Associated Valley Counseling and Integrative Wellness, LLC is comprised of three therapists, a social worker and partnered nutritionist, who joined together with the goal of serving clients in the King County area. After many years of working in healthcare, we have come to recognize the need for quality counseling in this area. Our team is committed to meeting this need in a capacity that is beneficial for individuals and the community.
We will attempt to match you with the best therapist as well as the therapist that is contracted with your insurance. There may be times in which the therapist that is the best fit is not contracted with your insurance and may be billing your insurance as an out of network provider. We will do our best to communicate all necessary information to you, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the client to determine eligibility and insurance coverage for services. We will bill your insurance and send statements for any additional costs not covered by your insurance.
We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and join you through this phase of your journey.
Virginia Newman, MS, RDN, CD
My nutritional approach is guided by empathy as well as the recognition of the numerous factors that influence what and why we eat. I aim to help my clients build a nourishing and peaceful relationship with food, using an intuitive eating approach to guide the way. In this collaborative framework we explore the nutrition of food and beyond to build a deeper understanding of what embodied nourishment looks like for each individual and create a path towards embracing this.
I have a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. In my experience I have witnessed how perfectionism with food and body ideals can sabotage a person’s holistic health goals by fostering shame, anxiety, and additional stress. I am fully committed to an evidence based non-diet and health at every size nutritional approach. I use a motivational interviewing framework to uncover a client’s true needs and barriers to success. My clinical interests include cardiovascular health, diabetes and blood sugar management, PCOS, chronic dieting and disordered eating. I am passionate about supporting clients in developing a peaceful and nourishing relationship to food and body so that they feel empowered to reach their life goals without the weight of food obsession or body shame.
Mary Syslo, MSW, LICSW
Most of us at one time or another struggle with personal problems in our lives. Relationships we used to find fulfilling are difficult and contentious. We feel misunderstood by family and friends. Those things in which we once found enjoyment and pleasure no longer satisfy us. We feel sad, anxious or numb. We have no one who can help us sort things out. Reaching out for help can be scary and new. How do you find a therapist you can trust? If you’ve read thus far, you have taken that first important step.
I believe that healing is a process that relies on the inner strength we each possess. We hold within us the resources to face life’s challenges. Healing and wholeness come from an integration of those physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual components that are unique to each of us.
In therapy, you and I work together to uncover the issues that stand in the way of this healing. As a social worker, I have worked with adults and children in a wide variety of settings. I have extensive experience helping people navigate personal problems that prevent them from achieving happiness and their personal goals. My work incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family of Origin issues, psychodrama and gestalt work, boundary setting and reparenting grounded in developmental theory. If you engage with me in the therapeutic process you can expect to work hard and break through the problems that are holding you back from experiencing happiness and wholeness. I look forward to working together on your journey to healing.
Timothy Stewart, MA, LMHC
It has been said, that change only occurs when the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the pain of change. A healthy fulfilling life is full of transformative growth, which can be emotionally difficult and threaten established thinking and behavior. My work focuses on moving you toward your stated goals and guide you through the discomfort toward a new normal. You may be depressed, anxious, suffering from a traumatic loss, dealing with chronic pain be unable to find a resolution to an interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict. I will work collaboratively with you to explore your particular issue, examine your options, and give you the tools you need to face difficulties and bring about positive change.
I specialize in supporting those approaching or experiencing life transitions, those who suffer from eating disorders, loss/grief/bereavement, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. These transitions can be difficult, yet offer opportunities for deeper awareness and extraordinary growth. I approach my clients with interest and compassion, creating a therapeutic relationship that fosters deeper self-awareness, personal effectiveness, solution focused and meaningful change. Through a collaborative therapeutic process, we can identify and explore issues in a nonjudgmental manner and move you toward a life that is more fulfilling.
My treatment modality is evidenced based; much of my approach is shaped by what’s known as the Third Wave of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which includes treatment for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. I work with couples as well.
Kelsey Floor, MA, LMHC
It takes courage to learn about ourselves and discover new tools so that we can work towards a more fulfilling life. At different times in our lives, we encounter events that can cause emotional distress, leading to unhealthy feelings, behaviors, and patterns. It is my belief that by engaging in the therapeutic process, these effects can be addressed, processed and treated.
In my work, I view therapy as a collaborative process between client and therapist and believe in meeting people where they are with interest and compassion, creating a therapeutic relationship that fosters deeper self-awareness, personal effectiveness, and meaningful change.
I specialize in working with children and youth, as well as adults and families. Just as each person’s needs and experiences are unique, my services are individualized and integrate multiple models of treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, problem focused therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy.
Meghan Cichy, RDN, CEDRD, CD
I will help you discover your own path to embodied wisdom and food independence using a non-diet approach to wellness. I foster a collaborative nutrition counseling environment where your expertise in yourself is combined with my expertise in nutrition science to help you move towards your health improvement goals.
I integrate multiple counseling approaches, the latest research, and I am able to support my clients in making sustainable change. As a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), I combine my experience and training to care for my clients with eating disorders. I also use my personal experience and my board certification as a Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) to serve my pediatric and family nutrition clients.
Please schedule an appointment with me on creatingpeacewithfood.com. I look forward to supporting you in your journey.
Stephenie Hansen-Del Rio, MA, LMHC
Thank you for taking the time to check out what Associated Valley Counseling and Integrative Wellness, LLC can provide. I want to commend you for being willing to take the first step forward in the journey towards wellness and healing. It is often difficult to make the decision to see a counselor. I hope you take comfort in the fact that nearly every person will experience times of loss, suffering or difficulty adjusting at some point in their lives. What you are experiencing is undoubtedly challenging, however with the help of a knowledgeable and empathetic counselor to partner with this journey can become much easier.
I have 15 years of healthcare experience in the South King County area and I am a committed member of this community. In my professional experience, I have seen the need for dedicated counselors to serve this area. It is my goal to provide the emotional support you need to find clarity in the midst of confusion and struggle. I believe that each person has the ability to change and to find forward progress through a deeper sense of self-awareness. I have worked with clients to overcome many challenges and struggles and I believe that support, empathy and clinical insight are the keys to developing a deeper self-awareness and personal growth.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a member of American Counseling Association (ACA). In practice, I draw from several core therapeutic orientations including Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Person Centered therapeutic techniques. Counseling experiences with me are problem-focused, result oriented, and short-term in nature. I believe that wellness and change can be found by motivated individuals who work diligently in the context of a supportive relationship. As a therapist, it is my job to provide this support.