Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Substance Use Disorder Professional
Laura is a highly skilled, deeply compassionate therapist whose approach is warm, supportive, and inquisitive. She brings 32 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 utilizing EMDR, CBT, DBT, Gottman Method Relationship Therapy and Family Systems counseling. 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.
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.
Jan Lee Krilevich, SUDPT
Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee
Jan Lee is a licensed Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee with a lifetime of experience working with people struggling with addiction. She earned an Associate’s degree in Addiction Studies from Edmonds Community College and expects to complete her Bachelor’s degree this summer in Children, Youth and Family with an emphasis on social justice.
Jan Lee is a passionate listener and fierce advocate. While working as a counselor for pregnant and parenting women, she was always excited to hear her clients speak about their growth and transformation. Jan Lee takes great joy in helping a person find their way back from the despair of addiction to become the person they were always meant to be. She helps others rediscover their own intuition so they can make better decisions, find protection from within, and reconnect with their ability to overcome fear, provide compassion and experience love.
Gayland Hade, LMHCA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Gayland utilizes his deep concern and respect for others combined with his life experience in business and sense of humor to augment his formal education in systemic based therapy. Gayland’s areas of strength include working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss self-compassion techniques and perfectionism. This might take the form of examination of how your perceived history impacts present day (Narrative) or how certain unquestioned beliefs filter how we react or feel about current situations (CBT).
Gayland started on his journey to become a therapist right out of high school but was sidetracked by social and family messaging that he would not be happy unless he earned a “high” salary. He abandoned his dream to heed these messages to pursue “success.” It took many years of working for various businesses until a deep anxiety and feeling of unproductive effort led him back to complete his Masters at Saybrook University and start work as a therapist. Now he believes that on his worst day at work there is still the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life.
Gayland has been married to his best friend going on 29 years and credits his wife for helping him make some difficult decisions and supporting him while he followed through on them. Gayland feels that their dedication to clear communication executed with compassion has helped them through some tough times.
We all hit a wall somewhere in our life’s journey; Gayland would like the chance to help you over yours.
Almetta Pitts, LSWAIC
Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical
I am a Clinical Social Worker. I received my Masters of Social Work Degree in 2010, focusing upon Interpersonal/Mental Health and Direct Practice from the University of Washington (at Seattle). I am currently practicing as a mental health practitioner via the Licensed Social Work Associate & Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) credential.
I have extensive experience within the areas of Trauma Informed Care & Wellness, Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction, Interpersonal and Relationship Wellness, Addiction Treatment (Dual Diagnosis),Consulting, Organizational Change, Workplace & Leadership Wellness, Race-Based Traumatic Stress, Restorative Justice, Military & Veterans Wellness, LGBQTIA+ Wellness, Sports Psychology, and Expatriate Wellness.
Mental Health Specialities include trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD.
My mental health modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Harm-Reduction Therapy, Person-Centered Care & Wellness, Psychodynamic Therapy
My favorite way to practice somatic wellness and radical self-care is through dancing. I love to DANCE. I also enjoy participating within outdoor wellness especially within shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” The act of “forest bathing” or engaging within a forest atmosphere.
Each day I practice a ritual of affirmations filled with gratitude that allow me to prepare for the day. My ritual practice allows me to first connect with myself, so that I can connect with my family and community. Most importantly, I acknowledge that when I give myself permission to practice gratitude it also, allows others to reflect upon giving themselves permission to practice gratitude.
As your therapist, I look forward to empowering you within reaching your goals. Facilitating a brave space for you to explore new coping mechanisms that allow you to live out a satisfying, enriching, and fulfilling life.
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.