Counselors

Seattle Therapy Alliance is proud of our practitioners. As a coveted clinical training program, we are privileged to be highly selective in our hiring decisions, accepting counselors who exhibit outstanding traits throughout the rigorous application process. While our clinicians are masters level graduate students and post-graduate externs, not yet licensed in the State of Washington, we are confident that they each practice ethically, and are safe, competent, and compassionate. Our record of significantly above-average attendance and satisfaction by patients demonstrates the effectiveness of our counselors. We hope you’ll get to know them as well!

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Tina Alvarado
STA Counselor
tina@seattletherapyalliance.com

As a part of Seattle University’s Relationship and Pastoral Therapy Program—a couples and family therapy program—I am trained to understand issues systemically, taking into account the ways in which people are influenced by their community, relationships, culture, gender, faith tradition, family of origin and more. Because I strongly believe in integration, I take a holistic approach to therapy.  Every individual is made up of mind, body and spirit, each of which holds immense knowledge and allows us to connect to the world in a different way. These pieces cannot be separated—each must be taken into account in order to bring about wholeness and healing. Additionally, the language we use to talk about ourselves and our lives is very important and I am curious about the way people make meaning of their experiences. I believe that every person has their own unique story that is important, rich, and valuable. As a partner in this work of personal discovery, I hope to make space in therapy for clients to understand their experiences in creative ways and access the strength and resources within them.


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Melissa Bakes
STA Counselor
melissa@seattletherapyalliance.com

I’m a Clinical Mental Health graduate student at Antioch University Seattle. In my time at Antioch I have tailored my studies to focus on the treatment of trauma as well as a broader focus on human sexuality. I practice therapy through a humanistic lens.  I believe a great deal of healing happens in relationship, there is great power in being seen and heard.  In this same vein, I strive to create a safe and caring space in which my clients can explore and grow. I have approximately 7 years experience working in the mental health field in various client focused capacities. In that time I have worked with both adults and youth struggling with a wide range of mental health issues.


Susan Daley
Susan Daley
STA Counselor
susan.d@seattletherapyalliance.com

I believe therapy is the art of holding another well. It involves the creation of a safe, respectful, and non-judging space, where compassionate presence and conscious awareness, can come together to keep us moving through our tough times, and keep us growing toward becoming more fully alive and more fully ourselves. Therapy can provide the skillful witness and acceptance needed to learn how to author, integrate and hold our own stories, rather than letting our stories hold us. Therapy isn’t magic, but it is a dynamic, co-creative process with the potential for opening us to new possibility in ways that can be powerfully transformative, and even healing. Perhaps most important, I believe therapy is a way to develop self-trust, cultivate peace and empower the agency needed to make a difference in our own lives and in our world. Currently completing my last year of a Masters in Psychology, Counseling, at the LIOS Graduate School of Saybrook University, I come with a lifelong commitment to public service and pastoral/spiritual care. I draw from a deep well of therapeutic approaches in order to offer a rich, integrative container to join you in engaging your unique needs holistically and your challenges effectively. My hope is to bring the gifts of my shared humanity as well as my unique set of life experience and skills, to my commitment to meet you in the life-long, sacred work of knowing you are beloved and enough, no matter where you are in your own story.


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Krista Demmel
STA Counselor
krista@seattletherapyalliance.com

Many people come to therapy with a desire for more from life. I will approach our work together with kindness, compassion, and a commitment to honoring where you have come from and where you hope to go. I aim to develop an authentic relationship with you where you are accepted and supported as we explore your unique story. I hope that through our work together you will both know and love yourself more fully.

Some of my favorite things are laughing, exploring in nature, reading children’s books, and hosting parties. The years I spent leading support groups for women processing childhood sexual abuse was the most meaningful work I have ever done, and it inspired me to pursue my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School, which I will complete in 2017. In our work together I will draw from psychodynamic and relational theories that consider how our past informs our present. It is an honor to join you on your journey toward wholeness.


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Kimball Hobbs
STA Counselor
kimball@seattletherapyalliance.com

My interest in psychotherapy began in 2009 when I became a Licensed Massage Therapist and saw firsthand how important the mind-body connection is. I experienced how emotions could be held in the body and how awareness of our body and thoughts can help what may be stuck to finally move again. I also see us all as being more than just our minds and bodies, I see us as spiritual beings having a human experience. I believe my role as a therapist is to help you navigate the mind-body-spirit connection, to help you to explore what is both known and unknown in your experience, to help you discover what might be tangled and knotted so that we can, together, help you to untie the knots with authenticity and awareness. I offer you my full attention, my compassionate listening, my tools and resources for increasing self-awareness, and a caring space for you to discover yourself more fully. Our work together will include exploring family patterns as we look back at multiple generations, understanding your own persistent life themes, both past and present, and how they effect your every day life, understanding how you relate to other people in your life (understanding your relationships both past and present), and developing the ability to be present in your body and mind. These are no easy tasks, but my hope is that you will leave therapy with a stronger sense of who you are, a stronger sense of purpose, that you will feel more compassion for yourself, and that you will find more peace in your every day life. I look forward to our work together!


Jessica Hoekstra
Jessica Hoekstra
STA Counselor
jessica.h@seattletherapyalliance.com

I am proud to be from the gritty and stouthearted city of Chicago. Having moved to Seattle two years ago, I have also fallen in love with the mountains, sea, and gentle seasons of this region. I am in my final year at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where I will graduate with an MA in Counseling Psychology. I have spent years working in community development––both domestic and international––which profoundly shapes my engagement in the world. I graduated from Columbia College with a BFA and still dabble in the creative arts. I also love making things, baking bread, seeing a place for the first time, and reading long novels.


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Emily Hudson
STA Counselor
emily.h@seattletherapyalliance.com

As a student of counseling psychology and naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, I greatly value a holistic approach to mental health and counseling. The mind, body and spirit are closely intertwined creating a pattern that looks different in every person. Each individual’s unique experience and personality deserve to be held in a respectful and nurturing environment—and that’s what I aim to do. It is through this exploration of self in a safe environment that one can truly grow and flourish. The relationship between counselor and client is very important to me and that relationship is where I believe much of the work of counseling takes place. In each session, I aim to foster authenticity, curiosity, and trust. I am honored to have the opportunity to spend the next year at Seattle Therapy Alliance learning and growing alongside my clients.


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Chrissy Hughes
STA Counselor
chrissy@seattletherapyalliance.com

My intention as a therapist at Seattle Therapy Alliance is to pursue authenticity and growth in myself and to walk alongside others who are hoping to do the same. My work here is an accumulation of personal and professional experiences which includes my time at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology where I recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. While my training there drew upon a variety of therapeutic styles, I most closely align with a relational psychoanalytic orientation. This means that I believe relating with others is central to the human experience and, as a result, relationships are an excellent avenue through which to grow and heal. I hope to venture alongside people and their stories, offer my reflections and experiences of each person, and to discover, explore, and embrace beauty inherent in all of us that often gets lost in the day to day. With backgrounds in Exercise Science and competitive athletics, I welcome exploration of the impact movement, sport, and physical wellness has on those who might find it fruitful.


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Dana Mitchell
STA Counselor
dana@seattletherapyalliance.com

I’ve been in Seattle long enough to call it home, but not long enough to forget the best part of the Southern culture that formed me: hospitality. I find a wholehearted welcome to be one of the most beautiful gifts that a community, family, or friend can offer. I think this kind of welcome takes lots of practice though, and can be so hard to give and receive–especially on our own behalf. Maybe you’re in need of some generous hospitality, where your whole self–past, present, and future–is welcome. That desire can be what shapes our work together, as we look at your past and current relationships, stay curious about what your experience in your body is telling you, and ask what stories have the most power in your life. In this messy and vulnerable work, I hope that you’ll find the courage and creativity to build a hearty welcome for the parts of you that feel estranged. This is the hope that moves me on the path of becoming a therapist, and I’m looking forward to you being part of that. To this hard and very good work, welcome.


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Vanessa Newell
STA Counselor
vanessa@seattletherapyalliance.com

I believe therapy is a sacred process, where people are invited to bring all aspects of themselves towards a search for healing, growth and deeper meaning. Working from an integration of Systems and Humanistic theories, I am deeply interested in the complexities and uniqueness of individual lives. From this perspective, I have learned to understand people through the context of their relationships with the self, body, family, culture, faith, spirituality and systems of belief.

As a Pacific Northwest native, I am awed and inspired daily by the natural beauty held by this corner of the world, and strive to enjoy it as often as possible. I am a third year student at Seattle University, in the Masters of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy program. My greatest hope is to provide a safe space and environment of intentional co-creation, as you invite me into the joys and struggles of your story. Together I believe we can explore new perspectives, resources, and strengths to empower you towards a fuller, more authentic life.


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Rian Roberson
STA Counselor
rian@seattletherapyalliance.com

In our society, we experience extreme social pressure to simultaneously establish ourselves as individuals while not deviating too far from contemporary values. This duality can lead to deep fractures in the self, and considerable psychological and emotional distress, causing us to be at war with our bodies, our minds, and our identities. As a therapist, I strive to help clients embrace their uniqueness and aid them in the development of meaningful interpersonal skills and relationships.

The depth orientation takes the unconscious self into consideration when addressing psychological and social issues. The psychodynamic orientation works to help the client to identify and unlock the unconscious contents of the psyche, which may be influencing presenting issues. I see counseling as integral to a larger social justice framework, with the goal of helping clients obtain the skills and self-knowledge to thrive in our society. I have special interest in working with LGBT, POC, gender variant, and other minorities, as well as with couples, artists, musicians, and students, and those with depression, anxiety, and body image/diet issues.


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Jane Thornton
STA Counselor
jane@seattletherapyalliance.com

Life is a journey that we sometimes need someone to walk with us. I admire the courage of those that choose to take a close look at that journey and heal the hurts that have happened along the path. Often those hurts come from our family of origin and it is through deep connection with caring people that we begin to heal. Sometimes that healing comes through our minds, talking, crying, yelling and growing. Sometimes that healing comes through our bodies and can be felt in our chest, head, neck or any place within our body that has chosen to hold the hurt for us until we are ready to heal. I believe each person has the answers to their own unique problems. Through my life experiences and training in the masters in counseling program at City University of Seattle, I have learned a variety of ways to assist you in finding your answers.


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Yu-An Wang
STA Counselor
yu-an@seattletherapyalliance.com

As a psychotherapist graduated from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, I am trained in paychodynamic, interpersonal, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, social justice focused approaches. I conduct individual, couple, family, and group therapy in both English and Chinese Mandarin.

I believe that psychotherapy is a way to foster clients’ personal growth and to empower clients’ to reclaim their capability of nurturing and caring themselves. Wounds caused by trauma could be healed through long term and deep work.  I am honored to be in the here and now to hold the safe space for you. It is okay to be vulnerable and it is okay to be anxious and afraid of being vulnerable. In the work together, we will find out the best pace and rhythm for us to work on issues together as you would like to. I really appreciate this opportunity to work with you.

我是一個擁有西北大學心理諮商碩士學位(Master in Counseling at Northwestern University)的心理諮商師(心理諮詢師),專精於心理動力、關係取向、個案中心、認知行為、多元文化與社會正義取向的各種學派治療。我做的項目包含個人、伴侶、家族和團體治療。

我相信心理諮商能夠促進個案的成長以及讓個案重新找回關懷自己的能力。生活中面臨的各種壓力和問題都是能夠被解決改變的。曾經因為創傷留下的傷口也可以透過長期與深入的心理諮商逐漸痊癒。我的職責是提供一個安全的環境讓你逐漸了解自己並發現自己被掩蓋的潛能。有時感到脆弱是正常的,因為自己的脆弱而感到焦慮害怕也是正常的。在我們一同的工作中,我們會一起找到最適合你的速度與節奏來處理你想要處理的議題。我也非常感謝你願意給我這次機會讓我們一起嘗試。


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Alex Winnicki
counselor
alex@seattletherapyalliance.com

I understand therapy as a journey we embark on together.  As a therapist at Seattle Therapy Alliance, I enter the relationship as a caring listener, asking new questions, offering a space of empathy and trust. My approach is a humanistic one, believing in our inherent tendency towards growth and an individual’s ability to tap into their own inner wisdom.  I also see the healing power of the present moment and draw upon mindfulness teachings to help access this.  I am passionate about my work and seek to continue to learn more about strategies to help others.

I graduated from Bastyr University in June 2016 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology.  As part of my training I was taught to see the whole person, mind, body, and spirit.  Additionally, as part of this program I completed a year long internship at Evergreen Recovery Centers where I received training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the field of addiction.  I am registered in Washington State as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate.


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Chelsea Yanuaria
STA Counselor
chelsea@seattletherapyalliance.com

As a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, I believe in the social nature of our growth and identity development – we are in constant collaboration with the relationships that serve as our past and present contexts. It is for this reason that I primarily operate out of a systemic perspective which means I take into account the relationships you function in while remaining conscious of how factors such as culture, faith, ethnicity, and gender have influenced your personal narrative. With a collaborative and compassionate approach, I will strive to uncover and cultivate your strengths to help you fortify your sense of self and look toward solutions that are uniquely suited for you. My hope is to create a space where you feel that your experiences are honored and provide you with the support and tools you need to get to where you want to be. I enjoy working with people of all cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and ethnicities. Whether dealing with crisis of identity, relationship concerns, or anything that keeps you from living the life you want, I offer you safety and support as you share and reflect upon your story.


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