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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.

Alexandra Ius, M.S, LMFTA

Alexandra Ius

A Little About Me

I was born and raised right outside of Portland, Oregon. I lived in Oregon up until I left for college to attend Seattle Pacific University. I fell in love with Seattle and decided to settle down here. I discovered, during my freshman year of college that I would be able to live out my dream of helping others by choosing a career path as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

My Hobbies

I consider myself a major foodie. I love trying new restaurants, cooking, and watching any sort of food related show. My food obsession has taken a new form as I have learned to develop an appreciation for growing my own food, gardening and caring for plants. Most recently I started an herb garden and love incorporating the fresh herbs into meals. In my free time, I also love spending time with family and friends, whether it be over a delicious meal or simply sitting outside and enjoying the weather. The relationships that I have with family and friends are extremely important to me, and I love being able to connect and spend time together in any capacity.

I truly value experiences that are new and unique and have always had a love for traveling and being able to see the world. I have loved being able to travel and learn about different cultures (and eat delicious food). Along with a passion for traveling, I adore animals.

Education/Experience

I earned both my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2020 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2017 from Seattle Pacific University. I began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for Larch Counseling in August of 2020. Prior to joining Larch Counseling, I worked as a clinical intern at Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) in the downtown Renton office, consulting with young kids, adolescents, and their families from January 2019 to June 2020. I am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator for premarital counseling and I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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.

Brittany King, M.S, PSY.D. Cand., LMHCA

Brittany King

A Little About Me

I have been with my husband for 8 years and we will soon have 2 boys together, one almost 5 and the other due September 2020. My family has lived in the Puget Sound area for 5 generations, and on one side alone I have 13 cousins. I spend time with family, friends, camping, and enjoying family activities, such as going to the zoo or children’s museum.

My Hobbies

I own a 5-year-old horse, a Friesian mare named Zelda. I have been riding horses since I was 8 years old, and have worked with many breeds and disciplines including; dressage, jumping, English, Western, and driving. We like to visit Zelda as a family. A long-term hobby I am working on is singing. I also love playing Nintendo games, board games, watching anime, and taking our dog to the dog park.

Education/Experience

I received my Master of Science in Clinic Psychology from Capella University in 2017, and my Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies from University of Washington Bothell in 2012. I am currently enrolled in a Doctor of Psychology program at California Sothern University and expect to graduate in 2021.

I began working as a Mental Health Counselor for Larch Counseling in 2020. Before I began working as a private practitioner, I worked as a clinical psychology intern at Discovery Behavioral Healthcare providing therapy, psychological assessments, and crisis services for individuals and families from Oct 2018-Sep 2019. Prior to that, I attended a doctoral year in residency from Jun 2017-Jun 2018 to enhance clinical skills.

I am EMDR Trained for work processing Trauma.

JoAnna Frazier, M.S, LMFTA

JoAnna Frazier

A Little About Me

Growing up near Seattle, I spent much of my youth out in the Duvall/Carnation area riding horses, so I am excited to be back in the area serving this community. I am incredibly passionate about working with families, especially those impacted by the child welfare system, adoption, abuse or loss. I am energetic, creative, and enjoy bringing humor into my work. Working from a Narrative perspective of consulting with families and individuals, I enjoy helping people identify stories that they hold that are causing suffering or limitation, and re-storying those narratives to reflect freedom, new information, and allow for choices that reflect their values. A passionate advocate for social justice, I enjoy working with people who are striving to disentangle themselves from societal stories that have harmed them.

My Hobbies

If you were to look for me outside of work hours, you’d probably find me doing something like yoga, taking long walks around Seattle with my partner, spending time riding or taking care of horses, or, equally as likely, curled up in a cozy corner somewhere reading a book or writing. While being a friend, daughter, sister, and partner are roles that I enjoy in my life, being an aunt may currently take the cake, so you might also find me playing make believe, reading, sharing my love of animals or drawing with the children in my life.

Education/Experience

I received my Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2020, and my Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies from Seattle University in 2016. In 2020, I started working with Larch Counseling. Before Larch, I worked as a clinical intern at Navos, in Burien, consulting with young children, adolescents, and their families. Prior to Navos, I worked as a Bachelor’s Level Therapist for Catholic Community Services in Pierce and Kitsap Counties. I provided in-home and in the community crisis, stabilization, and family preservation services to youth and families in the child welfare system, at risk of going into foster care, or experiencing mental health crisis.

While I primarily consult with individuals, families, and couples from a narrative perspective, I also bring in aspects of other theories of practice, including Internal Family Systems, Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I believe strongly in therapy as a collaborative process, and enjoy integrating client interests and preferences into the therapy room, adapting my approach to each individual.

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, MA, LMHC

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 in the State of Washington. I received my first Master of Art -in Family Therapy- from AT University in Tehran-Iran in 2011, and I my second Master of Art -in Counseling and Spirituality- from University of Ottawa-Saint Paul University in Ottawa-Canada in 2018. I have worked as a therapist since 2011 in various cultures and different contexts. My most recent experience before joining Larch Counseling in April 2020 was at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Psychiatry unit, consulting with young kids, adolescents, and their families for two years.

Jordan Beck, Clinical Intern, (MA, CFT Cand.)

Jordan Beck

A Little About Me

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle Area, with a short break in Oregon for my undergrad. I love the water and all things coast and ocean related. My ultimate dream would be to retire on a coast and pick up sea glass and trash all day.

My Hobbies

I have a close group of friends that I try and see regularly for hang outs, game nights, family dinner, or movie nights. I love to curl up on a loveseat with a good book and often have an animal with me. I am currently in a rental, so I am finding fun things to do around the house or yard to spruce it up. We have a “green room” so I’m setting it up to be the perfect reading spot.

Education/Experience

I am currently getting my Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy at Seattle University. I will be starting my second year in September. I did my undergrad in Oregon, at Linfield College, and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. While at Linfield I participated in a program that teamed up with the local middle school and I mentored two 8th grade girls for a semester. I also interned at ‘A Family Place’, a local relief nursey in McMinnville, OR. I also volunteered at ‘Juliette’s House’, a Child Abuse Intervention Center, and helped teach Safe Touch workshops to children and their parents or parental figures. After graduating, I did some sports coaching for kids and then went on to do Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with autism for a year and a half. 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.

Sydni Hammar, Clinical Intern, (MA, CFT Cand.)

Sydni Hammar

A Little About Me

I was born, and mostly raised, in various parts of LA (but lived in Eugene, OR, as well as Sonoma, CA, during my upbringing). I've always had family here in Seattle and fell in love with this city and its greenery during visits as a young girl. So, when the opportunity presented itself to move here for my Masters, I went for it! I feel honored every day to be in this profession and for the opportunity to walk alongside clients at different chapters of their journey. I'm continuously in awe of the courage and resilience of the human spirit. I strive to bring an empathic, holistic approach to every session. I also believe in the power of a bit of humor and lightheartedness when appropriate!

My Hobbies

The outdoors has always been a place of solace for me. Much of my free time is spent hiking, gardening, or joining my sister and her dog at a local park. If I’m looking for a cozier way to pass the time, I’ll likely be drawing, listening to music, or unwinding with loved ones.

Education/Experience

I am currently a student at Seattle University, pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Couples and Family Therapy. My target completion date is March 2022. I am working as a clinical intern at Larch counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with an emphasis on Creative Writing from Principia College in 2017. Upon graduating, I moved to the Bay Area and worked as an intake coordinator for a group practice of psychotherapists in San Francisco. My experiences there solidified my decision to pursue a career in mental health. 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.