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.
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Ruymán (Rudy) Hernández, MA, LMHCA, LMFTA

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)

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SUZANNE (SUZIE) BLACK, MA, LMHCA

Specialties: Play Therapy, Children and Adolescents, Individuals and Groups
“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul." - Friedrich Froebel

 

“We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to."- Brene Brown

Suzie joined Olympia Therapy in 2020. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and School Counselor. Suzie received her Master's Degree in School Counseling from Easter Illinois University in 2019 and began her counseling career as an Elementary School Counselor. Along her with training in School Counseling, she also has training in both general Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.
Before pursuing an career in counseling, Suzie worked with school-aged children for six years at her local YMCA, volunteered as a high school small group leader at her church and was part of the children's ministry program. Her great love and passion for the next generation is what lead her to pursue a career in counseling.
"I operate from a variety of therapeutic styles based on the needs of the client. I understand that everyone healing process in unique, and I work hard to tailor the therapy to the needs of the client. Overall, I am here to serve you and I want what is best for you. My style has often been one that is described as warm, genuine, and inviting. It is because of this approach, that I feel I am able to help you and/or your child in the healing process."

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BA, Major: Psychology Minor: Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University-2017

MA, School Counseling, Eastern Illinois University- 2019

LMHCA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, 2020

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA, 2020)

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CELIA COURSER, MA, LMFTA

Specialties: Play Therapy, Children, Parents, and Families
“You are important, no matter what your brain tells you.” - Karen Kilgariff
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”
- Brene Brown
“You feel what you feel, and your feelings are real.” - Frozen 2 
Celia joined the Olympia Therapy team in April 2021 as a Professional Associate. She received her Masters Degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle in March 2021. She has also completed a year-long certificate program in Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. Celia is currently working towards full licensure. 
Before pursuing her masters in couples and family therapy, Celia supported the community’s physical health with her role as an Exercise Specialist at a Physical Therapy office. Throughout her life, Celia has volunteered and worked with children, adults, and families in a variety of environments, some of which include: church camps, nursing homes, hospitals, and foster care. Both professional and personal experiences led Celia to pursue a career supporting the emotional and mental health of children and families. Recently, Celia worked with children, adults, and families in a community mental health setting. 
When she is not supporting you, Celia enjoys hiking, rock climbing, camping, watching Grey’s Anatomy, singing along to songs from Disney’s Frozen, seeing her family, and playing with her two cats and one dog. 

Educational and Professional Qualifications

BS, Kinesiology - Pre Physical Therapy, Western Washington University (2016) Minor, Sports Psychology, Western Washington University (2016) 

Certificate of Completion, Play Therapy (currently working towards RPT), Antioch University Seattle (2021) 

MA Couples and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle (2021) 

LMFTA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (2021) 

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT, 2021)

Member, Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT, 2021)

Member, Association for Play Therapy (APT, 2021) 

Member, Washington Association for Play Therapy (WAAPT, 2021)