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

Michalyn Nowacki

Office Manager

 

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.

Trishanna Jones, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Trish’s therapeutic approach focuses on holistic healing and personal empowerment through individual awareness and processing within a healing environment. Through unconditional positive regard, compassion, and building resiliency, Trish believes that therapy can be a foundation for change, as well as foster hope. Trish’s style of counseling is eclectic, focusing on a person’s infinite self-worth. She also has experience in co-facilitating attachment groups rooted in Circle of Security, as well as empowerment and self-esteem groups. Trish has experience working with couples, adolescents, parents, and adults and is currently a Mental Health Counselor at Catholic Charities Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Program (CAPA).

Jo Schafer, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jo has been in private practice for twelve 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.

 Vivienne Dutzar, MS, RD, Presence Based Coach

Vivienne began working as a registered dietitian in the 1970’s and has had the privilege of engaging in nutrition therapy with a variety of clients with an array of diagnoses.  For the past three decades, she has focused on those who struggle with eating disorders, and has recognized that the power of transformation lies in the hands of the individual.  Having recently become certified as a Presence Based Coach, she continues to learn techniques for assisting clients in the identification and pursuit of their own health goals.

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 11 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 Mindfulness Based, Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy, Biofeedback, EMDR, 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