Laura J. Halford, SUDP, LMHC
Substance Use Disorder Professional
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Direct Cell: 425-477-9074
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.
Laura Williamson, EdD, LMHCA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Lifespan Integration Therapist
Direct Cell: 425-728-0068
What I love about life is that it is relentless. In the best way, life requires full participation and will not let up until you are transformed. Knowing this, I am truly passionate about supporting people, at any stage and ability, to pivot from a static position toward a more creative, dynamic, and emerging way of being.
Simple, but not easy. A price has to be paid, and that price is giving up old patterns. Leave them behind. Join us in investing in your growth, in designing your life, in reinvigorating the passion within yourself, your department, and your organization!
I have worked with the Washington State Women’s Correctional Facility, YWCA Angeline’s Day Center,
PEER Seattle, Social Advocates for Youth, L3/Wescam Corporation, Boeing Computer Services, Physio-
Control, Los Angeles Police Department, United States Air Force, Air National Guard, and several
universities including Central Washington University, City University of Seattle, Argosy University, DeVry University, and Ashford University.
I have extensive academic training with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, three master’s degrees in
Counseling, Adult Education, and Business Administration, and a doctorate in Education. I also have
extensive professional training in Gottman Couples Training – Level I, LifeSpan Integration (LI) – Level I, Relational Life Therapy (RLT) – Level I, AIDS Training, TeleHealth for Mental Health Professionals,
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), “The Work” Byron Katie (BK) – No Body Intensive and Mental
Cleanse, and Psychological First Aid.
As a family system, addictions, Buddhist-infused, and trauma-informed center, I was attracted to
Eastside Center for Family (ECFF), for its integrated and holistic approach to therapy and wellness. If you want to get well, come here. We do not mess around and will get right at it. I am honored to join ECFF, working under the clinical supervision of Laura J. Halford, LMHC, SUDP.
Micaela Leavett, LSWCIA
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate
Direct Cell: 425-477-9064
Micaela is a passionate, empathetic therapist whose approach is based in collaboration, humor, and the therapeutic relationship. As a multi-racial, cis-gender woman, Micaela strives to utilize her privilege to advocate for changes in oppressive systems. Micaela understands the importance of tackling the intersectional identities of those with whom she works.
She brings an anti-oppressive approach and has spent the last eight years working primarily with those experiencing trauma and gender-based violence. Micaela has worked with a variety of persons including: youth in foster care, members of the BI-POC community, those engaged in sex work, and survivors of gender-based violence. Modalities of interest include: Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Micaela’s approach to therapy is holistic, collaborative, with a focus on social justice and just a dash of humor. She strives to practice therapy in a compassionate manner and to practice critical self-awareness, which is done through soliciting feedback throughout the therapeutic process. She sees therapy as a non-judgmental place to learn about oneself and practice new skills. Micaela believes that all aspects of one’s experiences, visible and invisible identities, play a role in how one walks through the world.
Bethany Baril, SUDP
Substance Use Disorder Professional
Outpatient Treatment Program Lead
Direct Cell: 425-477-9068
Bio coming soon
Elizabeth is an engaged empathetic and compassionate therapist who focuses on a collaborative approach, healthy modeling, and personal connection. She works hard to identify where a client is having friction within the systems in their lives and identify and address that friction. She works hard to help clients become aware and repair harmful patterns in their lives as well as identify healthy behavior. Her work is strongly rooted in Social Justice and she believes in honoring all parts of an individual’s identity.
Elizabeth’s approach focuses on the therapeutic relationship to help the client and family become more aware of positive and problematic patterns. She also believes strongly in helping clients and families to identify their strengths and to encourage clients to make positive behavioral changes. She encourages questions and dialogue to help clients become self-empowered. Elizabeth engages with clients from a social justices and feminist lenses and works hard to be socially aware and culturally competent while acknowledging that learning always needs be done with cultures outside of her own.