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.

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.

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.

Dr. Erika Creydt, M.A., Psy.D.

National Board Certified Counselor

​Director of Behavioral Health 


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.

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. 

Tessa Jones

Behavioral Health Clinician


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

Arlene Feld, M.A.
Supervisory Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


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. 

Mental and Behavioral Health Team

Tricia King

Behavioral Health Clinician


Life inevitably presents us all with varying degrees of challenges, disappointments, stressors, hardships, and suffering. However, I believe each individual contains a tremendous capacity for healing, resiliency, and growth in the face of adversity, if given the proper support. It is my honor to support my clients at Touchstone in achieving their own insights, goals, and action plans as well as shining light on personal strengths, needs, and inner wisdom. With a focus on humanistic/person-centered and family systems theories, I integrate multiple theoretical frameworks in a holistic fashion depending on the needs, issues, and personality of my clients. 



I received my Bachelors of Arts from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1993 and am currently working towards a Masters in Counseling through Saybrook University, based in Pasadena, California. I am a certified mediator through the Snohomish Dispute Resolution Center and have received extensive training in Dr Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication.


Some of the coping skills that have helped me along the way include the use of mindfulness through activities such as listening to and playing music, keeping my body active, and utilizing Emotion Regulation skills. I also believe in finding something to laugh about everyday. Even when I get depressed, I can always find something funny in a situation to help get me through.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism from Central Washington University. I spent several years coordinating leisure activities for adults and youth as well as spending some time working in the ski industry in Utah before following the calling of becoming a Certified Peer Counselor training through the State of Washington.

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 .​

JD Bister

​Certified Peer Counselor

Marilyn Bader-Nesse, M.A.

Supervisory Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, CCP


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.

Marian Kelsey

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.

MaryJo Saenz​

Behavioral Health Clinician​​

I’ve been living with my own Anxiety and Depression for most of my adult life. I know how difficult it can be to have the hopeless feeling that things will never get better. I also know that it can get better, and I became a Peer Counselor to share my experience of recovery, and to walk alongside others in their own journey toward wellness. I believe in helping people advocate for themselves, and find the strengths and resiliencies in oneself when it may seem like none are there.

Kendall Cline
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.

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