About Us

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<h2>Our Approach</h2>
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Mission


Mente Counseling & Consultation is an anti-racist, social justice-focused, and gender affirmative mental health private practice. We are committed to serving our community with a feminist, intersectional, and equitable lens. We welcome people and families of all abilities and all intersecting identities in all bodies. We honor the contributions of people along the entire neurodiversity spectrum. We center the needs of people by offering mental health services and by providing educational opportunities to professionals as well as the community at large.

Vision


Mente Counseling & Consultation provides mental health services that are anti-racist and informed by social justice. Mente to provide a service where every person will feel as though all of their intersecting identities are welcome. Mente encourages every person to participate in their healing process by bringing their courageous voice and the resiliency of their ancestry. Mente offers learning opportunities in an accessible virtual format to professionals and the community. Mente centers the voices and lived experienced of speakers and trainers so that they can increase knowledge on the impact of oppression on BIPOC and LGBTQI+ communities while also integrating bold ideas on how to heal.

Values and approach


Mente values the dignity and integrity of every person that honors us with their presence. We do not take people for granted, and we understand that healing requires a trusting therapeutic relationship. When you are with us, you can count on being offered ample time to process your experience. The best healing is done with time, without being pressed, and we are invested in supporting others in finding the root causes to the obstacles that get in their way.

As a client at Mente, you can expect that your dignity and worth will be upheld. Your life experience and ancestry will be centered. Your voice will guide the work toward your wellbeing.

Mente is committed to being a transparent service provider. We bring a wealth of information from a variety of therapeutic orientations. However, we find that our work is done best when we provide our clients with options, and every individual chooses how they want to move towards their own healing.

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<h2>Meet the team</h2>
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Martha Stebbins-Aguiñiga

Martha Stebbins-Aguiñiga

Counselor, MA, LMHC, IMH-E III

I am a mother, wife, sister, tía, daughter, and friend. I am a cis-gendered heterosexual Latinx bilingual woman.

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How I work

I feel honored and fortunate to sit with each and every person that chooses me as their therapist. I take my commitment to people very seriously, and I am invested in building a strong therapeutic relationship. It is the relationship that is known to ultimately offer the most benefit to those engaging in the therapeutic process.

I am committed to thinking with people about their concerns from an anti-racist, anti-oppression, feminist, intersectional, and social justice lens. To me, this means that people suffer sometimes because forces larger than us have imposed conditions that take away our agency and our voice. This also means that, once we have understood what we can about the roots of distress, that we will need to define what “better” and “different” might look like. I believe that change and healing are possible when all of a person’s identities are welcome. I believe in the courage that is recruited when we remind people of what it feels like to be in community, what they remember of those who have loved and respected them, and when people commit to doing better in order to secure a legacy of resiliency for future generations.

Professional journey

I began my career by working in educational settings offering support to children and youth. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from University of California, San Diego, I was fortunate to be hired as a Social Work Counselor assisting families with children under the age of 3. This work allowed me to become immersed in the world of early childhood and developmental disability. When the opportunity presented itself, I was able to put myself through graduate school and obtain a Masters in Counseling Psychology from National University. I began my work as a therapist by offering support to the family members of people with different abilities and by working with people who struggled individually with the emotional impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual Disability. When I wasn’t working or completing my Masters degree, I was taking courses to become a play therapist at the University of California, San Diego.

I decided to move to Seattle in 2011 and was honored to be offered an opportunity to work at a local agency called Wellspring Family Services. There, I was mentored in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytically informed practices while also being introduced to the rich world of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. My work involved supporting young children who had experienced trauma and being a resource to their teachers and early childhood education staff who worked tirelessly to advocate for the wellbeing of children and families who experienced homelessness. I earned a Graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Washington during this time. This part of my professional life also began my trajectory in becoming a trauma-informed and trauma-healing therapist by offering me ample opportunities to learn about best practices to support children and adults who have been overwhelmed by discrete and/or complex trauma.

In 2015, I was offered the opportunity to join a clinic called Cooper House, a place where I had the opportunity to be among the brightest and most innovative minds in the world of infant and early childhood mental health. My work continued to expand as I was able to offer services to children under the age of 5 as well as their parents and caregivers. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work alongside pediatric occupational therapists who expand my knowledge every day about the constitutional and somatic components of emotional and psychological health. I am proud to continue my work at Cooper House to this day. It is also important to note, that while at Cooper House I was able to complete a Graduate Certificate in Gender Affirmative Therapy which has allowed me to elevate the quality of care that I can offer to the Trans, non-binary, communities as well as anyone who identifies anywhere on the gender spectrum. As a cisgendered woman, it was important to me to be trans-competent and affirming.

As an immigrant from México, I have always felt passionate about issues of race, culture, migration and language. I have been offered many opportunities through my work and personal experiences to expand my knowledge about the impact of systemic forces on those who are vulnerable to oppression. Mente Counseling & Consultation was born from a deep desire to offer high-quality, deeply thoughtful services to those whose emotional wellbeing is often overlooked. Mente Counseling & Consultation is an anti-racist practice seeking to provide a space where equity, diversity, and inclusion are always at the forefront of the conversation. We courageously opened our doors in November, 2020 and have been deeply moved by the strong support of our loving family, friends, and community.

Tara Cristobal-Rivera

Tara Cristobal-Rivera

Nutritionist, MS, CN

I am a wife, dog mom, daughter, granddaughter, sister, auntie, niña, and friend. I am a cis-gendered heterosexual Filipinx and Latinx woman.

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How I work

Being multi-ethnic and growing up in San Diego, CA, I had the opportunity to interact with many diverse cultures. I am passionate about race, cultural, socioeconomic, and equity issues due to my personal experiences and empathizing with others’ experiences. The intersectionality of what makes us unique can also compound our lived experiences. I am committed to continuously learning about the impacts of marginalized communities and supporting those that are systemically oppressed.

My approach is to collaboratively work with individuals and meet them where they are on their health journey. I do not believe in prescribing fad diets and falling into a diet culture approach. I have found there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and I focus on partnering with each individual to build body trust, respect, and compassion for ourselves. This approach creates a more peaceful and joyous food relationship because being ‘body shamed’ or feeling ‘guilty’ about food is never fun.

My goal is to support individuals on their food healing journey in understanding their food intake patterns, root causes in struggling with food and bring awareness of how foods contribute to the way they feel while honoring the realities of life. I am honored to do this work and look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Professional journey

Have you ever stopped mid-breath after reading a text? A few years ago, I received a text from my dad stating he had a mild heart attack. The doctors discovered that he had three blocked arteries and needed triple bypass surgery. This news flipped my world upside down. Thankfully, my dad recovered well and is back to paddleboarding. But that event triggered a series of life-changing events for me.

During my father’s recovery, he was handed a paper outlining foods to eat and what not to eat. I remember thinking he is not going to change his eating habits by reading a piece of paper. This experience prompted me to learn more about nutrition, the physiological impacts on our bodies, and how foods affect our mood, behavior, and mental health.

In April 2020, I completed my M.S. Integrative Function and Nutrition degree, and I’m currently in a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. During my nutrition program, I had the opportunity to intern with a dietician who focused on intuitive eating and health at every size. Our food journey is often beyond the food, and I am committed to supporting individuals on their food healing journey.

Margaret Lacy

Margaret Lacy

Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC

I am a mother, a friend, a sister, an aunt, and a daughter. I am a cis-gendered heterosexual White woman. 

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How I work

I work with adults and adolescents addressing issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, oppression, loss and grief, and existential concerns. My approach to therapy is eclectic.  I utilize a variety of psychological theories and techniques with a strong slant towards relational and attachment theories. Our work will focus on helping you to gain insight into your current situation through an understanding of cultural context, personal experiences, and relationships. I do not believe therapy is something I do for you. Rather, I work with you to explore yourself.  It is helpful to think of therapy as a journey that you and I are going on together. I have the honor of accompanying you on your trip. 

Professional journey

Originally from Wisconsin, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Geography and African Studies. In 2000, I moved to Seattle and began a career in Human Resources, followed by a short stint in esthetics. Interpersonal connection has always been one of my core values, so I eagerly decided to pursue my Master’s Degree in Psychology at Antioch – Seattle, completed in 2009. Before graduating, I worked at Sound Mental Health in Auburn, WA first as an intern and later as a full-time employee in Outpatient Counseling Services. In 2011, I started my own private practice where I worked until my twins were born in 2015. I then took time off to mother my three young children. In the midst of this journey, my commitment to attachment work blossomed. I completed Postpartum Doula and End of Life Doula training before jumping at the opportunity to work at Mente. 

 

I feel grateful to work at Mente and I am deeply humbled that clients choose to share their experiences with me. 

Euryale Gadin

Euryale Gadin

MA. LMHC-A

I am a queer Filipinx individual though I mainly present as an older sister, Tia, daughter and loyal friend.

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I view my time with each client as a privilege. They have chosen to agree to be vulnerable and given trust that I will provide a confidential, private, safe and non-judgmental space. I take those things seriously as this is what hopefully creates a collaborative therapeutic relationship in where the client further gains and/or further strengthens their coping process.

I believe that the client is the expert in what they are experiencing and together, we explore how to recognize their support systems, level of self-care and community resources. The time together is about them.

Having grown up in various locations, I am able to understand basic Tagalog and minimal Ilocano with English as my main dialect.

Professional journey
I have my masters degree of Humanistic Counseling of Clinical Mental Health from Saybrook University and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHC-A #MC61151052) in Washington State. I am also currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Saybrook University. As I work with clients during this time, I hope to be a part of the influence in shifting curriculum and research in better understanding BIPOC people’s experience in all areas of life that affects their mental health. I hope to also be a mentor in growing more counselors of color and more competency in non-BIPOC counselors.

I see my professional journey as always evolving and expanding. In being able to work with and teach others, I feel that I am further refined and shaped as a therapist.
 

I feel grateful to work at Mente and I am deeply humbled that clients choose to share their experiences with me. 

Let’s Talk

Schedule an appointment today for any of our counseling or consultation services.

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