Meet Our Staff

Lucinda Rowley, BA, CDPT

Lucinda Rowley is a chemical dependency counselor with a focus on  working with individuals and families affected by substance use  disorders. She began her counseling career at Downtown Emergency  Center’s 1811 Eastlake supportive housing facility, where she worked as  the on-site chemical dependency case manager to help residents reduce  the negative impact of alcohol and drugs in their lives. Through working with individuals who experienced late stage  alcoholism and homelessness, Lucinda developed her approach of meeting  clients where they are, honing skills of motivational interviewing,  mindfulness, cognitive behavioral approaches, and harm reduction to help  individuals identify and work towards their personal wellness goals. In  this environment, Lucinda also developed a deeper understanding of the  impact of mental illness and trauma on the individual and the use of  alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism. 

Experience and education

Lucinda Rowley earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion  from Swarthmore College and completed her chemical dependency  certificate program at Bellevue College. She has received additional  training in treatment planning, relapse prevention, crisis intervention,  and dialectical behavioral therapy. She plans to begin work on a  master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018. Counseling is an “encore career” for Lucinda and a personal calling  that she came to after spending many years as a publications manager and  marketing manager at Microsoft. Lucinda has two adult sons and spends  her free time hiking, backpacking, inline skating, doing yoga,  gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Greg Kiper, CDP, LMHCA

Greg Kiper is a Washington state  Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) and Chemical  Dependency Professional (CDP), specializing in treating substance use,  PTSD, developmental trauma, and emotional, mental and cognitive  disorders.   Greg's therapeutic orientation is best described as “integrative” drawing strongly on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, motivational enhancement, solution focused, family systems, and existential therapy modalities. He is committed to empowering individuals, and helping them empower themselves through a client-centered and harm-reduction approach.   

Greg works with teens and adults of all ages and especially loves his work with couples and families.  His therapeutic orientation is best  described as “integrative” drawing strongly on psychodynamic,  cognitive-behavioral, motivational enhancement, solution focused, family  systems, and existential therapy modalities. I’m committed to  empowering individuals, and helping them empower themselves through a  client-centered and harm-reduction approach.

Education and experience

Greg Kiper has worked as a counselor  with various populations in substance use treatment agencies in the  Seattle, Eastside as well as a co-occurring disorder therapist with the  Snoqualmie Tribe.  Greg found his calling to be a therapist later in life, after a career as an entrepreneur and business owner. He believes that this experience has given him a unique  perspective as a therapist. Being in recovery himself, he brings an empathy to his work that allows him to establish a collaborative  therapeutic alliance where, working together, you can explore and  discover the nuances that can help you to be more functional as an  individual, spouse, sibling, or parents. Greg holds a Master’s Degree in  Counseling Psychology from Saybrook University-LIOS, a Bachelor’s Degree  in Business Administration from Kansas University, and a Certificate in  Chemical Dependency Counseling from Bellevue College. Greg lives with his wife and two dogs  and enjoys outdoor pursuits, including hiking, gardening, biking, and  skiing. He plays guitar, sings in the Master Chorus Eastside, and enjoys  spending all the time he can with his two granddaughters.

Britton Peters, LMHC

Britton Peters, a licensed LMHC in the state of Washington, has  worked with children and families since 2011. Britton completed her  education in South Carolina and has worked in many agencies and  settings. Britton employs CBT and systemic child and family therapy as  treatment modalities.  

Experience and education

Working with the Richland School District in South Carolina, Britton  Peters conducted family, couples, and individual therapy, as well as  leading an experiential community-based program for at risk youth.  Britton has co-facilitated play-based skill building groups for young  children with ADHD. She has in-home therapy experience providing  developmental therapy and parent coaching while in private practice,  continually re-affirming her belief that the family as a whole is  crucial to the well-being of each member. Britton worked with White  Horse Academy in Greenville, SC, an inpatient adolescent substance use  treatment. This facility provided Britton with the opportunity to  conduct family, individual, group, and experiential therapy.   Upon moving to Washington, Britton worked at the Snoqualmie Tribal  reservation with the Behavioral Health Clinic, providing both in-home  and clinic-based treatment. During this employment, she was able to work  with a wide variety of clinical populations and treatment modalities,  while increasing her cultural competency as a therapist. She later  worked at the Eating Recovery Center of Washington. Completing clinical  assessment, intake, and therapeutic support for families, Britton worked  largely with the adolescent population while also providing parent  coaching. Britton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the  University of South Carolina and an M.S. Degree in Clinical Psychology  from Francis Marion University in Florence South Carolina. Britton is  CPI certified and has extensive training in trauma informed and trauma  focused care. When at home with her partner and therapy dog, Tank, Britton enjoys down time outdoors, painting, and watching funny movies.

Laura J. Halford, CDP, LMHC

Laura  J. Halford, a Bellevue therapist, has worked since 1989 in counseling  agencies in Seattle and inpatient treatment in Rancho Mirage, California  at The Betty Ford Center. She began her 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  needing inclusion in counseling and treatment. Laura went on to work at Central Youth and Family Services conducting  in home family counseling and adolescent counseling. Subsequently at  Therapeutic Health Services she counseled and supervised people detoxing  from methadone by facilitating mindfulness and meditation groups,  counseled chronically mentally ill people and later developed a young  adult treatment program at the Bellevue branch. She worked as a contract  counselor for five years with Lake Washington Schools, before beginning  a private practice in 2004. She became a volunteer therapist with The  Soldiers Project drawing from her personal experience as a Navy Reserve  Seabee. She founded Eastside Center For Family in 2011, a family based  treatment and counseling clinic for all ages, with emphasis on family  systems counseling to unify families by providing multiple counseling  services under one roof. Laura became an advocate of counselor wellness and trauma recovery  after experiencing a debilitating case of counselor burnout that  occurred after many years of personal volunteering and serving as a  counselor to high needs individuals and families. The first twenty years  of her work were all encompassing and filled with many wonderful  experiences and learnings. In her personal counseling she began to learn  about trauma effects including suicidality. She has since incorporated  into the clinic philosophy a strong, committed and deep understanding of  compassion and empathy in all counseling work.  

Experience and education

Laura holds a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from  Bastyr University-LIOS, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an  emphasis in psychology from Antioch University and a Certificate in  Chemical Dependency Counseling from Edmonds Community College. She has  extensive training and experience in the area of addictions and relapse  prevention with adults, teens and families. She also specializes in  nonviolent communication, grief and loss, effects of mental illness,  trauma, mindfulness and codependency. She has completed levels one  through three in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She is a member of  Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network, National Addiction  Professionals Association and Washington Mental Health Counselors  Association. Laura has a 14 year old son and is in a committed relationship. She  and her lab puppy, Daisy Duke, are in pet therapy training preparing  Daisy to work with clients one day a week. Laura enjoys being outside  hiking, kayaking, and cycling. Yoga is her way of winding down and gives  her pause to reflect and center.  

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