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.

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 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. 

Kelsey Harisiades, M.A.

Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate


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.

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

Lisa Kieran

Behavioral Health Clinician


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.

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 .​

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.

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