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.
Cecania Alexander, MSW, LICSWA
she/her | white | hetero | cis
Cecania believes therapy is a space for collaboration, honesty, 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 individual and group therapy through the lens of deconstructing systems of oppression. Cecania’s orientation includes aspects of Internal Family Systems theory, psychodrama, and somatics as they align with individual interest. At UW she researched the sizeist patterns of the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, and completed internships at Sound Mental Health and MEND Seattle.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” - Brene Brown
Erin Arney, LMHCA
she/her | Black | cis | Spoonie
Erin's therapeutic work focuses on promoting health equity by collaborating with clients to create healing spaces. She believes in the integral connection of the mind, body and spirit and use decolonized approaches to help people cultivate resilience and nurture their own self-healing abilities. Erin appreciates the importance of environment and socialization in the healing process and focuses her practice on facilitating understanding and acceptance to create change.
"A measure of liberation will be found in our capacity for intimacy" - Prentice Hemphill
Kristi Lee, PhD, LMHCA, LPC, NCC
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
Alejandra is a queer and nonbinary, biracial Latinx, transracial adoptee. They believe the decision to enter therapy takes courage and hold it as a sacred privilege to sit with someone’s story. Therapy is a collaborative dance between patient and therapist, so their hope is to co-construct a brave space to explore the complexity that your unique identity and experiences bring into the space. They completed an internship at New Horizons, a nonprofit that serves housing insecure youth. Alejandra holds a Master’s of Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and their areas of clinical interest include attachment, both gender/sexuality and racial identity, grief, and medical trauma and other forms of trauma.
“I contain multitudes.” - Walt Whitman
Odessa Peters, MS, MHCA
she/her | white | queer | non-binary
Odessa believes that therapy is a collaborative process where she hopes to connect with individuals in a way where they feel safe and heard. By co-creating a space that is radically accepting and devoid of shame, Odessa believes that individuals can start to experience true healing. She completed her master’s degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from Mount Mary University. Through her clinical experience at HIR Wellness Institute located in Milwaukee, Odessa learned the importance of community-based healing and the decolonization of mental health. She uses an integrative approach that is focused on compassion, empathy, and an understanding of the impact that trauma can have on our mind and body.
“Developing an inner refuge where we feel loved and safe enables us to reduce the intensity of traumatic fear when it arises.” -Tara Brach
Leah Post, MSW, MPH, LICSW
she/her | Queer | white | cis
Leah's therapeutic orientation pulls from narrative therapy, family systems theory and motivational interviewing. She is interested in your story and works closely with every individual to join them on their journey - whatever that may be. Leah believes in a holistic approach that incorporates every part of an individual. She identifies strongly with the values and principles that MEND operates within including an intersectional feminist, anti-racist and social justice lens. Leah received her Master's in Social Work and Master's in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare” - Audre Lorde
Natalia Pierson, MSW, LICSWA
she/her | Black Biracial | cis
Natalia believes therapy should center on an individual’s strength and bearing witness to the resiliency of the human spirit. Her goal is to create a safe space where a person can bring their whole and authentic self into each session. Natalia earned her Master’s in Social Work from Texas State University-San Marcos. She has worked with individuals involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, and who have experienced homelessness. Natalia utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused approach to therapy.
“Barn's burnt down -- now I can see the moon." - Mizuta Masahide