Our team of licensed clinicians coordinates services with the Whatcom County health and wellness community in order that you may live fully. To this end, we provide referrals to Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatrists, Licensed Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Community Education programming, Acupuncturists, and Sleep Clinics. Additionally, we encourage community participation in ways that make sense for you.
Mary Ann Boyle, M.A., LMHC
Mary Ann is an action-oriented therapist working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She utilizes a bio-psycho-social approach in effort to assist clients in achieving a balanced experience of wellness. Mary Ann specializes in the areas of depression, anxiety, life transitions, motivation, supporting clients in the maximizing of their potential, and gay and lesbian issues. Mary Ann utilizes her passion for literature, physical activity, and the building of community to aid clients in their own process. In addition to her work with individuals and couples, she combines talk therapy with walking in the Therapy in Motion program for individuals.
Mary Ann received her Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in the field of psychology and her Master of Arts in psychology from Antioch University, Seattle.
"I make every effort to live by the principles that guide my work. To that end I do my best to live with passion, courage, compassion, truth, and humor. I enjoy biking, running, hiking, rock climbing, soccer, travel, reading great books, sitting in my garden, and time spent with friends and family."
Victor H. Plucy, M.A. - L.M.F.T
Victor H. Plucy has been in practice for 22 years. During that time he has seen a wide range of clients and is skilled with anxiety, depression, transitions, marriage/relationships; and his orientation addresses spiritual needs. He is passionate about helping clients live meaningful lives.
Sub-specialties include sleep disorders, weight management and sports psychology. Victor relies heavily on building trust filled counseling relationships in order to pursue the kinds of challenges that clients experience and combines that with client centered/solution based psychotherapy.
"Twenty years ago I visited Bellingham and was impressed with its outdoor beauty and its proximity to Vancouver and Seattle (where my grandchildren live). After practicing in two western states and making several journeys to Washington, I decided to make Bellingham my home where I now live with my wife."
Marcia Joye, MC LMHC
Marcia Joye is a licensed mental health counselor working with adults in individual, couples, and group settings. Her practice uses the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection to assist clients in manifesting their full potential and relationships. Marcia specializes in areas relating to trauma and abuse recovery, relationships, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and women's issues. She utilizes a combination of goal-oriented cognitive behavioral methods and experiential approaches to aid clients in identifying core beliefs, release emotional pain, and improve their relationships with others.
Marcia received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Nebraska in the field of education and her Masters of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix.
"I grew up in the Midwest but have spent many years living in the western states before moving to Washington in 2005. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest feeds my soul while family and friends fulfill my life."
Sally Harper, MSW, LICSW, CMHS
Sally Harper is a licensed independent clinical social worker. Sally believes counseling is a very positive way to sort through any challenge that is preventing you from living your life to the fullest. She has provided therapy for over 25 years to adults, families, adolescents and children. Sally utilizes evidenced based cognitive behavioral, solution focused, mindfulness and DBT modalities to match client's needs and help them make the changes they desire in their life. Her specialties include helping people with issues of anxiety, depression, mood swings, parenting concerns, ADHD, child behavioral problems, abuse/trauma and relationship issues. Sally can provide services at the office, school or in the community.
Sally attended the University of Washington School of Social Work where she obtained her MSW degree in 1981. She has practiced as a licensed social worker since 1984.
"I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1971 and embrace its beauty and sense of community. I enjoy hiking, sailing, soccer, equestrian activities and spending time with friends and family."
Anne Spreng, MEd., LMHC
Anne is a licensed mental health therapist working with adolescents and adults. Her practice concentrates on efficient, targeted evaluation and treatment of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, difficulties with attention, and personality disorders. Anne works with clients to create focused treatment plans to help them take control of their own lives. She uses psyco-education, skills training, mindfulness practice and goal setting to help clients identify and attain their own dreams. Additionally, Anne offers affordable skills training in a group setting using Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Anne received her Masters degree in Adult Education from Western Washington University. She completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 1997 and has since facilitated numerous groups and trained other mental health professionals in DBT.
"I have lived in Whatcom County for nearly twenty years, and enjoy the beauty and calm of the Pacific Northwest. I love reading, writing, and spending time with my friends and family. I believe in living my life simply and in harmony with my own spirit."
Nate Reiss, PhD
Nate Reiss is a Licensed Psychologist working with adults, adolescents and groups in a variety of services from mental health treatment to performance enhancement. Dr. Reiss uses evidence-based methods to help clients gain insight, establish balance, and make healthy lifestyle choices in a relaxed, supportive way. He is experienced working with Chemical Dependency and Dual Diagnosis (co-occuring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders), and specializes in working with people that identify as athletes and those with active lifestyles. Nate's approach is Integrative and grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and he views people in a biopsychosocial framwork where healthy lifestyle and healthy brain function contribute to wellness.
Dr. Reiss was awarded a PhD from the American Psychological Association (APA) approved Clinical Psychology program at Seattle Pacific University. He has worked in hospital; community mental health; wilderness therapy; and university counseling center settings. He serves as a Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) and provides emergency psychiatric evaluations and hospitalizations for people in Whatcom County.
"I grew up in the Rocky Mountains skiing and cycling. My family and I are now enjoying all that Bellingham has to offer-- sailing, paddling, trails, powder, community… surrounded by spectacular natural beauty."
Brenda Chevalier, M.A, LMHC
Brenda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with children, adolescents and families. She uses a cognitive behavioral as well as mind, body, spirit approach and incorporates skill building, goal-setting and wellness into her collaborative work with her clients. Specialties include family counseling, parenting issues, divorce, behavior problems, domestic violence, chemical dependency, depression and anxiety. Brenda also brings to her work her passion and expertise in nutrition and health. Brenda is comfortable coordinating with schools and medical providers to ensure a comprehensive approach to a child's success. She is available to provide services in the office or school setting.
Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts as well as her Masters in Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle. She has been a LMHC since 1993 and is a Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist. She has worked in community mental health, the hospital, and the school district.
"I grew up in the Midwest and have lived in Bellingham for almost twenty years. I enjoy Bellingham's artistic flair along with its many parks, beautiful waterfronts, and gorgeous mountains. It is a wonderful place to raise my son. I believe in living a simple, focused, and balanced life."
Alexandra M. Knezo, MSW, LICSW
Alexandra Knezo is a licensed clinical social worker. She sees adolescents and adults individually or in group sessions. Alexandra utilizes an integrative approach, assisting clients to recognize their courage and transform frustration into strength. She collaborates with clients to create effective treatment plans which include measurable goals/outcomes and adaptable coping skills. She specializes in a variety of areas including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, ADHD, women's issues, trauma, domestic violence, incest/sexual abuse, eating disorders, addiction, and grief/loss.
Alexandra received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2008 and completed a Post Master's Advanced Clinical Training Program on Trauma Treatment from City University of New York's Hunter College in 2012. She is licensed as a clinical social worker in both Washington and New York.
"I spent the last several years in New York City working at an outpatient community mental health center affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2013, I have been able to enjoy the outdoor splendor, Washington produce, biking and hiking."
Amy Glasser, MSW, LICSW
Amy Glasser is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a specialty in child and family treatment. Her practice focuses in areas relating to abuse recovery, sexual abuse prevention and treatment, domestic violence prevention and treatment, coping with divorce, school concerns and behavior problems. She also works with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety and stress related illnesses. Amy utilizes a systems approach whereby the client works to change how they relate and interact with the people and systems in their lives (ie: school, work, family, social). She uses a cognitive behavioral model of treatment in order to facilitate concrete changes that the client can see and measure. Amy can provide services at the office, at school, in homes or in the community.
Amy attended the University of Connecticut School of Social Work where she obtained her MSW in 1987. She has been a licensed social worker since 1988.
Amy grew up on the east coast and spent several years in The Netherlands before settling in Washington. She enjoys travel, photography, softball, golf, friends, family and her 2 border collies, Possum and Gracie. Amy is extremely happy to have left the big city where she now lives on a small farm in the county.
Ane Berrett is licensed mental health counselor with 25 years of experience assisting women, families and youth in educational and mental health settings of cultural diversity. Her practice focuses on anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, developmental changes, self-empowerment, life transitions and rites of passage. Using a holistic treatment model, she assists individuals to identify strengths, insight and a focused treatment plan to transition through life's challenging changes. Ane embeds her study of health and nutrition, meditation, yoga, civic engagement, and activities that reconnect to nature, culture and ancestry to support wellness and resilience. She offers a "Women In Transition Group" to practice these skills.
Ane received her M. A. in psychology from Antioch University. She has additional training in EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Training, Native American Studies, and Family Constellation modalities.
"I am grateful to have been born and raised in the beautiful Northwest and I am happiest when I can be physically active and out of doors, even on those misty, rainy days. I enjoy the study of garden design, plant medicines and growing food that I can cook for friends and family from this rich environment".
Ryan Strunk, MA, LMHC, MHP
"In all of my time working in the field of mental health and wellness, I have become completely awed by the strength, resiliency, and beauty of the human spirit. My work as a counselor is focused on reflecting and co-creating opportunities to bring forth our best self. By changing the stories we tell ourselves, we can overcome any adversity, reach any level of self awareness, and begin to live the lives we feel meant for. My orientation stems from a Gnostic exploration of the self, seeing who we are, where we begin and where we truly meet others.
Whether your goal is to overcome a traumatic past, to make a career change, to start a new relationship or heal an old one, it all begins with self-knowledge and integrating all aspects of who we are into a healthy whole."