Mental Health Therapy

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Mental Health Therapy Services

YWCA Spokane provides holistic mental health services to survivors of intimate partner violence and their families. Our Mental Health program offers a creative and collaborative approach to the therapy process. The survivor and their family drive the session, moving in the direction they want, and explore pathways forward with healthier, happier, safer relationships.

The YWCA Spokane team is committed to provide celebratory and affirming mental health treatment to the LGBTQIA+ community. YWCA Spokane serves all, proudly.


Our therapy practice is empowerment-based, using a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and Brief Solution Focused therapy to create a system of care that empowers you to move through difficult situations and develop skills needed for long term, positive change. During the course of therapy, if relevant or appropriate, you may also be offered the option of participating in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, an evidence based trauma processing modality.

Insurance & Cost

Services can be made available at no cost to the survivor, if insurance is not an option, or it’s not safe to use insurance. If you have questions about insurance, cost or any related concern, please don’t hesitate to call us at 509-789-9273.

The following insurances are accepted for therapeutic services:

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup
  • Asuris
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Plan Washington
  • Coordinated Care
  • First Choice Health
  • Kaiser Access (not CORE)
  • Molina
  • Premera
  • TriCare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

We also have private pay and sliding scale options.

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Treatment Philosophy

Psychotherapy is intended to help address the various kinds of personal struggles that you may be experiencing, such as depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, marital and family conflicts, trauma and more. The goals of therapy range from the relief of symptoms to significant life changes based on acquiring a better understanding of your personal, interpersonal, and social circumstances. The relationship with a therapist is a collaborative one, and we welcome any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding your course of therapy at any time. All of our therapists specialize in working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault/abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, anxiety, and depression. Below is a brief description of each of the therapists’ specialty, primary modality, and their therapeutic orientation. We serve adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, all with a trauma informed lens.

If you would like to request a certain therapist, please let us know and we will inform you of your options.

Meet Our Therapists

Melva Moore, Director of Mental Health Services, smilingMelva Moore (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSW

Director of Mental Health Services
EMDR Certified Therapist & Consultant in Training
Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 & 2

Figuring out how to put your life back together after trauma is hard work, and even messy at times. I am passionate about providing a safe space for you to be able to understand, process, and work through your trauma, at your pace. It’s important to create a space that honors your vulnerability and allows us to talk and be honest about what’s not working so that we can disrupt patterns in your life that are leaving you feeling stuck. With me, you can expect a kind, empathetic, and direct approach to therapy where I will walk alongside you in your healing journey. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I will create a collaborative therapeutic space and work from a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with my Masters in Social Work and have been at the YWCA Spokane working with Survivors of Domestic Violence for 8 years. I specialize in working with youth, adults, families and couples as they navigate a new life post trauma. I have extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children and also have specialized training in working with couples and families.

When I’m not counseling, I like to hike and kayak with my family and our labrador puppy, Finn, cook new recipes with the vegetables from our garden and host friends for game nights.

Areas of expertise include: post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, family trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence, children/adolescent trauma, couples work & family challenges, prenatal/postpartum challenges and trauma.

Stephanie Nave, Licensed Therapist, smilingStephanie Nave (she/her/hers), MA, LMHC

Licensed Therapist
EMDR Trained Therapist

Helping survivors of intimate partner domestic violence in their process to heal, grow, and find their voice has been a passion of mine for some time now. I tailored my education with this goal in mind, and graduated from Boston College with my Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have now worked at the YWCA Spokane for 7 years, where our therapy team specializes in trauma with a focus on intimate partner domestic violence. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I believe everyone has value and deserves to feel seen, heard, and respected. I work to create a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment of warmth, support, and safety. I use a person-centered approach with an emphasis on mindfulness. Through collaborative goal setting, we will work to gain insight, learn new coping skills, heal from trauma, and discover a new way forward. Some tools I use to help us get there are Mindfulness, Psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family System (IFS). I work with kids, adolescents, and adults in one-on-one sessions offered via teletherapy and in person.

Self-care is very important, and I do my best to practice it regularly. Things that bring me joy and refill my cup are snuggling with my cat and dog at home, going for walks and hikes, cooking tasty food and playing board games with friends and family.

Areas of expertise include: intimate partner domestic violence, healthy relationships, sexual trauma, family violence, depression, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, extensive training in IFS modality, and women’s issues later in life.

Brit Wilson, Associate Therapist, smilingBrit Wilson (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSW-A

Associate Therapist

Being a person is hard sometimes and adding trauma can make it even more complicated. My goal as a therapist will always be working with you to build a space that lets you move through the complicated things to growth and healing. I have a Masters degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and am currently working toward state licensure. In my 5 years of experience working with intimate partner domestic violence survivors at YWCA Spokane, I have learned that every survivor’s path is unique. My approach to therapy is trauma-informed and uses evidence-based modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, and EMDR—but I also bring a lot of humor, curiosity, and psychoeducation into my sessions. I believe that you deserve care, compassion, and healing. I know that trauma can make it hard to believe that, so I’ll believe it for you first and be alongside you as you discover it for yourself. We’ll hold space for the challenging stuff together.

Outside of work, you’re likely to find me filling my coloring books, snuggling and taking walks with my dogs, listening to music or podcasts, doing yoga, or in the kitchen cooking something delicious.

Areas of expertise include: domestic and sexual violence, family trauma, healthy relationships, trauma and the brain, post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, and depression.

Morgan Colburn, Director of Advocacy Support, smilingMorgan Colburn (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSW

Director of Advocacy Support
EMDR Trained Therapist

I graduated with my Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and have been at the YWCA Spokane working with Survivors of Intimate Partner Domestic Violence for 7 years. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I believe that people start to heal the moment they feel heard, so I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment through use of a strengths-based, person centered approach. I have a passion for working with others as they journey through the healing process, with a goal of finding hope, joy, humor, and a renewed enthusiasm for life. I aim to create a collaborative approach to trauma recovery through the use of EMDR, Mindfulness, Cognitive-behavioral approach, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

In my spare time I like to nurture my creative side through watercolor painting, playing the piano and trying new recipes, as well connecting to nature by exploring the beauty of the pacific northwest.

Jessie Cook, Advocacy Support Manager, Associate Therapist, smilingJessie Cook (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSWA

Advocacy Support Manager, Associate Therapist
EMDR Certification in Training

I believe that the first step in healing calls for a safe, supportive space that fosters connection and allows us to feel seen, worthy, and empowered as who we are right now. I strive to provide such a space for those that are seeking acceptance, understanding and progression in their lives following traumatic experiences. While working with me, you can expect a compassionate, patient approach, alongside curiosity and honesty to assist with client exploration, expansion of perspectives and learning skills to alleviate symptoms associated with lived trauma. I focus on interventions like mindfulness (being present in the moment), accepting and honoring feelings, self forgiveness, choice, boundaries, self care, and being ‘real’ with clients. Additionally, I recognize that my clients are experts in their own lives, which leads me to work with the intention to support and empower clients through their personal choice rather than taking a paternal approach in session. Previous to engaging as an associate therapist at the YWCA, I spent 7 years as a Substance Use Disorder Professional working with teens and their families who were affected by substance use. I graduated with my MSW in 2020 and am currently working towards my Independent Clinical Social Work licensure. I specialize in work with young adults and teens. 

In my personal life, I practice great appreciation for the Inland Northwest’s landscape and outdoor recreation, my little family including our Jack Russell Terrier, Macy, and my supportive soccer and lifting-gym community. I love traveling to/exploring national parks, making time for family and friends, and a good nap. 

Areas of expertise include: intimate partner domestic violence, PTSD, exploration of personal experience, healthy relationships, family conflict, extensive experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, proficient in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, currently gaining certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  

Adult Mental Health Services

Adult therapy services are available to survivors of domestic violence who are 18 years of age or older.  We offer individual out-patient therapy sessions, by appointment, at our office located at 930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201.

Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Trauma-informed mental health services are available for children and youth, up to 18 years old, who have directly or indirectly experienced domestic violence. We offer trauma-informed play and sand therapy as well as EMDR.

Contact Us

To find out more about mental health therapy services at YWCA Spokane or to schedule an intake, please call 509-789-9297 or email

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Additional Services

Curious about additional services at YWCA Spokane? Check out our regularly updated list of services available here.