Our Staff

Adjunct Professional Staff

Madelon Y. Bolling, PhD.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Madelon is a licensed clinical psychologist retired from private practice and former clinical supervisor at the University of Washington.

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.

 She also trained and supervised therapists in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the Bricker Studies tobacco cessation research projects at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and provided consultation and training in ACT in various local clinical settings.

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.

Belinda Biedermann, M.Div.

Adjunct Clinician

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.

“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
206-547-1955

Located at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford
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