Therapists Trained in Attachment Therapy by Deborah Gray-


Susan Bernt
601 Main Street Suite M1
Vancouver, WA 98660
BIO: Sue Bernt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to working with children (ages 2-14) and their families.  Sue has experience working with children whose attachments to their caregivers were disrupted.  Therapy with Sue includes working with attachment, behaviors, and abuse issues with adolescents and young children.  Some therapy is provided to reconnect with a parent (or reunify the connection of parent and child) after a prolonged absence. Her focus is on mental health issues such as low or no sense of self worth, behavior, trauma, depression, stress, and anxiety. 
In 1980, Sue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Life from Oregon State University.  Her career has led to years of teaching (0-6 year olds), management in Head Start programs, as well as counseling children and families at a Day Treatment Center for children ages 2- 6 years of age.  Sue completed her Master’s in Social Work at Portland State University in 2004.  She is licensed in Washington (LW 60084972) and in Oregon (L4288).  Sue opened her private practice in 2010. She can be reached at 503-819-7095.
Denise Bower MA LMHC CMHS
4984 Brentridge
Bremertown, WA 98311
BIO: Denise’s passion is working with children and families and she has over 30 years of experience. She specializes in working with children who are in foster care or adopted and provides evening and Saturday appointments. She is willing to see families either at her office or in their home.
Diane Lostrangiio
225-14th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112
TEL: 206.799.4736

BIO: Diane  has worked with children and families for over twenty years. She began her clinical career in community mental health and then went on to work with families formed through adoption. In 2007, she entered into private practice providing pre and post adoption services for children and families. Her post graduate training includes completion of Adoption and Foster Care Therapy and Advanced Clinical Practice Certificates as well as training in Infant Mental Health. 
Lynn Owens
3616 W. 27th Ave
Kennewick, WA 99337
BIO: Lynn is owner of and therapist at Canyon Lakes Family Counseling Center in Kennewick, Washington. He specializes in helping children recover from abuse, neglect and trauma. Lynn began his career with special needs children at a Residential Treatment Facility for Teens over 20 year ago, and has dedicated his life to children and their families by opening an emergency shelter for boys, as a foster parent, a house parent and has parented nearly 100 children in those roles.  He is a regular presenter and trainer on parenting special needs children and healing the traumatized brain. He can be reached for appointments at (509)591-0462 at or at www. 
Sarah Pulliam LICSW
Tendril Birth and Family Services
5108 196th St. W. Ste 350
Lynnwood, WA 98036
BIO: Sarah Pulliam, of Tendril Birth & Family Services, LLC, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in pediatric mental health (0-20). She has advanced training in foster and adoption mental health, in addition to certificates in Attachment, and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Sarah also specializes in perinatal mental health, including pregnancy loss and prenatal diagnosis of medical issues in the mother or baby. She counsels families of children with special needs or chronic illness, such as diabetes, drawing from over a decade of work at Seattle Children’s. Sarah served for many years as an infant loss group facilitator in Journey, the hospital’s bereavement program. Sarah is very comfortable and familiar working with people of diverse heritages including gay and transgender youth and parents.  Sarah sees clients Saturdays, Tuesdays, and can do home visits in some instances.
Fahrin Schmidt
1974 Purcell Way
N. Vancouver, BC v7j3k3
BIO: Fahrin is dedicated to truly understanding and appreciating the unique difficulties facing her clients. She works passionately to develop effective therapeutic strategies which can empower each individual to gain control over their ever-changing lives.
A Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, Fahrin has attained a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle, post-graduate training in Attachment Therapy, and other specialized training qualifications including a diploma in Recreation Therapy. Fahrin has 10 years of experience providing individual and group therapy to children, youth and their parents. She has performed consultations, social assessments, and case coordination for schools and various social services within a community mental health setting.
Fahrin employs a variety of therapeutic modalities including client-centered approach, cognitive behaviour therapy, and attachment-focused therapy. She has worked extensively with children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessions and compulsions, difficulties with attention and impulsivity, anger management, trauma, parent-child conflict, and self-esteem issues.
Fahrin is dedicated to truly understanding and appreciating the unique difficulties facing her clients. She works passionately to develop effective therapeutic strategies which can empower each individual to gain control over their ever-changing lives.
Pamela Silver
1902 SE 190th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98683
BIO: Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Oregon and Washington. She graduated in 1995 with a BA Degree in Art Therapy at Marylhurst University, then completed her Master’s of Social Work at Portland State University in 2004. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health, and is a student of IPNB (Interpersonal Neurobiology).
Pam’s theoretical practice is primarily relationship-based with a focus on attachment and child-parent relationships.  She specializes in infant-toddler mental health, attachment disorders, and attachment relationships with a trauma history.  Her modality in her practice is psychodynamic using Expressive Therapies, IPNB and Attachment Focused Therapy.  Pam has been a Certified Provider of an attachment intervention program called “Circle of Security” since 2006.   COS is an evidence-based parenting program designed for parents, based upon 30 years of attachment research.   She will open a private practice in Gearhart, OR in the fall of 2015, specializing in treating individuals, children and families who have trauma and attachment issues, including cases involved with foster care and adoption.
Local contacts for announcement of Certificate completion:
Katie Stallman, LICSW, CGE
Arbor Place Therapy, PLLC
823 20th Ave.
Wa 98122
*Currently available for in-home therapy in Seattle area; Expected office in Eastlake February 2015
BIO: Katie is passionate about preparing and supporting families in all their forms as they transition to and adapt to the ongoing complexities of parenting. She has been a licensed clinician in the state of Washington since 2001 after receiving her Master of Social Work degree in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie has worked with families and children of all ages impacted by foster care and adoption for over 20 years. She has been a certified Bringing Baby Home ™ instructor since 2008 and completed The Certificate Program in Foster Care and Adoption Therapy in 2011 and the Attachment Certificate Program in 2014 through Cascadia Training Institute. Katie has worked in a variety of agency and independent settings providing educational, therapeutic, and consultation support to all types of families. Her approach to working with families is rooted and informed by attachment, psychodynamic, and developmental theories as well as motivational interviewing techniques.  Katie also incorporates DBT and mindfulness strategies into her work. Katie is a firm believer that change is always possible. She most enjoys helping parents/caregivers improve their communication with one another, while also seeing themselves and their children through a new lens.

Previous Graduates:
Gusty-Lee Boulware, PhD, BCBA
9714 3rd Ave NE
Suite 206
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206-271-4796
BIO: Gusty-Lee has over 25 years of experience providing support and intervention for children with social, communication, emotional regulation and behavioral challenges. In her practice she provides social skills groups, parent support and coaching, 1:1 intervention with children, workshops and school consultations.  She also assists families with IEP development, 504 plans, program evaluation and positive behavior support plans. She earned her doctorate from the University of WA where she studied developmental and behavioral best practices, infant mental health and parent-child interaction. Recently she completed a dual certification in attachment-focused therapy and adoption and foster care therapy.  She has taught graduate level courses at the University of WA, provides training and workshops internationally and has published in Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Young Exceptional Children, and Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.
Megan Clarke, MA, LMFT
1800- 112th Avenue NE, Ste 240W
Bellevue, WA 98006
BIO: Megan Clarke is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Bellevue. She sees families, women, teens and children, with a special emphasis on adopted children and teens recovering from complex trauma. Megan helps her clients learn new skills to regulate their emotions, grieve losses and form strong, healthy attachments. She teaches parents new tools to create loving, structured homes to increase feelings of safety for their children. In addition, she helps parents develop strategies to renew the belief in their ability to parent and have joy in their lives. She believes that counseling can help instill hope and strengthen resilience in children and families.
She is a graduate of both the Adoption and Foster Care Therapy and Attachment –Focused Therapy Certificate Programs through Deborah Gray’s Nurturing Attachments. Megan is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as an At Large Board Member with the Washington Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. Megan also has extensive experience working with women and children who have survived domestic violence and is a member of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Amy Dutt, LMFT
5100 South Dawson Street, Suite 104
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 604-0873
BIO: Amy Dutt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Seward Park neighborhood of South Seattle. She specializes in relationships – working with families and couples to increase connection and attachment. Amy helps families with adopted and biological children decrease conflict and increase positive interactions by helping parents understand the ‘why’ behind their children’s behaviors and helping children build trust and security with their parents. With couples, Amy works to help the couple increase their awareness of one another’s needs and their emotional connectedness. She also works with parents on issues arising from challenges with their children. 

Jill Dziko, MSW, LICSW
P.O. Box 2191
Vashon, WA 98070
BIO: I am the Executive Director of a licensed non-profit adoption agency and have been working in the field of adoption for over 10 years.  The agency provides consultation, homestudy and post-placement services as well as on-going support for adoptive families.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I provide consultation with families who are considering adoption and/or foster care as well as therapy for families with young children who are adopted and/or in foster care.  I specialize in the areas of attachment, adoption, trans-racial adoption and LBGQT adoption and have completed both the Attachment-Trauma Focused Therapy and Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Certificate Programs.  I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Washington and have been a Certified Social Worker since 1997.  I am a member of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work and National Association of Social Workers and a CASA volunteer. I see families at my office in Seattle and on Vashon Island.
Susan Flick, Ph.D. Is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years experience. She works with children, adolescents, and adults at her office in Woodinville, WA She is also an adoptive parent of two daughters.
18500-156th Ave NE, Suite 200
Woodinville, WA 98072
(206) 324-6524

Linnea Lauer, MA, M.Ed., LMHC
20307 Viking Ave., #203
Poulsbo, WA 98370
793 Erickson Ave., Suite 123
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. 
BIO: I am a member of Bainbridge Psychotherapists Guild. I’ve been in private practice for 16 years, specializing in children, adolescents, and their families.  I’ve got a long history in education as teacher, counselor, and principal.  I’ve also been a counselor at a community mental health center and a clinical specialist at the Seattle Children’s Home.  I have considerable experience living and working overseas in Asia and in Europe. The Poulsbo office has served children from Tacoma to Port Townsend.
Angie Langseth-Bostwick is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice located in Roy, WA. She specialized in treating children and families and enjoys working with children in foster care and adopted children. Angie is an adopted person herself and has completed both the certificate program in foster/adoption therapy and more recently, the certificate in attachment-focused therapy program. You can reach Angie:
Roy, WA
(360) 481-0160

Cindi Mack-Ernsdorff, M.A., LMHC, LMFT
11415 NE 128th St Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 941-3271
BIO: Cindi is, and has been a Licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent for over 32 years. Additionally, she has served clients as a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional for 10 years at a local DASA certified agency, and has worked within local school systems as well. Ms. Mack-Ernsdorff particularly enjoys working with foster and adoptive families.
As a biological, step, and adoptive parent to 10 ‘personal’ children and after having opened her life to foster parenting over 280 special needs foster children, Cindi understands that foster and adopted children and their families—both like-cultured as well as multi-cultured families–often need extra help in adjusting to life with, in, and as a new, differently organized family. She also understands that it makes sense to reach out to others for the support and help that you might need.
Cory Staton, MA
Center for Child and Family Therapy
7500 Old Military Rd NE Suite103
Bremerton, WA 98311

Christina Steere
Eastside Family Services
P.O. Box 53103
Bellevue, WA 98015

BIO: Christina L.P. Steere is the owner and founder of Eastside Family Services. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2002. Additionally, she is a Child Mental Health Specialist and a certified Attachment and Trauma Therapist. Christina also is a clinical member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) and sits on the board of directors for New Light Ministries. Christina received her graduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in 2000 with a master’s of science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington with a bachelors of science in Social Work.
Christina has worked with at risk children in the foster care setting since 1995. Her work began in starting a homeless shelter in Seattle’s economically depressed areas. For ten years, Christina specialized in foster care and adoption through her work at Olive Crest as their Clinical Director. Personally, Christina has been married to her husband for 15 years, has a son and a daughter, loves to travel, play sports and is currently a licensed foster parent.
Laura Stone, MA, LMHC
174 Roy Street, Suite B
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-498-9895
BIO: I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. I have earned Certificates in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy as well as Attachment-Trauma Focused Therapy, and I have practiced psychotherapy for over 14 years, both in agency settings and in private practice. My clients include children, adolescents, adults and families, most of whom have foster care and/or adoption as part of their story. In addition to working with individuals and families, I offer consultation to parents considering adoption.
For clinicians seeking Washington State credentialing as Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Certified Counselors, and Certified Advisors I offer on-going Clinical Supervision and Consultation.
Also, I offer groups for families and young people:
First Year Home Groups are small education and support groups for parents and their recently adopted infants and young children. This group runs for 8 weeks for approximately 90 minutes. Parents learn about child development and issues unique to new adoptive families. The format includes age appropriate songs, games and activities. Issues such as sleeping, eating, toileting, limit-setting, sharing, etc. will be addressed.
Between The Lines is an art therapy and discussion group for 9-12 year old girls, designed to help girls this age begin to issues related to adoption. Participants are encouraged to share their own life story and their experiences related to adoption, as well as to hear about, validate and connect with other girls and their experiences. Thoughts and feelings about culture, identity, birth family, prying peers and other issues are explored. Groups meet for approximately 7 weeks during after school hours.

Sandy Swan, M.Ed., LMHC
1400 Talbot Road South, Suite 106
Renton, WA 98055

BIO: I am an adoptive, therapeutic parent and a Licensed Counselor, working with parents, children, and families in the Puget Sound region for the past 24 years.  I have been through the Attachment Certificate program at Antioch University and the Attachment Certificate Program with Deborah Gray, M.S.W. I received my Bachelor’s Degree and my Masters of Educational Psychology Degree from the University of Washington.  I specialize in working with adoptees of all ages create better attachments with their parents. I also serve parents who have been or are going through various challenges with their young adult adopted children. I can advise in school settings, work well with school counselors, teachers, psychiatrists and neuropsychologists to offer the most inclusive care for children and their families.

Liane O. Wolbert, M.A.
Adoption Ministry-Youth with a Mission
731 W. Pioneer Street
Puyallup, WA  98371
(253) 770-2283
(253) 439-9220
BIO: Liane Wolbert is a counselor who is the Youth with a Mission Domestic Adoption Director for Adoption Ministry.  She also conducts homestudies for Adoption Ministry and sees children and families for counseling in her office in Puyallup, Washington with adoption related issues.  For the past 34 years she has been a certified public school guidance counselor, behavioral specialist and educational consultant.  Her experience in adoption related areas includes:  counseling young women with unplanned pregnancies, birth mother counseling, and adoption education.  She has traveled to Ethiopia on many occasions supporting Adoption Ministry’s international adoption program.  All of her international homestudy visits include a significant amount of adoption education covering attachment, grief and loss, trans-racial issues, and strategies for adoptive parenting.  She has a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Pacific Lutheran University.  In addition Liane also has her Attachment-Trauma Focused Therapy Certificate from Cascadia Training Program.    

Sandra Gormon-Brown, MSW, LICSW
Spokane, WA
BIO: Sandra Gormon-Brown is a licensed, independent, clinical social worker and certified attachment focused therapist with over 20 years of experience serving a broad spectrum of children and families, especially those who have been involved in the child welfare system.  Sandra’s areas of practice specialty include evidence based treatment of attachment issues, trauma, grief, infant mental health, pre and post adoption issues (foster, domestic and international), parenting, parenting/attachment assessment,  postpartum depression, mood disorders and relationship issues. 

Sandra received her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.  She participates in regular continuing education, primarily in the areas of attachment, trauma, grief, adoption, child abuse/neglect and infant mental health.  She is Circle of Security trained and teaches COS groups in the community.  Sandra is a Faculty Field Instructor for BASW students at Eastern Washington University.  She volunteers as a DCFS Child Protection Team member and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. 
Abbie Smith, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Specialties: Attachment, Trauma, Parenting Adopted Children

BIO: Abbie Smith holds a master’s degree in social work from Smith College.  In 1996, she became licensed to practice clinical social work, and later earned post-graduate certificates in two specialized areas – therapy for adoptive families, and attachment therapy. Before joining Holt’s adoption services staff in 2005, Abbie spent three years working with children who have severe emotional issues, three years in an adult acute psychiatric hospital and six years in the child development program at Oregon Health Sciences University. As Director of Clinical Services, Abbie coordinates adoption services trainings, counsels struggling families and handles all disruptions between adoptive parents and children.  Recently, she designed the first agency curriculum to help older children prepare for international adoption. Abbie also adopted a 6-year-old girl 15 years ago. 
Linda Sheppard, MS, FLE
Christian Counseling & Family Life Education
Adoption and Family Counseling Services, LLC
4660 NE Belknap Ct. Suite 101 T
Hillsboro Oregon 97124
Office/Voice: (503) 888-0050   Fax: (503) 924-5757

BIO: Linda has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. Her greatest passion is helping children and families through the many rewards and challenges of parenting. Linda’s adoption history includes various roles including: Director of International Programs, Social Work Supervisor, and Educational Consultant. Although Linda values her professional and educational experience, her greatest experience has come through living and learning as an adoptive parent. Linda and her husband are the proud parents of fourteen children, twelve of whom joined their family through the miracle of international adoption, domestic adoption, and embryo adoption. Linda has personally been through many of the trials and struggles that often accompany adoptive placements. Seven of Linda’s children joined their family after their original placements did not work out.

Linda holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies. Linda is currently pursuing doctorate degrees in Organizational Psychology as well as Christian Counseling. Linda is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Linda works out of her office in the Portland metropolitan area as well as with families via Skype located in various states and various countries all over the world. Linda’s primary role is helping families transition from a traditional parenting model to a therapeutic parenting approach that incorporates adoption and attachment. In addition to her private practice, Linda leads humanitarian aid projects around the world.
Gail Hardman-Woung, LCSW
3939 NE Hancock Suite 210
Portland, OR 97212
BIO: I specialize in the field of Adoption and trauma.  I hold post-graduate certificates in Therapy with Adoptive Families, Attachment and EMDR. 
Eighteen years ago, I adopted three older children as a single parent.  I am trained in and use a variety of therapeutic techniques including: Psychotherapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Hypnotherapy.  I work with families struggling with behavioral concerns associated with developmental trauma such as: Attachment Disorders, Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Fetal Alcohol Effect.

Liz Covey
89907 Youngs River Rd.
Astoria, OR 97103
BIO: Liz Covey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the North Coast region of the Oregon coast serving the Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach communities. She currently works at Lutheran Community Services NW in Astoria as the Clinical Supervisor and serves as the Lead Clinician. She has specialized training in treating trauma and attachment issues with adults, children and families, such as completion of the Certificate Program in Psychological Trauma through the University of Washington (2011), Parent Educator through Circle of Security (2012), EMDR Training (2013) and completion of a Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy with Deborah Gray (2014). Ms. Covey has worked in the field of mental health and foster care since the late 1990’s and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Child Welfare system since 2012. She has clinical experience in varied settings in both urban and rural areas, including non-profit


Laura Nikkel
1051 Prospect Ave
N. Vancouver, BC v7r2m6

BIO: Laura Nikkel is a registered clinical counsellor through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. For the past 7 years she has worked in a community mental health setting with children and youth struggling with a variety of challenges such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, self harm, and parent child relationship difficulties. Laura is a certified positive discipline parent educator, and has training in play and expressive therapies as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma focused CBT. Laura is also working towards her advanced certificate in ADHD. Laura now begins her role as a counsellor in Family Services of the North Shore’s Child and Youth Counselling Program, providing clinical counselling services to children, youth, and their families dealing with child sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual behavioural problems, as well as providing clinical counselling services for children and youth experiencing difficulties.


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