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.
Behavioral Health Clinician
It is often that the strength we find in ourselves, gives way to the greatest healing. Committing to the counseling process can be hard work and I am ready to support you through it in the ways that work best for you. My hope is that creating a safe and collaborative space will help alleviate some of the ongoing stress that you are experiencing. I utilize a few different theoretical orientations such as Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Family Systems Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Theory.
Kelsey Harisiades, M.A.
I received a BA from Western Washington University in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2012. I received my MA in mental health counseling from Antioch University Seattle in 2016. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate receiving supervision and working toward full licensure.
I graduated with B.A.in Psychology from University of Washington and am currently pursuing graduate work toward a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University.
I have served as an ordained minister, a non-profit leader, speaker and writer traveling around the country and abroad. My experience working with a diverse range of individuals in multiple settings shapes my vision of counseling as hospitality—so that all of who you are and what you bring is welcomed.
I am working towards my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Washington University. I also have an M.Div. degree (Masters of Divinity) and a B.A. in psychology. I use a variety of therapeutic strategies in order to assist you in identifying root relationships, issues, and experiences that contribute to current crises or challenges including psychodynamic, existential, mindfulness-based, and cognitive-behavioral strategies, among others. I seek to work with you to tailor strategies to your specific needs, gifts and interests.
Behavioral Health Clinician
Human beings are relational beings. The relationships we experience throughout our lives powerfully impact us in positive and negative ways. As a counselor, I seek to nourish the kind of relational environment in which change can be possible and hope can be found. I also seek to provide a space in which a positive relationship can be formed, modeled and practiced so that what is gained in counseling goes beyond our sessions together.
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
I believe that it is an act of faith and courage to enter into a therapeutic relationship. So it is with deep respect for what it takes to seek out this help and for the undeniable worthiness of each client that I approach this work. In the space of the therapeutic relationship, we have the opportunity to explore worlds of possibility, understanding and acceptance. We also have the opportunity to explore other ways of knowing--for example the body is always speaking with an innate intelligence that is often able to say what words have difficulty expressing.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults on symptoms related to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain and illness, trauma, adjustment issues, and child behavior concerns.
In the therapeutic encounter we have the chance to work with what feels relevant and what feels safe.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Chico in 2011. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Psychology at Seattle University, with plans to graduate in the summer of 2019. It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with patients at Touchstone.
Behavioral Health Clinician
I believe that a supporting environment is important to start the process of change. As a Behavioral Health Clinician, I work in a team approach and draw on the strengths of each individual to help their healing process. I use multiple empirically supported practices such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Existential Therapy. I have experience working with children and adults who are dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress-management, relationship issues, lifestyle change and parenting.
Over the last decade, I have gained experience working with children and adolescents in numerous settings. Specifically, I have focused on PTSD, self-harm, suicide, relationship problems, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, and learning disorders. I have found that it is important to adjust treatment approaches to best fit the age of the child or adolescent so that the client and family feel most supported. I have collaborated with parents and families and have also worked with adult individuals experiencing depression, major life changes, anxiety, and PTSD, and other life difficulties.
I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Currently. I am in the process of completing a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Washington University. Although I am new to Whatcom County, I am a homegrown Washingtonian, born and raised in Seattle.
I have also worked as an intern with Discovery Counseling Associates and as a Clinician for a Crisis Triage Center. These experiences included providing supportive, therapeutic services to assist individuals with behavioral health conditions to achieve the highest level of independence and stability possible. Finally, as a person of faith I believe that all individuals deserve to be treated with the highest level of dignity and respect. This inspires me to approach everyone with the greatest care and concern in helping them find their way from feelings of helplessness to a sense of hope for the future.
Madeline Tompkins, M.A.
Behavioral Health Clinician
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.
I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Angelo State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology, also from Angelo State University. The majority of my career has been spent in higher education, teaching non-traditional college students from various backgrounds.
My past experience includes working in an inpatient setting helping individuals and groups through crisis stabilization, as well as treating an array of issues including: depression, anxiety, emotional health, stress management, women’s issues, life adjustment and transitions, and couples counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate working under supervision at Touchstone.
My family recently relocated to Whatcom County from Southwest Texas. I am loving the Pacific Northwest and I’m excited to serve this community.
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.
Kelly Cooper, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
I help clients examine the obstacles that are holding them back from living their best life. My counseling style is hope-filled and client centered. I use an integrative therapy approach, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. My Christian faith shapes my worldview, however I welcome diversity and views from various faith perspectives. If you are interested in counseling sessions with a Christian foundation, please let me know and we can discuss this in further detail.
Behavioral Health Clinician
Traumatic experiences and acutely stressful events can have a great impact on an individual’s emotional and mental well-being. My greatest aim is to come beside those seeking healing from life altering experiences. I believe this is attained by working together as a team and am committed to creating a safe place where your recovery can be achieved. I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and I am currently working towards an M.A. in Professional Counseling through the same institution. Over the last 20 years a large part of my experience includes working with sexual abuse victims and facilitating 12-step addiction recovery groups.
Dr. Erika Creydt, M.A., Psy.D.
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.
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 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.
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