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Our Team

We provide individual therapy, couples counseling and family therapy, as well as psychological assessment and evaluations. 

 

We look forward to supporting you in your journey to health and wellness. It’s what we do and the heart of why we’re here.

 

If you have questions or would like to begin working with us, contact us. We would be happy to talk with you.

  • Angela Agelopoulos, PsyD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Owner

    • Relationship issues/Couples counseling

    • Anxiety/Depression

    • Life transitions

    • Perfectionism

    • Mindfulness

    • ADHD evaluations


    I work therapeutically with adults to help them find more effective ways of navigating life’s challenges. Overall, my therapeutic work reflects a combination of how our past relational experiences influence current functioning, with a focus on developing more adaptive, ways of coping and being. Together, we seek to understand the “whys” of your emotional distress and effective ways of resolving those concerns.

    I earned my Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, an APA-accredited program, in 2008. I completed my APA-accredited internship at Northwestern University's Counseling Center in Chicago, and postdoctoral fellowship through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, splitting my time between working in the clinical training department of the Counseling Department and working with underserved, low income youth and teens at a residential center. I've had invaluable experiences working with people from all walks of life in various settings including psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, therapeutic day schools, and pediatrician offices. I've been in private practice since 2010, and started SCAW in 2018.

     

    Issues I often address with people include depression, anxiety, perfectionism, overachievement, control, workaholism; singlehood/couplehood; life transitions (new job/job loss, move, engagement, divorce/breakup, etc.); personal identity, existential questions (“Who am I? Why am I here?”). I also work with couples who are wanting to develop more effective ways of relating to one another. I utilize evidenced-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based approaches, and dialectical behavioral focused techniques to meet the individual needs of my clients. I take a collaborative approach in my work with clients to develop a treatment plan that will position clients to achieve their therapeutic goals.

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  • Naoko Nakano Brown, PhD, LMHC, NCC

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Supervisor

    • Depression

    • Anxiety

    • Relationship issues

    • Loneliness

    • Multicultural issues

    I believe that all of us essentially know what is good for ourselves. Yet, we are not always aware of it. In our sessions, we will meet together and work collaboratively to better understand your feelings and experiences by exploring the meaning(s) of your present and past experiences. For an example, why you feel and behave the way(s) you do. Increasing your awareness and understanding of your experiences would help you to gain alternative perspectives that would help you to no longer feel stuck and/or afraid. I will make observations, interpretations, and recommendations that assist you to gain a sense of congruence.

    I received Master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University in 2003 and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University in 2018. My training background includes Humanistic psychology, Person-Centered Approach, Psychodynamic Oriented Psychotherapy, Experiential Psychotherapy and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.My approach reflects all my training. I work with individuals and couples with a diversity of issues and backgrounds.

    I am a certified Focusing Professional/Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist. Focusing is a process that helps you to gain the deepest awareness. Focusing process guides you to understand your experience through bodily felt sense. Studies have shown, the clients who are able to access inner felt experience have a greater success rate in psychotherapy. For further information about Focusing, please visit Focusing Institute website.

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  • Katherine Burke, PsyD

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

    • Anxiety and Depression

    • Couples counseling

    • Family therapy

    • Women's issues

    • Life transitions

    I specialize in working with adult individuals, couples, and families on the issues they feel are vital to therapeutic work. I am a collaborative therapist passionate about working together with people who are motivated and seeking positive change in their lives.

    My background includes an undergraduate education in Psychology and Women Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle as well as a Masters and Doctorate of Psychology in Couple and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology. I hold a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LF60766336) and CDPT (CO60801717) for the State of Washington. My clinical journey has lead me to assist people of a wide cultural background. I help couples to improve their communication, process their realities and share their emotions with one another. I help families rebuild their relationships through transitions, hardships, and loss. I assist individuals move through intense sensations of anxiety and depression, gain skills in how to manage challenging emotions and difficult situations, and better their lives by focusing on their positive characteristic strengths. 

    In my practice, I utilize the Gottman Couple Method, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered and Solution-Focused Therapy. I see the purpose of my work as helping those in critical periods of their lives, providing a safe and supportive environment for people to self-explore, heal, and grow both individually and within their relationships.

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  • Julia Fajado

    Administrative Assistant

    As SCAW's Administrative Assistant, Julia works with clients to learn what they're looking for and to help connect them to the right therapist for their needs. Julia manages the operations of the practice and brings a wealth of administrative experience and passion for health and wellness to the practice.

     

    Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Relations. She's completed a program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and enjoys integrating her love for health and wellness as a health coach.

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  • Audriannah Levine-Ward, PsyD, LMHCA

    Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Mental Heath Counselor Associate

    • LGBTQ+

    • Trauma and PTSD

    • Sex and variant sexuality

    • Substance Use

    • Developing coping skills for life's stressors

    I believe that therapy begins with safety, connection and communication, maintained by

    a respectful and nonjudgmental relationship. When we work together in session, I will

    be collaborative, flexible and open. My therapeutic method is one that utilizes

    empowerment and coping skills to help you remain present and authentic in all that you

    do.

     

    I approach my work with an integrative lens; utilizing narrative, feminist, social-justice,

    evidenced based and trauma- informed approaches. I specialize in the areas of sexual

    orientation, gender transition, BDSM/ Kink, alternative relationship constellations, sex

    work, trauma, microagressive trauma, death and dying, substance abuse, disordered

    eating and body positivity.

    I received my Doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in

    2017, and have been working in the mental health field for 10 years. I completed my

    pre-doctoral internship at the UCSF/ ZSFG Trauma Recovery Center in the

    psychosocial medicine training program. There, I worked with survivors of religion and

    gender- based persecution, gun violence and sexual assault survivors living in San

    Francisco.

    In addition to providing talk therapy, I am a community educator, lecturer and have

    expertise in consulting with organizations to create or improve LGBTQ+ affirming services.

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  • Roman Lokhmotov, PsyD

    Licensed Psychologist

    • Attention-deficit (ADHD) evaluations

    • Intellectual functioning (IQ) assessment

    • Personality assessment

    • Testing for Diagnostic clarification

    • School admissions testing

     

    Hello, and thank you for choosing our practice. I am a licensed psychologist providing psychological evaluation services at Seattle Counseling and Wellness. My experience includes conducting a wide variety of psychological evaluations, as well as teaching master’s and doctoral-level courses in cognitive and personality assessment. I received my Doctor of Psychology degree from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA; completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington in Washington, DC; and obtained a postdoctoral supervised experience (residency) through private practice in Arlington, VA.

    My aim is to provide evidence-based psychological assessments to help clarify the nature of an individual’s psychological concerns and to make appropriate recommendations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions regarding psychological evaluations.

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  • Karen M. Sanders, LMHC

    Licensed Mental Heath Counselor

    • Depression

    • Anxiety, including OCD, panic, work and school stress

    • Identity issues including LGBTQ+, ethnic and cultural, neurological differences

    • Creating meaning and living authentically

    • Life transitions

    When we understand our past and present selves, and begin to experience the full complex richness of our lives, we are freed to grow and change naturally. As your therapist, I will help you through this process with openness, curiosity, and respect for your individual experience.

    I approach psychotherapy with a relational and humanistic perspective, using the connection and working relationship between client and therapist to facilitate healing. Depending on your needs, we can utilize a variety of treatment modes including emotion-focused, mindfulness and mind-body therapies. We will work together to address your concerns and to explore possible new ways of being.

    I received my M.A. in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University in 2000.

     

    I work with individuals, couples, and teens experiencing depression, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress, anger, confusion and grief as well as issues around chronic pain/illness, life transitions, LGBTQ identity, ethnic and cultural identity, neurological differences, and work and school stress. I strive to help clients embrace their experience and strengths, discover value and meaning in their lives, and find new healthy and compassionate ways to be with themselves and others.

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  • Kathryn Sawyer, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

    • Depression and Anxiety

    • Anxiety-related disorders including Panic attacks / Panic Disorder / OCD/ Agoraphobia/PTSD

    • Trauma

    • Grief  

    • Insomnia and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Exposure Therapy

    • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

    •  Interoceptive Exposure

    • Exposure with Response Prevention (EXRP)

    I primarily practice a type of therapy called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. This approach is practical and focused on the present. It involves learning new skills and behaviors. If you are seeking help with anxiety, treatment will probably involve a technique called exposure that has been shown to help people with anxiety problems. If you are seeking help with depression, stress, insomnia, or managing chronic physical health problems, treatment will focus on helping you to gradually implement lifestyle changes that improve your physical and mental well being.

    Problems I can typically help with include depression, anxiety, worry, panic attacks, trauma/PTSD, OCD, and grief. I also provide therapy to help with management of chronic health problems including insomnia and chronic pain. When appropriate, I use manualized treatments including Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD, Exposure with Response Prevention for OCD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for chronic pain.

    I earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University in 2011 and have been a licensed psychologist in Washington State since 2013.

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  • Jacquelyn Swaoger, LMHCA

    Licensed Mental Heath Counselor Associate

    • Interpersonal relationships

    • Grief and Loss

    • Anxiety/Depression

    • Childhood trauma

    • Substance abuse assessments and support

    • Life transitions

    I believe that conflict, trauma, and ineffective ways of functioning result from negative relational experiences and that they can also be healed through positive ones. This is why I place great care and attention into fostering a deep connection with each client that rests on empathy, respect, and authenticity. Therapy can be a rewarding endeavor that allows an individual to overcome obstacles, deepen their understanding of themselves and their world, and achieve desired goals. In our time together, we will work collaboratively to uncover the root causes of conflict, utilize your strengths, and bring about lasting change.

    I work from a psychodynamic lens that examines how past relational experiences and events influence an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in the here and now. I also incorporate evidenced based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness, that help to bring symptom relief and positive growth. Issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, sexuality, personality conflicts, cultural issues, spirituality and/or identity matters can be addressed within our sessions together. I focus on the whole person and approach therapy as a holistic means to increase wellbeing in all areas of one’s life. 

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  • Honey Williams, LMHCA

    Advanced Practicum Doctoral Student, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

    • Trauma

    • Grief/Loss

    • Mindfulness

    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    I work from a biopsychosocial framework that understands individuals within their unique social and interpersonal contexts. I have experience utilizing a range of evidence-based practices, including dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based practices. At Seattle Counseling and Wellness, my approach to treatment is primarily based in cognitive behavioral therapy, which includes the use of several manualized treatment protocols for trauma, depression, and anxiety related disorders based on the individualized needs of each client. I also pay close attention to my clients’ strengths and protective factors that are already contributing to their resilience and may be further maximized to promote growth. Overall, my approach to therapy is collaborative, client-focused, and attuned to balancing the important dialect of self-acceptance and change within treatment.

    I received my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, where I am also currently finishing my PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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University District Building


1107 N.E. 45th Street, Suite 315

Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 785-1953

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