Who We Are

Director

Margaret Jill Madsen-Kelly, MS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified School Psychologist

Jill is the founder and director of the Center For Family Development, and she is committed to your personal well-being and privacy. As a licensed mental health counselor and certified school psychologist, Jill has seen clients in private practice for more than 30 years. In addition to directing the Center for Family Development, her emphasis with individuals and families in her counseling practice is to help clients improve self-awareness and enhance relationships with others. Jill’s professional history includes specialties working with individuals, couples, a diverse range of children’s services and family therapy.

Perry District

Office Staff

Kristi Sicilia, Office Manager
Marie Pacheco
Perry District

Counseling Staff

Kelsi Adams, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate

Kelsi graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor's in Human Development and Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work degree at Eastern Washington University. Kelsi has worked in mental health and social work since 2005, mostly with adolescents, young adults, those experiencing grief and end-of-life issues. She takes a strengths-based and client-centered approach in her work and is committed to meeting her clients where they are at, using the empowerment model. Kelsi uses evidenced-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. At the client’s direction, Kelsi supports the client’s spiritual exploration, healing and development.

Spokane Valley
Ashlie Ball, MS, LMHC

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.

Perry District
Pamela Barnes, MS, LMHC

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.

Perry District
Mary Davis, MS, LMHC

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.

Perry District
Sommer Kraft-Purvis, MS, LMHC

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. sommerkraftpurvisms.com

Perry District
Tara Marcella, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate

Tara received her Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Tara has experience providing mental health counseling in a medical setting with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, along with medical illnesses. She has experience working with at risk youth who are struggling with addiction in an outpatient and inpatient setting. Tara has experience working with kids, youth, and adults and has been practicing in the mental health field since 2017. Tara utilizes a client centered and strengths-based approach with her clients. She believes that individuals should have an active role in their treatment, and she is here to provide guidance and support through this process. Tara’s treatment modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Problem-Solving Theory.

Spokane Valley

TJ (Terry Jo) O’Dell, MA, LMHC

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 ,and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, Nail Biting, etc.).

North Washington
Wyatt O’Dell, MA, LMHC, LMFTA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

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.

North Washington

Sierra Ramos, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Sierra has been working with children, adolescents, and adults for four years. She works from a person- centered, strengths-based perspective supporting the individual where they are. She realizes that each person has a unique background, strengths and challenges that they bring, and she pulls from a variety of modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to name a few to meet those varying needs. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, and life adjustments. Sierra works with the client to help them reach their goals and becoming the best version of themselves. Sierra sees therapy as a true vehicle for self-exploration, discovery, change and to build upon client’s personal strengths.

North Washington
Jo Schafer, MA, LMHC

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.

25th Avenue
Jonathan Weber, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Jon’s personal desire and professional calling is about establishing genuine connections with people. He is most enthusiastic about encouraging and empowering individuals to experience life to the fullest! Jon’s work focuses on assisting individuals to grow and develop in the various dimensions of their lives. He enjoys working with adolescents and adults in all seasons of life in the specific areas of human thriving, holistic development, meaningful relationships, identity formation, sexual identity, spiritual crisis, addiction recovery, and dealing with personal struggles of all kinds (e.g., anxiety, depression, relational conflict, and self-esteem).

Perry District
Nilmini Wilkens, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nilmini has been practicing as a private practice clinician since 2011.  Nilmini 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.

Perry District
Matthew Scott Woods, MS, LMHC

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.

North Washington
Claire Collins, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

Claire attended Eastern Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009 and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013. Claire has worked in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at EWU since 2012, practicing and serving its students. She has been in private practice since 2018 and enjoys working with adolescents and adults on a variety of issues such as self-exploration, attachment and relationship struggles, trauma, grief, chronic illness, cancer, depression and anxiety. Claire strongly believes in the mind-body connection and employs a holistic approach to mental health and wellness that includes mindfulness, nutrition, body work and stress management. She considers herself eclectic and draws from a strong background in attachment, interpersonal and parts work theories, and is trained in EMDR. In addition to her clinical practice, Claire is an occasional adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and Guidance Counseling Department at Spokane Community College. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, paddle boarding, and spending time with loved ones.

Perry District
Elissa Hurand, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Elissa is a wife, mother and athlete – compassionate, attentive and genuinely focused on learning about the individual – intuitive about the client’s core issues – providing a safe therapeutic environment to feel, think and reflect.

As a practicing therapist and mindfulness practitioner for 15 years, Elissa incorporates both traditional and innovative methods to help overcome life’s challenges and embrace your potential. Through the process of healing, she will address underlying issues and discover a sense of meaning and peace far greater than before these symptoms began to control your lives. As a result, you can experience joy and strength beyond what you ever imagined.

In working with individuals, she specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and emotional regulation. She also has extensive experience working with chemical dependency, substance abuse/dependence, and addictions of all kinds. Many clients also seek help for stage of life transitions, often during young adulthood when social expectations are at their highest and roles begin to change, or during middle-age regarding new demands in career, child-rearing and long-term relationships. Elissa aids in helping clients to develop an optimal life experience in whatever stage of life or circumstance in which clients find themselves. 

Perry District

PhD Affiliate

Trish Kraft, Ph.D., is available for consultation and supervision of all our therapists.

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