Professional Associates

Current:
Rates for Professional Associates is $50 (individual services) and $100 (family and couple services).
Each of our PAs have obtained a Master’s degree and are currently working toward Washington state licensure and insurance paneling. They are supervised by Cary M Hamilton LMHC-S, CMHS, RPT-S.

SARAH MORAN, MA.MFT, LMFTA

Specialties: Play Therapy, Children, Families, Sensory Processing Challenges

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

-George Bernard Shaw

"I have a passion for helping children and their families find healing through play. When working with children, I encourage growth through self-expression and self-efficacy. It is a pleasure to assist families in strengthening their connection and understanding of one another." -Sarah

Sarah joined the Olympia Therapy team in September 2016 as a Play Therapy intern. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in September, 2017. She has also completed one year of extensive training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), and Sandtray, and is currently working towards full licensure. Prior to graduate school Sarah worked with children in a variety of settings across four continents: as a nanny, English teacher, orphanage volunteer, and more recently as a preschool teacher in Seattle, WA. Sarah feels a connection to kids of all ages, but is particularly interested in working with the preschool age group.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BA, Human Development, Eckerd College (2012)

Certificate of Completion, Play Therapy (currently working towards licensure), Antioch University Seattle (2016)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle (2017)

LMFTA, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

AutPlay® Therapy Certified (2018)

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Assoc. of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT, 2015)

Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT, 2015)

Member, Washington Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapists (WAMFT, 2015)

LISA BRAWN, MA.MFT, LMFTA

Specialties: Play Therapy, Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults, Individuals, and Couples

“A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe” 

-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“No two people experience life in the same way. My work is grounded in evidenced based practices, and collaboratively designed to meet the unique needs and desires of each individual/family I see.”  -Lisa

Lisa Brawn joined the team at Olympia Therapy as a Professional Associate. She received her master’s degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in the winter of 2017. Under the direction and supervision of Cary Hamilton, she completed one year of extensive training in Play Therapy certificate program: Child Centered Play Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Training, and Sandtray Therapy. Lisa is currently working toward full licensure as an MFT and a registered play therapist.  

Lisa’s background includes training and work in all stages of the lifespan: she owned and ran a small private daycare and after-school care for low income and military families, volunteered in a Juvenile Detention Center, worked as a Certified Nurses’ Assistant with elderly individuals and families facing end of life issues, and trained college students in life and work skills Additionally, Lisa was a vocal coach for singers ages 12 - 25 and continues to sing professionally. You may even catch her singing in session with her clients (or in the hallway). Most recently, she worked with families facing domestic violence and trauma. She infuses compassion, humor, and creativity into a systemic approach that blends experiential and narrative theories.  
 

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BA, Psychology Antioch University Seattle (2011)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle (2017)

Certificate of Completion, Play Therapy (currently working towards licensure), Antioch University Seattle (2017)

LMFTA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (2017)

AutPlay® Therapy Certified (2018)

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT, 2011)

Member, Washington Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapists (WAMFT, 2011)

Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT, 2016)

Member, Washington State Association for Play Therapy (WAPT, 2016)

ABBY GROSS, MA.MHC, LMHCA

Specialties: Art Therapy, Children, Adolescents, Adults

“Often it is necessary to clarify a vague content by giving it visible form. This can be done by drawing, painting, or modeling. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” -Carl Jung

“It is an honor to hold space for others while they navigate challenges, tap into innate abilities for healing, and journey towards change." - Abby

Abby graduated with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle in the summer of 2018. Since joining Olympia Therapy in 2017 as a clinical intern, she has been working towards becoming certified in Play Therapy, and is grateful to be a part of a group practice that understands the benefits of the expressive arts in therapy. Abby is continuing her practice at Olympia Therapy as a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BS, Behavioral Science, Granite State College (2010)

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy, Antioch University Seattle (2018)

LMHCA, Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate

AutPlay® Therapy Certified (2018)

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Counseling Association (ACA, 2016)

Member, American Art Therapy Association (AATA, 2015)

Member, American Play Therapy Association (EATA, 2017)

Ruymán (Rudy) Hernández, MA, LMHCA

As a native of Spain, Rudy is Spanish-English bilingual and has worked as a multicultural family liaison for a local school district. He has also worked with families with small children as a parent educator, helping caregivers learn about child development and developmentally appropriate parenting. In addition to clinical practice, Rudy teaches GED classes to Spanish speakers at Centralia College. Along with working with young children and adults, Rudy has taught English, ballroom dance, and diving to teenagers.

 

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BS, Marriage and Family Studies, Brigham Young University – Idaho (2015)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University (2019)

AutPlay® Therapy Certified (2018)

LMFTA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, 2016)

Certified Parent Educator, Parents As Teachers, (2016)

AMBER PARKER, MA.MFT, LMFTA

Specialties: Drama Therapy, Play Therapy, Children, Parents, Adults

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”- Carl Jung

 

“There is no wisdom without mastery over the mystery of our internal world, the world that opens the door to understanding others.”- Tian Dayton

Amber joined the Olympia Therapy team in September 2019 as a Professional Associate. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with Drama Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in June, 2019. She has also completed one year of extensive training in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), and Sandtray, and is currently working towards full licensure. 

 

Amber has a background in working with individuals, families, and children in a variety of settings: as a childbirth educator, Doula, and student midwife, as a residential counselor, case manager, therapist intern, and most recently, as the Director of social circus at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Amber feels passionate about working with children and adults of all ages using creative, embodied, trauma-focused therapy.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BA, Liberal Studies, Antioch University (2014)

Certificate of Completion, Play Therapy (currently working towards licensure), Antioch University Seattle (2019)

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy with Drama Therapy, Antioch University Seattle (2019)

LMFTA, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Assoc. of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT, 2019)

Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT, 2019)

Member, North Americam Drama Therapy Association (NADTA, 2019) 

TELEHEALTH

The following clinicians are available via telehealth only

BINKY WALKER, MA, LMFT 

Specialties: Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Children, Adolescents, Adults, Parents, Families

"In the same way that a plant grows toward light, each of us possesses the innate capacity – when given the proper conditions – to heal, grow, and become our most vital selves. Through a caring therapeutic relationship, I look to nurture each client's own natural creative potential to see and make sense out of their inner and outer relationships, and bring about the meaningful changes they seek." -Binky

Binky Walker made the decision to become a therapist while working on an art project with homeless children in Marrakech, Morocco, where she witnessed firsthand how building relationships through creative activities helped both children and adult helpers find the inner resources to heal. Upon returning to Seattle, Binky pursued a dual Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy at Antioch University, from which she graduated in 2016, and is currently finishing a yearlong post-graduate certification program in Play Therapy. For three years – during her practicum, internship, and then as an employee – Binky worked at a Title 1 elementary school, providing counseling services and social-emotional learning through the modalities of art and play to children facing life dilemmas, such as: grief and loss, foster care, divorce, trauma, homelessness, school phobia, gender identity, friendship, bullying, opposition and defiance, anxiety, depression, and suicidality. She has extensive experience working with school staff to develop and implement IEPs, 504s, and behavior plans, and understands how to advocate on behalf of children within the public school system. She also completed a 15-month internship in community mental health, working with teens, adults, parents, couples, and families.

 

For people who find traditional talk therapy difficult, for teens who might feel more comfortable making while talking, for children who communicate most naturally through play, and for families having communication issues, Binky uses the creative modalities of art and play therapeutically to help clients connect more deeply with each other – and with their most vital selves. 

Educational and Professional Qualifications

MA, Marriage and Family Therapy with dual degree in Art Therapy; Antioch University Seattle (2016)

Play Therapy Certification, Antioch University Seattle (anticipated March, 2017)

LMFTA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (2016)

BFA candidate in Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

BA, Psychology, University of Michigan

Lifespan Integration Training, Level 1 (2016)

Parent Child Interactive Training (PCIT) through UC Berkley (2015)

AutPlay® Therapy Certified (2018)

Professional Affiliations

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

Association for Play Therapy (APT)

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (WAMFT)

CATO/Antioch (Creative Arts Therapies Organization)

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