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Meet Your Counselor

The therapeutic relationship is important, and because of that, we believe it is important for you to know a little about who you are working with. Although we cannot paint a full and accurate description of who we are through these short texts, we hope the following will give you an idea of what it would be like to work with each of us!

Dan Claussen, M.S, LMFT

Dan Claussen

A Little About Me

The majority of my early life has been spent in the Snoqualmie Valley. My family lived in Colorado for 4 years when I was younger, but other than that we lived between Carnation and Monroe. I entered the Riverview School District as a 7th grader, so am intimately aware of the challenges and benefits of the rural school district. I have also spent time living in Chicago, and appreciate all the benefits the City provides.

My Hobbies

If I had a weekend off, and the weather was somewhat good, I would probably spend it in the outdoors. Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing or climbing a mountain; if it is outside, I would be doing it. If the weather was not good, or I just wanted a more relaxing time, I would spend my time reading, connecting with friends, working around the yard, or be relaxing in front of a Seahawks game. As you will see from my education, I also enjoy learning and developing new skills. You can learn more about me on our business social media platform on instagram at Instagram larch_adventures.

Education/Experience

I received my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2016, and my Bachelors of Arts in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago in 2012. I began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for Larch Counseling in 2016. Before I began working as a private practitioner, I worked as a clinical intern at Compass Health in the family clinic, consulting with young kids, adolescents, and their families from Sep 2014-Jun 2016. I also worked as a High School Youth Director at Redemption Church for the 2014-2015 academic year, and interned as the Junior High Pastor at the Duvall Church for a year in 2010.

Aubrey Lane, M.S, LMFTA

Aubrey Lane

A Little About Me

I grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley in a small home nestled against Mt. Si. From the time I was young I have had an affinity for being outside, hiking the mountains in our backyard, and cheering on the UW Huskies. More recently I have found a passion for seeing new cultures, listening to true crime podcasts, exploring the intricacies of interior design, and continuing to find ways to serve others.

My Hobbies

In my free time (and when weather allows) you can find me anywhere outside near water. I have recently ignited an excitement for wake surfing and paddle boarding and feel blessed when Washington weather gives me the chance to get out and be on the water. When the weather does not allow for me to be outside, I use the opportunity to slow down and pour into my relationships. Spending time with loved ones and connecting with friends over good food is one of my favorite “recharging” activities. If I could retire now, I would move down to Ensenada and build homes in Mexico. For the past 10 years, my boyfriend and I have traveled over Thanksgiving to build houses, and it’s the best version of myself I know. You can learn more about me on our business social media platform on instagram at Instagram larch_adventures.

Education/Experience

I received my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2018, and my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Education from The University of Washington in 2015. I started working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for Larch Counseling in 2018. Before I began working as a private practitioner, I worked as a clinical intern at Youth Eastside Services in Bellevue, consulting with young kids, adolescents, and their families from January 2017 to June 2018. Prior to Y.E.S. I worked as a Behavioral Therapist at Mosaic Children’s Therapy from May 2015-October 2017 and in conjunction with working as a mental health practitioner, I also currently work as a local advocate for teenagers who have dropped out of high school.

Marcus Berley, MA, LMHC

Marcus Berley Picture

A Little About Me

I was born and raised in Seattle, and moved to Duvall in 2017. I love living here. The quality of life here is tremendous, and I am grateful for it every day. Most of my family lives in Seattle, which gives me the opportunity to see them often. Nowadays you may find me walking the Tolt River path or having coffee at Grateful Bread. I am slowly finding my way into the community, and enjoying the rhythm of life. Through heavy winter snows and early summer sun, I enjoy the seasons of the land and the people who live here.

My Hobbies

My first two loves as a child were playing baseball and reading novels. Now, as a 36-year-old, I love watching basketball and writing poetry. There is a spirit of competition that is absolutely fascinating to me, especially the way it can bring out the best and worst in people. The reflecting arts provide a balancing point, giving me a chance to slow down and look at what is right here in front of me. Both art and athletics require a certain quality of being present, which I try to bring to all areas of my life. You can learn more about me on our business social media platforms, either on instagram at Instagram larch_adventures.

Education/Experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (# LH60643240) and a Qualified Mental Health Clinical Supervisor in the State of Washington. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Cornell University in 2005, and my Master’s degree in Psychology: Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in 2012. My work in the mental health field began in 2007 as a Residential Counselor in a group foster home in Seattle. Since then, I have worked as a Para-Educator and Behavior Technician in the Shoreline School District, provided Functional Family Therapy to families throughout King County, worked as a private practice therapist, and held clinical, supervisory, and leadership roles in several community mental health agencies in the region.

Serena Robertson, MS, LMFTA

Serena Robertson

A Little About Me

I decided to become a therapist while riding through life’s ups and downs with my husband and our four children. I realized that the connections we have with others are the most demanding and the most joyful parts of our lives. Everyone is living an amazing adventure and working very hard at it! I feel honored when clients choose to share it with me.

My Hobbies

My very favorite things are my family, hiking, chocolate, and Harry Potter; pretty much in that order. My kids are a constant source of hilarious antics which I get to enjoy with my very patient husband. Hiking brings me a sense of peace and awe while keeping me firmly grounded- regardless of my circumstances. Harry Potter relates to many life’s lessons in the most entertaining and enchanting way. (For reference- I am in Hufflepuff house). And chocolate just is. While I have not yet successfully combined all four hobbies into one experience, I believe this is something that can be achieved in the near future. You can learn more about me on our business social media platforms, either on instagram at Instagram larch_adventures.

Education/Experience

I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology from American Military University in 2015 and my Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2019. My education emphasized Solution Focused Therapy as I interned at Nexus Youth and Families in Auburn. Prior to completing my education, I spent several years volunteering in girls’ youth ministry and as a Cub Scout den leader. I also worked as a paraeducator in the Snoqualmie Valley School District supporting students with behavior challenges on the school playground. In these contexts, as well as in my own family, I have often worked with youth on the Autism Spectrum and with ADHD. I have a great love for the experiences and perspectives that are unique to them.

Melanie Liperi, MS, LMFTA

Melanie Liperi

A Little About Me

I was born in Seattle, raised in Woodinville, and spent many childhood summers in Germany visiting extended family. My husband and I married in 2005 and have three wonderful kids. We are soaking up these fun years of their childhoods. My desire to become a counselor began in 2005 and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to pursue this career path. I enjoy connecting with people on a deeper level and believe that helping others feel heard and to recognize their own inherent worth is one of my life callings. I strive to embrace individuals’ strengths and struggles with compassion, communicating that I hear you, I understand you, and your feelings are valid.

My Hobbies

Spending quality time with my family and friends is what keeps me most grounded and fulfilled. As a family, we enjoy spending time together, either relaxing in our backyard or at a nearby park, playing games, or going on a family hike or bike ride. Personally, I enjoy running and leisurely racing, reading books and listening to podcasts relating to personal growth, and connecting with friends. You can learn more about me on our business social media platforms, either on instagram at Instagram larch_adventures.

Education/Experience

I received my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2019 and my studies emphasized Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am also Gottman level 1 certified. Prior to joining the Larch team, I worked as a clinical intern at Compass Health in Monroe, consulting with children, adolescents, and their families. I also worked as a counselor intern at the Northwest University Wellness Center, providing therapy for college students. My volunteer experience includes coaching for Girls on the Run, answering calls at The Crisis Clinic, and the Boys and Girls Club. In my previous life, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The University of Washington and worked at Microsoft on their University Recruiting team.