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!
NOTE: Our North Bend Counselors are mostly meeting via telehealth at this point. Some appointments are available at our Duvall location if you would like to commute for the foreseeable future.
Dan Claussen, M.S, LMFT
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.
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.
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.
Annie Brown, MA, LMHCA
A Little About Me
I was born and raised in Taiwan in a family of six. My family moved to Princeton, New Jersey when I was 12 years old. I then moved to California for college. I had big plans, but my journey faced many unexpected turns. Nevertheless, I am blessed with a husband of 28 years and two young adult sons. Since I am naturally curious and enjoy learning, these two qualities enable me to build a growth of character that results in better relationships.
When I have time, I love to read books. I love research and reading supportive books that help me to adjust and grow through different seasons of life. I also enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes to share with family and friends. When the weather is sunny and hot, I love to be outside, either sunbathing in the yard or on a paddleboard in the water. I admire the vastness of the sky and the wonder of nature. I practice yoga, listen to radio and sing in my secret hideout. I enjoy sharing joint activities with friends and family. I love watching movies and my favorites are ones that are based on true stories.
In 2020, I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Townsend Institute at Concordia University in Irvine. I graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992. I did not follow the traditional path in developing my professional career. I got married and started a family after I graduated from college. In retrospect, I see how my life experience trained and prepared me for my chosen profession to help people through their journeys. Before I became a counselor, I have been a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother, a daughter-in-law, a volunteer in the public schools where my children attended, a Sunday school teacher, a small group leader at church and a para-educator at Bellevue School District. In my graduate training, I completed the clinical field experience at ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service) and worked at Sound Health, where I worked with young children, adolescents, and their caretakers.
Aubrey Lane, M.S, LMFTA
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.
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.
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.
Abbygail Parker, Clinical Intern, MS, MFT Cand.
A Little About Me
I grew up in Indiana, and moved to Seattle, WA in 2020. My partner, Luke, and I are set to be married in 2021, and we have two cats, Moonstone and Obsidian, who are close to our hearts. We moved here so I could attend school. Luckily we have been captivated by Washington, and our adventurous natures takes us from beach to mountains to forest! I have a particular passion for striving to understand individual decisions, stories and cultures focused on bringing together shared ideas in growth and cooperation. I love to learn about family traditions, cultural backgrounds and spiritual beliefs.
In my down time, I love to read, cook, hike and socialize with friends. I love to relax with a good book in the morning’s or before bed. I particularly love narrative fiction, and most anything related to whales. I find peace relaxing by water and the Puget Sound is particularly mesmerizing to me. I have a special fondness for whales, particularly orcas. On my days off from school and work, you will find me exploring the forests and mountains, embracing the beautiful colors of Washington. On the weekends, I love to cook interesting, delicious foods and gather with friends over meals and conversation. I recently took up rollerblading, as well!
Training and Education
I attended Indiana University, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Religious Studies. After nannying and working in interfaith nonprofit, I returned to school in Seattle to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am set to graduate in 2022. My institution focuses on openness, responsibility, curiosity and accountability resulting in ethical, compassionate therapists. To learn more about what it means working with me as a clinical intern, click here.
Linsey Hunt, Clinical Intern, MS, MFT Cand.
A Little About Me
I grew up on the East Coast but have lived in Seattle since 2016. My partner Andrew and I have been together for 10 years and hope to have our wedding ceremony in England in July of 2021. My parents were both born and raised in the UK and most of my family lives there – it’s my favorite place to go visit (and it has the best chocolate).
Traveling is a major hobby of mine, and in the past few years I’ve been very lucky to take amazing trips to many corners of the world. Camping in the sand dunes in Oman, hiking in the rainforest in Costa Rica, hanging out in a corgi café in Bangkok, and road tripping across France are some highlights!
When we’re in Seattle, I tend to be a bit of a homebody and enjoy reading, playing videogames, and watching too much reality television. However, the PNW is so beautiful that it’s impossible to just stay inside, and I love hiking and skiing too. Music is also a passion of mine, and I’ve sang in choirs in the area. Overall, I love learning about and trying new things, and I feel excited when people share their interests with me.
Training and Education
Currently, I am a member of Seattle Pacific University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program with an expected graduation date of 2022. I am also part of the Medical Family Therapy certificate program at SPU. Previously, I studied history, earning my Bachelor’s in 2013 from Boston University and my Master’s in Medieval History from the University of York, UK, in 2015.
Prior to attending SPU, I spent many years as a writer, and most recently I worked as a product manager. I am also a volunteer tutor at Seattle Public Library, where I help multicultural adults improve their English. Lastly, I have prior work and personal experience in the healthcare field. Across these different professions, I have always loved learning people’s stories. I look forward to getting to know each person that enters my therapy room. 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.