Our Tri-Cities Staff
YAZMIN ALVAREZ, LMFT
I have a strong educational foundation on issues of depression, anxiety, and individuals going through a transitional period, and I am familiar with the implications and potential setbacks such disorders can cause. I am fully committed to advocate and work with individuals/families facing such setbacks. My background includes over 6 years experience in an educational setting (teaching, assisting, and advocacy). As well as 7 years experience working with multicultural and first generation adolescents and families. While I utilize many models and approaches for therapy I tend to lean towards using Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Structural Therapy. I work with each person in a method that is most successful in expressing themselves, whether that be talking, art or play therapy. I want to honor your own experiences and knowledge you have gained through your culture and upbringing. Additionally I encourage healing through building connection with community, human contact and group therapy. I aim to create a safe, comfortable and collaborative environment in order to reach your personal goals. I cater to each person, wherever they are in their process, while exploring narratives that hold them back from growth and healing. I am happy to introduce you to mental health treatment and help you understand the process. I also offer services in Spanish. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Western Oregon University, and my Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College. In my free time you can find me anywhere with my dog – parks, walks, or on the couch.
Focus: Children ages 8+, adolescence, young adults and adults. multicultural individuals/families, immigrants, Latino population, life transitions, complex trauma, depression and anxiety.
Approaches: EMDR, SFT, CBT, MI, IFS, Multicultural counseling, Trauma informed approach.
BRADI SULLIVAN, LSWAIC
Clinical Therapist Associate
My Education and Experience:
I have worked in the mental health field in a variety of spectrums for the past 5 years. In 2016, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University. I then went on to complete my Masters of Clinical Social Work from Walla Walla University. During my time at Walla Walla University, I completed my practicum at Lourdes Counseling Center on the Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. While at Lourdes, I worked as both a mental health counselor and a social service case manager for adults experiencing a variety of mental health symptoms and disorders. I then went on to work for the ESD, working with high school students as a prevention/intervention specialist. For two years, I facilitated individual coping skill building sessions, group substance use counseling sessions, and also provided psychoeducation surrounding mental health and substance use to parents, teens, and school staff. While working with teens, I completed my school social worker certification as well as my CRI-trauma informed certification, level 1. During my time at the ESD, I took on another challenge and completed my training as a Functional Family Therapist. I have been working as a family therapist for 1.5 years. While continuing to work as a family therapist, I decided to move from the ESD to another community based mental health agency, where I provided individual counseling to children, teens and adults. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate in Washington State (License #SC61014606).
My Treatment Modality:
When providing therapy, I find it extremely important to be consistent with a humanistic approach and create a supportive environment. I strive to stay client centered and client driven in order to ensure that I am able to meet each person where they are at, as well as meet their needs as a therapist while providing them the tools to meet their therapeutic goals. Each person is unique and comes with their own unique perspective and goals. When working with people, I take their uniqueness into consideration and tailor a treatment plan that will match with them best. My therapeutic approaches will typically consist of play and art therapy skills when working with children, dialectical behavioral therapy skills when working with families, and finally mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy skills when working with teens and adults. I approach my counseling sessions from a humanistic and trauma-informed perspective and am honored to be able to provide this service to anyone willing and wanting to begin their therapeutic journey.
KRISTINE RUSH, LSWAIC
Clinical Therapist Associate
My Education, Training and Experience:
I chose a career in social work after having served over 9 years in the U.S. Army. While serving, I was exposed to people struggling with mental illness. Those experiences helped me realized that this was where I was wanting to serve next in my career. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2018 with my bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) after completing a practicum with a home health agency specializing in dementia care. I then moved to New York City and worked as a crisis counselor for the city's mental health crisis line providing brief supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. I graduated from New York University in May 2020 with a master's in social work (MSW). During my internship, I worked with an interdisciplinary team serving clients who have frequent contact with the mental health, criminal justice, and homeless services systems, recent behavior that is unsafe and escalating, and those poorly served by outpatient settings. The primary diagnosis for the team's participants was schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and co-occurring substance use. After relocating to Washington, I continued working with those living with severe and persistent mental illness in a community mental health agency providing individual therapy and case management services out in the community. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate in Washington (License# SC61114835).
I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed and holistic perspective when working with individuals. I primarily provide therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques but will pull from other evidence-based practices for individualized treatment. I am currently providing services for individuals 13 years old and older.