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

Therapist, (she/her/hers)

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. 

To connect with Erin, click the link below.

Gillian Farrell, MS, LSWAIC

Therapist (she/her/hers)

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. 


To connect with Gillian, click the link below.

Elle Malmstrom, LMHCA

Therapist, (she/her/hers)

My therapeutic style is compassionate, creative, relational, and non-judgmental. I believe that you are the expert of your own lives and that your bodies are truth-tellers that hold innate wisdom and the answers necessary for healing. My approach combines emotion-centered work, evidence-based practices, and our own curiosity to explore the challenges you are facing. These modalities invite us to listen inward and empower your true and authentic self to lead rather than looking to someone or something else for answers. We will begin wherever feels most safe to you and listen to your experience to guide us as we go. As we explore the roots of whatever you are holding, my hope is to collaborate together to create a new experience and identify the best way forward. Looking forward to seeing what we can create together!   

To connect with Elle, click the link below.

Monica Son, MS, LSWAIC

Therapist (she/her/hers)

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. 


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Octavia Craig

Clinical Intern, (she/her/hers)

Octavia is currently a graduate student at The University of Western States completing her Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Sport and Performance Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has volunteered and served as a leader and coach in youth athletics within Kitsap County over the past 15 years; this experience has given her the ability to create and build relationships with youth and young adults. She is focused on collaboration; working with a client to identify their specific needs and goals and then identifying how their own natural skills and abilities can meet those needs and goals. Octavia is interested in working with youth and young adults, those who are willing to explore their specific mental health goals and needs, and youth and young adults wanting to explore sports or athletics as a career goal. 

Tanya Glover, MS, LMHCA

Therapist (she/her/hers)

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.

Tanya graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Family Therapy from Friends University. She is trained in relational systems with theoretical, clinical, multicultural, and interpersonal skills. She uses Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. She is trained in these theories: Inter-generational, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Brief therapy.

To connect with Tanya, click the link below.

Sahra Perretz-Rosales, LICSWA

Therapist, (she/her/ella)

Sahra collaborates with clients to identify goals for growth and build new skills. She strives to create a safe space for clients to sit with difficult feelings and cultivate compassion for themselves. Her approach is grounded in the fundamental dignity of each person and informed by her experience with meditation and mindfulness. She draws from evidence-based modalities such as emotionally-focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Sahra is a Spanish speaker and specializes in issues of culture, immigration, and identity. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and has worked with families in a variety of settings.

To connect with Sahra, click the link below.

Hannele Pihkakoski

Therapist (she/her/hers)

Hannele believes in looking at a person as a part of a bigger system, where relationships, life circumstances, jobs, and other stressors affect our emotional well-being. In treating clients with respect and using a strength-based focus, she encourages clients to make a commitment to finding resources to be successful in meeting their treatment goals. Hannele likes to work with values that guide our decisions and help to build resiliency in dealing with the nature of adversity.  She works to help clients bounce back to a more normal life and recover.  Hannele believes therapy is a dynamic process that can provide competency in daily functioning as people build up their own coping skills, and learn how their thoughts affect emotions, behavior, and physiological response. 

Hannele incorporates cognitive and compassion-focused techniques in practice. She has worked in both hospital and outpatient settings providing therapy for clients coping with grief, behavioral health issues, and providing couple therapy. 

Rebecca Williams, LICSWA

Therapist, (she/her/hers)

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).

To connect with Rebecca, click the link below.

Nick Niemann, MS, LMHCA

Therapist (he/him/his)

Nick’s goal is to help you gain insight into your challenges and discover solutions together. Nick believes that building a therapeutic relationship and providing a safe space for someone to share their story is the key to progress. Everyone deals with the challenges of life in their own unique way, and so the process of therapy should in its own right treat you in a unique way. Nick practices an eclectic approach utilizing solution-focused, person-centered therapies. Nick received his Master’s in Psychology from Capella University and has an extensive history working in community-based mental health.

To connect with Nick, click the link below.

Tarah Hipple-Thomas, LICSWA

Therapist, (she/her/hers)

Tarah works with adult and adolescent individuals and uses the model of Cognitive Processing to reduce the variety of symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She uses multiple tools, including mindfulness and somatic resourcing, to work with individuals in developing coping skills, increasing self-awareness, building mental fitness, and to further promote healing. Tarah obtained the Level 1 CCTP (Certified Complex Trauma Professional) and is currently working on her Level 2 CCTP.

In the past Tarah has done motivational speaking to military members, high school students, teachers, and parents to increase mental health awareness. Along her journey, she received her Master’s in Social Work from Capella University

To connect with Tarah, click the link below.

Kaitlyn Speer, LMHC

Therapist (she/her/hers)

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.

To connect with Kaitlyn, click the link below.

Maia Jacoby, LICSW

Therapist, (she/her/hers)

Maia focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship and creating a safe and non-judgmental space to explore a client’s needs and goals. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and client-centered, working with each individual to identify the best path forward in therapy. Maia believes in providing both trauma-informed and gender-affirming care. She received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University and has previously worked as a community mental health outpatient therapist and supervisor.

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Sara I. Odash, 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.

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Elisabeth Heiner, PsyD, LMHC

Therapist (she/her)

Elisabeth strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental space that encourages acceptance of the whole person, and promotes strength and resiliency. Subscribing to both nature and nurture views of mental health, Elisabeth believes in providing psychoeducation to increase understanding of issues we may be living with, and awareness of how the past can influence current behavior. With extensive training in cultural competency, Elisabeth also believes it is important to identify and understand how cultural and societal systems impact us. Elisabeth works with all age groups on issues such as ADHD, anger and stress management, anxiety, co-dependency, depression, self-esteem, sexual trauma, trauma, and family and couple’s conflict. Elisabeth earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA and is certified in CBT-Plus. She is the author of “Fostering Heroism in Fourth- and Fifth- Grade Students” published by the Journal of Humanistic Psychology in 2018

Shelly Johnson-Choong, LICSWA


Shelly assists clients who are facing the difficulties of grief, loss, betrayals, and other life transitions that come either through everyday obstacles or deeper struggles associated with death, divorce, reproductive trauma, including infertility and miscarriage, religious trauma, or other disappointments. She is also available to help clients work through depression and anxiety.

Shelly believes in a strong and compassionate partnership between client and therapist to help her clients heal at their own pace. She uses a psycho-dynamic approach, along with EFT, mindfulness, narrative therapy, and other tools to help her clients reach their own chosen goals. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at University of Washington Tacoma and her Master’s in Social Work at Boston University. She’s worked in palliative care and hospice.

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Mauricio Zumba, LMHCA


Mauricio recently moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his spouse and son. Before calling the PNW home, Mauricio lived in Colorado Springs, CO where he earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Trauma psychology and a graduate certificate in Military and Veteran Healthcare from the University of Colorado. Mauricio received his Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in Psychology and Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Mauricio is a National Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors with a background as a behavioral health specialist in a variety of hospital settings and as a mental health professional in community mental health. Mauricio works with individuals looking to improve their quality of life, build resilience, increase their coping self-efficacy to overcome challenges and decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment and trauma in their lives. Mauricio practices from a holistic, person-centered and behavioral approach using solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and multimodal therapy. On his time off Mauricio enjoys spending time with his family hiking, camping, and kayaking, as well as seeking opportunities to grow professionally and personally through reading and continuing education.

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Andrea Knutson, LICSWA

​Therapist (she/her)

Andrea’s current focus is in working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma utilizing a client-centered and strengths-based approach. She believes a strong therapeutic relationship encourages an environment that is collaborative, supportive, and creative in doing the work of healing. Andrea’s theoretical orientation is an eclectic blend with emphasis on humanistic and holistic theories while considering attachment and neurophysiological principles. Her practice is trauma-informed, acknowledging the potential impacts of ongoing systemic oppression on current presentation by utilizing a social justice lens. Andrea is trained in multiple evidence-based modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused- CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

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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.

To connect with Sarah, click the link below.

Amie Greist, MA, LMHC (She/her/hers)

Therapist (she/her/hers)

Amie is the mental health therapist for the Kitsap County Juvenile Courts ITC (Individual Treatment Court) program. She also specializes in children and teens in private practice and offers EMDR for adults and teens. She provides care for LGBTQIA+ and gender or identity questioning individuals. Her approach to therapy is eclectic, choosing from a variety of theories that best fit the client’s unique situation. She is holistic and trauma-focused with the use of such therapies as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Play Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Narrative Therapy. She received her Master’s degree (MA) in Psychology with a Counseling Specialization from the Leadership Institute of Seattle through Saybrook University

To connect with Amie, click the link below.

Tara Shelby

Clinical Intern

Tara is currently a graduate student at Seattle University, completing her Master’s degree in Psychology with a philosophical framework. Tara has also worked with Crisis Connections, having a background working with people (adolescents and adults) who experience trauma, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, along with being trained for crisis and suicide intervention. Tara’s therapeutic approach centers around honesty and genuine human connection, in which therapy is a space for you to process and explore the experiences of your identity while speaking your truth. She is passionate about incorporating empathy, openness, and self-introspection and interested in working with anyone who is open to exploring their self-hood.

“You need to reach down and touch the thing that’s boiling inside of you and make it somehow useful.” -Audre Lorde

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.

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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.

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