I am completing my M.A. in Counseling at Saybrook University. I hold B.A.’s in English Literature and Women & Gender Studies from Arizona State University. I was a small business owner in the tech industry for ten years before going back for my master’s degree to align my career with my core passion of mental health and wellness. I am also a proud mama, dog owner, avid reader, runner, gardener and yogi.
I believe the best therapeutic work is accomplished in an environment where clients feel safe, validated, and heard. You, as the client are the expert about your life; my objective is to help you find your strengths and talents and to build on them in a caring and nonjudgmental atmosphere that honors your beliefs and autonomy.
My therapeutic approach is mostly based on attachment theory and cognitive-behavioral theory, but I also use an eclectic approach because I believe that every person is unique and that counseling should fit the client and their needs.
My previous experience consists of 15 years of experience working with children ages four to 18 who struggle with mental, behavioral, and emotional issues in academic settings. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix I am working toward my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, with a projected graduation of February 2020.
I have worked as a clinician in the Crisis Respite Department of Whatcom County Triage. I have also worked in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am excited to be working now at TouchStone Health clinic and hope to help people here.
I received a Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University in Psychology in 2018. I am currently working towards my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from City University of Seattle with plans to graduate in 2021. I have several years advocating for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. In addition, I have worked with adolescents experiencing anxiety
I work in marriage and family counseling, specializing in anxiety disorders and depression. I have over 30 years of experience as a counselor and also volunteer in the community in several ways. I am a member of the Citizens Advisory Council which helps to advise the Bellingham Police Department Chief. I am also a chairperson and board member of the Lettered Streets Neighborhood Association and I am involved in several other community organizations.
Rives uses scientifically proven therapy methods, based on Adlerian, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, and Internal Family Systems to bring about the change that clients want to see happen in their world. His approach to counseling is holistic, creative, multi-sensory, and insightful. Rives also incorporates mindfulness-based modalities such as Yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi to help facilitate and enhance the counseling experience.
Every person has their own story, their own experiences that make them uniquely them. I believe that every family, no matter how it is formed, deserves to be recognized for all of their strengths, knowledge and abilities.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy to support you as you move towards the future you want and learn what you can do differently by using the skills, strategies and ideas that you already have. I believe you are the expert in your life and your experience. I am here to support you as you develop the goals and path towards the future you want.
Rives Thornton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who works with individuals, relationships, families, and groups to improve peoples’ lives and achieve their goals. Rives graduated from Walden University in 2015 with a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. . Rives specializes in working with past and current trauma, anxiety issues, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues including polyamory, men’s issues, sexuality issues, and substance abuse/addiction and also has experience working with issues regarding codependency, obesity, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders, self-esteem issues, and weight loss.
Mental and Behavioral Health Team
I believe that happiness and contentment are every human’s birthright. I have had the privilege of helping hundreds of people in personal development through goal setting and attainment. I find so much joy and satisfaction in the helping profession. If you are struggling in life, I’m here to as a person to talk to, share with, and provide you with life skills and tools to move through your own process toward personal satisfaction and happiness. I am your advocate and cheerleader as I join you on this journey.
Prior to returning to school, I worked as a life coach for nine years. I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I now attend Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado to earn my master’s degree in psychology.
I approach counseling from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy orientation. I also employ mindfulness so we can do our best to be calm, grounded and in the moment during our work together. I enjoy working with all age groups, and I have experience in many different areas of mental health. My job is to help you, even if you think change is impossible. All you need is the desire to find out.
Madeline Tompkins, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Therapy offers an opportunity to talk about events and issues that sometimes are overwhelming. This can result in sleep problems, restlessness, an inability to focus, learn and concentrate. Relationships and life in general, may become more difficult. Just as you would see a dentist for a tooth hurting, l believe a mental health professional can help with life’s struggles.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, I graduated with my B.A. in psychology from the University of Phoenix and am currently working towards a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from North Central University. Obtaining my degree online has allowed me the opportunity to raise my children as well as provide care for children ages 0-10 for other families within the community .
Behavioral Health Clinician
Marilyn Bader-Nesse, M.A.
I find people generally have the answers to their issues or problems within themselves. However many times with the stress and anxiety that seems to come with events, traumatizes not only the body but also the thinking process. With my tool kit of over 30 years of experiences, training in various therapeutic modalities and belief in a holistic approach; I help clear the mind and body blocking unhealthy emotions to help guide you towards your resolve.
My clinical orientation is grounded in research driven psychology involving a family systems orientation. I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Art in Applied Behavioral Science with a Family Systems Counseling emphasis from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS), Bastyr University in Seattle, WA (1998 and 2008). In 2018 I finished the alternative training at Whatcom Community College in Certificate of Proficiency in Chemical Dependency.
My experience is with critical incident stress management, family counseling, attachment issues, trauma, and addiction recovery with a multicultural population.
Behavioral Health Clinician
As a mother and wife I strive to put family first. My approach emphasizes a family-centered and strategic approach. I believe in an individualized approach, looking at each member of a family and the role they play. No person or family is the same, and I aim to build each session around your families specific needs. I have a particular interest in working with teens as they learn to navigate rapidly changing physical, emotional and psychological changes. In addition to working with the youth, I have a passion towards working with the veteran community. My hope is to provide a neutral, compassionate environment in which you can safely explore and work through the struggles that life can throw your way; whether it be depression, anxiety, PTSD or difficult life changes.
I believe that every person has within them the ability to change and live the life they want to live. Sometimes, we encounter hurdles like trauma, depression, or anxiety, but a person can still overcome these hurdles and purse the life they want to live. Through evidence-based approaches like Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I hope to assist and bear witness to a person's personal journey of self-improvement. Together we will find the tools to address the issues that clients are having in their lives for the best possible outcome.
Behavioral Health Clinician
Rives Whittle Thornton
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Behavioral Health Clinician
As a humanistic counselor, I come from an integrative perspective that honors the client’s experience and sees you as the expert on yourself. It is my job to support you in your healing and growth process. Empathy and nonjudgment help foster that safe space. I believe we all live by our own stories (cultural, familial, and individual), and I get to help you create a narrative that works for you. Even the slightest change in one person can impact generations to come.
My theoretical orientation is grounded in Family Systems theory and I strongly believe we have been and continue to be deeply affected by our environment. I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Psychodynamic Therapy and utilize numerous modalities depending upon your presenting problem and research which best supports the treatment of your presenting problem.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as Psychology from California Lutheran University, located in Thousand Oaks, California. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, located in Chicago, Illinois. I also hold a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, located in Chicago, Illinois.
Previously, I was an adjunct faculty professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology located up in Vancouver, B.C., Canada where I supervised Masters thesis projects and occasionally taught 663 Effective Marriage and Family Therapy courses to graduate students training to become therapists.
Life challenges can be overwhelming, and when obstacles arise that we are not equipped to tackle, we can become discouraged, belittle ourselves and continue to do so until we have convinced ourselves that we are failures. My goal as a counselor is to provide you with a safe and compassionate space and to develop tools to get you through those challenges. Then, to help you see yourself with a positive outlook, develop compassion for yourself, and to love who you are.
I have experience working in the field of crisis mental health, working with WISe teams and as a Certified Peer Counselor. I graduated with my B.S. Psychology – Crisis Counseling from Liberty University and currently am working towards my Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella University. My projected graduation date is in September 2020.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from St, Martins University, in Lacey Washington. I received my Masters of Arts in Educational Counseling and Guidance from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. I've worked in the fields of pediatrics, displaced homemakers, domestic violence, sexual assault, mediation, alcohol. Tobacco and other drug prevention adoptions and mental health.
My learning journey started in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating from PLU, I moved to the mid-west, Minnesota. After 13 years of living, working and raising five children; we moved to Eastern Oregon before returning to the Pacific Northwest to Bellingham, Washington in 2000.
Amy Glenn Baxter
Behavioral Health Clinician
Dr. Erika Creydt, PsyD, M.A.
National Board Certified Counselor
There are moments in our lives when we feel alone, hopeless, with few places we can turn for relief. I believe everyone can benefit greatly from engaging in the therapeutic process. My intention is to provide a safe place for you to explore how you may cope better with the suffering in your life as we journey through this life together.
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