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 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 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 completed her Bachelor’s degree in Children, Youth and Family with an emphasis on social justice from Edmonds College.
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.
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.
Tenzin C. Tsorpon, LMHCA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Tenzin C. Tsorpon, LMHCA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Welcome! My name is Tenzin and I would be honored and humbled to play a part in your story. Because so much of our work will depend on our therapeutic relationship, it’s important that you get a sense of who I am and consider whether I am someone with whom you can develop a connection. So, here’s a little about me: Tibetan, born in India, raised in the U.S.V.I., PNW-resident for over 20 years, spiritual, recently married with a young stepdaughter, dog-mom, naturally empathic and nurturing, and a life-long learner. As a former Corporate Lawyer, I have experienced the stress, anxiety, and depression that can accompany the façade of a polished exterior. Through the long and difficult process of reinvention, and with the help of my own Therapist, I was able to find a renewed sense of purpose: to help others seeking to improve their quality of life. As a result, I truly believe that an opportunity for growth exists within every defeat; and that psychological resilience is a trait that can be learned and cultivated. The Buddhist principles of compassion, empathy, universal connectedness and karma, and attachment (as a principal cause of suffering) have influenced who I am as a person and will influence how I show up to our collaborative sessions.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, volunteering, traveling, yoga and meditating (ask me about Nova Scotia!). I have also completed extensive trainings in Mediation through the King County Dispute Resolution Center and Volunteers of America – Washington. I hope to use these skills in my work with individuals, families and eventually, couples.
My therapeutic orientation involves an integrated but tailored, strengths-based approach that requires a holistic understanding of my clients as individuals; and promotes useful life goals through insight and action. My goal for therapy is to create a safe, open and non-judgmental environment in which you can heal, grow, and connect to your own untapped potential and sense of purpose. You have the innate wisdom and capacity to grow and enrich your life in the ways that are meaningful TO YOU!!
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and have a clinical interest in the following modalities: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Family Systems Therapy; Internal Family Systems Therapy; and Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. My areas of interest include: Depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders; Trauma; Family-of-origin issues; Cultural adjustment and immigration; Life transitions; Job stress; and Relationship/interpersonal issues.
Michael Bateman, SUDP
Substance Use Disorder Professional
Michael has worked on the frontlines with those living with substance use disorders for nearly 11 years, affording him the opportunity to serve the individual needs of many. His time as a clinician has expanded his growing efficacy in various areas of detoxification and residential treatment, outpatient services, family education and resources, oversight, vital administrative work, and experience with supervising clinicians as the treatment director of an outpatient clinic.
He had the opportunity to engage in community involvement that includes participation with the Opioid Task Force- Access to Care Unit to combat the ever-growing opiate epidemic.
Michael believes in evidenced based practices that involve healing of the whole person. His time in the field and educational growth has shown that cookie cutter methods are ineffective and that each person combating substance use disorders require individualized planning and treatment.
Michael has a breadth of knowledge as it relates to CBT, DBT, mindfulness, the disease of addiction, the healing family, community outreach and connection, and much more. His best practiced approaches involve motivational interviewing, client-centered individual counseling, treatment planning that promotes individual discovery and growth, and group education where he can deliver information in a spirited and entertaining way to make many aspects of recovery more palatable.
He is personable with the unique ability to connect with clients who are uncertain if recovery will work for them, particularly those who have sought recovery multiple times. He is direct with his approach with a delivery that is compassionate and inclusive. His education, experience, professionalism, and humanness allow him to see in his clients what they have yet to see in themselves.
Through Michael’s experience, he has worked with DUI clients, adolescents, adults of many ages, those with significant mental health disorders and other impairments. He has witnessed so many grow into their recovery and find their purpose; however, he has remained passionate and dedicated to advocating for those who battle with addiction, as he has seen firsthand the outcome of untreated substance use disorders.
Michael earned his degree to become a substance use disorder professional at Pierce College and is currently earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Evergreen State College to broaden the scope of those he is able to serve.
Micaela Leavett, LSWCIA
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate
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Available Counseling Options
IOP (intensive outpatient) Treatment
OP (outpatient) Continuing Care
Referral and Inpatient Treatment Planning
Address : 2025 112th Ave NE Suite 201
Bellewood Office Park,
Bellevue, Washington 98004
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.