Our practice provides therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Our primary approach to counseling focuses on clients' strengths and ability to make positive changes in their lives. We believe that one of the essential ingredients for therapeutic change is trust between the therapist and client. Clients are encouraged to set their own goals for therapy and to be full and active participants in their own treatment. Guided by the client's needs and issues, we use a variety of tools drawing from many therapeutic approaches, such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Linda Skinner, MA, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Children’s Mental Health Specialist; Washington State Approved Supervisor, #LF00002625; and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. I am the owner and founder of Pathway to Change and provide clinical supervision to all of the therapists at Pathway to Change. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology both from Pacific Lutheran University. I am experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. I provide therapy from the Pathway to Change Tacoma and Puyallup offices.
Lori TeSelle-DeLisa, MA, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Performance/Sport Psychology from Western Washington University. Additionally, I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science from Western Washington University. I am a children's mental health specialist and I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I provide therapy from the Pathway to Change Puyallup office.
Signe Wallerich-Neils, MA, LMFTA
I have my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minors in Human Development, both from Washington State University.
I have experience working closely with children and families, as well as couples and individuals. Using a systems approach to therapy, I take into consideration al the various and unique aspects of my client's life and experiences to better understand and assess their presenting problems. My goal is to help clients discover their strengths and better understand their behaviors as a result of their own contexts and relationships. I look forward to helping those in our community through my continued work with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Danielle Edwards, BA, MA MFT Candidate
I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Washington.
I have experience working at Pacific Lutheran University's Couple and Family Therapy Center as well as Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, where I worked with adults, adolescents and children. I believe in looking at life's challenges through a systemic lens with a large focus on strengths and additional contextual pieces. Resiliency is what has kept you going until now, my role is to help expand on your strengths and provide an alternative perspective of the obstacles in your path. My goal is to foster a warm, safe and relaxed environment to encourage building a trusting relationship and guide you to a more genuine connection with yourself and others in your life.
Elisa Stepp, BA, CDP, MA MFT Candidate
I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandman University and an Associated of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency from Centralia College.
I have a firm belief that each person is of infinite value, within them is also the innate ability to change and improve their lives. This belief system allows me to work with people from all walks of life with unconditional positive regard. I truly believe in a systemic approach to therapy which encompasses the individual or couples' systems that contribute to the need or desire for change. Therefore, I honor those who put themselves in my care and believe that together as a team we can achieve therapeutic goals. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, individuals, and couples and look forward to working with all who place themselves in my care.
Katelyn Torres, BA, MA MFT Candidate
I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Washington.
I strive to provide a space where I, as a therapist, and the client have a collaborative relationship. Therapy is a journey that can be challenging at times, but I hope to build on strengths that clients already possess and provide tools to aim them in reaching their goals. I have experience with clients of diverse identies and a wide range of ages at the Couple and Family Therapy Center at Pacific Lutheran University.
Nikole Koumoutsos, BA, MA Psychology Candidate
I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Psychology at Seattle University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies from Northern Arizona University.
Beginning a therapeutic journey requires courage and faith on the part of the person seeking services. I already appreciate the effort it takes to find a therapeutic match which means that I will, in the words of Eugene Gendlin, show up with "at least as much courage as the client has." I am training in a range of modalities and am informed by several theoretical traditions, like existentialism, which allows me to tailor my approach to suit your needs and create a collaborative process. Monitoring our embodied states is particularly important to the therapeutic process as it helps position our work together in terms of a real, explored relationship. How you and I relate may mirror how you relate to other people in your life. In practice, I see us as two human beings in the room, not as expert and client. I intend to be honest, open and curious. We will work together to make sense of your experiences, identify difficulties, and integrate your inner and outer resources to find meaning and the capacity to live a fuller life.
Steven Akuffo, BS, MA MHC Candidate
I am currently working on my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Capella University.
My counseling approach is based on a treatment focus that empathizes a client's strengths. I take a client-centered approach in building therapeutic relationships as a compassionate facilitator for change. I understand the importance of solution-focused pathways to transformation for clients centered on restructuring thought distortions and intrusive thoughts, while finding hope and belief in themselves. My multitheoretical psychotherapeutic approach is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, supported by a cultural competency orientation toward my clients.
Barbie Nevin, BS, MS MHC Candidate
I am currently working on my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix. I am also a certified peer specialist. I have experience working as a sexual assult victim advocate for Rebuilding Hope in Tacoma and as a mental health technician at Greater Lakes Mental Health in Lakewood. I have also worked as a mental health case manager at Comprehensive Life Resources in Tacoma.
I believe that for counseling to be as effective as possible a partnership between the counselor and the client must exist. The counseling process should be a collaboration, with both parties working toward identifying and achieving the client's treatment goals. The overarching goal is to determine the behaviors and thoughts that negatively impact the client's life and find strategies to improve it. My primary approach to counseling is an integration of cognative-behavioral, systems, and person-centered therapies, with an emphasis on practicing mindfulness. This intergative counseling approach aims to balance a genuine and empathetic relationship with the client, mindful awareness, and a shared effort at reaching treatment goals. I strongly encourage active input from my clients.
Henry Phillips, BA, MA MFT Candidate
I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University. I have a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in Humanities from Sierra Nevada University.
I am a military veteran and registered non denominational minister with Universal Life Church. I've spent the last 7 years, before entering PLU, working with veterans and their families in a variety of support roles. I believe therapy is a way we can work together to get through life's ups and downs. Here your goals are our goals. I take a collaborative and systemic approach assisting you with getting the most of your time here.
Sophia Bean, MA, MA MHC Candidate
I am currently working on my Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at Concordia University. I have a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with emphasis in Religion from Vanguard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Concordia University.
My counseling approach is holiostic and focuses on working collaboratively with my clients to reach their goals. I believe my clients are the experts in their lives and that empathy is the driving force for growth and healing. I work with my clients to explore issues in attachment, develop coping skills for symptoms that have plagued them for years, and begin to build the framework for thriving interpersonal relationships. I consider myself a client-centered counselor, but I also utilize positive psychology techniques and I place an emphasis on whole-person care.