Clinical Staff

Amy Condon

Amy Condon Clinical Director

Amy's inspiration to work with people began with her experience as a VISTA Volunteer on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in 1968. She later completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology, and went on to develop and direct a Women's Resource Center for the YWCA. In 1978, she became the Director of the Alcohol Treatment Program for the Tulalip Tribes. As a part of a unique Masters Program through Goddard College, Amy mentored and trained with leading psychiatrists and psychologists in Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Humanistic Psychology and Psychoanalysis. Most recently Amy has trained with experts in the field of Mindfulness Meditation for Relapse Prevention and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

She has had a thriving private therapy practice in Seattle since 1987. She is licensed as a Chemical Dependency Professional and Certified Counselor with the State of Washington. She has been providing group and individual therapy at A Positive Alternative since 1998 and guiding and supervising our clinical staff since 2008.

   

Andrea St. Clair

Andrea St. ClairClient Care Coordinator, Counselor and Chemical Dependency Professional

Andrea began her work as a Chemical Dependency counselor in 1990 after completing the Addiction Studies Program at Seattle University. She has a BA in Holistic Psychology and Counseling from Antioch University and a MA in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She draws from Person Centered and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapies to support clients in achieving well being and the quality of life they desire.

Her dedication to respectful holistic treatment and her quest for better ways to meet client needs led Andrea to a Positive Alternative. She facilitates groups, provides individual therapy, and is often the first person individuals speak with when they call A.P.A. for information about our program. Her ability to connect, offer compassion, and present a thorough picture of what may best suit their needs is reassuring to callers who often feel vulnerable when seeking help. This initial contact opens the door to treatment and desired change. She has been providing group and individual counseling and working as resources coordinator at A Positive Alternative since 2009.

   

Kaitlyn Braile

Kaitlyn BraileWomen's Program Counselor

Kaitlyn received her training at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology where she developed a psychodynamic approach to counseling. Most recently she worked in a community mental health setting serving individuals who struggle with both mental illness and chemical dependency issues. Through this work, she incorporated DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to her existing psychodynamic perspective, all of which inform her work at APA. Kaitlyn has a strong passion for working in the intersection of mental health and substance use issues, and has a strong admiration for those who strive toward healing.

   

Belinda Biedermann

Belinda BiedermannWomen's Program Counselor

Belinda brings years of experience in chemical dependency, meditation instruction, and hospital care. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Human Sciences from Maryl Hurst University and a Masters of Divinity from Naropa University. Most recently she worked with CeDAR treatment's inpatient program in Denver, Colorado.

She works with clients to deepen their creative and reflective processes, which she believes are most present when people are in the midst of change. Through active listening, Belinda encourages clients to explore the parts of their narrative that most assist their recovery. Drawing on more than 20 years of meditation practice, she helps clients uncover what has meaning for them while holding their experience with compassion, knowledge, grace, and humor.

   

Amie Armstrong

Amie ArmstrongWomen's Program Counselor

Amie is pleased to be a member of the clinical staff at APA. She brings years of experience working in community mental health, chemical dependency, and crisis management. She received her training from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology where she developed a psychodynamic and relational style of therapy. Her approach is further informed by CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to tailor treatment to best meet clientsí needs. Having both a Mental Health license (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) certificate, Amie enjoys navigating the overlap of these areas. She is inspired by the women at APA who are choosing the courageous path of moving towards growth and healing.

   

Liz Reese

Liz ReeseMen's Program Counselor

Liz rejoined the APA staff after working at a community health and wellness center leading IOP and mindfulness based skills groups. She has her Chemical Dependency Professional Certificate of Proficiency from Olympic College. Her background also includes a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master's Degree in International Business from NHH in Bergen, Norway.

Liz integrates mindfulness practices, motivational interviewing and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) into her work with clients. She focuses on collaborating with clients to observe the mind and discover their own personal journey in the growth process. She works to provide a safe and connected environment to collaboratively work on goals with each client.