Mental Health Therapy

Trauma Processing Therapy for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Their Families

For Adults, Youth, & Families

Each session, guided by you, will help you explore new pathways toward a healthier version of the person you want to be, post trauma.

Getting Started

Qualifications

This service is for survivors and their children who are ready for therapy post the traumatic events from intimate partner domestic violence. 

  • LGBTQIA+ community welcome
  • All genders welcome
  • Insurance is not required
Note: Youth 4 to 12 years of age can receive therapy with parental consent. Teens 13-18 do not need parental consent. 

Meet with a Support Advocate First

To get started, you will first meet with one of our Support Advocates who can help determine if our therapy service is a fit for your needs.

Then, they will either set you up with an appointment for YWCA Spokane's therapy services or connect you to other meaningful community resources.

Cost of Service

YWCA Spokane has private pay and sliding scale options available. We accept the following insurance. If you do not see your provider listed below, or if it is not safe for you to utilize your insurance or you do not have insurance, let us know. 

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup/Wellpoint
  • Asuris
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Plan Washington

  • Coordinated Care
  • First Choice Health
  • Kaiser Access (not CORE)
  • Molina

  • Premera
  • TriCare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare

Treatment Modalities Our program is designed to help you process trauma and alleviate symptoms related to the trauma that you have experienced.

Participation is voluntary and empowerment based. Using a variety of therapeutic practices, we provide a system of care that supports your ability to move through difficult situations. Through this approach, you will develop skills needed for long term, positive change at the speed and pace that is right for you.

Modalities used, as needed:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Expressive Art Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Play and Sand Tray Therapy

 

Treatment Philosophy The relationship with a therapist is a collaborative one

We welcome any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding your course of therapy at any time. Our therapists specialize in working with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault/abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma, anxiety, and depression. We serve adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, all with a trauma-informed lens.

Child & Family Therapy

Short term trauma processing for children and adolescents who are in the process of healing from the secondary trauma experienced due to intimate partner domestic violence. 

Individual Therapy Young people matter.

This one-on-one therapy focuses on learning social and emotional skills, anxiety or depression management, and trauma processing for youth (4-18 yeras old) who have been impacted by or witnessed intimate partner violence.

A variety of developmentally appropriate treatment modalities can be used depending on the child’s circumstance and concerns.

Family Therapy Families deserve to heal, too.

We can assist families with understanding how trauma has impacted their families, work towards understanding different family roles and norms, and helps to establish healthy communication between the survivor and their child(ren).

Parent Education & Coaching We believe you know your child best.

We can support you with tools, and techniques to help you navigate your parenting concerns by providing a safe non judgemental space to discuss and learn.

Meet our Therapists

Melva Moore (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSW

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

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 since 2012.

Since becoming a mom of two girls, I have a deep understanding and knowledge for just how difficult life can be when navigating the postpartum phase of life, especially after trauma. I have a heart and passion for working with moms, navigating life with young children and enjoying helping parents feel supported.

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 providing therapy services, my husband and I spend most of our time chasing around two young kids, taking them on new adventures and seeing the world through their eyes.

Areas of expertise include:

Post-traumatic stress disorder, family trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence, children/adolescent trauma, couples work & family challenges, prenatal/postpartum challenges and trauma.

Morgan Colburn (she/her/hers), MSW, LICSW

  • Director of Advocacy Support
  • EMDR Trained Therapist

I believe that people start to heal the moment they feel heard.

As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment through use of a strengths-based, person centered approach.

I graduated with my Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and have been at YWCA Spokane working with Survivors of Intimate Partner Domestic Violence for 7 years. 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 (she/her/hers), MSW, LSWAIC

  • Advocacy Support Manager, Associate Therapist
  • EMDR Trained Therapist

I believe that the first step in healing calls for a safe, supportive space that nurtures connection and empowers individuals to embrace their worthiness.

My approach is compassionate and patient, fostering understanding and growth for those healing from trauma. Through mindfulness, self-acceptance, and boundary-setting, I help clients alleviate symptoms and expand perspectives. I honor clients' expertise in their own lives, empowering them to make choices aligned with their values.

With a background in Substance Use Disorder counseling, I specialize in supporting young adults and teens on their healing journeys. I graduated with my Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University in 2020, and am currently pursuing Independent Clinical Social Work licensure.

In my everyday life, I find immense joy in caring for my toddler son, spending time with my husband, and playing with our energetic Jack Russell Terrier, Macy. Staying active at the gym and exploring nature are some of my favorite things to do, along with sneaking in a much-needed nap whenever I can.

Areas of expertise include:

Intimate partner domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Stephanie Naburry (she/her/hers), MA, LMHC

  • Senior Licensed Therapist
  • EMDR Trained Therapist

Welcome! Therapy is a journey of healing and growth; let’s embark together!

As a licensed mental health counselor, I believe in the power of therapy and the inherent resilience within each of us coming together to boost us into being our full selves. My approach is rooted in empathy, collaboration, and evidence-based modalities to support you on your path to yourself. One of my favorite parts of the therapy process is what I call “getting your sassy back”: meaning getting to the place where you can feel balanced within yourself so you can know how you deserve to be treated and can stand in that, firmly.

I earned my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, where I cultivated my passion for social justice and human behavior. I have enjoyed being a part of the team at YWCA Spokane since 2013, where I have continued to hone my skills in providing compassionate, trauma-responsive care. As a therapist, I integrate several modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). These approaches are effective in addressing a wide range of issues, from trauma and anxiety to relationship difficulties and self-esteem concerns. I have training in and utilize these modalities with both adults and adolescents.

My goal as a therapist is to create a warm and welcoming space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment. I work to foster a therapeutic relationship built on trust, authenticity, and mutual respect. I half-joke that my specialty is making people cry, but in a good way, and we will find the balance with some humor together. My approach is collaborative, and I am committed to helping you feel understood, supported, and empowered as you navigate life's challenges.

Outside of my work, I find joy in spending time with my adorable pets and the wonderful people in my life, immersing myself in nature, and embarking on culinary adventures. These activities rejuvenate my spirit and remind me of the importance of balance and self-care.

Areas of expertise include:

Domestic and sexual violence, healthy relationships, depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD, extensive training in IFS modality, and women’s issues later in life.

Brit Wilson (she/her/hers), MSW, LSWAIC

  • Associate Therapist
  • EMDR Trained 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 helps you move through those complicated things into growth and healing. I graduated with my MSW from Eastern Washington University in 2016, and my introduction to working with YWCA Spokane in 2015 was as an intern for that program. Since then, I have sat in a few different seats while working with survivors. In each of them, I’ve learned that everyone’s path is unique, and that the messy parts are often the most important. I bring a lot of humor, curiosity, compassion, and psychoeducation into my sessions. I like to talk about the “big picture” as well as the little things. I believe that you deserve to be your whole and best self. 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.

Outside of work, you’re likely to find me filling my coloring books, hanging out with my dogs while watching a movie, doing yoga, or in the kitchen listening to music or podcasts while cooking something delicious. My wife and I love to garden and raise chickens.

Areas of expertise include:

domestic and sexual violence, PTSD, generalized anxiety, depression, working with folks in the LGBTQ+ community, and working with neurodivergent populations.

Caroline Mark (she/her/hers), MSW, LSWAIC

  • Associate Therapist - Children and Families
  • EMDR Trained Therapist
  • EMDR Child Specialist

"It ran in my family until it ran into me."

Young people deserve to know they are intrinsically valued. My specialization lies in supporting kids ages 4-18 as they navigate the complexities of the world, especially after their family has been impacted by domestic violence.

I believe that the best healing can come from play and laughter. When kids are with me, my silliness and gentle demeanor invites them to be themselves, know they are supported, and feel seen as the unique individual they are. Together we will figure out what we want to work on, invite play and humor into the room, and witness how successful we can be at reaching goals. My extensive training in EMDR with children and play therapy supports me with the tools and knowledge necessary to show up for kids as we work together.

I graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University in 2023 where I was trained to consider the influence that broad systems such as social institutions, legislation, and our environment have on our everyday lives. This translates directly to the work I’ve done since starting at YWCA Spokane in 2021 which has spanned dating violence prevention, TANF advocacy, and now in my current role as Associate Therapist for children and families.

Domestic violence can interrupt the way survivors want to parent. To support the family unit in their goal to end generational trauma, I provide one-on-one parenting education. I operate with the understanding that parents are the experts on raising their children. I cater to each parent’s individual learning style so that our tailored curriculum honors their needs and supports them in a personally-relevant way. Parents and I explore behaviors, family dynamics, and their child’s strengths to empower them to parent their way while helping the parent understand their own boundaries.

Outside of my time at work, I treasure moments where I can laugh with my loved ones, enjoy the great outdoors, and dote over my perfect cat, Percy.

Areas of expertise include:

Childhood trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; children, adolescents, teenagers; parents and caregivers; intimate partner domestic violence; healthy relationships and dating violence prevention; humor, art, and playfulness in treatment.

Tiffany Yamase-Patricio (she/her/hers), MSW, LSWAIC

  • Legal Advocate Manager
  • Associate Therapist

Experiencing life after trauma, especially domestic violence, can often feel like a rollercoaster of emotions. The unpredictable highs and lows can seem confusing and overwhelming to navigate alone.

As a therapist, my goal is to sit alongside you as we begin to understand and process the twists and turns of the trauma you’ve experienced. I recognize how difficult it can be to feel as though you’ve lost your sense of self and hope to help you adapt to your own emotional rollercoaster.

My therapeutic style is client-led, relaxed, and compassionate. I strive to create a space where you can show up as your authentic self and grow in connection with your own thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I believe that you are the expert in your own experiences and feelings, and I am confident in your strength and passion to rediscover your identity after trauma.

I graduated with my MSW from the University of Denver in 2023 and have been working at YWCA Spokane since 2019. In my primary role as the Legal Advocate Manager, I recognize the additional layers of pain and anxiety that court involvement can bring. As a person of color, I approach therapy with an added lens of cultural humility, acknowledging the unique experiences that different identities hold. My educational and professional journeys have deepened my understanding of how systems and personal identities can create additional barriers to healing and growth.

In my free time, you might find me playing video games with loved ones, playing fetch with my mini-Dachshund, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen!

Areas of expertise include:

Intimate partner domestic violence, dating violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, depression, healthy relationships, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Mindful Moment Our Mental Health Team created a series of guided meditations and relaxation techniques.

They created this series with clients in mind, but anyone can access the videos and use the techniques if they are seeking to practice mindfulness in small and impactful moments.

This series of videos

  • can help us wind down and relax at night before bed
  • create a morning ritual to set intentions for the day,
  • and be used any time we’re experiencing high anxiety.
  • The benefits of mindfulness include reduced stress & anxiety and improved focus.

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DV 201 Training: Learning in Action

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