Our Mission

To provide crisis response to individuals affected by Domestic Violence. We utilize partnerships within our community that allow support and navigation of mental health needs to increase advocacy and promote individual wellbeing.

What makes our organization different?

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Every member of our board and staff are POC (People of Color).

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Our First Responding MHPs (Mental Health Providers) are trained in Domestic Violence Advocacy and are Licensed Mental Health Workers.

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We acknowledge domestic violence survivors vary in gender.

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We connect those in need (survivors and abusers) with our carefully selected partnering organizations.

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We work with clients in their homes and out in the community.

Our Mission

To provide crisis response to individuals affected by Domestic Violence.

We utilize partnerships within our community that allow support and navigation of mental health needs to increase advocacy and promote individual wellbeing.

What makes our organization different?

N

Every member of our board and staff are POC (People of Color).

N

Our First Responding MHPs (Mental Health Providers) are trained in Domestic Violence Advocacy and are Licensed Mental Health Workers.

N

We acknowledge domestic violence survivors vary in gender.

N

We connect those in need (survivors and abusers) with our carefully selected partnering organizations.

N

We work with clients in their homes and out in the community.

Board Members

Diocelina Chavez-Gonzalez

Board Chair

Clarissa Bulosan

Secretary

Malcolm Lee

Board Member

Krystal Bautista

Board Member

Tiffany Phenix

Board Member

Juanita Salinas-Aguila

Board Member

Erika Roldan Guzman

Board Member

Diocelina Chavez-Gonzalez

Board Chair

Clarissa Bulosan

Secretary

Malcolm Lee

Board Member

Erika Roldan Guzman

Board Member

Tiffany Phenix

Board Member

Krystal Bautista

Board Member

Diocelina Chavez-Gonzalez – Board Chair

Diocelina Chavez-Gonzalez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist, with a focus on the Latino population. Serving in some capacity to help and support the underserved and help provide access to mental health support to all, has been a mission of hers since she began her journey of becoming a therapist. When she first began practicing mental health, about nine years ago, she began working in a Community Mental Health center where she served many low-income families, kids, teens and young adults. It was there where she discovered that the disparities were much greater than expected and tried her best to get involved in the community.

In her time there she provided Psychological education, workshops, presentations, facilitated consultation groups for Latino therapists and all other therapists in my office, provided supervision, helped translate forms and assessments into Spanish, connected with local community centers and supports, connected with the mayor in which the community mental center was located and helped bridge a connection with the community. Now that she practices mental health in private practice, she has been looking for ways to continue connecting with and supporting the community.

“Being part of Project Be Free feels like a natural next step. Project Be Free stands for a lot things that I believe in, which is its belief in providing access and support to those in need, as soon as possible and as effectively as possible, with providers and leadership that are diverse and equitable, and it’s commitment to build and connect with the community and the amazing resources that are already out there, while filling in any holes that may be missing.”

Clarissa Bulosan – Secretary

Clarissa Bulosan believes that when we uplift and empower each other, we can create a more thoughtful and caring world. Clarissa is a Senior Geographer at Expedia Group. Born and raised on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Clarissa was exposed to community service at a young age through her parents.

While attending Central Washington University, Clarissa completed the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Program where she served over 450 hours with the American Red Cross. In 2011, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies Geology.

Between 2015 and 2019, Clarissa served as a Seattle Puget Sound Steward with EarthCorps where she led volunteer groups in environmental restoration projects along the Duwamish River. In her spare time, Clarissa enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and caring for her garden.

Clarissa now resides in West Seattle with her husband and pets.

Malcolm Lee – Board Member

Malcolm Lee is a dedicated and compassionate individual who has continually devoted his life
in the service of others. Born and raised in Seattle, Malcolm has always had a strong sense of community and desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 2012 to 2016, Malcolm completed his degree in Sociology and began a career as a social worker with a local nonprofit organization. Malcolm worked tirelessly to support and advocate for youth experiencing a variety of academic and social barriers. He was known for his empathy, patience, and ability to connect with families from all walks of life.

After several years, Malcolm soon realized that there were limitations to what he could achieve as a social worker, while witnessing firsthand the challenges our communities are having with public safety. Inspired by a former Sergeant of the Renton Police Department, as well as several other close friends and family, Malcolm decided to transition into law enforcement.

Throughout the last 5 months, Malcolm has underwent rigorous training at the police academy, honing his physical and mental abilities to become a competent and effective police officer. Malcolm brought his unique perspective and skillset as a social worker to his new role, emphasizing community engagement, de-escalation techniques, and focusing on addressing the root causes of criminal activities. As a new police officer and board member for Project Be Free, Malcolm hopes to bridge the gap between social work, law enforcement, and community engagement by using utilizing his skills to build trust. Malcolm is committed to promoting equity and plans to work diligently to ensure the well-being of those who are most vulnerable.

Juanita Salinas-Agulia – Board Member

Juanita Salinas-Aguila was born and raised in Seattle, WA. The daughter of Salvadorian immigrants, her family’s immigration story and childhood experiences drives her to commitment to racial, social and economic justice for communities of color. Her previous work experiences with women experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence has driven her passion to support survivors of gender-based violence and work towards access to equitable resources, supports, and services.

Juanita has several years of experience working in education and early learning access for children and families. Juanita brings strong experience in community development, education, and racial equity. She is a trained race-based caucus facilitator and is committed to equity and ensuring that community stakeholders are involved with decision-making processes especially for issues that will be impacting their lives.

Juanita holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in American Cultural Studies, and a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. Her current work is leading Washington’s first loan program for early learning providers, that brings economic advancement to small business owners across the state especially for BIPOC women.

Erika Roldan Guzman – Board Member

Erika Roldan Guzman is the Director at the 1418 Youth Reengagement Program located at Seattle Central College. In her current role she focuses on serving underrepresented youth who face multiple life barriers trying to continue with their education. She also has served a diverse population throughout her 6 years at the college including adult ESL, ABE, GED students from different backgrounds, immigrants, refugees, and other groups who don’t always have the resources to succeed.

Erika is passionate about helping others, committed to education, equity, and always goes out of her way to make sure her clients get the support needed. Erika was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico and moved to Seattle over 13 years ago. Erica speaks Spanish, is family-oriented, enjoys learning from others’ experiences, and has a passion for accounting. 

“I’m excited to be part of Project Be Free, an organization that aligns with a mission and values that I truly believe in!”

Tiffany Phenix – Board Member

Tiffany Phenix is a compassionate and committed soul who believes that service is our gift to the world empowering and serving others. Tiffany is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where she worked as a paraprofessional with Collegiate Academy for four years.  She provided services to urban communities and they severe learning and behavioral disabilities. Tiffany has over 10 years of experience of working with nonprofit organizations supporting families in different capacities.

After relocating to the Puget Sound Region in 2020, she became a Certified Behavioral Technician with Autism Spectrum working mainly with children living with autism. She then transitioned into a position working in the Tukwila School District (mainly with Tukwila Elementary School) where she served as a CBT to children with Autism, ADHD, OFD. In 2023

Tiffany joined the Community in Schools Greater King County team as a Family Advocate bringing her experience and skill set to Honey Dew and Bryn Mawr Elementary schools providing resources and supports to students and addressing inequalities prevalent in our educational system. Tiffany is a published author and Domestic Violence Advocate. She also enjoys her time painting and traveling.

Krystal Bautista – Board Member

Krystal Bautista is a Civil Rights Investigator for the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights.

Before joining SOCR in July of 2021, Krystal worked for the City of Seattle’s Police Department as a Community Service Officer where she had daily interactions with Seattle community members, business owners, and community organizations while responding to non-emergent public safety concerns.

Krystal has also worked as an Investigator for Adult Protective Services where she investigated cases of vulnerable adult abuse for the State of Washington.  Krystal has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a double major in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Political Science from Washington State University.

Krystal was born in eastern Washington, she is the daughter of immigrants, and a native Spanish speaker. In her free time, Krystal enjoys camping and traveling with her husband, Hugo, and her dog, Theo. 

Team Members

Katya Wojcik

        Executive Director         (Co-founder)

Joel Thomas

Community Outreach Manager (Co-founder)

Irasema Petralia

Behavioral Health Program Manager

Marcos Sauri

Youth Mentorship Program Supervisor

Dr. Miriam Bocchetti

Development Consultant

Bella Lomax

Program Assistant

Alice Butler

Domestic Violence Outreach MHP

Michelle Littleton

Domestic Violence Advocate

Roza Aman

Domestic Violence Advocate

Maritza Hernandez

Media Manager/ Domestic Violence Advocate

Melanie Ukosakul

Domestic Violence Advocate

Suchika Siotia

Domestic Violence Advocate

Sweetra Fazly

Domestic Violence Advocate

Jessica Gudino

Youth Outreach Specialist

Alina Nikitchenko

DV Advocate

John Awai

Community Liaison

Carol Lin

Counseling Intern

Karli Reiter

Counseling Intern

Raven Zerkich

Counseling Intern

Amanda Agrellas

Counseling Intern

Alina Saltzman

Counseling Intern

Meet Our Team Members

Katya Wojcik

Executive Director

Joel Thomas

Community Outreach

Irasema Petralia

Behavioral Health Program Manager

Marcos Sauri

Youth Mentor Program Supervisor

Dr. Miriam Bochetti

Development Consultant

Bella Lomax

Program Assistant

Alice Butler

Domestic Violence Outreach MHP

Michelle Littleton

Domestic Violence Advocate

Roza Aman

Domestic Violence Advocate

Maritza Hernandez

Media Manager/ Domestic Violence Advocate

Melanie Ukosakul

Domestic Violence Advocate

Suchika Siotia

Domestic Violence Advocate

Sweetra Fazly

Domestic Violence Advocate

Alina Nikitchenko

DV Advocate

John Awai

Community Liaison

Jessica Gudino

Youth Outreach Specialist

Karli Reiter

Counseling Intern

Raven Zerkich

Counseling Intern

Carol Lin

Counseling Intern

Amanda Agrellas

Counseling Intern

Alina Saltzman

Counseling Intern

Katya Wojcik – Executive Director

Katya Wojcik is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). Working in the mental health field Katya was able to see the increase of difficulty with clients when trying to get access to resources when they are affected by Domestic Violence. 2020, the ability to choose on how to heal has been complicated.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are now forced to be more distant from one another which only further complicates the need for human connection.”

Being a survivor of Domestic Violence, Katya is extremely passionate about working with individuals and families due to abuse or trauma. She is the daughter of immigrant parents, values multiculturalism, diversity, equity and social justice.

Katya’s mission is to be able to help increase client’s voices in order to self-advocate. She believes when working together we can support individual’s increase their resilience in order to not be defined by their trauma. “We can then help give individuals the opportunity to rewrite their story.” (Also speaks: Polish/Spanish/Russian)

Joel Thomas – Community Outreach Manager

Joel Thomas, comes from a law enforcement background. During this time he saw how the lack of resources provided to those affected by Domestic Violence was limited, and in most cases, and only utilized in extreme situations.

Most families were left to figure things out on their own after a traumatic event in their homes, that involved the police. Lots of times individuals feel marginalized or discriminated against due to religious beliefs, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation.

Joel’s passion is being able to share the feeling of relief you get when you feel hope, help, and support during times of stress and trauma.

Irasema Petralia – Behavioral Health Program Manager

Irasema Petralia is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). She is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working with children, adults and their families.

Irasema is passionate about mentoring and building strong teams that focus in our core mission to increase advocacy and promote individual wellbeing. As a Mexican immigrant Irasema has had the privilege of working with the Hispanic population and enhancing the well-being of vulnerable populations.

She believes in helping clients and their families form a strong connection with their community, by connecting them with resources available for them, and help them build a sense of hope that comes from believing in yourself and the world around them. 

Irasema’s goal is to inspire by example, adhering to her principles and understanding other beliefs with compassion and humility. (Also Speaks: Spanish)

Marcos Sauri – Youth Mentorship Program Supervisor

Marcos is a Substance Use Disorder Certified Clinician & Supervisor (SUDP, CDS III, NCAC I) who has been serving the community for over 20 years. He is passionate about social justice, equity, and human rights, and is committed to serve marginalized communities. Marcos strives to be a voice and advocate for those suffering from addictions, behavior, and mental health related challenges.

Marcos graduated from Northwest Indian College in 2008 with a focus in Chemical Dependency Studies. He currently holds certifications in Substance Use Disorder Professional, Chemical Dependency Specialist in Indian Country/Tribal Communities, and is a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor.

Marcos is humbled and excited to collaborate with Project Be Free in a consultant role to help launch the mentoring program. With over 23 years in recovery, Marcos considers it an honor to share his experience, strength, and hope with the community. (Also Speaks: Spanish)

Dr. Miriam Bocchetti – Development Consultant

Dr. Miriam Bocchetti is the director of grants at Central Washington University (CWU), providing leadership to five federal programs: the College Assistance Migran Program (CAMP), the High School EquivalencyProgram (HEP),  TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and two Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) programs. Miriam recently completed her PhD at Colorado State University in Higher Education Leadership; she hopes that her dissertation, A Funds of Knowledge Study on The College Persistence Experiences of First Year Latinx Students in The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), will ultimately inform educators of the best practices for connecting with, and providing meaningful services to, migrant students and families.

Miriam is currently serving as the HEP/CAMP Association Board President. She has also served as an integral member of the HEP/CAMP national conference planning committee since 2009, assisting with the annual HEP CAMP conference planning efforts. She also actively engages in national mentoringefforts, providing support and guidance to new HEP CAMP project directors in various states. In her free time, she enjoys reading, podcasts, traveling, playing trivia, comedy shows and concerts. (Also speaks: Spanish)

Bella Lomax – Program Assistant

Bella was adopted and raised in Ellensburg, Washington by parents that have backgrounds in careers of psychology, anatomy and physiology. This gave her the unique perspective of mental and physical health combined. Her ancestry is a blend of Japanese, African American & Caucasian. Upon graduating from high school she completed her state cosmetology certification.

Throughout her 20 year hair career, she has experienced working with all walks of life on an intimate level.  In this next chapter of life she is being drawn to moving into a position in which she will support an organization that is rooted in the power of community and giving back. 

Bella feels great satisfaction helping others and seeing the difference that can be made when people come together for a common cause. In her downtime she enjoys spending quality time with her kids, getting outdoors, reading, and cooking. These activities not only provide her with a sense of balance, but also cultivate her creativity and inspire fresh perspectives in her work. 

Alice ButlerDomestic Violence Outreach MHP

Alice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA). She has over 3 years of experience working with families, couples, children, teens, and adults. She also served in the Navy for four years and worked with sailors and their families. Alice holds a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University.

Alice has worked in different settings from community mental health to in-home therapy services to private practice settings. She is sincerely passionate about working with clients in order to help individuals deal with issues involving mental and emotional health.

She strives to help individuals break free from their feelings of despair, dissatisfaction, and dismay and regain or gain a sense of control, peace, and wholeness. She specializes in family counseling in helping the system find resolutions to their issues or concerns, while also developing/improving each individual’s listening and communication skills. Alice is also the daughter of immigrant parents and welcomes individuals of all cultural views. (Also speaks: Spanish)

Michelle LittletonDomestic Violence Advocate

Michelle was born and raised in China, she made the life-changing decision to move to the United States 11 years ago. Since then, she has experienced a remarkable journey of personal and professional growth. Upon graduating from college, she entered the banking industry and spent seven fulfilling years honing her skills and gaining valuable experience. Michelle felt a calling to contribute to a cause that aligned more closely with my passions. Driven by a deep desire to make a positive impact on society, she is embarking on a new path as a Domestic Violence Advocate.

Michelle feels this role will allows her to support and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, empowering them to break free from abusive situations and rebuild their lives. She is grateful to be part of a dedicated team working on this important project. Drawing from her cultural background, Michelle brings a unique perspective to her work. Michelle hopes to contribute to the growth and implementation of impactful programs, all aimed at eliminating domestic violence and fostering safer, communities. She is dedicated to advocating for those who have been silenced and marginalized, she believes that every individual deserves a life free from fear and abuse. Michelle remains determined to use her experiences to positively impact the lives of others and create a society where domestic violence is eradicated, and survivors can thrive. (Also speaks: Cantonese, Mandarin)

Roza AmanDomestic Violence Advocate

Roza is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University and her Masters of Art in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University.

Roza is an immigrant and first-generation graduate and speaks four languages. She has experience working with diverse populations both in Mental Health and Education settings. She believes mental health is critical and should be equitably available to all.

Roza hopes to empower people by providing care through inclusive and compassionate practice. (Also speaks: Oromo, Amharic, Swahili)

Maritza Hernandez – Media Manager/ Domestic Violence Advocate

Maritza graduated from California State University, Chico and has over 8 years of experience working with children and families in various settings including homes, schools, and communities.

She has had the privilege of supporting diverse populations in the fields of mental health and education. She is genuinely passionate about advocating for mental health, social justice, and environmental justice. Maritza believes in using her voice and resources to help others regain their voice and inner power.

She indulges in hobbies, which include reading, creating audio documentaries, going on nature walks, dancing, and trying out new restaurants. Being the daughter of immigrant parents herself, Maritza embraces people from all cultural perspectives (Also Speaks: Spanish)

Melanie UkosakulDomestic Violence Advocate

Melanie is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence both in the private practice and community mental health settings. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School. 

Melanie’s experience growing up in Thailand in a multicultural community and identifying as an adult Third Culture Kid (TCK) informs her therapeutic work that centers clients’ various cross-cultural identities, stress, burnout, and vicarious trauma.

Melanie’s hope and passion is for individuals to experience a deep sense of belonging, connection, and home in themselves and in their communities. (Also speaks: Thai)

Suchika SiotiaDomestic Violence Advocate

Suchika Siotia is a dedicated Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in the state of Washington. She earned her Master of Science in Psychology from India in 2016 and is currently advancing her expertise through a Clinical Psychology program. With over six years of clinical experience in both India and the United States, Suchika is committed to assisting individuals, families, adults, and couples in navigating emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal challenges.

Grounded in evidence-based practices supported by extensive research, Suchika employs a diverse range of therapeutic interventions, including Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gottman Couple Therapy. Her therapeutic approach embraces an integrative framework, incorporating third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies such as DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. Suchika follows the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model to conceptualize her clients’ concerns comprehensively. Drawing from her extensive training in India, she provides holistic and personalized treatment tailored to individual needs.

Coming from a culturally rich background, Suchika recognizes the significance of culture in mental health. She is dedicated to delivering multicultural counseling services that align with her clients’ diverse backgrounds. Demonstrating a genuine concern for the well-being of her clients, Suchika equips them with the necessary tools to seize the day and achieve their fullest potential.

Implementing effective psychotherapy methods, Suchika fosters self-understanding in her clients and encourages the adoption of new attitudes and feelings toward life situations. She emphasizes the collaborative nature of therapy, recognizing it as a healing process that requires active participation and investment from both the client and the therapist. (Also Speaks: Hindi, Marwadi, Assamese.)

Sweetra FazlyDomestic Violence Advocate

Sweetra Fazly is an immigrant who came to the United States 7 years ago. She is currently pursuing a degree in Medical Administration with an anticipated graduation in 2025. Sweetra has worked with immigrants for over five years, and she has a deep understanding of the immigrant experience and witnessed challenges faced by those seeking a new life in the United States. “I am not only multilingual but bridge builder between cultures. I love to help people and that makes my soul happy.” (Also speaks: Dari, Hindi & Pashto)

Alina Nikitchenko – Domestic Violence Advocate

Alina Nikitchenko is a graduate of Kiev State University, where she majored in bibliography and philology. With a strong foundation in languages, she is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. Her professional background includes valuable experience working at the airport, where she efficiently managed paperwork and assisted passengers with check-in, showcasing adept organizational skills and an ability to communicate effectively across diverse backgrounds.

Outside of her professional endeavors, she is passionate about psychology and interpersonal relations, delving into the intricacies of human behavior and fostering meaningful connections with others. (Also speaks: Russian and Ukrainian)

John Awai – Community Liaison

John was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents of mixed Hawaiian, Caucasian and Chinese ancestry. He was a police officer for 32.5 years. 7 years with the Honolulu Police Department (patrol and narcotics), and 25.5 years with the Renton Police Department (patrol, detective, and background investigator).

Growing up in a household witnessing domestic violence increased John’s passion to support those being affected by violence. Throughout his law enforcement career, he has been a huge advocate for the education and prevention of domestic violence, with an emphasis towards the Hispanic community.

John lived for several years in Mexico immersing himself in the culture. In this next chapter of life, John is eager to utilize his lived experience, knowledge and expertise to support those within the community as liaison. (Also speaks: Spanish)

Jessica Gudino – Youth Outreach Specialist

Jessica’s lived and work experience will bring a unique perspective as our new youth outreach specialist. Since receiving her Certified Peer Counselor (CPC) in 2017, her role in supporting youth and families has changed throughout her career, but her passion to support individuals who struggle with mental health and addiction has only grown more.

As a survivor of Domestic Violence, she brings passion to empower, support and advocate for those in silence. Growing up as an immigrant, has given her the drive to support and empower minority groups. (Also speaks: Spanish)

Karli Reiter – Counseling Intern

Karli is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Palo Alto University, with an expected graduation date in December 2024. She holds an undergraduate degree in Comparative International Studies and Spanish. Karli’s journey has taken her to diverse settings, including the Tijuana border, where she engaged with various groups, including US asylum seekers.

Her background includes valuable experience in community mental health, as well as assisting individuals with disabilities in finding employment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over the years, Karli has demonstrated her commitment to making a difference, having volunteered and raised over $10,000 for the CASA organization (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children).

Karli’s primary goal is to empower individuals through a practice that prioritizes mindfulness and equality. She firmly believes in leveraging her voice and resources to assist others in reclaiming their identity, passions and harnessing self-compassion. (Also speaks: Spanish)

Raven Zerkich – Counseling Intern

Raven’s currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle, with an expected graduation date in December 2024. She earned her bachelor’s degree of psychology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn in 2018. She has previously trained at the Antioch Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic as well as facilitated support groups for first time parents of newborns with PEPS.

As a survivor of domestic violence herself, Raven seeks to empower others on their own courageous journey of healing from trauma. Her therapeutic approach encourages mindfulness, exploration of inherent strengths and unique values, as well as the identification of systemic barriers and the development of strategies for addressing them.

Raven’s counseling work is grounded in her belief that the potential for growth, healing, and resilience lies within everyone. Her counseling style is collaborative and seeks to honor the autonomy and individual needs of each client. In session, she utilizes an integrated approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and other trauma-informed approaches.

Carol Lin – Counseling Intern

Carol is a trauma counselor in training. Carol connects with people through respecting each individual’s life story, extending compassion for systemic impacts, intergenerational contexts, and inner experiences.

Carol works with trauma from a somatic perspective, integrating parts work and a liberation-based framework to offer holistic ways to process together. Growing up in Taiwan, Carol is passionate about belongingness within cultural identities and homemaking journeys. They have had the honor of organizing for housing justice with immigrant youth, adults, and seniors. Carol has facilitated support groups for new parents and for experiences of loss and grief.

With a lived understanding of domestic violence, Carol is dedicated to nurturing safety within ourselves and our relationships to one another. Carol is working toward a Trauma Certificate and master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle, expecting to graduate by April 2025. (Also speaks: Mandarin)

Amanda Agrellas – Counseling Intern

Amanda Agrellas is pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University, and expects to graduate in December of 2024. She has previously worked with the Antioch Community Counseling Clinic and Game to Grow, encouraging social growth in youth through tabletop role-playing games.

Before her graduate program, she also worked with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and facilitated anti-racism trainings at Plymouth UCC. Amanda grew up in Guatemala where she assisted her family with various humanitarian projects, including the founding of El Refugio, a domestic violence shelter still operating today. This experience has given her a strong passion for empowering survivors and educating communities about domestic violence.

As a student therapist, she is also passionate about affirming neurodiversity. Her integrated therapeutic approach is collaborative and multi-culturally informed, and uses techniques from therapies such as CBT, strategic, and family systems.

 

Alina Saltzman – Counseling Intern

Alina is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is expected to graduate in May 2025. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Arizona State University in 2022. Alina has extensive experience in case management, particularly with individuals who have acute needs and substance use.

She currently works for a homeless outreach team in an Eastside City and holds certifications in Crisis Intervention Training and de-escalation.  Alina believes in fostering an intersectional, client-centered environment that promotes safe healing and processing.

Her therapeutic approach incorporates mindfulness, the mind-body connection, and empowering individual action while addressing systemic barriers and unique needs. She is passionate about helping clients rediscover their power and path to healing, especially those facing crisis-related challenges. Alina’s counseling work is grounded in radical empathy and incorporates holistic, trauma-informed care suited to each client’s distinctive necessities. (Also speaks: German)