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Alta Vista Mental Health Team

Empower, Educate, & Elevate.

Our Mental Health team is here to serve you!

Toby Estler, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California (2012) and
Washington (2013).

I have also been a certified Crisis De-escalation Trainer with the
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) since 2015. I received a Master’s Degree in Spiritual
Psychology in 2002 and then a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the
University of Santa Monica, CA in 2009.

I have experience working with children, teens, transitional age youth, and adults – both individuals, couples, and with a variety of family constellations. I have worked in many settings including community outreach and wraparound programs, as well as working within county mental health court systems, in-patient psychiatric stabilization units, and hospital settings.

I consider it a privilege to partner with you on your healing journey and consider you
the expert on your own healing path. I’m here to partner with you, offer suggestions,
remind you of your own strengths and resilience, and to work with you diligently to
get to where you want to be.

Preferred modalities include using strengths-based
approaches that draw upon a number of modalities including Person-Centered,
Gestalt, CBT, DBT, and Narrative Therapy.

Ashley Ruiz, MSW, LICSW

Executive Director & Board Member

I received my Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2016
and have a BA in Human Services from Western Washington University.

I hold a professional certification in the Strengthening Families Program, and I am a Certified Behavior Technician with Washington State. I have more than 18 years working with diverse family systems, promoting optimal outcomes for youth.

My experiences in body health, conditioning, and naturopathic approaches have shaped my belief that an integrated mind-body-soul approach is essential in therapy. I offer formal assessments of cognitive, mental and emotional, physical, spiritual/soul, and social functioning. I offer services to empower people to identify goals and to access inner strengths needed to meet both individual and family goals.

My scope of therapeutic practice includes play therapy, behavioral therapy, family therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, sensory integrative therapy, applied behavioral analysis, functional behavioral assessments, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

My focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults and family systems on many issues relating to the mental health, parenting, behavior and social problems, depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, as well as recovery from physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.

I also specialize in offering assessments, support, and training for youth and families with disabilities.

lleara Brown, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2002 and my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from National University in 2012. I am Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in both California {2017) and Washington {2021).

I am also a former trainer for the gold standard training for suicidality, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). I have had the privilege of working in various settings with vulnerable populations (youth to middle aged) which includes but is not limited to inhome, schools, residential group homes for youth, portable classrooms at a juvenile detention centers, crisis hot lines, and outpatient mental health clinics.

My approach to therapy is always to create a safe space where individuals feel heard, supported, and validated for their experiences. I believe all people have the skills and tools already within themselves, and my role is to shed some light on these strengths utilizing different methods, to help each client reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.

Whether struggling to manage PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship discord and dissatisfaction, life transitions, or the transitions between junior high to high school to college, my integrative style will serve any issue or concern you have.

I am trained to provide services utilizing CBT, DBT, family systems models, motivational interviewing, play therapy, Gestalt, trauma-informed practices, and brief therapy models such as solution focused therapy.

Through play, art, sandtray, music, multimedia, or talk therapy let’s get started on your success.

Rachel Reedy

MSW Intern, Agency-Affiliated Counselor

I grew up in a military family and have been a military spouse for almost 17 years, I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work in 2020.

Working with survivors of sexual exploitation and helping individuals heal from trauma are passions. I started my Master of Social Work in 2021. In 2022, I started my generalist internship with Alta Vista ILS working with individuals and families impacted by developmental disabilities. I was the Disabilities Coordinator, a Specialized Habilitation and Staff and Family Consultation provider, and now have my Agency Affiliated Counselor certification. Currently, I am in my Advanced Practicum for my MSW, providing trauma-informed empowerment therapy for individuals across the lifespan. My scope of practice includes dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-informed practices, cognitive behavioral therapy.

My scope of practice includes client-centered, holistic, trauma-informed, and mindfulness. I have experience working with children, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young adults.

Carolina Faulkner

Agency-Affiliated Counselor

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 and Master’s in Psychology in 2021 from the American Military University.

My experience includes working with the University of Washington in Early Childhood Education, along with having worked in various school districts providing support to families and children as a Family Advocate.

I have also worked as a crisis response behavioral health clinician with at-risk youth and families through Wraparound and Intensive Services (WISe). I am experienced in working with families from diverse communities and have focused on supporting the development of positive communication skills and family strengths. My goal is to support youth and families identify their individual strengths. By highlighting individual strengths, it will be possible for the youth and family to think about their goals in an encouraging, positive, and realistic manner that fits best for their own lives and helps build them up. I focus on supporting families in learning skills to improve communication and expectation as it refers to their individual needs and growth since each family has their own needs and strengths. When working with client, I utilize approaches that are individualized for the individual needs. These approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, SolutionBased Brief Therapy, Play Therapy, and Trauma-informed care.

I believe each individual has the potential to achieve their goals; so let’s create a safe space to explore, learn, and grow as part of the journey to your own personal success.

Justine Sullivan

Counselor Associate

I received my Bachelors degree in Sociology from Oregon State University in 2020, and have my Masters in Psychology with a focus in Counseling from UMass Global.

I’m from the Tacoma area and have lived here all my life except for my four years at Oregon State. After graduating in 2020, I moved back home to Washington and worked for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in Juvenile Rehabilitation. I worked as a counselor assistant at Oakridge Community Facility, a group home for incarcerated youth. I managed a caseload of two youths and assisted in the development and implementation of treatment and reentry plans. I also provided individual counseling and used Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as a treatment model. I left this job in 2021 after deciding to go back to school to pursue a higher degree.

My approach to counseling depends on the client and his or her specific needs. I prefer to use evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

My goal is to support and empower my clients to achieve their goals in an environment that emphasizes confidentiality, respect, trust, and compassion.

We welcome individuals from all faiths, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, cultures, and legal status.

Port Orchard Office

At the Port Orchard office, we provide Mental & Behavioral Health, Education, Social Skills, ABA, Disability Services, and Respite

1950 Pottery Ave Suite 124 Port Orchard, WA 98366
We are conveniently located off the Tremont exit.
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