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.
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.