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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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, 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.