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Dr. April Walter, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist & co-founder of The Center, a mental health clinic in Federal Way and Seattle, and The Center for Psychological Research, a nonprofit research center.

Dr. Walter’s clinical work has focused on all areas pertaining to adult, pre-teen, teen, couple, and family treatment. She specializes in the clinical treatment of individuals and families dealing with neuropsychological issues, especially those dealing with dual diagnoses and teens/adults who are struggling with gaining independence. Much of Dr. Walter’s work focuses on those with a diagnosis of Autism spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, and other psychological disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, etc. Her work combines a family systems approach and cognitive behavioral therapies such as, traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She also utilizes a neuropsychological treatment approach, which she created and is currently researching. Dr. Walter’s background with families includes divorce recovery group therapy, serving as an Intensive Family Preservationist for the Institute for Family Development, which helps families who are involved with Child Protective Services, and being a research assistant for Dr. John Gottman. Her background with individual therapy includes inpatient group therapy at Harborview and individual and group therapy at Antioch University Clinic. Dr. Walter worked with Autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other neurological issues at ASTAR Center with Dr. Gary Stobbe, at the University of Washington, and at Antioch University Clinic.

In addition, Dr. Walter is currently doing research in the areas of a Neuropsychological treatment approaches for those on the Autism Spectrum, a Meta-analysis of insight and Autism, and a program for adults on the Autism Spectrum focusing on independent living, relationships, college and employment.

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Carly Pereira Pascoe, M.A. is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate & co-founder of The Center, a mental health clinic in Federal Way, and The Center for Psychological Research, a nonprofit research center. Carly is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys working with children, teens, young adults, parents, families, and groups. In addition, Carly also acts as a consultant to various schools in the King County area. Her education and clinical training is focused on providing treatment and assessment services to children, adults, and families presenting with a diverse range of emotional, medical, and neuro-psychological difficulties. Furthermore, she has worked extensively with children on the autism spectrum for over 10 years. During this time, she has worked in both In and Outpatient settings with children and adults. Carly Pereira also works with common childhood issues such as poor academic performance, depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral problems, and divorce. Carly utilizes both a Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems approach in her clinical work. Her current research focus is on “how parents cope with having a child with autism”. During her free time, Carly enjoys spending time with her two dogs, bicycling, cooking, and traveling.

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Dr. Danny Campa Ph.D  is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. For the past five years, Danny has conducted social-emotional, cognitive, and academic assessment as a researcher and school psychologist for Rainier Scholars, a non-profit educational organization, which serves adolescent students of color in Seattle. Here, he also supervises and trains graduate students in administering standardized evaluations.

Danny completed a masters-level internship in the Edmonds School District and completed school psychology work at all levels of the school-system, with a majority of time spent in the high school environment. As a graduate student, Danny worked with the Committee for Children on the Second Step Efficacy Study, conducting achievement and behavioral assessments in the Renton, Federal Way, Lake Washington, and North Kitsap School Districts. He has worked as research associate and mental health support at The UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, an early-entrance program to college for highly capable students. He was responsible for providing social-emotional and mental health support to students as well as organizing and leading interactive parent programming to families and the community.

Currently, Danny serves as Assistant Director for the APEX Summer Camp Program, a behavioral treatment program run by the UW Autism Center. During a five-week intensive summer session and a weekly booster program, he trains counselors and provides behavioral and social-emotional support to over 80 children with autism and their families. Danny’s research interests include school-based mental health, multi-tiered systems of supports in schools, social-behavioral intervention for children with Autism, gifted and twice-exceptional students, and school-home collaboration.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bryan Hill, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. His ideal population are those professionals that work in the public safety and/or medical fields. Bryan is a former public safety official who strives to eliminate the stigma of seeking therapy for those that work in these fields in order to help them address the burdens and stressors that are inherent in those lines of work. He is also a member of a treatment team that specializes in therapy and care of individuals on the autism spectrum. This specialized work allows individuals on the spectrum to seek independence, education, employment, personal growth, and life satisfaction.

He currently works with a psychiatric population as well as those individuals who fall on the autistic spectrum. He believes that working with these diverse populations provides opportunities for learning and career development.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Garrett Gilchrist Ph.D. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child, Adolescent, and Family treatment from Seattle Pacific University (2008) and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga University (2001).

I have been a Licensed Psychologist in WA since 2010, and I am paneled with most insurance carriers. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, public school systems, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and mental health agencies. I view my primary role as providing a safe and contained environment where individuals can gain stability, increase insights into themselves, and develop more positive coping strategies.

I see individuals with a wide range of concerns, and primarily work with individuals typically ranging in age from adolescence to older adults. I incorporate a variety of treatment modalities to meet the individual needs and concerns of my clients.

However my therapeutic approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic in orientation and I provide unconditional positive regard to each person given their biopsychosocial circumstance and cultural background.

I believe in the importance of mind-body, holistic health and wellness and establishing healthy behavioral patterns that encourage growth, self-regulation, balance, and moderation. Some of my specialty areas include health and wellness practices, body image, eating disorders, addictions, and men?s issues. I work with clients to achieve mutually identified goals.

I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which we work together to identify problems, set treatment goals, and work together to assist in the achievement of those goals. I utilize my experience, education, and training to work with you to achieve your identified goals.

I’ve received feedback from clients that I am “easy to connect with”; and am good at developing treatment plans, “being a life coach”, and providing hope and direction. I am now with a team of professionals who treat individuals on the autistic spectrum and other neurological issues.

 

 

 

Dr. Rebecca Muirhead, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults and families.

Dr. Muirhead earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from Argosy University in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Before going back to school to earn her doctorate she worked in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. It was there that she gained extensive training and experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism and other neurological issues. Dr. Muirhead has clinical experience working in multiple settings including schools, community centers, and in private practice. Her education and clinical training has been focused on treating depression, anxiety, social issues, grief and loss, ADHD, parenting consultations, family conflict and divorce.

Dr. Muirhead’s clinical work is based primarily on attachment theory but she offers a combination of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play and art therapy, along with Psychodynamic Therapy. There is no typical session when working with Dr. Muirhead because she tries to meet the needs of each individual client. She has a direct but compassionate approach and incorporates humor when appropriate. Dr. Muirhead believes that it is through a strong therapeutic relationship, along with practical coping skills and emotional support that positive change is possible. Dr. Muirhead feels it is important that each client can identify progress from their work with her.

In addition to working at The Center part-time Dr. Muirhead stays busy spending time with her two young children and enjoying everything out doors in the Pacific North West, especially spending time on the water.

 

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