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-Aguiniga

Martha Stebbins-Aguiñiga, she/ella

Counselor, MA, LMHC, IMH-E III, EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist

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

Martha is not enrolling new clients at this time
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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.

Fees
$150.00 per individual counseling session. $150.00 per professional consultation or clinical supervision session. Please email us for training and group consultation rates. Martha is an in-network provider with Aetna, Premera, Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, First Choice Health. For all other insurances, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Martha sees clients in person at the West Seattle office and virtually. Services can be offered in English or in Spanish.
People I Serve
Martha is currently only providing consultation services for professionals.
Tara Cristobal-Rivera

Tara Cristobal-Rivera, she/her/Siya

Nutritionist, MS, CN

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

Tara is currently accepting new clients
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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.

Fees
$110 per session. Tara can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Tara offers virtual services only.
People I Serve
  • Adult women
Margaret Lacy

Margaret Lacy, she/her

Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMHC

I am a mother, a friend, a sister, an aunt, and a daughter. I am a cisgender heterosexual White woman. 

Margaret is not enrolling new clients at this time
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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. 

Fees
$150.00 per individual counseling session. $150.00 per professional consultation or clinical supervision session. Margaret is an in-network provider with Premera. For all other insurances, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Margaret offers virtual services only.
People I Serve
  • Individual adults
  • LGBTQI+ community
  • Parents who would like to participate in SPACE program
  • Mental health clinicians seeking clinical supervision
Euryale Gadin

Euryale Gadin, she/her/Siya

MA. LMHC-A

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

Euryale is not enrolling new clients at this time
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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. 

Fees
$125 per individual counseling session. $175 per couples/relationship counseling session. Euryale is an in-network provider with Premera. For all other insurances, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837 (individual counseling) or 90847 (this is used for couples/relationship psychotherapy sessions). For couples/relationship counseling, please confirm that your insurance will reimburse for diagnosis code Z63.0 Problems in relationship with spouse or partner. Please note that most insurances do not cover couples/relationship counseling services. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Euryale offers virtual services only.
People I Serve
  • Individual adults ages 21+
  • Filipinx individuals
  • LBGTQI+ community
Emily A Anderson

Emily A. Anderson, she/her

Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, IMH-E III

I am a Queer white Jewish mama, a feminist woman, and a feisty daughter of second-generation Portuguese and Irish/Scottish parents.

Emily is not enrolling new clients at this time
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I am blessed to have what I consider a dream job— one in which I have the honor of joining with individuals and families into the stories of their lives. Sometimes I join during moments of extreme stress and pain; other times, during moments of curiosity, confusion, worry, or wonder. Together we try to understand what has been, what is, and what may be in the future. We may do this through talk, through play, through inquiry, or through practicing new ways of existing in the body. We do this in ways that acknowledge all the inner and outer forces— both oppressive and liberating— that are at play in a person’s life at any given moment in time. Perhaps most importantly, we collaborate along the way to ensure that goals are shared, progress is mutually defined, and the therapeutic relationship is centered. This is true whether I am working with an adult, a couple, a baby and parent, a child, or an entire family.
Professional journey
I have concentrated my work and expertise in the support of infants, very young children, and families in various capacities since 2002. While completing my Master’s degree in Psychology, my focus was on early intervention with families considered to be at-risk, including adolescent parents and their babies. I discovered a passion for working with fathers (both young and old) and with families who struggled to connect with other professional systems, including LGBTQ children and families, and families who were working with CPS and DCYF. My next professional home was the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood School, which was a local pioneer in the concept of an embedded Infant Mental Health clinician to provide ongoing relationship-based clinical support to children age 0-5 and their families. This included professional development and reflective support for the staff (from teachers to the Director of all Early Childhood Programs).

I joined the Cooper House early childhood clinic in 2013, where I had the opportunity to deepen my direct therapy practice with young children and families, as well as further my training in reflective consultation. This led to my certification as a Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Trainer, which allows me to coach home visitors, nurses, early intervention specialists, and other providers in a mindful, relationship-based framework for working with families— a framework which, in turn, allows them to support the capacity and strength of the families they serve, rather than being in the role of “expert.” I see this as an essential way to promote collaborative, anti-racist practice in the expanding early childhood workforce, thus reaching far more families than I might reach as a single clinician.

I am privileged to be able to extend my professional journey to Mente Counseling alongside my work with families at Cooper House. I have been able to follow my professional passions of working with fathers in particular, as well as children on the autism spectrum, and couples who are struggling in their relationship. I have also enriched my practice with extensive studies in the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation, a powerful framework that emphasizes our common human needs to avoid danger, increase protection, and seek comfort in our relationships, and the ways these needs can become distorted by trauma, oppression, and interpersonal conflict. I bring the lens of adaptation and resiliency into every therapeutic interaction I have.

Fees
$150 per individual counseling session. $150 per professional consultation or clinical supervision session. $200 per couples/relationship counseling session. Emily is an in-network provider with Premera, Regence, and Cigna. For all other insurances, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837 (individual counseling) or 90847 (this is used for couples/relationship psychotherapy sessions). For couples/relationship counseling, please confirm that your insurance will reimburse for diagnosis code Z63.0 Problems in relationship with spouse or partner. Please note that most insurances do not cover couples/relationship counseling services. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Emily sees clients virtually and at the North Seattle office.
People I Serve
  • Children ages 5-9
  • LGBTQI+ community
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Perinatal and postpartum support
  • Fathers
  • Relationships and couples
  • Individual adults
  • Mental health clinicians seeking clinical supervision
Liz Hadley

Liz Hadley, she/her

Counselor, MA, LMHCA

I am a partner, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. I am a cisgender heterosexual White woman.

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“What has been wounded in a relationship must be, after all, healed in a relationship.” – Annie Rogers

At the core of my therapeutic approach is my belief that we heal and transform through authentic and empathic connection. I view and experience therapy as a collaborative process wherein we create a container within which we can engage what has been wounded and find medicine to heal and grow.

My therapeutic practice is shaped by my responsibility to be anti-racist, my understanding that psychology and therapy are not apolitical, and my belief that our identities – complex, unique, and intersecting – are relevant in the therapeutic space. I understand suffering and distress not as a function of individual pathology, but as something that is always in some way connected to the world and environment it emerges from.

Seeking healing and restoration is a brave and courageous journey that goes against all the systems of oppression that seek to wound and separate us. I considered it a profound honor to walk with someone in this journey through challenges, suffering, wonder, curiosity and pain, to find a healing, growth, embodiment and joy that follows us beyond the therapy room.

I am skilled at using a wide variety of therapeutic approaches including attachment work and depth-oriented psychotherapy, focusing, play therapy, various trauma and body-based therapies, inner child and parts work, and meaning and insight-based therapies. However, I tailor my approach to each person based on their unique strengths and intentions for therapy.

Professional journey
Throughout my life, a guiding compass has been my commitment to supporting others meet fundamental rights and needs, and experience welcome, connection and well-being. I became a therapist after working for 8 years alongside refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers – a community which taught me how to honor every person’s unique humanity, work for peace, and forefront hospitality in my life.

My work alongside these communities also shaped the lenses through which I see the world, better attuning me to how systems of oppression, generational trauma, loss of home, White supremacy, and American exceptionalism powerfully control and distort lives and communities. In working as a therapist, I continue my commitment to supporting marginalized communities and de-centering white, Western understandings of suffering, healing, and being. I continuously ground my work in social justice and liberation practices that seek to understand and dismantle oppressive systems that contribute to individual, communal, and environmental suffering. This is what draws me to the community of Mente.

I hold a masters degree in Psychology from Seattle University with an emphasis on the existential phenomenological tradition – a tradition that grounds me in a continuous curiosity about the lived experience of the individual sitting across from me and how they create meaning in their life. Prior to joining Mente, I worked in community mental health at Valley Cities, providing individual and group therapy to adults and children seeking support for a wide variety of challenges and concerns.

Each client I have ever worked with has been my teacher in life, and I consider it a deep honor to have our paths cross. I consider this work the greatest and most worthy way I could spend my time. To those with whom I will cross paths: I am honored, and so eager to know you.

Fees
$125 per individual counseling session. $175 per couples/relationship counseling session. Liz is an in-network provider with Premera. For all other insurances, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837 (individual counseling) or 90847 (this is used for couples/relationship psychotherapy sessions). For couples/relationship counseling, please confirm that your insurance will reimburse for diagnosis code Z63.0 Problems in relationship with spouse or partner. Please note that most insurances do not cover couples/relationship counseling services. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Liz sees clients in person at the West Seattle office and virtually.
People I Serve
  • Children ages 5-9
  • Individual adults
  • LGBTQI+ community
  • Refugee and asylee community
Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor, She/Her

Counselor, MA, LMHC, CMHS

I am a mother, co-parent, daughter, sister, auntie, and friend. I am a cis gender heterosexual multi-ethnic Latinx and Okinawan woman.

Amy is not enrolling new clients at this time
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It is a great honor to walk alongside every person who chooses to enter a therapeutic relationship with me. I am committed to creating a safe and attuned space for people to explore both their known and unknown inner terrain throughout their therapeutic journey.

I work with adults addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, esoteric and spiritual concerns, infertility & women’s health challenges, adoption & attachment trauma, parenting challenges, and intergenerational healing.

My work is trauma informed and guided by a variety of therapeutic frameworks and theories among which are humanistic, Jungian, psychodynamic, attachment-based, Lifespan Integration, systems, expressive/ non-verbal/ creative, energy psychology, and body-based (somatic).

The clinical approaches I employ range from reflective listening, non-verbal activities such as art, music, & movement, writing prompts; tarot, grounding practices, guided visualization, and shadow work—inner child & intergenerational trauma resolution, and ego work.

While many people come to counseling through pathways of pain, others are looking for a safe relationship to simply explore new ways of being with themselves and others. Others still are desiring guidance as they make big decisions. Regardless of what brings people to therapy, I am devoted to holding a vision of their innate potential for wellness in all facets of their life. My hope is that they will be mobilized to construct their relationships and life with clarity, intention, and personal empowerment.

Professional journey
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 from Seattle Pacific University and worked for 6 years in various locked facilities (residential programs, Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and community-based programs) facilitating group therapy, crisis management, education, community engagement and recreation, and activities of daily living.

In 2005 I began the graduate school of counseling at George Fox University, specializing in play therapy, and spiritual and clinical praxis. I expanded my experience working with adults as an intern at Lutheran Community Services, where I focused on multi-cultural services and at Good Samaritan Ministries where I offered play therapy, adult individual therapy, and expressive & creative group therapy for adults. I also served as a graduate intern for the NW Center For Play Therapy in pursuit of training to become a Registered Play Therapist. I was closely supervised by a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and presented on topics of play therapy to clinical professionals and extended this to community organizations and adults working with children.

Upon receiving a master’s degree in counseling in 2008, I began working in community mental health as a child and family therapist for Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation. I specialized in early childhood mental health and offered play therapy to young children in a variety of settings including preschool, kindergarten, home, and therapeutic childcare. I also worked with parents and caregivers to strengthen parent child relationships. I was mentored by an Infant Mental Health Specialist through Navos, and continued my training in early childhood mental health. I continued to study play therapy and receive play therapy specific supervision. I became a Registered Play Therapist and received my Mental Health Counselor license. In 2011 I was offered a position as a Parent-Child Therapist at Wellspring Family Services and continued to deepen my work in early childhood therapy and parent-child relationships. My experience working with children and caregivers profoundly shaped my capacity to work with adults.

In 2014 I paused my clinical focus and began studying energy healing. In 2016 I began working with individual adults offering inner child & intergenerational healing, energy intuitive healing, past life regressions, meditation, & EFT tapping.

As an international adult adoptee and mother of an adopted child, my personal experience with attachment & bonding, multi-ethnic family systems, ethnic identity development, and intergenerational trauma has fueled a passion for helping people heal the root of painful patterns to create space for sustainable solutions.

Fees
$150.00 per individual counseling session. $150.00 per professional consultation or clinical supervision session. Amy is not credentialed with any insurances at this time. We can provide you with a superbill to submit to your plan for reimbursement. Please confirm with your insurance provider that you are eligible to request reimbursements. You may need to confirm that they will reimburse for the service code 90837. A portion of all fees paid to Mente Counseling & Consultation helps support people who cannot afford services.
Details
Amy offers virtual services only.
People I Serve
  • Individual adults
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Adult adoptees
  • Perinatal & postpartum support
  • Fertility stress & grief
  • Spiritual direction
  • Mental health counselors seeking licensure or on-going consultation
Locations

North Seattle

10740 Meridian Ave N, Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98133

West Seattle

6407 Fauntleroy Way, SW
Seattle, WA 98126

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