Washington Mental Health Counseling Association
Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) is the professional organization working exclusively to meet the needs of Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington State.
WMHCA is chartered through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), our national professional organization.
Our mission is to promote quality mental health counseling services, maintain a viable and distinct professional identity, and influence public policy consistent with our professional ethics and values.
WMHCA performs its mission by working with other professional organizations, the state legislature, state regulatory agencies, insurance companies and consumers to promote quality in mental health counseling practices. We maintain standing committees whose focus is to safeguard and advocate for Licensed Mental Health Counselors and their clients.
The Purpose of WMHCA:
- Promote and maintain the profession of mental health counseling by stressing high levels of ethical and professional practice
- Promote legislation and administrative rules that recognize and advance the profession of mental health counseling.
- Foster cooperation among mental health providers to improve care and services to clients.
- Position the profession favorably in the healthcare market through marketing and education.
- Encourage the next generation of mental health counselors by supporting the transition from graduate school to professional life.
- Provide advocacy with insurance companies for contract language that protects licensed mental health counselors and their clients.
- Provide educational programs that enhance knowledge and promote continuing professional growth.
- Provide opportunities for connection and networking among its members for professional development.
Disclaimer: WMHCA does not endorse products or services, including products and services advertised in its publications or on its website, unless explicitly so stated in the advertisement itself. Nor does WMHCA endorse opinions or confirm authenticity of statements contained in material submitted for publication. And also, the selection of a venue by WMHCA to hold meetings or host workshops reflects only the suitability of the facility for that purpose, nothing more.
Toni Aswegan, LMHC, MAC, NCC; President; [email protected]
Toni Aswegan currently works in private practice, Riverbank Therapy LLC. Toni focuses on adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD and addictions. Toni is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Toni also provides supervision services and is an approved clinical supervisor. Toni has been a member of WMHCA since 2015 when she moved to Seattle from Virginia and has served on the WMHCA board since 2016. Toni is currently serving the 2017-2019 term as President. Toni believes that participation in WMHCA is a great way to connect with other counselors, advocate for the profession in the state and stay up to date on developments in the field.
Ellen K. Carruth, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS; President Emeritus, Continuing Education Reviewer; [email protected]
Dr. Carruth is currently a Professor and the Chair of Counselor Education Programs at City University of Seattle. In addition to program administration, Dr. Carruth is an award-winning instructor, and has over 15 years of experience working in human services and community mental health. Dr. Carruth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Dr. Carruth has been a member for WMHCA since 2008, and a member of the board since 2012. She believes that involvement in state-level associations is critical to the growth and health of professional bodies, and she also stays active as a way to model professional behaviors for her students. Dr. Carruth currently serves the board as the Continuing Education evaluator.
Duncan Hollomon, JD, PhD, LMHC, Treasurer, [email protected]
Duncan Hollomon, JD, PhD, LMHC, is our Treasurer. He has a private practice on his wooden boat on Lake Union, where he sees adults and couples. In his previous professional life he was an actor and singer, having appeared in numerous musicals and plays, as well as serving as member of the political satire troupe “The Capitol Steps,” which has been on NPR and public television. A “recovering lawyer” Duncan once served on the staff of the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress, and was a public policy coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund. Duncan taught Theories and Practices of Psychotherapy at Antioch University in Seattle for 7 years, and is trained in many areas of professional practice, including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, CBT, Emotion-focused therapy for couples, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, and DBT, and has studied developmental trauma with Bessel Van der Kolk. His current focus is on mindfulness as a practice for the therapist, and shared relational knowing in the intersubjective field.
Karen Langer M.Ed, LMHC, President Emeritus, Continuing Education Reviewer [email protected]
Past President Emeritus;. President of WMHCA for 8 years and then on the AMHCA board from 2007-2014 (Western Region Director 2007-11; President-Elect 2011-12; President 2012-13; Past President 2014).
Shannon Thompson MA LMHC CMHS, Workshop Co-Chair [email protected]
Shannon is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and a child and adolescent mental health specialist (CMHS). She has been in private practice since 2013. Prior to that she worked in community mental health for several years. She graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2006. She currently serves as a member of the board and is one of the workshop chairs.
Aphrodite Beidler LMHC
Aphrodite Beidler is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington. She works at WSU Tri-Cities and has a private counseling practice called RiverWalk Counseling in Richland. She completed college in Greece and received her M.A. in Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne College in NC, and her M.Ed. from the University of Edinburgh in UK. Her experience comes from working with clients from different cultural backgrounds dealing with concerns ranging from everyday life struggles to clinical anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and other problems that impair health and wellness. Aphrodite practices from an existential-humanistic therapeutic stance, and works with her clients to set goals, and to determine duration, and method of treatment. She helps clients utilize their own internal resources, resolve internal conflicts, and restore emotional balance, and health.
Kyle Williams LMHC
Kyle is in private practice in Spokane, and serves as WMHCA’s Eastern Washington rep. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Candidate Jungian Analyst, and a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has a passion for the psychology of religion, and the interface between depth psychology, myth, religion, and the arts. A retired Broadway veteran, Kyle did graduate work in Hinduism and Buddhism (ABD), before becoming a therapist. She has taught for Antioch Seattle, Hunter College and Marymount Loyola in NYC. She’s published numerous essays on Jungian psychology and has taught and lectured for a variety of Jungian venues. Her counseling background includes working with cancer patients and their families, as well as in residential care for Seniors. She is a proud step-mom of two sets of twins and two unbearably cute dogs.
Kaleb serves on the WMHCA board as student representative and is currently completing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health at City University of Seattle, finishing this June. He currently works as a Co-Occurring Clinician and Crisis Response team member at Valley Cities Behavioral Health. He also holds his CDPT along with certifications in Motivational Interview and CBT for psychosis. His primary populations are substance abuse, psychosis, and PTSD.
Marianne Marlow, LMHC, CFDW, Board Member, [email protected]
Marianne Marlow is a presenter, trainer, psychotherapist, and relationship specialist. The foundation of her work is: relationships test bravery, reveal courage, and lead to evolution. Healthy relationships rewire us dynamically inspiring us to positively influence the world!
Marianne’s passion lies in assisting those daring for authentic relationships. She trains coaches, therapists, physicians, attorneys, and thought-leaders internationally in highly-experiential programs and retreats. She is secretary of WMHCA and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. As a public and industry presenter, she extends her expertise by teaching personal and professional resiliency. As a skilled therapist with 17 years experience, she supervises and professionally develops coaches and therapists.
Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD, CHES, MHCA, Board Member; [email protected]
Oladunni Oluwoye received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University, and her Ph.D. in Health Education for the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Oluwoye is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Washington State University, Spokane in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Initiative of Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH). Dr. Oluwoye is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State.
Dr. Oluwoye’s previous research has focused on substance use among Black/African American youth and young adults. She currently works on two NIH-funded randomized clinical trials developing and testing the effectiveness of behavioral treatments for alcohol use disorders in two populations who experience alcohol related disparities: adults with co-occurring serious mental illness and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Dr. Oluwoye’s current interest focuses on co-occurring substance use disorders and early onset of serious mental illness (i.e. first-episode psychosis) and racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care particularly among Black/African Americans. Through this work her hope is to advance the availability, acceptability, and effectiveness of mental health care in minority populations. Thus, increasing equities within the mental health care system that will reduce treatment delays and improve the pathways to care.