Meet Our Counselors
Sandra Simpson, M.S., LMHC
Sandra has been in private practice for over three decades. She worked as a specialist treating eating disorders in an outpatient setting at Fairfax Hospital as well as in her own office. She has co-led group psychotherapy weekends at Harmony Hills. She has assessed inmates at King County Jail for suicidality and medication needs. She has taught Psychology and Womens’ Studies as well as Recognizing and Treating Eating Disorders.
Her practice currently continues working with adult individuals and couples. She facilitates workshops and small groups and is a well received public speaker. With many years of training and experience, Sandra is an intuitive practitioner. Her practice includes work in Family of Origin concerns, mood disorders, adjustment needs, and grief and loss, including PTSD. She specializes in supporting people with chronic or terminal health concerns.
Sandra is mother to four amazing grown children and ten precious grandchildren. She is a budding encaustic painter as well as a yoga practitioner.
Sandra does not directly bill insurance companies, but provides all necessary paperwork to clients who bill directly themselves. She is licensed in the state of Washington.
Frewin Hermer, LMFT
My practice involves working with individuals, couples, and families in a client-centered approach that challenges the client to grow in an emotionally safe environment.
I believe we all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but get stuck in old patterns. I strive to help develop coping tools and strategies that clients can begin to integrate into their daily lives, becoming self-strengthening and confident. I also work with a licensed therapy dog a black lab named Manny.
My therapeutic approach is solution-focused using experimental techniques to elicit change. This entails working with you to meet you where you are in your process.
I am in network provider for Regence Blue Shield, Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, First Choice Health, and Group Health Cooperative (PPO).
I have two office locations, one in West Seattle and one in Fremont.
1. 3417 Evanston Ave N #220 Seattle Wa 98103
2. 6407 Faultleroy Way SW, Seattle Wa 98136
Doris Bartel, LICSW
Doris Bartel is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a trained psychotherapist. She has a Masters of Social Work degree from New York University in clinical practice. She also has had additional training in family and couples therapy at The Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City and is a Certified EMDR clinician. She has participated in numerous clinical training's since receiving her degree and still continues to attend such training's on an ongoing basis as required by state law to stay licensed. Doris started her clinical career in New York City in 1996 and has maintained a private practice in Seattle since 2002.
Doris has a wide variety of training and experience in such issues as: childhood abuse and trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, death and dying, stress management, anxiety, depression, mind/body connection as it relates to emotional well being, anger management, divorce and separation, sexuality issues and conflicts, relationship discord, sex and intimacy issues, self-esteem, body image, life transitions, chronic medical illness and feelings of emptiness.
Doris' therapeutic orientation is eclectic within a systemic model. The goal of systemic treatment is to use the resources and strengths that the individual and/or couple already have. Her intended role as your therapist will be to provide an environment that is safe, compassionate, supportive and encouraging for exploring new ways of understanding yourself and your relationships.
Jeremy Hulley, MA, LMHC, CMHS
I earned my Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus on Family Systems Counseling, from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in 2003. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist. I have worked with foster and adoptive families for more than 13 years and currently work with children, ages eight and up, adults, couples and families. I specialize in adoption and foster care issues, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma related stress disorders.
My practice is centered around Somatic Experiencing. SE® and nervous system health is the newest lens through which I work with clients. Somatic Experiencing provides tools that allow clients to gain access to their own nervous system's natural capacity for easing stress and healing.
Stephanie Barbee, MSW, LICSW
It is not easy being a human being and there are times when we need some support, perspective and new tools for meeting challenges of life. I have been helping people cope with life challenges since 1995.
My approach is collaborative. I like to meet people with curiosity, respect and appreciation and to help them adjust to change, discern a path forward, better handle stress, anxiety, depression, as well as unresolved trauma and grief.
My work draws on a variety of approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS therapy), CPT which is a variant of CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Constellations and others.
I encourage people to pay attention to all of their experiences, including feelings, thoughts, physical sensations, beliefs etc. By being in relationship with the various parts of ourselves we can develop more capacity for balance and access our inner and outer resources. When we are mindful in this way, we can be more present and live more satisfying lives, in line with our values and intentions.
Often the work leads us to parts that have been wounded and kept out of everyday awareness. When these parts are witnessed and healed, there is the possibility of shifting burdensome beliefs and bringing in other needed qualities. As overwhelming experiences are integrated and limiting beliefs shifted, people often tell me that they feel “more like themselves”, or that they experience more energy, or peace, or spaciousness; others, a sense of resolution.
Sometimes folks just need a safe place to process their experiences, in order to feel some relief from the pressures of living in these very dynamic times. You might need tools and practices to calm your emotions. Or you may already have the necessary skills to navigate life week to week, but want to go deeper to address the underlying sources of your distress and to shift troubling behaviors. All this said, it is not "one size fits all" when it comes to psychotherapy, so we may try different things to help you find relief, to be connected with yourself and your sources of inspiration.
For me, it is a great privilege to sit with another person and witness his or her growth and healing! I have worked in various settings, both public and private. If you are interested in finding out whether I might be a good fit for you, please call me to set up an appointment.
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I am an in network provider for:
First Choice Health Network
Group Health Cooperative
Premera Blue Cross
Regence Blue Shield
If your insurance company is not listed above, you may contact your plan representative to determine if you have an out-of-network benefit. If you do not have insurance, have a limited income and need a flexible fee arrangement please contact any of these organizations to see if you might qualify for their services.
Samaritan Counseling: www.samaritanps.org/
Seattle Counseling Center: www.seattlecounseling.org/
Wellspring Family Services: www.family-services.org/
Consejo Counseling & Referral Services: www.consejocounseling.org/
My education includes a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, an MSW from the University of Michigan and many, many hours of post graduate training in a variety of therapy modalities and populations. I am a Certified IFS Therapist and hold a certificate in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I have been intermittently involved with teaching and training IFS practitioners as a Program Assistant since 2002.
Julie Ambrose, MSW, LICSW
c: 425-243-9275 e: w: www.julieambrosecounseling.com
Welcome! I’m so glad that you are taking the time for yourself to explore ways to begin living a more fulfilling life. I fully believe that every person comes to counseling with the answers to their own struggles. Sometimes they are difficult to see, as they are clouded by stress, anxiety, depression and self-doubt. In a supportive and collaborative environment, we will work together to uncover the strengths you already possess to address your challenges, and ultimately to feel better!
I’ve been working with adolescents, teens and their families in various capacities for the past 20 years. In 2000, I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, concentrating in School Social Work. Following graduate school I worked in community mental health and public schools for over 13 years. Because of this experience, I do have a lot of knowledge and expertise in addressing school-related problems. Some of the issues that I address most often in therapy include; anxiety, depression, relationship issues, struggles with ADHD, family conflict, history of abuse, anger-management, and difficult life transitions.
Many people have asked me if I also work with adults? Why yes, I do! Though my experience above reflects my work with teenagers, I have also worked closely with their families and the adults that support them. The process of uncovering your strengths and developing coping skills for dealing with life’s challenges is much the same across the life-span. I will use an eclectic approach of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness and relational therapies to help you address your struggles. I taylor my approach to each client to meet them exactly where they are developmentally, regardless of age. I can honestly say that I love what I do!
I am a preferred provider for Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, First Choice Health and United Healthcare plans. I do have a second office location in Burien.
Stephen Bogan, LMHC
I am inspired by and enjoy working with youth and adults who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health problems. I am moved by their deep searching, fierce energy, and ferocious hunger for “something” to fill them up. In my work I provide inspiration, knowledge, guidance, support, compassion, and recovery coaching.
The concept that “what is in the way is the way” has been a guiding principal in my counseling work. My goal is to help others find their own answers and to feel safe as I walk beside them down painful paths.
My counseling practice is called Imperfect Healer. The name is a reflection of the deep humility I feel in working with individuals and families that are desperate to find answers to their struggles. I help provide realistic solutions and both encourage, and model, a sense of vulnerability that leads to healing. I encourage openness, the expression of emotions, the courage to ask for help, and the confidence that the answers that we seek are within us. The Raven for me is my spirit helper, and provides me with inspiration to help “free individuals from the shadows of their own past.”
I have worked in adolescent and adult chemical dependency and mental health counseling for over 32 years. I am licensed by the State of Washington as both a Mental Health Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Professional. I am also a nationally certified addiction counselor.
I specialize, and am highly skilled in counseling, training, and consultation in marijuana addiction and recovery, youth and adult addiction, youth co-occurring disorders, family intervention and recovery, counselor self-care, father and son healing work, and sexual orientation development.
I have lived on Vashon Island for over 18 years, and call it my home and community.
My fees are reasonable and flexible, and I require payment at the time of each session. This allows me to not have to bill you for services. Flexible arrangements can be negotiated. Services I offer include: Assessments; assistance in referral to treatment, post-treatment continuing care, individual and family sessions, father-son healing work, marijuana recovery, group sessions, recovery coaching, training and consultation.
Vashon Office Location: - #205 Courthouse Square North 19001 Vashon Hwy. S. W. Vashon
West Seattle Office: Morgan Junction Building 6407 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle
Mailing Address: 13930 S.W. Pohl Road, Vashon, WA. 98070
Jennifer Keyte, MA, LMHC
I have extensive experience working with individuals and families in a variety of therapeutic settings including Sound Mental Health, the Cancer Lifeline, and private practice. I offer individual and family therapy to adults and adolescents for depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, and trauma. I specialize in treating chronic illness and provide caretaker support.
I find my work very rewarding and view therapy as a unique, collaborative process that unfolds naturally between a client and myself. We will work together to examine possible connections, themes, patterns, and relationships that may be affecting your life in unforeseen ways. I will encourage you to explore “what you want out of your life.” I will assist you in identifying and making small personal changes in order to increase your sense of self, well-being, and connection to others.
I am an in network provider for Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Group Health Cooperative (PPO plans), First Choice Health, Lifewise Heath Plan, and United Behavioral Health. If your insurance plan is not listed, please check with your insurance representative to find your out of network benefit.
I have an office in West Seattle and in Burien.
West Seattle office: 6407 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle WA 98136
Burien office: 929 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
Kim Buehlman, MA, LMHC
My practice comes from an innovative psychotherapy paradigm that understands clients' potential and difficulties from a Systems Perspective. I am also a Relational Life Therapist who teaches people how to make their relationships work better.
I believe people need and want healthy relationships with themselves and others, but our old patterns and habits get in the way. I directly involve my clients to find their own way through challenging times and situations by teaching them skills so they can tap in to their own strenghts and resources. I also work with an approach that helps clients embody the qualities that they want more of for a hight quality life.
My therapeutic approach uses the body-mind connection to help direct the change that is needed. This means challenging clients to find where they're feeling stuck and then have them compare to where they want to be in their life and in relationships.
I am in network with Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, First Choice and am in the process of getting credentialed with Regence. I am out of network with others.