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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saloumeh (Sally) Torabi

Saloumeh (Sally) Torabi

A Little About Me

I decided to become a therapist right after I got my BA in computer engineering. I loved the field of computer science but, for me, something was lacking: connection with people. Realizing that, was the beginning of an exciting journey that I have gone through so far. Exploring the field of psychology got me two masters and beautiful experiences. My personal life has been an amazing journey too. By living in different countries, making friends and working as a therapist in different cultures I appreciate how different and at the same time how similar we as human beings are.

My Hobbies

When it comes to spending time out of work, my family is always first. Spending time with family and friends, backyard work as well as watercolor painting are my favorite activities.

Education/Experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the State of Washington. I received my first Master of Art in Family Therapy from AT University in Tehran-Iran in 2011, and my second Master of Art in Counseling and Spirituality from University of Ottawa-Saint Paul University in Ottawa-Canada in 2017. I began working as a Therapist for Larch Counseling in 2020. Before I began working as a private practitioner, I worked as a therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Psychiatry unit, consulting with young kids, adolescents, and their families for two years. I also have the experience of working as a clinician/therapist in other countries and cultures.

Sabrina Bachman, Clinical Intern (MA, LMHC Cand.)

Sabrina Bachman

A Little About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. At this point in my life, I cannot imagine anywhere else I would rather live and be. Culturally, I am Korean-American; my mother is from South Korea and father is from Butler, Pennsylvania. This has influenced me in ways that I value cultural acceptance/tolerance, understanding, and curiosity. I try my best to "practice what I preach" but know that, as humans, we are just doing the best we can. These days, I have been experimenting with living more minimally and intentionally, which has been an exciting and fun process. I feel my best when I am learning, growing, helping others, and finding the small pleasures in life.

My Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, dining at new restaurants/trying new foods, running, wilderness backpacking, attending various concerns/shows, and exploring (nature and the city). I believe laughter and learning are "musts" in life, and try to find integrate these musts, daily.

Education/Experience

I am currently a student at Northwest University, pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My target program completion date is July, 2020. I am working as a clinical intern with Larch Counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Community Services, with a concentration in Psychology from Saint Martin’s University in 2010. Along with my work as an intern with Larch Counseling, I work as a Correctional Mental Health Counselor 3 with the Washington State Department of Corrections and am Agency Affiliated with the Washington State Department of Health. I have been working with the Department of Corrections since 2014. I am a Student Member of the American Counseling Association. To learn more about what it means working with me as a clinical intern, click here.

Sierra Phelps, Clinical Intern (M.S, MFT Cand.)

Sierra Phelps

A Little About Me

I grew up in a small town in Southern California outside of Los Angeles but found life calling me to the Pacific Northwest. I recently moved to Washington and have been soaking up the adventure of moving somewhere completely new and enjoying the slower paced lifestyle. Life is full of changes, but I believe that human beings are incredibly adaptable, resilient, and unique. My hope is to help you navigate life in an intentional way that helps you be healthier and happier. I strive to make each individual feel valued, heard, and respected.

My Hobbies

In my free time, you can catch me trying new restaurants, catching up on my favorite TV shows, and exploring the beautiful Washington scenery through camping. One of my favorite things to do is travel the world to appreciate all the sights and cultures that different places offer. I find personal value in expressing myself through writing, photography, and art. I think it is important to find the time to recharge, and I feel refreshed through time spent with my loved ones (my two cats included!).

Education/Experience

I am currently a student at Seattle Pacific University, pursing my Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. My target program completion date is June 2021. I am working as a clinical intern at Larch Counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Redlands in 2019. Along with my work as an intern at Larch Counseling, I currently work as a Certified Behavior Technician with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Prior to my transition to the state of Washington, I worked at a psychiatric hospital in southern California as a Mental Health Worker to assist with inpatient stabilization. I am a Student Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. To learn more about what it means working with me as a clinical intern, click here.

About Our Internship Program

A clinical intern is a person who is currently attending their Master’s Program to attain the education they need for their licensure. During their work at Larch Counseling, they are receiving supervision from one of our Licensed Clinicians, and are also receiving group or individual supervision from the Master’s Program they are attending. They are well supported and have access to all the resources of our team. Because they are in training, and are required to be a part of an internship program to graduate, we are able to offer their services at a lower rate in our office, and offer them to the local school district for to provide services on campus. We take the hiring of our interns seriously, and only accept those we feel are a good fit for families we see, and the culture here at Larch. To learn more about the fee structure of interns, please visit our fee section here.