One of the most important elements of success in counseling is the fit between the counselor and the client. South Sound counselors bring a wide variety of backgrounds, specialities and approaches to counseling. All of our counselors are licensed to practice in the state of Washington. Our interns are supervised in accordance with state laws.
Cristina Austin, PysD
Washington License Number: PY60300507
I have worked as a counselor with children, adolescents, and families since 2008. I expanded my work to adults following the completion of my doctorate, from Argosy University, and advancement into private practice in 2011. I currently maintain a practice working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a large breadth of clinical needs. I recognize each individual as the expert of his or her own experiences; the objective of my practice is to meet clients where they are and allow them to achieve their own identified goals. My approach views all individuals as having the internal drive to reach a place of improved well being.
My practice is founded on humanistic theories while evidence-based techniques are employed to meet each individual’s needs. Therapy may include solution-focused strategies, cognitive-behavioral or dialectical-behavioral skills for coping and managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, motivational interviewing techniques to help with making difficult life changes, and emotion-focused interventions.
I have experience helping individuals with symptoms of anxiety and depression, coping with anger or disruptive behaviors, managing ADD symptoms, adjusting to significant life changes, resolving interpersonal/relational conflicts, working through grief and loss, strengthening parenting skills or regulating difficult child behaviors, as well as addressing co-occurring emotional and alcohol/substance use problems.
Amber Belanger, MS, LMHC, NCC, MHP
Washington License Number: LH605236223
I have worked with families, children, couples and individuals since 2010. My experience includes working with divorce, single parenting, blended families, child/adolescent developmental stages, school related issues, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, personal growth, and trauma.
My style is comfortable, relaxed and sprinkled with humor. Having grown up in a large, blended family, I learned a lot about relationships, conflicts, ups and downs and the importance of communication. I strongly believe that we are all equipped with the tools necessary to transform our lives; however, when life happens our lenses sometimes get blurred or smudged. There are times when we need guidance and support in evaluating a situation, understanding our needs, recognizing our thoughts, or identifying what needs to change. My goal is to provide an environment of safety and trust for exploring issues and learning new skills, centered on your needs and disposition.
I work primarily from a family systems perspective and offer counseling through a strength-based and person-centered approach. You will find my personality to be balanced, encouraging, supportive, and directive when necessary. With your help, I am dedicated to identifying and working towards your personal counseling goals.
Nicole Coope, MSC, LMHC, NCC
Washington License Number: LH60127666
Nicole Coope is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), licensed with the state of Washington. Nicole has worked for non-profit agencies specializing in treatment for adults, children, couples, and families. She has cross trained with the Arizona State trauma healing department in the abuse of children and adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. Nicole also has extensive experience as a crisis counselor, addressing short-term issue of depression, anxiety, family conflicts, suicidal thoughts, and acute psychosis.
Nicole graduated with a MSC degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix, and is a member of the professional honor society for mental health professionals. She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association with a specialized area of interest in multicultural counseling. Nicoles’ passion is to work with individuals and families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and to incorporate an individual’s spiritual beliefs into the healing process
Jessica Fierst, ARNP
Jessica Fierst is a family nurse practitioner. She has extensive experience working in women’s health and primary care. In the course of her work in primary care, she has come to recognize how integral mental health is to physical health and overall wellbeing. She understands that a person’s ability to achieve their desired level of physical health is directly influenced by their mental health and emotional wellbeing. She is passionate about ensuring that the medications she prescribes for her patients are both tolerable and effective, and she enjoys working closely with her patients to find the right medication to fit their mental health needs.
As a family nurse practitioner, Jessica is trained to treat patients of all ages for a variety of physical and mental health diagnoses. She performs basic mental health screenings, but does not administer the intensive assessments more appropriately performed by psychiatric mental health providers. She is excited to be practicing at South Sound Counseling and Consultation and looks forward to providing mental health medication management for children, teens, and adults.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, and received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle University. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is registered to practice and prescribe medication as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the state of Washington.
Angie Fosmark, MA, LMHC, NCC
Washington License Number: LH60273618
I have worked with adults and teens since 1997. My experience includes working with depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems, trauma recovery, loss and grief, as well as crisis and life transitions. I help individuals and couples recover from painful experiences, overcome barriers that interfere with relationships and wellbeing, and find healthy, satisfying approaches to problems.
My counseling perspective is that we are naturally inclined to heal and to fulfill our potential. I help people to identify what interrupts growth and healing, and to develop new approaches. I support and challenge people to explore the physical, social, spiritual and psychological aspects of problems and new possibilities. I am trained in Gestalt therapy, and am a certified EMDR therapist.
Christine Keys, MA, LMHC
Washington License Number: LH60279408
I have worked with women and children in crisis since 1996. These families have been in crisis for many reasons, some of which have been: domestic violence, homelessness, as well as sexual and physical abuse. I have experienced working with people dealing with trauma, suicide, betrayal, depression/anxiety, perinatal & postpartum depression, loss and grief. I work with children and adults who have ADHD to help bring organization and peace to individuals and families that feel out of control.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are recovering from betrayal or an affair in their relationship. I use Gottman Method Couples therapy when working with those in a relationship.
I work with women who are pregnant and suffering from depression. I offer support and help to parents adjusting to having young children and families. I also work with people suffering from loss and grief of babies and family members.
Lynnsie Kramp, MA, LMFT
Washington License Number: LF60680272
I recognize the courage it takes to seek help in our struggles, which is why I strive to create a trusting and comfortable space in the efforts to reach your potential. We all have the ability to lead a fulfilling life, but sometimes need assistance to help guide and encourage us, by working collaboratively and empowering us to create change.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, families and individuals. I enjoy working with people on depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, school issues, and parenting. I work from a client-centered, strengths based approach, but will also use other techniques such as CBT and Solution-Focused, depending on the individual and family needs.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I come from a systems background, and believe our relationships and family dynamics impact our well-being and behaviors. When working with children, I will utilize a blend of individual, family, and parent only sessions.
Andrea Miller, MA, LMHC
Washington License Number: LH60357533
I specialize in helping children and young adults ages 4-24 who are having difficulty with adjustment, behavior, school success, anxiety, depression or trauma. I also enjoy helping parents explore their roles in the success of their children. Learning comes through real world ideas, practical tips, and warmth. Change begins with building a strong relationship and then continues through play, activities, art, talking, and skills training. Family involvement is crucial to success and highly encouraged through parenting sessions, joint sessions with parent and child, and practicing skills at home.
Susan P. Moser, MA, LMHC, CHt
Washington License Number: LH60836386
Certified in Hypnotherapy
My work involves people of all ages and walks of life, and my techniques vary depending on the needs of each. I believe in and enjoy working from a relational approach, aware that there are a multitude of reasons why people seek counseling. While these reasons may vary in scope and emotion, they all point back to relationship. We have a relationship with work, body image, family, spirit, intimate partner and ultimately, relationship with self. Our unresolved issues, discovered by interactions with others, are carried through our lives, preventing us from living a more meaningful one.
I, too, am a certified hypnotherapist, able to guide you through a process that gains you greater self-awareness, changing how you live in the world and relate to others. Hypnosis is a proven and efficient way to identify unhealthy patterns, learned while growing up, changing them deep within our unconscious mind. We hold within ourselves a spectrum of ages, with circumstances deciding from which of those ages we approach a situation. Our unconscious mind is a powerful window into how and why we make decisions, where our choices come from, and why we take certain courses of action.
When we are at our most authentic selves, there is only the present, and we experience these moments with a deep sense of self worth, compassion and personal power. Therapy is a co-creative process wherein you and I work together to create what you want in your life. We all have stood in the way of our own happiness, and with years of reacting and conducting ourselves the same way we always have, it’s almost inconceivable to realize that there are limitless possibilities out there for us. Your potential is there to be discovered.
Jordyn Reed, MA, LMFTA, MHP
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFTA, MHP
Everyone seeks therapy for their own reasons and I want your experience to be as unique as the problems that bring you in. There is no universal solution in therapy—no right answer, or perfect combination of techniques—different things work for different people and my hope is to help you find the “thing” that works for you. My goal is to challenge you, to help you to think in a different way, to try something new, or use your skill set in a different way in order to bring about the change you seek.
I have experience working with people ages 5 to 65 (and beyond), but found my groove working with couples--from conflict resolution, communication issues, infidelity, balancing ever changing dynamics, and more. In addition to couples work, I've also found a passion for exploring healing related to domestic violence and grief, as well as providing support around struggles related to anxiety and depression.
An additional population I have a special interest and years of training working with are individuals and families who are impacted by or are experiencing hoarding behaviors.
Shelby Rogers, MA, LMFTA
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFTA
I focus on helping parents build better relationships with their children. I'm passionate about supporting parents and family members through the process of creating emotional safety which is necessary for positive, sustainable change.
Through counseling, I can help your family develop better communication, find new ways to cope with stress and create healthier interactions. I utilize a number of therapeutic approaches determined by you and your family's needs. Collaboratively, we will set goals, develop a plan, and continuously evaluate our work as we progress.
Along with families, I work with individual adults with a variety of concerns including life transitions, relationships, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. My primary areas of interest are attachment and relationship-based issues, child development, parent coaching, trauma/abuse, depression, emotion dysregulation, self-esteem.
Matina Hawkins, LICSW, CMHS
We are designed for healthy relationship but those relationships can get damaged or feel broken. Restoration is possible! I incorporate biblical principles, scripture and prayer for clients who would like to integrate Christian faith into the counseling work. Together, we will explore your history, ways of thinking and behavioral patterns to identify places for growth and change. We are meant to be people who thrive, so if you feel stuck in your own life or in your relationships, please reach out.
Providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to work toward healing and wholeness is a priority for me. I work from a strengths based perspective, recognizing the strengths that a person has already developed and using that as a starting point for change and growth.
My approach is relaxed, conversational and direct when needed with the goal of simultaneously supporting and challenging you. Together, we can help you cultivate the change you are wanting in your life or in the life of your family.
Dr. Andre Sims, Washington State Pastoral Counselor
Masters in Psychology & Religion
Doctorate of Ministry
Dr. Andre Sims began his career of counseling and nurturing people in 1985. Dr. Sims practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, specializing in the identification of false core beliefs that manifest as depressions, anxiety, outbursts of anger, and marital/relationship conflicts. For over 25 years, Dr. Sims has seen individuals, couples, and families be set free from the negative impact of false beliefs and move forward in the knowledge of the truth.
Dr. Sims received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Liberty University. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) and completed his Doctorate of Ministry (D.MIN.) degree in 1993. While in Virginia, Dr. Sims began serving in the inner city, providing counseling and community outreach services to the underprivileged population. During this time, Dr. Sims met his wife, Kathy (of 21 years); and they partnered in the counseling of young men, women, and couples.