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.
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
Client 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.
Women’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.
Men’s Program Counselor
Kimberly received her BA from the University of Washington and subsequently spent almost 20 years in the insurance industry. Her passion for working with people in recovery began when she started volunteering at the Men’s Recovery Program with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in 2010. This inspired her to pursue a MA in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. After graduating, she continued her work in the recovery community doing psychodynamic, relational counseling and process group work with men’s treatment groups. Kimberly believes in the integrative approach to recovery which recognizes the importance of taking care of the mind as well as the body. Kimberly continued her training as a CDPT with A Positive Alternative beginning in September of 2018, and is pleased to be working with the Men’s Program. She believes that our past shapes us but does not permanently define us. In her work, she encourages clients to discover the person they have not yet become but hope to be.
Sybil received her training in psychotherapy from Seattle University’s Therapeutic Psychology program, where she grew an enriched understanding of how to ground the therapeutic relationship in ethics that honor a whole person. Beyond her work at APA, Sybil has a private practice and most recently worked in Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) levels of care with individuals and families struggling with different forms of disabling mood, anxiety and eating disorders.
Sybil works from a deep respect for the here and now– the embodied emotional, mental, and spiritual experience of being. She is passionate about integrating and honoring parts of self that have been lost or are stuck, and helping them to create space in one’s life as they re-emerge in one’s journey. Sybil was drawn to APA’s gentle, ethical, and just approach and pace to healing and treatment, and is honored to continue to learn and grow as a practitioner among such a vibrant team.
“I like the format of programs. I like the groups of women in the program. Our facilitator, Amy, is amazing-very nurturing as well as informative.”
If you would like more information about our program or would like to arrange for an appointment please call 206-547-1955.
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Our program is located in a Historic Seattle Community Center in Wallingford—surrounded by 11 acres of gardens and park.
A Positive Alternative
4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 200
Seattle WA 98103
Located at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford
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