COUNSELING STAFF AT SJFC
Catherine D. Armstead, Ph.D., Clinical Director - Psychologist
I have worked in a range of settings from public school K-12, public and private college and universities and now a non-profit agency.
My clinical work has focused on the treatment of a broad range of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, physical and sexual abuse/assault, relationship issues, women’s issues, multicultural issues and diversity. I perceive myself as an eclectic therapist. I individualize the therapeutic approach to fit the needs of the client. I address the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are preventing one from making the changes necessary to reach his or her goals
Ed Hinson, MS, LMHC, Family Therapist
I have been practicing as a mental health therapist since 1984. My initial training was in family therapy and parenting issues. I have expanded that training by becoming conversant in attachment and objects relations theories and studying the basics of effective communication and parenting in 21st century America. In the process I have come to appreciate the ability of each individual to change in a way uniquely suited to their needs and values to achieve their potential.
I have worked in a variety of settings, ranging from inpatient hospital wards, to substance abuse treatment centers, mental health centers, child abuse agencies and private practice. I am also trained in hypnosis and EMDR and adapt my treatment approach to the needs of the client.
Diana Hornbogen, M.Ed., LMFT, Therapist, Instructor, Mediation Specialist
Diana’s therapeutic approach is solution-focused, designed to identify and resolve current personal and interpersonal difficulties. Grounded in the Family Systems Model, she uses cognitive-behavioral principals to help them achieve a more successful mastery of their world. Individual, couples and family therapy with an emphasis on interpersonal communication (conflict negotiation and resolution, fair-fighting, assertiveness skills) family life-cycle and developmental issues. Pre-marriage preparation, divorce and rebuilding, creating successful step/blended families are areas of particular interest.
Michael Knight, MA, LMHC, Therapist, Instructor
Transpersonal Psychology deals with various aspects of the whole person including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. Michael works with individuals and groups and his primary therapeutic approach is client-centered. He specializes in working with clients who suffer from the often debilitating aftermath of psychological trauma. He believes that the most important therapeutic tool of any counselor is the development of a healthy relationship with a client that recognizes their emotional and spiritual needs and that empowers them to appreciate their own unique gifts.
Carlos Alden, MS, LMFT, Therapist
Carlos Alden, trained in Family Systems practice, helps people look at how they can change their interactions with others in order to enact life changes. This includes families in crisis, and helping people adjust parenting styles to meet changing developmental stages. He also has experience with using cognitive behavior therapy to look at situations in more productive ways. He also has personal and professional experience working with members of adoption families and birthparents, helping individuals grow and thrive with this enriched family experience. Carlos’ experience includes working as an adoption social worker, foster care social worker, in outpatient couples and families settings, with families in crisis, young parents in chronic stress, and with persistent and chronically mentally ill populations.
Elizabeth Cole, SP, Ph.D, Intake Coordinator
Liz has worked as the intake coordinator for SJFC since August of 2006. Having taught psychology for several years, Liz appreciates now experiencing the clinical side of the field. Liz particularly enjoys connecting clients with the counselors and the help that they need.
Esther Velasquez,OSB, BA, Receptionist, Clinical Assistant
Sr. M. Esther Velasquez, a member for over 45 years of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, has worked at SJFC since 2005. After serving as administrative assistant at SJFC for more than five years she became clinical assistant last year. The ministry of healing of body, mind and spirit has been a focus of her life since 1968. Following this persistant call to help people heal, she worked as a medical secretary and receptionist, a parish pastoral assistant, a missionary in Colombia while learning medical billing along the way. Offering healing hospitality to those who need mental health services brings a sense of personal fulfillment.
Heidi Broers-Vazquez, MA, MPA, Medical Billing and Coding Manager
Heidi has lived in Spokane since mid 2009. She is originally from Seattle, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management, and Health Informatics from the University of Washington. She also has a Master of the Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga, and earned her Master’s in Public Administration at Eastern Washington University. She has several years’ professional experience in Human Resources, healthcare administration, and operations management. She enjoys volunteering within the community, sports, art, reading, and learning.
Carla Blood -Administrative Assistant
Carla recently graduated from SCC with a degree in Medical Billing and Coding. Carla is an administrative assistant for SJFC. She has a background of 15 years in the retail business and has always dreamed of getting back into the medical field. Prior to working in the retail business Carla was an LPN in Newport News, Virginia while her husband worked at Langley Air Force Base. When he retired from the Air Force in 1995 they moved back to Spokane to be around friends and family. “We have seen most of the United States but Spokane holds our heart and we are grateful to be back in the Pacific Northwest.”
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