capacities through therapy. Her theoretical approach integrates psychodynamic, expressive arts, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectic behavioral therapy. In working with gender identity development (transgender, non-binary individuals), gender dysphoria, and sexual orientation, therapy is tailored to fit your needs and your treatment goals.
Treatment focus includes anxiety management, gender dysphoria, improving self-esteem, connection to community, relationship skills, and readiness to transition. Rebecca focuses on developing a strong therapeutic relationship so that clients can feel safe to explore their inner world in a unique way. Her goal, as a therapist, is to aid clients in developing new insights, identifying unhelpful interpersonal and behavioral patterns, and creating meaningful change. She’s also found that the exploration of social structures, power dynamics, and how these issues relate to and influence relationships can be very beneficial in therapy work. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. Rebecca is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Matthew Poinsett, PhD, LMHC
Clinical Director (he/him)
Matt has dedicated his education and professional pursuits to understanding the process of building strength, resilience, and wellness in individuals, couples, and groups. His approach to therapy facilitates insight and the development of skills necessary for people to live happier healthier lives. Matt’s diverse therapeutic experiences included wilderness-based therapy, inpatient crisis care, intensive partial hospitalization services, and private practice. Additionally, he has a passion for community outreach and bringing mental and emotional well-being to the general population. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Julie Canterbury, MA, LMHC
Julie is the founder of MCS Counseling and works to build community partnerships while also functioning as a business consultant. She is certified in the state of Washington with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University-Seattle. At MCS Counseling, Julie has aspired to create a relaxed but knowledgeable environment in order to allow individuals the opportunity to work toward healthy breakthroughs with our providers and counselors. The professionals she’s chosen to work with stay up-to-date with contemporary developments in diagnoses and treatment in order to ensure that they are always treating MCS patients in the most effective method possible.