Our Staff

Adjunct Professional Staff

Belinda Biedermann

Belinda Biedermann, M.Div.

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Belinda earned her undergraduate degree in art and human sciences where she was able to discover and explore the value of individual creativity in everyday life. She was able to immediately apply this knowledge in her work with refugee resettlement.

Then with the influence of many years of training and retreats as a meditation teacher she began to integrate mindfulness and meditation into all aspects of her work.

Belinda received her Master of Divinity from Naropa University followed by a clinical residency with the University of Colorado Hospital where she trained at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR).

For the last seven years, Belinda has facilitated a variety of outpatient treatment groups, incorporating mindfulness practices. She has trained with leaders in the Mindfulness community and completed training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention and psycho-educational tools that encourage change.

 Belinda’s goal is to offer a compassionate presence that encourages others as they explore how to make meaning of their daily experience. This support helps clients expand skills and increase self-knowledge. Introduced to this experience, clients are able to update beliefs so they may live in deeper alignment to their true values.

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.

Dr. Stefanie Benningfield, ND

Wellness Facilitator 

Dr. Stefanie is a licensed naturopathic physician and graduate of Bastyr University. She completed her residency in integrative psychiatry and technology addiction treatment. In addition to her work with APA Dr. Stefanie has a private practice, Natural Path Healthcare, where she specializes in integrative psychiatry, longevity medicine, whole person wellness planning, and biofeedback. She approaches care in collaboration with her patients, providing individualized treatment and considering biological factors, mental/emotional factors, and more in her treatment plans. Dr. Stefanie is also a volunteer physician with Integrative Care Outreach, a non-profit health clinic serving individuals experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Prior to working in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Stefanie worked as a social worker and yoga teacher, holding positions in South Africa, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania. She has nearly two decades of experience in mental health and is passionate about helping individuals get healthy and stay healthy, in body and mind.

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