Laura is a highly skilled, deeply compassionate therapist whose approach is warm, supportive, and inquisitive rather than confrontational. She brings 30 years of both inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment experience to her work, including time in her career at the esteemed Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California.
Laura brings a holistic approach to mental health and recovery. She is passionate about youth, families, and couples, drawing from Gottman therapy, CBT, DBT, Family Systems and other research-based therapies. She is a third-generation therapist, mentored by her late grandfather, a psychiatrist whose practice in Orange County and Hemet, California exposed her to the healing effects of meditation, nutrition, and group therapy as a basis for healing. Her father was a devoted social worker in community mental health in Southern California and Spokane, Washington, and recently retired after many years of work as an elementary school counselor. A Navy Reserve veteran, Laura has extensive experience supporting recovery for first responders and military personnel, both active and veteran. As a business owner she is driven and visionary, enabling her to develop an acute and intuitive sense about people and trends while balancing her own family obligations that include raising a newly-driving teenaged boy.
Through years of counseling executives, high-profile individuals, and others of significant responsibility, she has developed a pragmatic, humorous, collaborative, and direct approach, working to get to the root of problem-sustaining behavior and thinking in order to drive more effective methodologies in work and home life. Drawing from Napoleon Hill’s 17 success principles, she maintains a “keep it simple” approach to managing complex problems. She also invests time in training therapists in mindful wellness and life balance as she supervises those gaining their credentials.
Laura began her family work at Ryther Child Center in 1990 with adolescents and their families. While working at Ryther, she learned of the importance of family involvement in all aspects of counseling. The lessons learned early on with teens and their families formed the basis for her belief that families are a vital resource that need to be included in an individual’s counseling and treatment.
In 1993, Laura went on to work at Central Youth and Family Services in Seattle, conducting in-home family and adolescent counseling. At Therapeutic Health Services, she counseled and supervised people detoxing from methadone by facilitating mindfulness and meditation groups, counseled people with chronic mental illness, and later developed a young adult treatment program at the Bellevue branch. She worked as a counselor for five years with Lake Washington Schools before beginning a private practice in 2004 when she graduated from Bastyr’s Leadership Institute of Seattle in applied behavior science. Her post-graduate work has included studying Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Relationship Counseling, and PTSD with veterans and others recovering from trauma, and she is currently working to complete training to enhance her work with couples seeking a collaborative divorce.
Laura founded Eastside Center for Family in 2011, a family-based treatment and counseling clinic for all ages. The clinic emphasizes wellness within entrepreneurial, high tech, and executive family systems, requiring an understanding of the need to maintain high productivity without losing the heart and soul of one’s self or the family unit. She believes in unifying families by providing multiple counseling services under one roof. In her current professional studies, she continues to research and learn about trauma effects and the healing power of appreciative inquiry, and values greatly a philosophy of mindfulness, compassion, and empathy in all counseling work.
Bonnie Wang, CDP, LICSWA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate
Bonnie was born in Taiwan and raised there until age 13. She lived and received her secondary education in Singapore. She came to the US when she was 18 years old as an international student to pursue her undergraduate and graduate education. She has a diverse life experience and enjoys meeting people from various backgrounds and experiences.
She has a holistic view on healing and recovery. Bonnie believes in the healing power of dance, music and healthy food. She became a licensed Zumba Instructor in 2009 and a Certified Holistic Health Coach in 2011 and enjoys physical activities and cooking nutritious meals as part of her self-care routine.
Bonnie started in the substance use disorder counseling field when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, conducting intensive outpatient and co-occurring counseling groups with adult immigrant and refugee populations. In 2010, she started providing school-based substance use disorder treatment services to adolescents in the Seattle School District.
In 2017, she assumed the role of Clinical Director for the youth outpatient program at WAPI Community Services in Seattle to develop a youth and young adult focused substance use disorder treatment program to meet the growing needs for intervention and treatment at Seattle, Highline, and Federal Way School Districts.
Bonnie is also passionate about teaching and reducing the stigma of substance use disorder and mental illness. She is a part-time faculty at Seattle Central College, teaching Chemical Dependency courses and a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
She believes in making the world a better place by walking alongside an individual calling for help, providing a safe space for exploring feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and developing a plan to move towards healing.
Rachel Larson, LMFTA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
Rachel is a Washington State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about working with couples and families. She has experience in treating mental and substance abuse disorders using a client-centered, holistic approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her clinical expertise includes depression, anxiety, trauma, couples and family counseling, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Rachel was born and raised on the border of Mexico. There she had a wonderfully rich childhood, full of cultural diversity and a variety of personalities. She has always loved people and could often be found talking to adults as a child. This love of people naturally developed into a passion for psychology.
Rachel was able to develop this passion at Brigham Young University Idaho, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree at Argosy University.
Rachel has a 2-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter, who are the light of her life and teach her daily about love and patience. She co-parents successfully with their father, who has become a trusted friend and confidant. Together they make plans for their children’s future and make their life experience as enjoyable as possible.
Rachel believes in creating a better future through cooperation and understanding, and through helping one family at a time. Mental illness and the need for psychotherapy has a negative stereotype in western society that she believes must be changed. It is her firm belief that every individual, at certain times in their lives, will need the help of a counselor or therapist. She hopes to be one of the many qualified and able therapists to help those in need.
Nina Vukmanic, CDPT
Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee
Nina is a chemical dependency professional trainee. She brings a wealth of life and cross-cultural expertise from having lived, studied, and worked in Bosnia, Germany, and now the US. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in concert performance and pedagogy from the Music Conservatorium of Karlsruhe, Germany, and an Associate of Arts degree in social work, as well as substance use disorder counseling from the Edmonds Community College.
Upon immigrating to the US in 2001, Nina, a former Bosnian war refugee, pursued her career in music, performing in numerous Seattle-based bands touring the Southwest, PNW, and Alaska. In 2015, she settled in a more family-friendly lifestyle, and using her 15 years of teaching experience refocused her work on helping recent refugees and their children adapt to their new home at the Refugee Women’s Alliance. Since 2017, Nina is managing and facilitating a writers’ program for homeless youth and young adults at the New Horizon Ministries shelter in downtown Seattle.
Nina’s approach to counseling is founded on evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care, incorporating the latest neurological science, drawing from person-centered and humanistic-existential theories, which happen to overlap with the non-theistic Buddhist recovery spiritual practices utilized extensively in our recovery work at Eastside Center for Family.
Address : 2025 112th Ave NE Suite 201
Bellewood Office Park,
Bellevue, Washington 98004
Office : 425.462.8558
Fax : 425.462.8556
Eastside Center for Family is licensed by the State of Washington Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).
The foundation of our approach to treatment and all forms of counseling in our office is one of respect, empowering people to make their own choices. We take time to listen carefully and identify with a person problem maintaining behaviors and look for workable solutions.