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Lara Symonds

Founder and Director of OptimalLife Wellness Center in Bellevue, Washington since 2013. I am a marriage and family therapist specializing in trauma recovery, PTSD, and anxiety using a mind-body approach to healing and empowerment.

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Michelle Baumgardner

My education fundamentally focuses on improving the well-being of others. My credentials include a Masters degree in Natural Health, a Masters degree in Counseling, licensed by the state of Texas as a professional counselor (74185), 20 years of experience as a personal trainer certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (owning and operating…

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Jean Evelyn Odwazny

I have been in the field since 2005. I began in Community Mental Health, and have maintained a solo private practice for almost ten years. I work primarily with trauma, mood disorders and anxiety and especially with the LGBTQIA+ population.

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Lauren Ortiz

I am an LCPC with certifications in DBT and trauma. I find that trauma, regardless of origins, tends to impact clients in many areas of their lives. I strive to approach clients holistically so we can work towards growth to make you feel whole again.

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Melissa Larsen

My main goal in a therapy session is to let you be heard, and to get to the bottom of what’s going on. I specialize in treating trauma with EMDR therapy. I focus on your strengths, and support curiosity and self compassion.

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Sarah Joseph

I am an EMDR-trained therapist who helps clients explore how their nervous system has adapted to stress and trauma over their life span. My background is in trauma-sensitive yoga. I am pursuing training in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EFIT.

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Gabrielle Kilgore

I believe that while no life is without some measure of pain or struggle; therapy can be a transformative, healing process which opens the door to a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and others.

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Peg Shippert

Sexual violence can turn everything upside down. You don’t have to figure this out alone. I have the training and experience to help. Using EMDR, mindfulness, animal-assisted counseling, and other evidence-based approaches, we can help you feel whole and empowered again.

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Andrea Dabney Boyd

I am about to launch my private practice focusing on working with teens and young adults. I have background in working with serious mental illness, and women and families affected by domestic violence, immigration and poverty.

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Krista Verrastro

I help people who feel used, abused, neglected, or rejected transform from surviving to thriving. I do this by blending drama therapy, talk therapy, and EMDR therapy.

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