Our Staff

Adjunct Professional Staff

Belinda Biedermann, M.Div.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Belinda brings years of experience as a counselor in the field of chemical dependency and recovery. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Human Sciences from Marylhurst University and a Masters of Divinity from Naropa University.

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 25 years of mindfulness & meditation practice and instruction, she helps clients uncover what has meaning for them while holding their experience with compassion, knowledge, grace, and humor.

Elizabeth Vidas

Elizabeth Vidas, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Wellness Facilitator

Elizabeth is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner whose experience is grounded in treating people with substance use disorders. She began her career as a counselor where she used person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. She then went on to complete her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing at the University of Washington with a focus on psychiatric treatment. 

She now works in private practice and uses a strength-based approach to build treatment plans blending psychiatric medications with holistic interventions such as movement, nutrition, therapy recommendations, or mindfulness-based techniques. Elizabeth is passionate about offering education on interventions that are supported by evidence so clients can feel confident in choosing a plan that meets their needs and goals. 

Elizabeth provides wellness education at A Positive Alternative to support a path toward sustainable substance use recovery.

Michal Waldfogel, ND

Wellness Facilitator 

Michal is a licensed naturopathic physician who brings nearly two decades of experience in education, facilitation and community-building to her work in health care. She considers it a great privilege to witness what humans are able to overcome and an honor to be a guide along the way. First inspired to learn about integrative medicine while an undergraduate student at McGill University, she went on to become a yoga teacher before studying naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and completing a two-year accredited naturopathic primary care residency.

She chose to specialize in holistic mental health care to address the growing need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach to concerns, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Michal focuses her private practice working together to uncover the biological factors that can contribute to symptoms, such as nutritional deficiencies, digestive issues and hormonal imbalance. She finds that adding this piece to the treatment puzzle often enhances the work of therapy and overall healing. Additionally, she offers hands-on therapies for balancing the nervous system and strengthening stress resiliency through craniosacral therapy and heart-rate variability biofeedback.

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

Contact Us

Contact Us

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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