Staff Therapists

MEND Staff Therapists have completed their graduate-level training, are associate or fully licensed therapists, and work with our clinical team for ongoing supervision, consultation, and training.

Unlike our Intern Therapists who commit to MEND for a limited period of time, our Staff Therapists work at MEND long term, so there’s no program-specific end date for your therapist. With more training and experience, the fee for individual therapy with a Staff Therapist is $70-$120 per session and $85-$135 for relationship therapy. We understand that many people come to MEND in part because of our low-cost counseling, and we hope with the varying levels of experience and fee ranges, we can better serve our communities for many years to come.

Learn more about our Staff Therapists below.

Alejandra Morris, LMHC
they/them | biracial Latinx | queer | nonbinary | chronically ill

Alejandra believes the decision to enter therapy takes courage and holds it as a sacred privilege to sit with someone’s story. They view therapy as a collaborative dance between client and therapist, so their hope is to co-create a brave space to explore the complexity of your multiple identities and experiences and broaden your own imagination for your life. Here, what has been expands into what still could be. They ground their therapeutic work in relational psychodynamic therapy, with influences from intersectional feminism and trauma-informed care practices for an approach that treats each new client individually and holistically. Alejandra holds a Master’s of Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and their areas of clinical interest include attachment, gender/sexuality and racial identity formation, grief/loss, chronic illness and medical trauma, as well as religious/spiritual trauma.

“ The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

Barb Haupt, LMHCA
she/her | white | queer | cis | woman | bilingual

Many of us have had experiences that taught us to alter or set aside important parts of ourselves. Therapy is a space where we can reconnect with our wholeness. Barb offers a warm, connected, safe presence, in which clients can explore their experiences openly. She has received feedback that she is direct, gentle and playful. Her approach to therapy is informed by her background in community healthcare, working with individuals dealing with chronic illness, chronic pain and systemic oppression. Barb is fluent in Spanish and English.

“Trust the people and they become trustworthy.” – Adriene Marie Brown

Cecania Alexander, MSW, LICSW
she/her | white | queer | cis

Cecania believes therapy is a space for collaboration, curiosity, and warm acceptance of exactly who you are. Cecania completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Washington where she was trained in mental healthcare through the lens of deconstructing systems of oppression. Cecania uses aspects of Internal Family Systems, Somatics, and Behavioral Activation as they align with your interest and needs. Cecania is a staff therapist and supervisor here at MEND, and also works part-time in the Behavioral Health department at Country Doctor/Carolyn Downs Medical Center.

“"Change is incessant, and change perhaps will never cease. Habits that had seemed durable as stone went down like shadows." - Virginia Woolf

Erin Arney, LMHCA 
*Currently unable to accept new clients*
she/her | Christian | black | cis | spoonie

Erin is dedicated to supporting, honoring, and educating people through the tension that comes with life’s transitions. She believes in the integral connection of the mind, body and spirit and accompanies clients on their journey with lovingkindness. Erin blends her training as a Naturopathic doctor and therapist to help each client understand the language of their body through polyvagal and nonviolent communication techniques, allowing them to find connection and alignment. Erin also uses CBT and ACT techniques to help clients facilitate the changes they wish to see in their lives.

 

"Your body makes the observation. Your brain makes the interpretation. Your ego is the translator between the two. Let’s hope the translator is humble" - Anon

Jas Harcum, MSW, LICSWA
they/she | black native/afro-indigenous | shinnecock nation | bisexual | queer

Jas completed their Master’s of Social Work at the University of Washington with a Clinical Mental Health concentration in June 2022. Through their education, work, and volunteer service, Jas has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee communities and in crisis intervention amidst the pandemic, as well as facilitated QTBIPOC processing groups. They believe in a person-centered approach to therapy that acknowledges systemic barriers to wellness as well as encourages empowerment and [re]connection. They are passionate about working with Queer and Trans folks and Black, Indigenous, and folks of Color.

“You are your own best thing.” -Toni Morrison

Jenn Dela Cruz, MSW, LICSWA
she/they | first-gen filipina | bilingual | cis | het

***Waitlist for new clients***
Jenn leads with an open heart when sharing space with folks and welcomes the vastness of the human experience and all that comes with it: identity exploring, generative conflict, and reflective self-analysis. She enjoys working with service providers, youth, and first responders in navigating transitions, moral injury (burnout), and complex trauma. With Jenn you can expect transparency and direct communication, which contribute to her therapeutic approach including client-led conversations, collaborative goal setting, community-centric applications, trauma-informed care, and a liberation-focused lens. She completed her Master of Social Work with a clinical track: Integrative Health-Mental Health Advanced Practice at the University of Washington in June 2023 and has a background in domestic violence advocacy, housing case management, crisis stabilization, and triaging acute mental health distress in clinical settings.

“I don’t see a sick person coming to be healed, I see a perfect spirit coming to be recognized.” - Ruth J. Beard, founding member of The National Association of Black Social Workers

Kristi Lee, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, NCC

* Currently unable to accept new clients*

For Kristi, it is an honor to accompany people on their journey of healing and growth. Her approach to counseling focuses on understanding a person’s stories, experiences, and intersections of identity. In addition, she focuses on how external environmental factors such as discrimination and oppression can traumatize and wound. Work in counseling with Kristi will harness your own personal power to create change in your life, and in the world.

Kristi’s experience in the helping profession has spanned 20 years and many different clinical settings. She has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University (2006) and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William and Mary (2009). A professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University, she teaches classes on human development, counseling theory, and clinical practice. In collaboration with other faculty and students, she conducts research on healing practices for girls and women who experience gender based violence in Guatemala, on the community impact of hate crimes, and on social justice approaches to counseling.

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” - James Baldwin

Nefeteria (Nefie) Bolin, LMFTA
she/her | Black/Native/Creole/White | hetero | cis

Nefeteria (Nefie) is a first generation student and ciswoman of color with a masters of arts degree in marriage, couples, and family therapy at Seattle University. She believes therapy to be a process that helps people recreate the narratives of their life story. She believes in discovering the humanistic side of people and knowing who they are at the heart to understand what's important to them and how it shapes their personal identity. With empathetic teaching, active listening, and compassion, she hopes to provide a safe space for people from everywhere to share their stories authentically with no judgement or shame.

"I've learned that people will forget about what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou

Renee Dionisio, MA, LMHCA
They/She | First Gen - Jamaican/Filipino | Queer | Genderqueer

Renee believes we heal through sharing our stories and working together as a community. We often think we are alone fighting against oppression and dealing with our trauma, which is why their approach to therapy is through a relational-cultural lens. Renee works with QTBIPOC folx (age 15 and up) and other communities to help them gain insight into their lives, feel validated in their experiences, and develop tools to create a meaningful and sustainable relationship with those around them and themselves. Renee earned their Bachelor’s degree at Clarke University and completed their Masters degree in Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with concentrations in addictions.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” – James Baldwin

Sandra Saldivar, LMFTA
she/her | filipina mixed-race | cis | hetero

Sandra offers a welcoming space for creative exploration that is collaborative, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. She uses an integrative systemic approach primarily integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Art Therapy with individuals and couples. Her practice is rooted in Kapwa (shared identity); a Filipinx value that considers the wellbeing of others with the intent to establish connection. Sandra believes true healing is an interconnected process between an individual and their community. She completed her Master’s in Couple and Family Therapy and Art Therapy at Antioch University Seattle.

Sher Roberto, LMHCA
she/they | chamoru / filipina / mexican | queer | cis | veteran

With a warm and empathetic approach, Sher strives to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, collaboration, and empowerment. She is dedicated to helping clients navigate their unique journeys, discover their authentic selves, and cultivate a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment.

Drawing inspiration from their background in music, Sher believes in the therapeutic value music can offer and encourages clients to explore its potential for improving mood and self-expression.

Additionally, Sher is passionate about psychedelic integration therapy, recognizing the profound impact that non-ordinary states of consciousness can have on personal growth and self-understanding. They provide a safe and supportive space for individuals who have had psychedelic experiences, helping them integrate and make meaning of those experiences in their daily lives.

“Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember: you are the medicine.” - Maria Sabina

Talya Rozenberg, M.Ed, LMHCA
she/her | jewish | canadian | american | cis | previvor

Talya brings a warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach to therapy. She believes cultivating a safe therapeutic relationship is essential to help support clients move towards desired change, healing, and fulfillment. Talya earned her BA in Psychology from McGill University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She previously worked at Stanford Outpatient Psychiatry before joining the MEND team as a Staff Therapist. Talya uses a client-centered, integrative framework to help clients cope with anxiety and depression, navigate grief, and process trauma.

She incorporates a variety of evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Talya is also trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy. She enjoys working with couples to help them improve intimacy, relationship satisfaction, and navigate health challenges. She is LGBTQAI+ affirming and considers it a great privilege to support individuals and couples in their unique life journeys. 

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” - Brené Brown