Celebrating 15 years in practice and licensed since 2004.
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Laura J. Halford, CDP, LMHC   Founder and Therapist

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.  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 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.

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 15 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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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 has 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, MAC   Clinical Supervisor Intensive Outpatient Program