Meet Our North Bend Counselors
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 at our North Bend office.
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 rural school districts. 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.
Abbygail Parker, LMFTA
A Little About Me
I grew up in Indiana, and moved to Seattle, WA in 2020. My husband, Luke, and I, have two cats, Moonstone and Obsidian, who are close to our hearts. We moved here so I could attend graduate school and we have been captivated by Washington’s beauty. Our adventurous natures take us from beach to mountains to forest!
I have a particular passion for striving to understand individual narratives, decision-making and cultures focused on bringing together shared ideas in growth and communication. I love to learn about family traditions, cultural backgrounds, and spiritual beliefs. I am an ally and member of the LGBTQ+ community. I work with all races, colors, religions, genders, gender expressions, national origins, abilities, and sexual orientations.
In my down time, I love to read, cook, joyfully move my body, and socialize with friends. I 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 exploring the forests. I have a special fondness for whales, particularly orcas. On my days away from work, you will find me trying new recipes, relaxing with the cats, or moving my body in dance or on walks. On the weekends, I love to cook interesting, delicious foods and gather with friends over meals and conversation.
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 graduated in June 2022. My institution focuses on openness, responsibility, curiosity, and accountability resulting in ethical, compassionate therapists.
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.
Jordan Beck, MA, LMFTA
A Little About Me
I was born and raised on the eastside of WA. Other than going my time in Oregon for my undergrad, I have spent my life here and love the idea of being able to continue contributing to the community and the area with my career as a therapist. I am a major animal lover and will fawn over your pet pictures and stories just as much as you will.
I grew up visiting my great grandma at her cabin on the coast of Washington. I created a deep love of finding rocks, broken shells, and seaglass as well as picking up trash. This interest didn’t stop at childhood, I enjoy finding the beauty in nature and at any given time I can be found with cool trinkets in my pockets. I recently graduated and am looking forward to being able to pick up some old hobbies again such as reading, spending time with friends, and doing puzzles.
I graduated from Seattle University in 2021 with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2016, I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Linfield University in Oregon. I completed a year long internship with Larch counseling during Masters program.
While attending graduate school, I also worked as a nanny for a family with two young children. Prior to that, I worked as a Certified Behavior Technician for a year and a half using Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy to children with Autism, helping parents improve their skills with their children. During undergrad school, I interned at a Relief Nursery and Montessori school for at-risk children, volunteered as a mentor for 8th grader students at a middle school, as well as helped teach a safe touch workshop at Juliette’s House, a child abuse intervention center in town.
Serena Robertson, MS, LMFT
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 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.
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.
Allison Hanigan, Clinical Intern, MS, MFT Cand.
A Little About Me
I have enjoyed living in various places around Washington State such as Kelso, Whidbey Island, Spokane, and Seattle. While I live for sunshine and beach days, I have so much appreciation for the beauty and calmness that accompanies the rain. My fiancé and I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with our orange cat, Cheeto - although we aren’t sure if the feeling is mutual. When I’m not home with them, I enjoy relaxing by water, coffee walks with friends, and searching Airbnb for weekend getaways. I have always been drawn to psychology and philosophy, and have been an observer and listener for as long as I can remember. I feel honored and genuinely grateful when others feel they can open up to me, and I value the experience of human to human connection more than anything.
I have recently rediscovered my love for hobbies and appreciation for that “flow” state - where time, stress, and obligations disappear. One of my favorite ways to achieve this lately has been indoor bouldering. Not being the biggest dare-devil, I have loved experiencing the adrenaline of rock climbing while knowing that there’s a giant mat beneath me. I also enjoy playing volleyball, tennis/pickleball, and skiing in the winter. My favorite part of any hobby is when a loved one can share the experience with me.
While I love being active, I have no issue using the fall and winter months as an opportunity to be lazy and spend more time indoors. I especially love turning on the fireplace and baking way too much banana bread, catching up on fall tv, and having wine/movie nights with friends.
Training and Education
I am currently working towards my MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University in 2018. Before attending graduate school, I worked as a preschool teacher at Timberlake Christian Preschool in Redmond, WA from 2020-2022. From 2018-2020, I worked for Launch - a nonprofit organization in Seattle which provides childcare and community support to diverse populations. I also spent some time in 2016 at First Call For Help in Spokane, WA where I was trained in suicide and crisis intervention. To learn more about what it means working with me as a clinical intern, click here.
Mario R. Gaspar de Alba, Clinical Intern, MS, MFT Cand.
A Little About Me
I am a recent transplant to the Seattle area, originally from West Texas. My extraordinary wife, Kilee, and I have been together for four years, and I hope to convince her to let us get a dog someday. We enjoy finding new places to eat and love going to different parks and beaches in the area on the weekends. I have been interested in pursuing a career in psychology since high school. I love reading and learning about the way the world works and how and why people think and behave the way they do. I am especially interested in philosophy, even though it is way overcomplicated. Last year, I read up on Eastern philosophies and religions to broaden my understanding of the world.
I have many hobbies, but I enjoy getting into new things and exploring what they have to offer. My most persistent hobby is cooking and general foodie things. I grew up spending my summers as a cowboy working with my grandfather on his cattle ranches, and I hope to get back into that lifestyle, at least on a small scale, in the future. I enjoy art and music, particularly impressionist paintings, rock, pop, and old-school country music. My nerdiest hobby has to be lightsaber building, but who doesn't think lightsabers are the most fantastic things ever? Finally, I love spending time with loved ones and close friends doing almost anything: exploring nature, grilling, picnics, lawn games, pick up soccer or frisbee, and trying out new board games.
Training and Education
I am working on my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University (graduating Summer of 2023). I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho in the Spring of 2020. I worked as a clinical intern at Stories of Hope Counseling Services in Monroe from the January 2022-June 2022. In addition, I have worked part-time as a substitute for Seattle Public Schools for SPED and Distinctive classrooms since September of 2021. Before that, I worked full-time for the school year of 2020 at Madison Middle as a behavior intervention specialist with many wonderful children. 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.