Our Staff

Adjunct Professional Staff

Madelon Y. Bolling, PhD.

Madelon is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, serving as clinical supervisor at the University of Washington. She trains and supervises therapists in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the Bricker Studies tobacco cessation research projects at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and provides consultation and training in ACT in various local clinical settings.

Madelon studied relapse prevention and mindfulness-based treatment with Alan Marlatt. She was trainer and supervisor to therapists on the UW Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention research project. Her personal practice of various types of meditation began in 1968, and she has been a practicing member of local Zen groups since 1983. Madelon has been leading mindfulness based relapse prevention groups for A Positive Alternative since 2008.

Samantha Desmond, ND, LMHCA, MHA

Referred to by one patient as the “Pendragon of Healthcare” due to her efforts to unite the different silos of our healthcare system, Dr. Samantha Desmond is leading the charge in what is possible in quality and cost-effective healthcare for patients through rational integrative healthcare applications. After working in different healthcare provider roles for over 16 years and interacting with the larger system professionally, personally, and through her patient’s experiences, Dr. Desmond focuses her attention on what will best serve her patients throughout the entirety of their lives in addition to the current moment. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University, her Business of Healthcare Certification from Johns Hopkins, and her Masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington.

Dr. Desmond specializes in the treatment of mental health with a focus on addictions medicine and has aided in the integration of several mental health treatment facilities. She advocates an evidence-based approach with patients, always to be taken with a dash of fun and humanity.

She is a past president of the Seattle Storytellers Guild and plays a variety of instruments including the harp. She has an intense love of travel and the outdoors. She has two cats, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Sage Watson.

Christina Coiro, CDP

Christina Coiro, CDP, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked in the social services field since 1980. She has been a faculty member and counselor at a number of community colleges as well as at Antioch and Chapman universities. Christina has worked with families, sexual minorities, veterans and children, through her work in private practice, in agencies, the American Red Cross, and in inpatient and outpatient recovery centers. She has been a member of the APA staff since 2010.

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“The staff are very supportive and knowledgeable. I have truly appreciated all the time and effort they have spent with me.”
— Female, 52

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If you would like more information about our program or would like to arrange for an appointment please call 206-547-1955.

Please note—we are available by appointment only and groups are not open to the public. Please call us to set up an appointment to learn more about our program or to visit our offices.

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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