Laura has worked since 1989 in counseling agencies in Seattle and inpatient treatment in Rancho Mirage, California at The Betty Ford Center. She began her work at Ryther Child Center in 1990 with adolescents and their families. While working at Ryther, she learned of the importance of family involvement in all aspects of counseling. The lessons learned early on with teens and their families formed the basis for her belief that families are a vital resource needing inclusion in counseling and treatment.
Laura went on to work at Central Youth and Family Services conducting in-home family counseling and adolescent counseling. Subsequently at Therapeutic Health Services, she counseled and supervised people detoxing from methadone by facilitating mindfulness and meditation groups, counseled chronically mentally ill people and later developed a young adult treatment program at the Bellevue branch.
She worked as a counselor for five years with Lake Washington Schools, before beginning a private practice in 2004. She became a volunteer therapist with The Soldiers Project drawing from her personal experience as a Navy Reserve Seabee. Laura founded Eastside Center For Family in 2011, a family-based treatment and counseling clinic for all ages, with emphasis on family systems counseling to unify families by providing multiple counseling services under one roof.
Laura became an advocate of counselor wellness and trauma recovery after experiencing a debilitating case of counselor burnout that occurred after many years of personal volunteering and serving as a counselor to high needs individuals and families. The first twenty years of her work were all encompassing and filled with many wonderful experiences and learnings. In her current professional studies, she continues to research and learn about trauma effects and values greatly a philosophy of mindfulness, compassion and empathy in all counseling work.
Dave Porter, MA, CDPT
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Dave has been a Bellevue chemical dependency counselor since 2014, after successfully working in the high technology industry for twenty-five years. Along with completing studies of chemical dependency program at Bellevue College, Dave completed a master’s degree in organization development from Seattle University and has recently completed academic studies to complete a second master’s in clinical psychology at Saybrook University. This second master’s degree supports Dave’s ongoing development as a counselor as he pursues becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, in addition to chemical dependency counseling.
Dave is passionate about mental health and working with individuals and families impacted by substance use.
Dave’s counseling style is collaborative, strength-based and rooted in a systems-thinking approach. Dave recognizes every individual and family system has unique strengths and needs. He actively strives to support each person in ways that facilitate mind, body, and spiritual health, while working together toward the attainment of treatment goals.
Bonnie Wang, CDP, MSW, MAC
Intensive Outpatient Program
Bonnie was born in Taiwan and raised there until age 13. She lived and received her secondary education in Singapore. She came to the US when she was 18 years old as an international student to pursue her undergraduate and graduate education. She has a diverse life experience and enjoys meeting people from various backgrounds and experiences.
She has a holistic view on healing and recovery. Bonnie believes in the healing power of dance, music and healthy food. She became a licensed Zumba Instructor in 2009 and a Certified Holistic Health Coach in 2011 and enjoys physical activities and cooking nutritious meals as part of her self-care routine.
Bonnie started in the substance use disorder counseling field when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, conducting intensive outpatient and co-occurring counseling groups with adult immigrant and refugee populations. In 2010, she started providing school-based substance use disorder treatment services to adolescents in the Seattle School District.
In 2017, she assumed the role of Clinical Director for the youth outpatient program at WAPI Community Services in Seattle to develop a youth and young adult focused substance use disorder treatment program to meet the growing needs for intervention and treatment at Seattle, Highline, and Federal Way School Districts.
Bonnie is also passionate about teaching and reducing the stigma of substance use disorder and mental illness. She is a part-time faculty at Seattle Central College, teaching Chemical Dependency courses and a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
She believes in making the world a better place by walking alongside an individual calling for help, providing a safe space for exploring feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and developing a plan to move towards healing.
Mark Chrzanowki, LMHC, MHP, CMHS
Mark has worked in the field of counseling since 2013. Mark began his career in Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, he began working with adolescents in multiple settings either in the home, residential setting, and in a juvenile justice detention center.
Mark began his career working for the Justice Resource Institute, which continues to fund research toward trauma-informed therapy through their trauma center while implementing the practice at their clinics. Mark began working at the Justice Resource Institute at the Southeast Continuum, which is a state-contracted program working with adolescents whose chronic mental illness led them to becoming displaced out of their homes for extended periods of time. While working here, Mark received training in trauma-informed techniques, specifically the ARC (Attachment, Self-regulation, Competency) model, beginning the basis of Mark’s trauma-informed therapy.
Mark went on to be a Care Coordinator of a Group Home for adolescent males providing both individual and family therapy while supervising group therapy. He began to broaden his education around trauma-informed techniques while supervising the clinical aspects of the group home, as well as teaching clinical staff and support staff on how to more effectively engage adolescents in the home. It is at that time he would learn the importance of family involvement in a young adult’s life; mental illness is not just for the individual to cope through, but the entire family. He began to understand the importance of a person’s family and the family’s need for support to cope with the symptoms of mental illness, especially while living with a suffering young person.
Mark transitioned to working at Adira Academy, a Juvenile Justice Treatment Facility for female adolescents. While here, Mark began to build his skills in conducting DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) in groups, individual therapy, and family therapy. Although the therapeutic model centered on DBT, Mark continued to work with other clinical staff on bringing in a more trauma-informed model to the adolescents in the program. This is when Mark began advocating for trauma-informed care for adolescents in all social domains.
In 2017, Mark moved to Seattle, Washington and began work at Southeast Youth and Families services, where he would continue his trauma work providing individual and family therapy in the community while collaborating with Seattle Public Schools on ways to best support youth in treatment. Mark currently works at Crisis Connections providing training and supervision to call staff who take crisis calls.
Mark continues his training in trauma techniques and is working on receiving his certification as a Trauma Certified Counseling Professional. Mark began working at Eastside Center for Family in 2018 as an Adolescent Therapist. Mark’s style is strength based with a cognitive behavioral/trauma-informed lens. Mark provides a professional, warm, safe environment in which to explore stressful events and develop realistic and appropriate methods for coping. His goal with young people is to help a person obtain his/her goals and to help families build new connections and re-establish old ones in the family system.
Address : 2025 112th Ave NE Suite 201
Bellewood Office Park,
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Office : 425.462.8558
Fax : 425.462.8556
Eastside Center for Family is licensed by the State of Washington Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).
The foundation of our approach to treatment and all forms of counseling in our office is one of respect, empowering people to make their own choices. We take time to listen carefully and identify with a person problem maintaining behaviors and look for workable solutions.