Jennifer Edwards, MA. LMHC
-Director, Therapist & Certified STEP Associate, Right Response Advanced Certification
Licence #: LH60717278 - NPI # 1417245234
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I was born and raised in Washington, I am married with one beautiful little boy, and I am dedicated to my family, faith, and helping others. It is through my son's diagnosis with Autism, and my unique journey learning to help him and how to be a parent with an ASD child that further sparked my desire and dedication to helping those families who are in a similar place in life. Because of my work experience and professional pursuits I have had the privilege to help many families take amazing steps to growth and acceptance.
I earned my Bachelors Degree in Education at Western Baptist College and a Masters of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy at Liberty University. I have had training in SCERTS and am part of the first group to be certified. Additionally, I continue to learn and grow as I work the SCERTS model every day with my own son, and of course with the unique parenting challenges there in.
Ellen Soukup, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Right Response Advanced Certification
Hello! I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and moved all over California with my partner and our sweet dog, Bowser, for the past eleven years. In 2016 we got married and now my husband, Bowser, and I are living our dreams in the Pacific Northwest. I value community, inclusion, compassion, equality, adventure, and diversity and incorporate these values into my personal life and professional practice. Through a strengths-based lens and a philosophy grounded in Neurodiversity, I am honored to work with individuals and families seeking to improve their functioning and to help them pursue goals in line with their personal values.
Education & Training
I graduated from Palo Alto University with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in August 2018. This included completion of an APA-accredited internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego where I provided inpatient and outpatient child and adolescent mental health services, and residential treatment for adults with substance use disorders. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Humboldt State University while working as a preschool teacher and ABA therapist. In graduate school, I had diverse training in assessment and therapy for individuals and families across the lifespan. I have enjoyed helping those diagnosed with Autism, severe depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, substance use disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and other behavioral and mental health disorders. I also trained at UCSF General Hospital doing developmental assessments including diagnosis of Autism and parenting therapy. My theoretical orientation is primarily behavioral, with integration of second and third wave approaches including CBT, ACT and DBT. For the past four years, I had the honor of working with Open Mind School, a groundbreaking non-profit in the Silicon Valley. At Open Mind, I provided school and home-based treatment designed to promote inclusion and help children and adolescents access communication.
Jody Allen - LMHCA
Right Response Advanced Certification
Hello, I was born in Washington but moved when I was young and lived in many places. I eventually ended up growing up in Idaho. I met my husband there when I was only 18. We have been married for almost 18 years now. We moved back to this area in 2002 and would not live anywhere else. We have 2 boys, ages 6 and 3, that we adopted from the foster care system. We have been in therapies through the birth to three programs for the last 6 years with our kids. Our children were exposed to drugs and alcohol and we have been navigating some of their challenges with therapies.
Education & Training
I decided when I was 30 to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University. I took many classes on child development and counseling. I went right into my Master’s program to get my degree counseling. I am currently finishing my degree. I was a foster parent for 5 years. I also worked for the state as an after-hours social worker and helped many children from all ages get transported to their new destination. I have had a lot of experience with children and therapies for them and navigating through many emotions. I have been to many foster parent trainings to help children. I am familiar with sensory processing disorders and can help children process sensory feelings.
Angela Weeks - MAEd, ESA, LMHCA
Hi! I was born and raised in a small farming town called Sunnyside, WA. I grew up in a collectivistic family, living with many family members in one big house! I moved to the Spokane area for 3 years where I met my now husband, and got married in 2012 and moved to Western Washington. We have 3 beautiful children together, and all 3 are autistic and amazing! I have always been passionate about working with children and families, but my family journey has led me to be passionate about the autistic and neurodiverse community at large. I seek to work with families and children with compassion, care and understanding. I am strengths-based and family systems-based. I believe that when I work with a single person, I am working with a whole family. I feel humbled to have the opportunity to work with families and individuals; to be a part of their journey and provide support and empowerment.
Education & Training
I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. While there, I did my internship and focus on working with at-risk youth at a shelter. I also have earned my Master of Arts in Counseling from a CACREP accredited program at Seattle University . My internship experience was in school counseling. As a school counseling intern, I had the opportunity to teach social and emotional lessons, lead a variety a groups, individual counseling and more; with children ages 5-11 years of age. As I work as a mental health counselor, I look forward to working with neurodiverse and neurotypical families alike. My theoretical framework is very person-centered, along with a taking a Gestalt stance and looking at the person as a whole. I have training in Motivational Interviewing and Brief Counseling.
Shlomit Smargon - Psy.D.
Hello! I was born and raised on a Kibbutz in Israel. I moved to the United States in 2003. I met My husband, Vincent while attending my undergraduate studies in Santa Cruz California, and together we relocated to the pacific Northwest for Graduate school in 2007. After completing my internship in the east coast, me Vincent, our newest family member Chia (our spunky Blue Heeler), came back to Washington to settle down. We now have a 4 year old son as well. We recently relocated to Bellingham, WA, to join the Beautiful Autism Family.
Education and Training
I graduated from Pacific University with a PsyD in August of 2015. This included an internship in Pennsylvania where I did intensive in-home therapy with high-risk youth and their families.Throughout my graduate school and beyond, I had diverse training in assessment and therapy for individuals and families across the lifespan. I have worked with those on the autism spectrum, individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and other behavioral and mental health disorders. Specific trainings include Trauma focused CBT, DBT, and Family-Based Training. My passion lies in working with neurodiversity across the lifespan and with individuals who have experienced trauma.
Chelsey Graff - LMHCA
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest growing up in the Arlington area. I am married with one amazing daughter, two sweet dogs, and fifteen chickens. I value adventure, openness, inclusion, compassion, diversity, equality, and fun. I come from a background of working in a factory setting and found that these values gave me an opportunity to connect with people and be open and excited about the differences people bring to the table. I use these experiences and values in both my personal and professional practice to connect with others. Through working with children and their families I seek to help improve overall family function and relationships to help them reach their goals and develop strong, healthy bonds.
Education & Training
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology through the University of Phoenix and graduated with my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. I strive to create a safe, warm, welcoming environment for my clients to process their traumas and decompress from the hurts or stress they are currently experiencing. In my previous position I worked with children from age 3 through adults and enjoy working with children to help them learn healthy ways to deal with life’s challenges. I also enjoy working with families as they learn how to communicate and work through whatever struggles they are facing together. I believe every person is unique which makes each session, family, and experience unique and specific to each client. I strive to meet the needs of my clients and work with them where they are in the process. I look forward to working with you in this new adventure.
Genesis Wheeler - Case Management Level 1
Thank you for getting to know me! I have spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, have been married to my favorite person for nearly 20 years, and am a mother to four awesome kids. My family and faith are my first loves, followed closely by friends and food!
I have always felt drawn to counseling psychology, but it was after seeing the how the benefits of counseling positively affected my life as well as my relationships and my interactions with others that I knew I wanted to help others experience those same benefits in their own life. I am passionate about human flourishing and deeply care about all aspects of the person.
Education & Training
After high school I attended Edmonds Community College and received my AA in general education. During this time I met my husband and we decided to start a family. I wanted to stay home with our children and made the decision to homeschool, so I spent the next years fully immersed and focused on my kids. In 2016 our family moved to Santiago, Chile where I was able to spend time conversing and working on my Spanish language skills. When we returned from South America in 2017, I decided that in addition to continuing to homeschool my children, it was time to finish my degree in Psychology and Counseling through Liberty University. In 2019, I accomplished this long-awaited goal. My continuing education and cross-cultural experiences as well as those as a wife, mother, educator, sister, and friend, have all worked together to prepare me to be here.
Hailee Hannah - LMHCA
Hello! I was raised in Washington state for the majority of my life! I lived in a small coastal town called Ocean Shores, where I worked with many children with special needs while completing my high school diploma. It was during this time that my passion for children on the spectrum was sparked. When I moved on to my undergraduate studies, I got involved with a research study looking at early detection and intervention for autism spectrum disorder. My work in this study helped guide me towards a career in helping children who have autism, as well as their families.
Education & Training
I received my Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington in 2018. From there, I went on to pursue my Master's degree in Child and Adolescent psychology, also from the University of Washington. While I was pursuing this degree, I spent a year interning at the Seattle Children's Autism Center. While working at the center I was exposed to many training opportunities, including being certified in the RUBI parent training for disruptive behaviors. I have also had exposure to behavior therapy, social skills groups, and anxiety treatments with children on the spectrum. As a new graduate, I continue to look for new opportunities to grow and to learn. I am so excited to start working with all of the families here at Beautiful Autism.