Staff

director

Margaret Jill Madsen-Kelly, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified School Psychologist

Jill has been in private practice for more than 20 years. In addition to directing the Center for Family Development, Jill provides a range of services in her counseling practice with a primary focus on improving self-awareness and growing the capacity to enhance relationships with others. Jill’s professional history includes specialties working with individuals, couples, a diverse range of children’s services and family therapy.

office staff

Marie Pacheo

Jessica Doner

counseling staff

Ashlie Ball, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified School Psychologist

Ashlie has been practicing as a private practice clinician since 2005. Her professional experience includes work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family and group sessions. Further, she has great experience and knowledge navigating a variety of academic settings, which includes collaborating and working with educators to help students accomplish goals according to their ability level. In order for counseling to be effective, she believes the therapist and the patient must actively work together to  develop therapeutic goals and frequently assess progress, both in and out of session. Ashlie’s approach to therapy is eclectic in nature in order to best meet the needs of each individual.

Pamela Barnes, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Pamela has been in private practice for approximately fifteen years and has worked as a therapist in outpatient mental health settings for approximately thirty years. She has devoted a significant amount of professional training time to the issues of attachment, bonding and caregiving. In addition to her clinical practice, she teaches in Eastern Washington University’s Department of Psychology.

Tonya Geschke Carlson, MS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Tonya received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. Her training includes a comprehensive understanding of Family Systems Theory, which strongly influences her approach to therapy, whether with individuals, families, couples or children. While working on her Master’s degree and internship in Marriage and Family Therapy, Tonya worked in a wide range of settings, including in-patient facilities, residential care facilities, partial hospitalization programs, as well as private practice clinical therapy.

Mary Davis, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Mary has 21 years experience working as a counselor and is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with National Board Certification. She has worked in both counseling agencies as well as school systems. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults focusing on behavior, parenting, relationships and individual concerns. Her approach is to get to know her clients and together develop a counseling approach that works for them. She considers herself an eclectic clinician in that she draws from different counseling approaches based on the determined need. She has had extensive training on the topics of personality and coping patterns and uses this as a guide to help her clients find resolution. Mary has experience working with parenting concerns and is a trained Circle of Security Parent educator. She also has experience working with school systems to establish team based resolution to school problems.

Jo Schafer, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jo has been in private practice for 18 years and has worked in the field of counseling for 22 years. Her practice is holistic, addressing the need for integration of body/mind/spirit. She recognizes each individual’s self-worth by using the client-centered approach along with mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy. Jo sees adolescents, adults, and couples. Jo is certified to teach circle of security parenting and enjoys facilitating attachment groups as well as working with individuals on parenting challenges.

Nilmini Wilkens, M.S., LMFTA

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Nilmini has been practicing as a private practice Clinician since 2011.  Nilmni brings a systemic approach to her practice in therapy with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  With a history of experience in school and private practice settings, she has experience working with individuals, couples and families.  Further, Nilmini has experience facilitating and co-facilitating groups for ADHD, Social Skills, and Self-Esteem.  She believes in meeting clients where they are, utilizing various techniques and modalities to assist them in meeting their goals all while continuing to assess progress and make adjustments to accomplish goals for treatment.

 

Wyatt O’Dell, MA, LMFTA

Wyatt received his degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Whitworth University and has experience working with individuals, families, couples and children.  He uses a systemic approach to therapy and has completed levels one and two clinical training of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  Wyatt has knowledge of many different psychological theories and does not subscribe to a one size fits all method for assisting clients in achieving their goals.  He works with his clients to assess their needs and applies the best approach on a case by case basis.  Wyatt has experience facilitating and co-facilitating group therapy in the areas of: Social skills, training, coping with anxiety, addiction and anger.

Lindsay Daehlin, MSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Lindsay has worked with children, teens and adults for over 12 years in settings that include outpatient mental health and Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.  Consequently, Lindsay has extensive medical experience spanning trauma, chronic illness, cancer and bereavement.  Lindsay works with adults, parents and kids, focusing on client strengths and goals while engaging clients as the expert guides to their own lives.  She uses evidence-based therapies including EMDR, Mindfulness Based, Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy, Biofeedback, Play Therapy, and Art Therapy.  When clients are open to it, Lindsay assists them in connecting more deeply with their own intuition and spirituality in order to find healing and fulfillment.

 

Sommer Kraft-Purvis, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Sommer attended Eastern Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2000 and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003.  Native to the Spokane area, she has worked in the mental health field since 2002.  Her primary focus is helping women navigate the challenges and triumphs of conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery, motherhood and relationship transitions.  However, she warmly welcomes individuals and couples working through a broad range of personal issues including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship obstacles, traumatic experiences and difficult transitions.  In addition to her work in maternal mental health, Sommer lectures on a variety of topics in the community, assists with forensic neuropsychological evaluations and maintains a professional relationship with EWU.  She is a member of many organizations including the American Counseling Association and Postpartum Support International.  www.sommerkraftpurvisms.com

 

TJ (Terry Jo) O’Dell, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Receiving her Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling in 1979, TJ has now accumulated over 30+ years of hands on service in the field of mental health. TJ’s counseling experience includes treatment for anxiety, depression, couples counseling, grief therapy, lifestyle changes, and drug and alcohol abuse. TJ Specializes in treating people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as other anxiety disorders. TJ works with all age groups from young children, adolescents and adults in both individual, family or group sessions providing a cognitive behavioral therapy approach for many diagnoses, yet is flexible in her ability to incorporate an eclectic style to accommodate for individual needs. TJ frequently pursues educational updates in order to provide the most current standards of treatment and care. She has provided numerous training opportunities for organizations in regards to family dynamics, anxiety disorders, and counseling for children with special health care needs. These agencies have included Family Centered Care in Charleston, South Carolina; the Medical Home Conference in Spokane Washington; Central Valley School District, Spokane, Washington; IDEAS conference, Spokane, Washington; Family Service Spokane, and Saint George’s School in Spokane. Additionally, TJ has taught classes on communication skills, parenting, child development, assertiveness training, and ethics.  She has attended the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institue for specialty training in Pediatric, Adult and Advanced Training for OCD.

Matthew Scott Woods, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Matt’s experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group sessions. He believes in a client-centered approach coupled with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). However, he believes individuals are unique in regards to reflectiveness, experiences, personality, and circumstances, therefore he readily utilizes strategies from other approaches (e.g. play therapy, behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, reality therapy, etc.) to best meet an individual’s needs.

Shannon Mitchell, MA

Licensed Social Worker

Shannon has been a practitioner in the field of social work for 20 years. Her passion is providing counseling services to adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and LGBTQ clients.  As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Shannon comes from a strength based approach toward treatment, believing that the individual is resourceful and resilient, focusing more on individual strengths rather than deficits. Other techniques she is trained in, and are utilized include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.