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I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the States of Washington and California. I am also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a Fellow and Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians and I am certified as a registrant in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Washington State Psychological Association, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology magna cum laude from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California in 1976. In 1980, I completed my Master of Arts degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 1982, I completed my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California.

My clinical training included a clerkship from 1980 to 1981 at Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center. I also completed APA approved predoctoral and postdoctoral clinical psychology internships from 1981 to 1983 at Camarillo State Hospital in Camarillo, California.

My theoretical orientation is eclectic, drawing heavily upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and principles of Behavior Modification (i.e., operant conditioning).

I have been a provider of psychotherapy and psychological assessment services in inpatient and outpatient settings since 1983. I have over thirty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, behavioral problems, parenting issues, school problems, family problems, marital problems, abuse, grief and loss, and spiritual issues.

I have extensive experience and interest in the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the difficulties that children, teens, adults, couples and families experience that are related to this disorder.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families collaboratively to help them find solutions to their problems.
I am a Psychologist licensed in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois in 1968. In 1982, I obtained my Doctoral degree in Philosophical Psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno. I have been a licensed Psychologist since 1985.

I have worked extensively with children, teens, and adults, particularly in the following areas: anger management, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, grief, childhood, teen and adult attention problems (ADD/ADHD), childhood anxiety/fears. I am also very experienced in couples and marital counseling, co-dependency issues, and in helping men with pornography/sexual addictions.
I am a Psychologist licensed in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1978 from Chapman University in Orange, California. In 1978, I received my Master of Arts degree from Chapman University. In 2001, I obtained my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Washington School of Professional Psychology. I also have credentials as a Mental Health Counselor and Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and I am Nationally Certified as a School Psychologist. I am also trained as an EMDR therapist.

I have over thirty years of experience in the mental health field. I am experienced in providing psychological evaluations as well as individual, group, family and couples therapy. I specialize in trauma treatment. I also specialize in the evaluation and treatment of Asperger's Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the treatment of insomnia using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

In therapy, I work from a constructivist/existential perspective , and practice from an equalitarian point of view.
I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the States of Washington and Texas. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Biola University in 1999. In 2001, I completed my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology and went on to complete my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2006.

My clinical training includes externships at Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center and Biola University Counseling Center where I provided psychological assessment, biofeedback and psychotherapy in an adult outpatient population. I completed a predoctoral internship at Norwich University Counseling and Psychological Services in Northfield, Vermont in 2006.

I have worked with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, and marital problems.

My theoretical orientation is eclectic, drawing heavily upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and principles of Behavior Modification (i.e., operant conditioning). Over the years, I have worked in private practices and in a brain injury treatment program in Houston, Texas, where I specialized in conducting neuropsychological assessments for adolescents and adults with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. I also provided cognitive rehabilitation services in the Project ReEntry program, teaching compensatory strategies to remediate cognitive deficits and assisting individuals in their return to employment.

I am also in the treatment of insomnia using CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia). I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families collaboratively to help them find solutions to their problems.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Washington (Lic. No. PSY00002607), who is dual-board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in clinical psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman College, Orange, California, in 1984 and 1988 respectively, followed by a 1993 Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), located in Palo Alto, California. In 1995, I completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts.

I am a recently retired Navy Clinical Psychologist with over 26 years of military service with extensive experience in the psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults for a wide-array of problems, including Trauma and Other Stressor-Related Disorders [e.g., Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)], Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Learning Disorders, ADHD), Depression and Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Somatic Disorders, parenting issues, academic problems, and work-related issues.

I directed and worked as a pediatric psychologist in the military's Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) program for over 13-years, conducting psychological assessments of children and families with special needs ages birth to 21-years, in order to help determine eligibility for early intervention and special education services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

My theoretical orientation is eclectic, drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioral, Developmental, and Systems oriented models. I also have extensive experience with utilizing, researching, and training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 1994. In 2001, I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle.

I have had experience in school districts as a family therapist and substance abuse counselor, working with teens in the school setting for the OESD.

I have been in private practice at Peninsula Psychological Center, Inc., P.S. since 2005, where I have worked with individuals, couples, and families, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief, and Solution Focused therapies. I have also completed level two of the training program at the Gottman Institute for Marital Therapy.

I specialize in helping clients with communication issues, parenting, anxiety disorders, depression, and life transitions. I have experience with couples, teens, and military families. I work with patients with symptom reduction, increasing emotional health and moving forward in their personal growth.
I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington.

I obtained my Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from City University in 2000, and my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Walden University in 2011. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Trauma Professionals.

My primary therapeutic orientation is Gestalt, and I also incorporate the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Thought Field Therapy in working with clients.

I have 14 years of experience as a psychotherapist. My specialties are in the fields of trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. I work with adolescents and adults in individual therapy as well as providing couples therapy and family therapy.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in both Washington and California. I have have worked in the field of mental health and counseling for over thirty years, and I have been a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1990.

In 1990 I earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine (including stress management, hypnosis and biofeedback) from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. A Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Counseling was earned from the University of San Francisco in 1993, and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology was earned from the University of San Francisco in 2005.

My counseling and clinical training were conducted in several settings, including the Children's Health Council, an affiliate agency of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California (1997 - 1998). I completed a year long American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship in 2000. This program was a consortium between Central Lousiana State Hospital and Pineville Developmental Center, both in Pineville, Louisiana.

I mainly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory, in which the relationships between people are the primary focus. I also draw from Narrative Therapy / Solution Focused Therapy and Reality Therapy / Choice Theory and other approaches to therapy. In Family Systems work, the relationships between people are the primary focus with the goal of improving the functioning of the family (or couple / group) or "system" as a whole. Emphasis is placed on each individual taking responsibility for his or her own actions, reducing blame and on all joining together to confront and solve the problems that have prevented optimal functioning.

I work with individuals, couples, families and groups, and with people of all ages, including children as young as four years of age (working with their parents, as well) to older adults. I especially enjoy helping those facing "life transitions" (such as deciding on a career), stress management / "burn out", adoption and relationship issues, as well as treating people who are experiencing symptoms of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), anxiety disorders (including panic attacks). I utilize biofeedback as a learning tool, as well as offering hypnosis as an adjunct to talk therapy. I believe that therapy must be tailored to the individual, so I work to help you find the answers that are the right fit for you.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Massachusetts in 1982. In 1987, I obtained the Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Clinical Psychology, from Columbia University in New York.

My areas of expertise include adolescent psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, and chemical dependency issues. I have worked in the field of mental health and particularly with adolescents since 1982 in a wide variety of settings including outpatient private practice, group homes, residential treatment, hospital, and day treatment facilities.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1996 from the University of Hawaii. In 1997, I obtained the Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

I specialize in the treatment of trauma of all types: physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. I also have expertise with grief and loss issues, ADD/ADHD, skills training, and EMDR for PTSD, depression and anxiety. I am an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Certified Therapist in EMDR.

I treat children (age 4 and older), teens, adults, and seniors. I use treatment methods including EMDR, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I offer Christian counseling, family counseling, individual counseling and marital counseling.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1985 and spent over a decade in Human Resources management. In 2001, I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2004, I completed a University of Washington certificate program in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

I have nearly 10 years of experience as a social worker and mental health counselor in outpatient settings. I work with diverse client populations including teens, adults, couples and seniors. My therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral and includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have extensive experience working with a variety of problems including depression, addiction issues, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, employment issues, PTSD and trauma.
Lisa deFaria, M.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington (License #LW60505526) and in the State of California (LCS#19285). A Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD#29979), she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA in 1978, and her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1995. Post­graduate clinical training has included a two year Social Work fellowship with Cedar­Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work, the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, and is a training faculty member with the Profectum Foundation for the Advancement of Individuals with Special Needs and Their Families. Lisa has been certified as DIR/Floortime Advanced Practitioner by the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Bethesda, MA, and holds a certification in Post Adoption Counseling from the Kinship Center in California.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapeutic services to individuals, couples, families and children, in addition to providing agency consultation, training and clinical supervision. Her therapeutic orientation emphasizes client­centered and collaborative therapies, combining psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and developmental psychotherapies. Lisa works with a variety of individual adults and adolescents struggling with challenges related to anxiety, depression, life transitions, parenting, trauma, abuse, grief and loss. She has a specialty in working with infants and young children with emerging developmental concerns including autism spectrum disorder, in addition to children/teens with attentional, behavioral, learning, emotional and mood regulation challenges and their parents.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington. In 1969, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Iowa State University. I earned the Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 1985.

I am a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, and Certified Post Adoption Specialist. I am certified in EMDR and IBSR.

I have over 30 years of psychotherapy and counseling experience with children, teens, families, adults, and seniors. I specialize in play therapy and enjoy engaging children to communicate through play, working closely with their parents.

I have extensive experience with sexual abuse treatment. I enjoy working with survivors of abuse and EMDR and IBSR techniques are often used to assist in their recovery.

I often treat clients with anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), post adoption issues, behavioral problems, academic problems, mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism), and problems associated with aging.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1981. In 1994, I received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle.

I worked as a criminal investigator and social worker from 1981 to 1993. I worked extensively with families and adolescents charged with crimes. My work also involved support for mentally ill offenders in King County, Washington. Prior to my licensure, I completed a one year outpatient internship at the Center for Child and Family Therapy in Bremerton, Washington.

My focus is on family and individual counseling with a special emphasis upon children, adolescents, and parenting issues.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1983. In 1994, I obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

I have over ten years of clinical experience working as a psychotherapist in private and public mental health clinics. I provide psychotherapy for clients experiencing depression, anxiety, compulsive and impulsive behavioral difficulties.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor Arts degree in Business Administration and Management in 1978 from the College of St. Benedicts. In 1994, I obtained my Master of Science degree in Counseling and Education from University of Dayton. I obtained certification for Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton in 1998.

I have worked in the field of mental health with children and adults for over fifteen years in a variety of settings. I have worked in private practice and in public mental health clinics, where I have worked as a supervisor and administrator in mental health and chemical dependency.

My areas of expertise include addiction, children's mental health, marriage and family counseling, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression. I also treat insomnia using CBT-I, a brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 2002. In 2006, I received my Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

My therapeutic orientation is eclectic, drawing upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Developmental Psychology. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). My goal is to walk alongside my clients to provide them with hope, healing and restoration.

My areas of expertise include the treatment of adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and PTSD or trauma-related symptoms from childhood physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence, and/or verbal and emotional abuse. In addition, I have experience working with co-dependency and boundary issues in relationships, as well as Christian counseling.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. This license was obtained by meeting standards of training, examination and experience. I am also a clinical member of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, the State of Washington Mental Health Counselor's Association, and the Jungian Psychotherapist's Association. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Washington in 1997, and my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Washington School of Professional Psychology in 2002. I completed my Doctorate in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California in 2014. I am certified by the State of Washington as a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist.

I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, practicing in a variety of settings including mental health agencies, university counseling centers, hospital-based behavioral health programs and private practice. I enjoy working with adult individuals and couples from 18-98 years of age.

My basic therapeutic orientation is client-centered and psychodynamic. I may also employ cognitive-behavioral or mindfulness approaches as appropriate to client needs. I believe compassion is the heart of good therapy, and I help clients to clarify their own therapeutic goals and move in their chosen direction toward healing and growth. My specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, grief, long-term personality issues, older adult issues, psychodynamic psychotherapy -- including dreamwork, and couple's sexual relations and communication problems.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I received the Master of Arts degree in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Chapman University in 2006 and Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2012.

I have had significant experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Aside from private practice, I have worked in various settings including community mental health, church, school, community college, and both private and government agencies. I specialize in working with older teens and adults who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, attachment and adjustment issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, and parenting difficulties.

My passion is helping individuals, couples and families achieve emotional wholeness so that they can enjoy healthy and satisfying relationships. I draw from a variety of approaches, particularly from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Bowenian Family Systems Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. As a member of the Asian­American community, I am keenly aware of the issues that immigrant families often experience, and am committed to helping them gain insight and master the skills they need to thrive. In addition to English, I speak Tagalog and Ilocano fluently.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington in 1979. I received a Master of Arts degree in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy program) in 1995 from Antioch University, Seattle.

I have certifications in Child Mental Health, Adoption/Foster Care, and Attachment Focus Therapy.

I am also trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

My passion is working with children (ages 0-21), teens, and their parents. I enjoy working with challenging behaviors and situations. I believe that it is important to work collaboratively with schools, medical professionals, and other providers in working with children and families.

My areas of expertise in treatment are working with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, trauma, attachment issues, adoption issues, developmental disabilities, parenting and social skills.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Human Services in 1998. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2010. I have satisfied Washington state's requirements to become a Child Mental Health Specialist.

I worked as a Certified Mediator and Mental Health Ombudsman from 1998 to 2007 for the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County. In 2009 I began working in public mental health as a Child and Family Therapist, which continued until 2016. I have provided mental health services part-time in private practice mental health settings since 2013, and now I am available full-time to work with individuals and families.

My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However, I use a variety of theoretical perspectives to address the individual needs of my clients. I have specialized training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I have been a marriage and family instructor offering both individual and group learning opportunities for couples and parents to improve their interpersonal relationships. My experience in mediation has provided many years of experience in communication and conflict resolution skills. This experience is often used to help people move from anger to resolution.

I have a pragmatic orientation that focuses upon examining thoughts, beliefs, and how they influence behavior. By understanding, challenging, and being aware of our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, one can respond differently and use those newly found skills to better manage life challenges.

I enjoy working with children and adults to address problems with adjustment, depression, anxiety, mood and emotional regulation, and behavioral problems. I believe that families are the foundation of our society, and helping families and individuals to find meaning and to work through their challenges is my focus.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the States of Washington and Florida. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2009. I obtained my Master of Science degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2011.

My clinical training included an internship at a crisis receiving facility in Central Florida where I provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services in inpatient and outpatient settings. I also provided psychotherapy and social integration services at a private facility, and also trained in an outpatient private practice setting.

I am experienced working with couples, teens, first responders, and military service members and their families.

I specialize in anxiety management, emotional regulation, PTSD, and trauma management. I work with clients to increase emotional health and to reduce their symptoms using brief therapy, solution focused therapy, and other interventions.

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Office Hours
The office staff is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The professional staff is available Monday through Saturday. Daytime, evening, and limited weekend appointments are available at the center.

Payment Plans
Psychologists and therapists at Peninsula Psychological Center, Inc., P.S. are preferred providers for a number of insurance companies including Aetna, BridgeSpan Health, First Choice, GEHA, Group Health, Humana LifeSynch Behavioral Healthcare, KPS Health Plans, LifeWise, Magellan, MHN, MODA, Optum Health, PacifiCare, Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Tricare, Uniform Medical, United Behavioral Health, and most other insurance plans.

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