Laura J. Halford, CDP, LMHC   Founder and Therapist

Laura, a Bellevue therapist, 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 contract 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.  She 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 personal counseling she began to learn about trauma effects including suicidality.  She has since incorporated into the clinic philosophy a strong, committed and deep understanding of compassion and empathy in all counseling work.

Laura holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University-LIOS, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in psychology from Antioch University and a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Edmonds Community College. She has extensive training and experience in the area of addictions and relapse prevention with adults, teens and families. She also specializes in nonviolent communication, grief and loss, effects of mental illness, trauma, mindfulness and codependency.  She has completed levels one through three in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and plans to complete her certification in 2016.  She is a member of Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network, National Addiction Professionals Association and Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Laura has a 13 year old son and is in a committed relationship.  She and her lab puppy, Daisy Duke, are in pet therapy training preparing Daisy to work with clients one day a week.  Laura enjoys being outside hiking, kayaking, and cycling.  Yoga is her way of winding down and gives her pause to reflect and center.

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Caroline Bradbury, LICSW, CLS   Child, Individual and Family Therapist; Somatic Experiencing Therapist

Caroline has been in the counseling field for over 15 years.  She is both a child life specialist and a licensed clinical social worker.  She completed her child life training at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Washington.

She has worked at Harborview Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in the Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Surgery, Neonatal ICU, and Emergency departments.  Caroline’s post-graduate training also includes: Somatic Experiencing, yoga therapy, attachment and relationship trauma, expressive arts therapy, childhood anxiety, childhood trauma, and several in-depth parenting courses through Hand in Hand Parenting and the Neufeld Institute.

Caroline is in her second year of training with Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and plans to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in 2017.  She offers a unique and integrative approach to healing trauma and recovering from overwhelming experiences by combining this innovative somatic, or body based, approach with traditional cognitive behavioral talk therapy.

When working with families and children, Caroline focuses on the nature of the relationship between the child and the parent or caregiver.  She offers tools to heal or strengthen that relationship which facilitates healthy emotional development. These tools include forms of play, movement and communication that help children recover from confusing or scary experiences. At the same time parents are guided to develop more effective parenting techniques and given the emotional support required throughout the transition to successful care of their children.

Caroline lives in Seattle with her husband, 10 year old step-daughter, 6 year old daughter, and one year old son.  She loves the outdoors and spending time with her friends and family.

John Koch, LMHC, CDPT   Licensed Mental Health Counselor

John is a licensed mental health counselor with his Masters Degree from Argosy University.  This specialized training includes the completion of extensive experiential and practicum requirements.  John is completing his PsD dissertation with a deep examination of individual’s personal spiritual experience within the framework of Alcoholics Anonymous.

John’s training included providing co-occurring disorder therapy at Phoenix Recovery located in Mt. Vernon, Washington, meaning the simultaneous treatment of addiction and other psychiatric disorder.  John worked with primarily opiate abusers with a history of individual trauma; therapy took place in a harm reduction facility.

John also has additional extensive training at the private practice of Dr. Moore in both group and individual therapy. Part of his training at Dr. Moore’s agency was a two and a half year assignment at Thomas Jefferson High School where he provided brief supportive therapy and led a relapse prevention group on campus.

John’s therapeutic approach is tailored to individuals and their immediate needs; it is very person-centered. His core belief is that therapy is a journey of growth for both client and therapist. While continuously employing Humanistic principles of congruence and unconditional positive regard, John also incorporates AEDP techniques of attachment building and affect-mirroring. This allows the client to process complex emotions in a supported and caring environment and models secure attachments that the client will recreate outside the therapeutic relationship. John also incorporates Existential principles as defined by Victor Frankel, who taught that the search for meaning and purpose is a primary, personal motivation.

John lives on the Eastside with his wife and four children ages 16, 13, 11, and 3 respectively. He enjoys watching his kids participate in their various sports activities including softball, baseball, basketball and track. John also plays hockey in a local adult amateur league. John also educates the public about and distributes NARCAN, an opioid overdose reversal drug to local community members through the Eastside Harm Reduction Network.

 

 

Tasha Henning   Administrative and Billing Support

Tasha previously worked at Pioneer Center North for six years, an inpatient treatment program in Sedro Woolley on the nursing side of the program.  She conducted health assessments, oversaw patients in detox and assisted in management of the patient milieu.  Her approach to working with people who are in treatment for mental health and chemical use disorders is one of patience, understanding and empathy.  Tasha maintains order in the clinic overseeing billing and clinic administration.   With Tasha you will always  find a friendly voice on the other side of the phone when calling and a caring nature when you come in to the clinic.  In her down time she enjoys camping, fishing and adventuring with her husband and two children.