Meet Our Team

Dr. Amy Ford started Dayspring Behavioral Health in 2012. Dayspring’s values and mission statement are to improve the lives of our community by uncovering strengths, building momentum to overcome life’s challenges. We care deeply about families in our area and are here to help through assessment, counseling and educational services.
Dr Amy Ford

Dr Amy Ford

Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Owner)

Dr. Amy is a clinical psychologist and testing psychologist who provides assessment services for children and adolescents ages 4-25. Dr. Amy has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years. Dr. Amy received a Masters degree from Pepperdine University with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Amy received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle, Washington with a specialization in child psychology and neuropsychology. Dr. Amy completed pre-doctoral internships at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Tarzana, California and the University of Washington CARE clinic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Amy’s specialization and training include child and adolescent mental health, neurodevelopment differences including Autism Spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorders, mood and behavioral disorders, personality disorders, assessment of disability, and learning disorders.

Dr. Amy’s approach is strength based, no-nonsense, cognitive-behavioral, systems, supportive and challenging.

Dr. Amy started Dayspring Behavioral Health in 2012 with the goal of creating a team of well qualified mental health professionals to provide therapy, assessment services and educational support services that results in greater mental wellness and improved functioning. Dr. Amy and her team are dedicated to delivering research based treatments and a holistic approach to mental wellness.

In her spare time, Dr. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, coaching cross country and track teams, and training for endurance races.

Karyn Ellis

Karyn Ellis

MA LMHC

I have a passion for the broken and the hurting. I am honored by the therapeutic process and love partnering and collaborating with individuals in their healing journey. It would be my privilege to meet with you and learn your story. My therapeutic style is a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CB-T), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as Art Therapy Interventions. I have been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I have a post graduate certification in Foster Care and Adoption Counseling. I work with individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma and are struggling with issues or questions around adoption as well as those who are suffering from depression, anxiety or eating disorders. I am also a Child Mental Health Professional and work with children and teens who struggle with emotional regulation, depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD.
Kelsey Dill

Kelsey Dill

MA LMHC + INFJ-T + Enneagram 2 + Ravenclaw

I am a mental health counselor whose focus is primarily working with kids, teens, and young adults. I strive to empower my clients to find sustainable ways to embrace a life of holistic wellness. There is no “one size fits all” for therapy and I fill different roles depending on your needs. To some I am “Coach Kelsey”, to others I am the big sister they didn’t have. My approach is a structured mash-up of empirically validated techniques and my own intuition. I strive to create a safe space for individuals from all walks of life and approach my work with open-mindedness.

My process is educational, collaborative, goal oriented, and accompanied by my own quirky sense of humor (I’m not above referencing memes when appropriate). I have a genuine desire to help you with your interpersonal growth and believe it’s important to practice what I preach. I am not afraid of sitting in the “mess” of anxiety, depression, self harm, shame, low self esteem, social media/screen addiction, or academic pressure that you (or your child) might be facing.

EDUCATION
As we work together, you will quickly discover that I get hyped on the science behind the brain, development, emotions, and anything else related to the human body. A large part of correcting things like anxiety and depression is biologically based and supported by neuroscience. I help to provide the science behind things so that you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and reasons why suggestions I have might be helpful to you. Knowledge is power, and I believe that a key to sustainable change is the process of getting curious about the interaction within ourselves: biology, genetics, and behavioral patterns.

COLLABORATION
Your success in therapy rests largely on a mutual collaboration between the two of us. I am not the expert on your life (that’s you!) and my job is not to tell you what path is best to take or what is the right choice to make in a situation. My role is to guide you in self discovery and provide education, perspective, coping techniques, and honest feedback as you navigate life’s challenges.

GOAL ORIENTED
My style is best suited for individuals who want to grow and improve their lives. You will often hear me ask, “What is your intention for the week?” which creates a space for you to take ownership of your life and work towards sustainable, positive changes. Part of my job will be to maintain accountability and support as you take steps towards achieving your goals.

In my spare time you can find me traveling, in the gym, spending time with loved ones, playing with my cats (Bellatrix and Draco Meowfoy), reading books about the brain, and enjoying a good cup of black coffee.

Mary Brandenburg

Mary Brandenburg

MA LMHC NCC

GETTING TO KNOW MARY
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Teresa

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I love helping people to choose life and tap into their strengths to accept the things they cannot change, to change the things they can and to become active writers of their life’s story. I offer unconditional acceptance and a voice of radical honesty. I have a collaborative and integrative approach. I understand that people are the experts on themselves and every person is complex and needs an approach tailored to their unique situation. I embrace a holistic approach which considers your spirit, mind, body and community. With your permission, I will work with your doctors (MD, ND, PhD) to provide a team effort for your best care.

I am passionate about the work I do as a psychotherapist and even after decades of experience working with people, I still love to laugh.

MY CLIENTS
I work with adolescents with “old souls,” emerging adults, and adults in all stages of life’s challenges and transitions. I am well acquainted with trauma, anxiety, unipolar and bipolar depression. My clients are individuals and couples both hetero- and homosexual. I am an ally to the LGBTQ community.
I also offer Telehealth sessions via a secure HIPAA compliant site.

RADICAL HONESTY
As a 2x cancer survivor I live with an awareness that life is NOW. I believe in authenticity and integrity to say what you mean and mean what you say. Radical (not brutal) honesty comes from finding and using your genuine voice. My job is to facilitate discovery.

CHOOSE LIFE
There are people, places and things that suck the life right out of us. Many of those are unavoidable. My approach is to make a list of things that are life-giving and invest time in those people, places and things to counterbalance life suck and keep us thriving.

HOW I HELP
Therapy is not a one size fits all proposition. Therefore, I am integrative, drawing from several modes of therapy: mindfulness-based cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, narrative, positive psychology, existential, gestalt and psychodynamic (to name a few). I am also collaborative, I have expertise but YOU are the expert on YOU.

My life’s work is to be a trusted, healing person to those in pain. My therapy room is many things: a confessional, a delivery room, a crucible, a place of radical honesty with a whole lot of grace. Most of all it is a safe place to tell your story, to process thoughts and feelings, to tell deep, dark secrets, to find strength and hope, to cry and to heal. I believe the very nature of love is redemptive and the economy of the universe will use all things. Simply, the worst lemons can become the sweetest lemonade.

MORE ABOUT ME
This is how I choose life. I love to play in the soil. I am an organic gardener with an addiction to creating perennial gardens. Whether working or playing I love being outdoors. I am curious and adventurous. I love to explore and discover. I love walking and hiking. I am a life-long learner and an avid reader/researcher. I read self-help, feminist authors, historical fiction and mysteries. I am also a supporter of LGBTQ rights

INSPIRATION
In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Kris Rouse

Kristoffer Rouse

MA LMHC

“Virtually every kid is exposed to giants and ogres and talking wolves, and so forth. And magic. And I think you never outgrow your love for those imaginative, fanciful, far-fetched, fantastic characters and situations.” -Stan Lee

“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero” - Stan Lee

I am a Mental Health Counselor and Hypnotherapist currently in the process of completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My clinical interests include working with children, adolescents and young adults who are neurodiverse and often feel misunderstood. I have experience and find enjoyment working with: ADHD, behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum, anger management, anxiety, depression, video game addiction, and the unique challenges young adults face transitioning into adulthood.

Some describe me as “the real deal nerd” as I am well versed with all things Marvel, DC, anime, Pokemon, Minecraft, and many other fandoms. I enjoy incorporating video games and nerd references into my therapeutic work to help bridge the gap between inner worlds. Oftentimes this opens up dialogue and lowers defenses to provide a collaborative space for open and honest reflection. Working within you or your child’s framework is an essential part of building a strong therapeutic alliance.

I strive to help my clients work towards their full potential and provide tools and alternative viewpoints to help them get there. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, science based, and intuitive. Everyone’s needs are different and I strive to tailor my approach to meet my client’s needs and goals. Getting you to the point where you can achieve “maximum effort” is what I am all about. I have a passion for helping children “reprogram” their challenging behavior and create long term change through behavioral modification and cognitive restructuring.

Hypnotherapy offers a unique way to bypass cognitive defenses and gain traction in re-wiring unhelpful thought patterns and working towards healing (No, I will not take over your mind or make you dance like a chicken). Through hypnotherapy, I have seen clients find success in alleviating distress, improving self esteem and confidence, and overcoming psychological/emotional trauma. Hypnotherapy can be helpful in treating anxiety, phobias, trauma, depression, and building healthy habits. (For more information on hypnotherapy, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-hypnotherapy).

More About Me:
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my kids and loved ones. I enjoy deep conversations about quantum physics, spirituality, comic books, and research studies. I am additionally trained in martial arts, psychometry, and I am a yearly Comic Con attendee. My friends describe me as calming, innovative, and like the Batman of our office.

Kate Chrisinger

Kate Chrisinger

MS LMHCA

Hello! I am Kate and I am a counselor at Dayspring Behavioral Health. I have a passion for working with children, teenagers, young adults and parents/caregivers. I enjoy working with my clients to navigate challenges related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social skills, behavioral issues and school success. I also have experience working with clients regarding autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, family changes/divorce and grief/loss. I work with clients to help them better understand their emotions and more effectively cope. I particularly enjoy working with clients on issues related to anxiety and social skills. I also have a special interest in working with parents on parenting concerns and ways to support their children or teenagers.

HOW I HELP
I work collaboratively with my clients and have a supportive, educational and direct approach. I am focused on identifying and working towards goals, and finding solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific experience. I frequently use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to help my clients increase awareness of their emotions, develop new insights and establish new coping skills. Ultimately I view myself as a skill builder, insight facilitator and parent coach.

SKILL BUILDER
I work with children, teens, young adults and parents alike to build coping skills to address challenges in their lives. I work with clients to create an individualized “toolbox” of skills to help them more effectively cope.

INSIGHT FACILITATOR
I believe knowledge is power, and I work with my clients to develop new insights about their thoughts, feelings and behavior. We can then use this knowledge to identify and work towards making positive change.

PARENT COACH
I enjoy working collaboratively with parents to help them best support their child or teen. I frequently work with parents who are struggling to understand their child’s experience, having difficulty getting their child to “open up” or whose child is struggling with anxiety, school performance, behavioral concerns or other issues.

MORE ABOUT ME
When out of the office, you can find me cooking, gardening, biking, swimming or skiing. I also love traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel Kane

Daniel Kane

MS, LMHCA, MedFT

I am a licensed mental health counselor associate and certified medical family therapist. I work with individuals, couples, and families to help find solutions to problems that have left them feeling powerless. I completed a year-long externship providing psychotherapy for those afflicted by cancer at Swedish Cancer Institute. I have worked at Dayspring Behavioral Health for 4 years. Problems I have helped with include, but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Chronic and Terminal Illness, Marital and Interpersonal Conflict, ADHD, Spirituality/Faith Issues, Identity Development Issues, and Difficult Life Transitions.

HOW I HELP
Human beings are wired for connection. The problems we experience can leave us feeling isolated, broken, and powerless. Those who are suffering are often told to “get over it,” “just look on the bright side,” or “it could be worse.” Not everyone is comfortable around human suffering. I am someone who will sit beside those who feel cast aside and unseen. I help people deconstruct problems and rewrite their narrative. I operate from several therapeutic modalities in order to provide the best treatment for my clients. People are diverse and so are their problems. I believe in teaching skills and finding potential.

WHAT’S A NARRATIVE?
A narrative is a story we believe properly describes our lives. However, we can be mired by problematic stories we tell ourselves or have had thrust upon us. I am strange. I am not a good friend. I am depressed. We typically experience problems when we live by those short descriptions. They leave out so much about a person. By breaking down these narratives, I help people re-author their lives.

WHAT’S A TOOL WORTH IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE SKILLS TO USE IT?
People often expect therapy to provide them with “tools.” I think therapeutic tools are great, if you know how to use them. I believe therapy is about developing skills and finding long-term solutions. I am trained to use many common therapy models and I hope to tailor my approach to fit the client and their needs.

A HERO’S JOURNEY
Does your child struggle with low self-esteem? Are anger outbursts a common occurrence? Is it difficult for them to do well in school and connect with others? Perhaps your child has not yet realized they are a superhero in the making. Perhaps they are need of a superhero coach! Superheroes may be fictitious but their effects on our lives are very real. I am well-versed in the world of imagination and bring that in my therapeutic approach with kids. I help kids see themselves as extraordinary people and realize their potential.

MORE ABOUT ME
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I am a passionate Denver Broncos fan. Running out in nature is my favorite way to unwind. I hope to see more of the world and meet as many people as I can.

MORE ABOUT MEDICAL FAMILY THERAPY
Medical family therapy is all about integrated care. A medical family therapist acts as a bridge between medical providers to help people feel cared for. People can often become frustrated when they have several medical providers that do not seem to talk with one another. It can also be disheartening when people do not feel like they completely understand their treatment plan or have a say in it. Medical family therapists help people have more control of their care and improve communication with medical providers

Wesley Premoe

Wesley Premoe

MA LMHC

My name is Wesley Premoe and I am a Counselor at Dayspring with my Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have been with Dayspring since September of 2017 working with people ages of seven and up. I enjoy working with people to help them develop a sense of personal improvement. I have a passion for helping people find skills to help navigate life.

How I Help

Dealing with a Different Life
I enjoy helping people with anxiety, depression or that are on the autism spectrum. My goal is to help them find improvement in their quality of life. One of the commonalities that I find unifies these attributes is the misunderstood perception from the common folk. When working with my clients who share these experiences, I host a safe environment to discuss and process everyday life. I also help collaborate with my clients in order to find coping skills that fits their needs. I believe knowing where our issues lie is the first step, then processing the issues, then implementing tools.

Getting into Gear
I also like to help people in dealing with issues in motivation. In these cases, I look to take the approach of Motivational Interviewing (a mode within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). We work on identifying the deficit followed by identifying options of action to promote movement. In sessions with me, the expectation is that I’m working in tandem with my clients to discover areas of opportunity for growth. Once those areas are exposed, we work together to determine next steps for the client to use as they feel fit. My role as the counselor is to help uncover those opportunities and collaborate on what might be the next steps in their personal journey.

Adjusting to a New Season
The final subset of material that I enjoy helping with is dealing with life transitions. Sometimes people need someone to help walk them through a mentally or emotionally draining part of their life. These things could include change in home, career, worldview, school, relationship status and more. In these sessions, I believe that it is critical for the person to be heard. I also think it’s helpful for a second perspective to identify the situation in a different light. In appropriate moments, we can also work on coping skills in order to get through tough situations like the one’s we would be dealing with in an adjustment period.

About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Sometimes, changing emotions or behaviors can be a difficult task to take on. Maybe you deal with overwhelming emotions that cause distress on a reoccurring and exhaustive basis. Maybe you continuously fall to unhealthy life patterns or simply make poor choices often. I believe that changing the way we think about an issue can influence both emotions and actions. I ascribe closest to cognitive behavioral therapy as my mode of practice. I am a firm believer in changing thinking in order to influence change in feelings and behaviors. In hosting therapy, I spend time teaching my clients to challenge their thinking and formulate new points of view. I also work on developing coping mechanisms that are healthy and effective per the needs of the client. In fit circumstances, I may employ existential methods to those looking for motivation or help determining life direction.

When it comes to Kids and Families
I love working with kids and families! I would use all of the above tools and mindsets, but putting a fun or consumable spin on the material to keep the kids engaged. We do this by building a relationship over conversation, games, and worksheets.

More About Me
In my free time, I enjoy writing and playing music with my friends. Musical expression is one of my favorite ways to decompress. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and cat playing video games or simply enjoying each other’s company. Some other fun facts about me include the following: Born and raised in Washington (Snoqualmie for a majority of my childhood). According to Pottermore, I would be a part of the Gryffindor House. My favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. My favorite sport is baseball. Yes, the Mariners are my favorite even if they struggle to win (often).

Ashley Sweigart

Ashley Sweigart

MS, LMHC

I am an Art Psychotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I view my work with teens and adults as a collaborative relationship aimed at inspiring and empowering clients to create meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. I have experience helping clients navigate many of life’s challenges including, but not limited to: trauma- and stressor- related disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, life transitions, grief, self-esteem, shame and guilt, interpersonal relationships, women’s issues, and chronic pain. I consider myself to be an advocate for and ally to those seeking well-being, balance, greater ease, and emotional freedom.

WELL-BEING
There is no disconnect between body and mind—for either to function optimally, both must be cared for. Therefore in therapy, I do not solely attend to matters of the mind. I work with clients in a holistic way, offering encouragement to activate the foundations of health—proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and vigorous exercise—to benefit overall well-being.

BALANCE
We live in a society that places great value on doing and achieving ever more. Constant work, overstimulation, incessant social media demands, et cetera can lead to burnout, anxiety, and depression. I challenge clients to make difficult choices about priorities in an effort to cultivate a more balanced life.

EASE
Life can be difficult. Through fostering self-awareness, enhancing cognitive flexibility and creative problem-solving skills, and promoting healthy relaxation strategies, I aim to help clients navigate life’s challenges with greater ease and inner peace.

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM
Left unchecked, human emotions sometimes yield unhelpful and unhealthy patterns in thought and behavior. Through exploration and self-work, clients can regain a sense of agency and emotional freedom—the ability to respond to situations thoughtfully rather than repeatedly falling victim to automatic emotional reactions.

HOW I HELP
I am eclectic in my approach to therapy, as one approach does not fit all, and I employ methods from several therapeutic modalities. In broad terms, my therapeutic stance is holistic and person-centered. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful agent of change and, therefore, I value building trust and a strong rapport with my clients. Additionally, as an art therapist, I believe engagement in art making is life-enhancing and that bringing the creative process into therapy facilitates healing and growth.

MORE ABOUT ME
I believe that nature is inherently healing and enjoy spending time out of doors with friends and family doing many activities, including: running, backpacking, gardening, walking my dogs, and

Kelley Molinari

Kelley Molinari

MA LMFT

Kelley is a Child Whisperer and a Couples & Family Champion. She helps individuals and families uncover hidden strengths and move toward a more joyful life. She holds a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialty in child and adolescent family therapy from Northcentral University. Kelley enjoys looking at the whole system in order to help the whole person. She utilizes a variety of tools to access personal strengths, examine core beliefs, and hopes for the future, creatively finding ways for clients to apply these tools in their lives. Experience includes anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, grief, trauma, parenting, blended families, ADHD, self-esteem, couples, and social skills. Kelley applies neuroscience principles using play therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among some of her modalities.
Anna Church

Anna Church

MS, LMHC

Who I Am Professionally
I am a mental health counselor with a passion for helping adolescents and adults who are struggling with mental and situational challenges. I view my therapy work with clients as collaborative, person-centered, and strength-based: empowering you to manage and thrive through life’s challenges. Areas that I focus on include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self image, body image, major life transitions, grief and loss, career counseling, interpersonal concerns, and finding purpose and meaning in life. However, I have experience working with individuals with diverse areas of concerns. I believe that counseling is a process that is actively engaged in by both the counselor and the client. I strive to offer a warm, understanding, non-judgmental, compassionate, and knowledgeable environment in order for both of us to work together to provide you with the support you need to navigate through life. Moreover, I am dedicated to doing what I can to assist you in working through your individual or interpersonal concerns.

How I Help
I employ humanistic-existential based counseling in my therapy work. Yet, I recognize that all people are unique and strive to integrate evidence-based treatment approaches as I see fit. I take an integrative approach in order to address cognitions, behaviors, experiences, and emotions which may have negatively impacted you. My goal is to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you to tailor therapy to your specific needs so that you can find meaning and purpose within hardships, grow as a person, and remain open to the possibility of change.

More About Me
I am passionate about my therapy work and am constantly honored to be a part of others’ personal journey, healing, and growth. Before I became a therapist I worked in multiple research settings with individuals who experienced memory and cognitive impairment, survived cancer, experienced emotion regulation difficulties, and those living with HIV. Outside of my therapy work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, in nature, with my dog, listening and playing music, reading, writing, and baking.

Jason Schlatter

Jason Schlatter

MS, LMHC

Howdy, I’m Jason! If connecting with your teen, your parents, your partner, or yourself is something you have a hard time doing, I am here to help! Working with others who struggle with past hurts, traumas, anxiety, depression, executive functioning, and relationship issues is what I do. You can be a young person just walking into middle school hallways for the first time, or having just celebrated your retirement, my door is open to you! Mental health is important at any age. My hope is to walk alongside anyone who wants to make positive change in their mental well-being, relationship, or world.

Talking to a complete stranger about life can be a little weird, so here is a little about me; I love taking time to be with friends, treat my sweet tooth, watch sci-fi/action movies, and work on cars. While I consider myself mechanically inclined, I know people take a little longer to rewire than a car. It takes time to reach personal goals and find healing, but I believe time spent with others can be the best investment!

How do I do therapy? My approach is to tailor my treatment to my client. I know that one size does not fit all! My primary methods involve utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Humanistic Existential Therapy. Doing what I can to connect on a relational level is also very important. There’s typically two experts in the room when I’m working; I’ll be the one with the knowledge in counseling, and I will need your expertise on you!

So what’s my experience working with others? I started off working with young men, ages 8-21, in residential group home and detention center settings. Many faced struggles in the foster care system, the Dept. of Corrections, and knowing how to have positive relationships in their lives. I later worked in public schools providing behavior therapy to children on the Autism Spectrum and with behavior disorders. Having support through school is one of the most important things for students. I have also served in a university-based community mental health clinic and one college counseling center for engineering students. There I could help those facing the first years as an adult, making career track decisions, and still having to study! Since then, I joined the staff at Dayspring Behavioral Health working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples from all walks of life.

Andrea Farmer

Andrea Farmer

MA, LMCHA

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent therapy. I enjoy sitting with kids, teens, and families at all life stages to help identify systemic strengths and possible vulnerabilities to life’s various challenges. I have experience helping individuals/families manage: anxiety, depression, ASD, trauma, social skills, body image/self-esteem, conflict-resolution, parenting challenges, emotion regulation, and executive functioning skills/ADHD.

Creative Problem-Solver
I am passionate about helping others find solutions to life’s numerous challenges and I value opportunities to help clients become more in touch with their creative sides. Through learning new coping skills, identifying helpful boundaries, or gaining appreciation for one’s sensitives, I work to support clients as they become creative problem-solvers in their own stories.

Strengths Advocate
I work well with deep-thinkers that are motivated to better understand themselves and are open to working collaboratively to appreciate their strengths and sensitives. I aim to guide and encourage clients as they process challenges and develop new strategies for overcoming life’s hardships and become the experts of their own strengths.

Self-Compassion & Humor
I sincerely believe in the healing powers of laughter and encourage clients, when appropriate, to engage with this power in session as a tool to provide room for self-compassion.
“...the laughter that happens when people are truth-telling and showing up and being real -- I call that ‘knowing laughter’. That's what good laughter is about. It's about knowing that you're not alone.” – Brene Brown

How I Help
My therapeutic style is flexible, open-minded, client-focused, and goal-oriented. I strive to meet client’s where they are at in their therapeutic journey and utilize introspective discussion to explore aspects of life such as, generational influences, coping skills, societal pressures, life expectations, and/or unhelpful past narratives. I aim to help clients meet their therapy goals by utilizing elements from various theoretical perspectives including, but not limited to: solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.

More about Me
An introvert myself, I thoroughly enjoy cracking open a new book or listening to a true-crime podcast. I enjoy exploring new places and can never turn down a good thrift store adventure.

Patrick Meyer

Patrick Meyer

Doctoral Intern and Psychometrician

Patrick is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. He has experience with children and adolescents who have behavior and mental health issues. Patrick has also worked with a wide range of adults who struggle with addiction, psychosis, and other mental health concerns. While Patrick’s therapeutic orientation is still developing, he gravitates toward building an individualized therapeutic alliance and utilizing a strengths based approach.
Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence

MA. LMHCA

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, currently practicing at Dayspring Behavioral Health. Along with being a therapist, I consider myself to be a child and teen advocate, a family healer, a feelings ninja, and an expert story listener. I work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. My main client population is children, teens, and families, though I do work with
adults of all ages as well.

WHO DO I WORK WITH
To guide my practice, I draw from experience providing emotional, social, and behavioral support in many diverse settings. Throughout my career I’ve held positions that have given me experience with a variety of clients. At the beginning of my career, while doing my Bachelors in Psychology, I worked in the homes and community with clients diagnosed with Autism, sensory processing disorders, and behavioral struggles, ages 2 to 28. Later, I worked in several school settings, Kindergarten through 12th grade, both in the classroom and as a school counselor. In this later work, I provided support for clients with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, behavioral issues, family conflict, parenting issues, coping skills, and those struggling with life transitions.

HOW CAN I HELP
I do not believe in a one size fits all approach to therapy. A technique, strategy, or therapeutic approach that works for one client, will not work for everyone. Therefore, I pull from several theories of therapy in order to help clients move towards growth and healing. Along with that, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important parts of therapy. I hope to hold a space where my clients feel comfortable to explore their feelings, thoughts, relationships, and experiences. I wholeheartedly believe that sometimes you have to “shop around” for the therapist you are going to click with, and that’s okay. I would be honored to be a part of this journey even if only a short time.

MORE ABOUT ME
When not in the office, I spend my time outside typically with my dog, Carbon, friends and/or family, or I am off exploring as I love traveling. When Mother Nature does not agree with this, I spend time curled up with a good book, crafting, listening to records that were passed down from my parents, rock climbing, and trying to keep plants alive.

Nate Metzger

Nate Metzger

MA, LMHC, CDPT

Nate works with clients to support and understand the individual, in an effort to engage individuals in the process of change and growth. He is a bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee. In 2013, Nate graduated from Northwest University in Kirkland, and has worked in the mental health field for the past 7 years. He practices a variety of treatment modalities which include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Existential Therapy. Nate has worked extensively with clients of varying ages and cultural backgrounds, including youth, adults, and families.
Chelsea Harbottle

Chelsea Harbottle

MA, LMHCA

I am a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Associate. I view my work with teens, adults and couples as the ultimate honor, as we walk through your life together and work to heal the places that hurt. I am passionate about helping my clients rediscover their own strength through their self, intimate relationships, and counselor-client collaboration. I have experience helping clients navigate anxiety, depression, grief, relational issues, identity issues, self-esteem, and life transitions. I work hard to bond with my clients and create a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space that invites the greatest empowerment and emotional growth.

Emotional Growth
I view emotion as an agent of change. The powerful life experiences that shape who we are and the choices we make are accompanied by profound emotions. We can reflect on those times to better understand them, and harness emotion’s power to shape your life going forward.

Self-Exploration
Identity is a constantly changing construct all throughout life. Some of us might be trying to find who we are, and some of us may feel we have lost ourselves. Through nonjudgmental strengths-based discussions, I help my clients process the different parts of themselves and be confident and empowered by their individuality.

Grief
This profound life experience leaves a permanent mark on our emotional growth. It is one of the most complex and difficult experiences to process and the change can be very painful. Whether expected or unexpected, I guide and support my clients by creating a space for them to feel their grief, find the humanity within it, and honor their loss.

Relational Issues
Our intimate relationships have equal capacities for love and hurt. Whether you are a little uncertain or at the end of your rope, counseling can help you sort through the mess to find the magic. I use an evidence-based practice with couples and families experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion and conflict to help them de-escalate and grow together.

How I Help
My approach is flexible and lively because we are all so unique in our experiences, and laughter is a healing tool. I operate from a client-centered perspective, which employs a diverse array of therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of every person. I also have a naturally comedic and energetic disposition, which I use to help you breathe during the challenging times. I value a trusting therapeutic alliance and listen with curiosity to help you discover the best version of yourself.

More About Me
I self-care by balancing my energy usage, creating a sustainable cycle of alone and friend/family time so I am always prepared to connect with my self and others in each experience. When I'm not out on the town enjoying family or friends, I endorse an “in-doorsy” lifestyle that fosters my passion for movies and television. Some of my favorites include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and a variety of anime.

Lisa Elrod-Lawrence

Leslie Penfold

LCISWA

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ― Viktor E. Frankl

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate, Counselor, and Behavioral Technician with a passion for people in all walks of life working to navigate the ever-changing world around them. Professionally, I have an extensive history working with trauma and crisis, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with behavioral issues and spectrum disorders. I strive to meet people where they are at and help to redefine the mental constructs that keep them from living their lives to the fullest.

APPROACH
To do this, I often blend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CB-T), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DB-T) along with a Person in Environment centered approach to retrain negative cognitive processes, as well as use the resources (people, skills, passions) available to the client to best meet their needs. These approaches can be tailored and modified to best fit each client. With kids and adolescents, I find it important to use structured game and play therapy, and well as supportive empowerment to make them aware of their own strengths to help them make their own goals and advancements in their personal, school and social lives.

EDUCATION
Personal, family, and parent education are among the top of my passions in the mental health field. Helping persons to navigate their mental illness as well as assisting families in navigating the presence of mental illness in their lives is an important tool for moving forward that I fear is often missing in treatment. This includes assisting in parent education to understand the benefits and limits of parenting measures when it comes to psychological and behavioral disorders in their dependents. These realities can be overwhelming for families, my desire is to take the pressure off and work together to face them.

IMPLEMENTATION
These therapeutic approaches are not band-aids, or one-time fixes, it will be a collaborative effort over time with you, to effect change on a personal level. Understanding the effects of the issues faced, making reasonable and tangible short-term goals, and working toward retraining cognitive processes and daily routines in order to see the long-term changes you have been striving for is the ultimate goal of therapy. I am excited to work alongside you to reach the goals you have for your personal life.

ABOUT ME
As a mom myself, of both human and fur babies, all of my personal time is spent practicing my own balance of work, home, and self, to be the best version of myself that I can be. This includes hiking, training, listening to audiobooks, cooking, sewing, hosting game nights, and spending as much time as I can making those I love laugh. You’ll find that my sense of humor and caustic wit will make its way into sessions as we become more familiar with each other because I firmly believe in making as much humor out of the things life throws our way as possible.

Val Milton

Val Milton

Operations Manager

Renee Hunter

Renee Hunter

Billing Manager

Renee has been working in the Behavioral Health Insurance field for 14 years. Renee enjoys contributing her administrative billing skills to ensure the overall success by bringing integrity, corporate compliance, privacy and FWA (Fraud, Waste & Abuse) standards to her daily workload. Renee is compassionate about being an advocate of protecting and valuing Patient PHI.

Renee appreciates the work culture Dayspring brings and the incredibly committed providers that render services on a daily basis. It really does make a great team to work with and when you do, collaboration is a key to success. That’s what makes DaySpring so wonderful to work for.

``You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.`` -Song of Songs 4:7

Spare time... I love spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, and I have an obsession for fashion!

Tiffanie Farsad

Tiffanie Farsad

Billing Assistant

Hello! I am Tiffanie Farsad and I am the billing admin assistant. I assist Reneé, our billing superstar, make sure all the insurance claims are taken care of when there are issues after they are submitted to the insurance. I also take care of the front desk in the evening to ensure our clients are supported with someone at the office if assistance is needed. I have the best of both worlds in our office!

My approach to my work is methodical, very organized, and goal-oriented. Once I set my mind to something, I don’t give up easily until it is done correctly. I am someone my coworkers can count on to get the job done well, accurately and in a timely direct manner.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Especially my dog, he brings so much joy! If I could do anything without time or money as an object, you would find me traveling. My favorite place I have traveled to so far is the Grand Cayman Island where I got to see and touch sea turtles, one of my favorite animals. My go-to vacation spot is Disneyland and like to go once a year. It is the happiest place on earth after all!

Sandy Seppi

Sandy Seppi

Office Coordinator

My name is Sandy and I work at the front desk taking your calls and scheduling appointments. It's important to me that your first interaction with our amazing counselors is a positive one.
I'm an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my family, taking in all that the beautiful northwest has to offer!