About Us


sara

Sara Chandler, LMHC Intern

My name is Sara Chandler (She/Her). Sara is a master’s level LMHC intern working under the supervision of Shannon Tait LMFT #LF60074427. Sara is working towards completing my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Antioch University in Seattle with an expected graduation date of October 2025. Sara has 17 years of experience as a healthcare administrator working within different specialties. 

As a counseling intern, Sara takes a collaborative approach in working with individuals, couples, and families from a variety of backgrounds, and with a wide spectrum of concerns. Sara works from a trauma-informed perspective and endeavor to provide a safe and judgment-free space.  

Life can be challenging and with support, clients can experience personal growth, cultivate self-compassion, and discover personal strengths. Sara works with depression, anxiety, stress and relationship challenges, neurodivergence, grief, and trauma. She also provides couples counseling utilizing the Developmental model for relationships' work. Sara enjoys assisting families and individuals in navigating life transitions and she works with people of all faiths. LGBTQIA+ affirming.

Sara is in network with Coordinated Care and Aetna.

License, Certifications, & Awards
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Sara is accepting NEW patients at $40 per session

To schedule an appointment with Sara please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Sara

yelena

Yelena Kart, MA, LMHCA

Yelena earned her Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University in 2023. She pulls from multiple modalities and theories, including Adlerian, multicultural, and feminist, and believes all clients should receive trauma-informed care. She works from a Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective and welcomes larger-bodied clients. Yelena believes that all bodies are deserving of love and respect, and that all bodies are good bodies. She also welcomes clients of all sexual/gender orientations and ethnicities. Yelena is, herself, a late-in-life ADHD diagnosis, and also welcomes neurodiverse clients. Yelena moved to the Seattle area from Illinois in 2021, and is looking forward to making a fresh start in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys reading, walking her little dog, and binge-watching tv shows from the 90s/00s. She works with individuals aged 14+.

Yelena is in network with some insurance plans but does not accept all insurance plans so please call your insurance to check if she is covered in your plan.

License, Certifications & Awards
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate #MC 61453798

Yelena is accepting NEW patients

To schedule an appointment with Yelena please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Yelena


lisa

Lisa LaBranche, MA, LMHC Intern

Lisa (She/Her), is a master’s level LMHC intern working under the supervision of Shannon Tait LMFT #LF60074427. Lisa is working toward completing a CACREP accredited master’s degree in mental health counseling at Northwestern University, Chicago, with an expected graduation date of Fall 2025.

As a counseling intern, Lisa has an integrated therapeutic approach, pulling aspects from a variety of psycho-dynamic models to create an individualized client-centered experience. She places the highest priority on the therapeutic relationship and helping you achieve your goals.

Lisa is building upon previous career experience in mental health, in addition to being a certified Washington state educator, with a master’s degree in teaching. She primarily works with tweens, teens, adults, older adults, and families. She focuses on depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, chronic illness/pain, grief and loss, and family dynamics. Lisa collaborates with people of all faiths, cultures, and LGBTQIA+.

Lisa is in network with Coordinated Care and Aetna insurance.

License, Certifications & Awards
Washington State Certified Teacher #439590As

Lisa will be accepting NEW patients starting April 22nd

To schedule an appointment with Lisa please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Lisa


lynda

Lynda Loncar, MA, LMFTA

Lynda received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2015. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University in 2021.

Lynda pulls from a variety of theories, included to but not limited to solution-focused, cognitive behavioral techniques, Bowen, and attachment theory, to provide care to her clients in a way that can be tailored and individualized based on each person’s needs. She is client-centered and focuses on supporting her clients to feel heard and understood in a safe and judgment-free space. She believes that many of the elements that impact one’s mental health stem from relational issues and fully believes that one can potentially control all aspects of life provided that they maintain a healthy relationship with themselves and others in their life.

Lynda works with couples, individuals, and families. She also has training and extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, adjustments, and challenges. She enjoys working with couples and families, specifically those related to parenting challenges and dynamics within the immediate family. Lynda is trained in the Developmental Model fro Relationships. Lynda works Monday-Friday and offers evening appointments upon request. Lynda is an Associates Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Lynda is in network with some insurance plans but does not accept all insurance plans so please call your insurance to check if she is covered in your plan.

License, Certifications & Awards
Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate #MG 61263631.
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Lynda is accepting NEW patients

To schedule an appointment with Lynda please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

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julie

Julie Miller, MA, LMHCA

Julie earned her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Northwestern University in 2022. Her education was founded on Psychodynamic principles while incorporating a variety of different theories and techniques, including trauma and attachment. Julie likes to pull elements from multiple theories, making her an integrative therapist. She also likes to bring her sense of humor into the therapeutic relationship.

Julie enjoys building a strong therapeutic relationship, which she believes is the most important part of therapy. She also enjoys creating an environment where her clients feel a sense of safety and acceptance and, as a queer, BIPOC, woman, Julie personally understands the difficulties of marginalization.

Julie works with individuals 21+, and has experience working with people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with disabilities, and those with loved ones in Hospice/Comfort Care. She also enjoys working with couples and is Prepare Enrich certified and trained in the Developmental Model for Relationships.  Julie works Monday-Thursday, with later evenings available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Julie offers in-person and/or telehealth sessions.

 Julie is in network with some insurance plans but  does not accept all insurance plans so please call your insurance to check if she is covered in your plan.



License, Certifications & Awards 

Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate #MC 61379600.
Prepare and Enrich Certified. 
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Julie is accepting NEW patients

To schedule an appointment with Julie please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Julie

shannon Shannon Morgan,  LMFT Intern

Shannon is an intern LMFT, currently working on her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Seattle Pacific University with a plan to graduate in June 2025. In addition to being a parent, spouse, daughter, sister, and community member, Shannon has worked as a nurse in the greater Seattle area for 14 years, honing her skills of talking to anyone about anything with her favorites being birth and death after working with both ends of the life spectrum.

Shannon works with couples, children 7+,  and families. She has extensive training with the Developmental Model for Relationships.  She is passionate about systems theory and how our relationships and interactions with the world often offer the most insight into ourselves. After almost two decades working in the healthcare system, she listened to an inner voice and with some outside help realized she wanted to slow things down and become a therapist.  

 Shannon  would like to offer you a safe place to talk about any problem you are going through, as no one gets through life alone.   Shannon offers evenings and weekends appointments. 

Shannon is in network with Coordinated Care and Aetna.

License, Certification, & Awards
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Shannon is accepting new families and couples at $40 per session

To schedule an appointment with Shannon please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Shannon

tamara

Tamara Runnicles, MA, LMFT


Tamara received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She received her Masters' in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle University in 2021.

Tamara uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Theory, and Solution Focused in her sessions. She is client centered and focuses on enabling her clients to feel heard and understood in a safe and judgment free space. She believes that the mind set of an individual can potentially control all aspects of life - provided with a healthy relationship with themselves, they are able to focus on the most important aspects of their lives.

Tamara works with couples, individuals, and families. She also has training and extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, adjustments and challenges. She enjoys working with couples and families and is trained in the Developmental Model for Relationships.  Tamara works Monday-Thursday and offers evening appointments. Tamara is an Associate's Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Tamara is in network with some insurance plans but  does not accept all insurance plans so please call you insurance to check if she is covered in your plan.

License, Certifications & Awards 
Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LF61496083.
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Tamara is accepting NEW patients

To schedule an appointment with Tamara please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Tamara


ben

Dr. Ben Steel, Ed.D.,MDiv., LMHCA

Ben brings a unique and varied background to Blooming Leaf, having experience in: coaching, teaching, mentoring, and counseling. Ben earned a doctorate in Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Western States and he is a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate. He has worked with youth and adults in private practice, addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, guilt, attachment disorders and challenges with relationships. He has also been trained in working with individuals, groups, and teams looking to improve performance in sports, music, and work settings. Ben is a Prepare and Enrich facilitator for couples looking for pre-marital and marital counseling. Currently he is in the process of getting additional credentialing in Trauma work. With use of a variety of psychological perspectives ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Existential Theory to address the needs of the client and situation, Ben brings a balanced Therapeutic approach. Ben knows that at the heart of good therapy is genuine connection, trust, and care between therapist and patient.

He grew up in the greater Seattle area, enjoys cooking, especially barbeque, being active outdoors, and is constantly learning something new whether it is about psychology, philosophy, exercise science, history or random facts that may be helpful on Jeopardy.

Ben’s deep hope is to help you discover and become who you’ve been called to be.

Ben is in network with some insurance plans but  does not accept all insurance plans so please call your insurance to check if he is covered in your plan.

License, Certifications & Awards
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate #MC 61210376.
Prepare and Enrich facilitator
Level 1 EMDR Training
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Ben has limited availability and is accepting wait-list patients

To schedule an appointment with Ben please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620

Patient Portal for Ben

shannon

Shannon Tait, LMFT, GMHS, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Shannon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Shannon has spent more than 15 years performing in-home, in-office and virtual therapy with older adults, adolescents, families, and couples. She has experience working with caregivers, individuals suffering chronic conditions including Parkinson's disease, depression, bipolar, and arthritis. She also specializes in helping patients who are experiencing grief and loss and end of life issues. Shannon has over 15 years of experience working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, older adults, and couples.

Shannon is an interactive, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Shannon integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each individual or family. With compassion and understanding, Shannon works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain their personal goals. As a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, Shannon specializes in providing support and guidance to the Geriatric population and their families that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to couples counseling and beyond. Shannon offers a personalized approach tailored to each individual or family’s needs to help them attain their personal goals.

Shannon is 2001 graduate of Linfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and  minors in Religious Studies and Coaching. She obtained a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006.

License, Certifications & Awards
Washington State Marriage and Family License #LF60074427
Geriatric Mental Health Specialist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Shannon is NOT accepting new patients

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zosia Zosia (Zah-shah) Whittaker, MSW, LICSWA

Zosia earned her Masters of Social Work from McGill University (Canada) in 2008. Her training had a strong emphasis on Couples and Family Therapy and she completed her thesis on the topic of spirituality in medical family therapy. She worked as a medical social worker in hospitals and community hospice with patients of all ages and their families until her family moved to Washington in 2015. Zosia's practices with a strong family systems approach and a special interest in trauma-informed care. Zosia strongly believes that it is a privilege to walk a therapeutic journey with any client and be invited into a sacred space of vulnerability that often necessitates the healing process.

Zosia strives to empower her clients in recognizing their unique strengths, resilience, and personal resources to cope with adversity. Zosia values diversity in all forms and strives to understand her clients' unique experiences of marginalization. Zosia is trained in the Developmental Model for Relationships.

Zosia has experience working with people who are coping with chronic health conditions and acute health-based crisis. Zosia encourages her clients to seek ‘emotional space’ after a trauma to process and heal. She also has special interest in working with neurodiverse clients and their families, and children/teen coping with trauma. She is a bilingual French-Canadian speaker and enjoys working with clients who speak English as a second language, recent immigrants, and refugees. As an active parent, Zosia seeks to support clients of all ages in the context of their community closest to them and welcomes families (biological or chosen!) to attend therapy together to reach mutual goals in a safe space.

Zosia is in network with some insurance plans but  does not accept all insurance plans so please call your insurance to check if he is covered in your plan.

License, Certifications & Awards 
Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate: SC 61442907
Trained in Developmental Model for Relationships

Zosia offers limited in-person services (currently daytime Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and/or telehealth sessions, Monday through Thursday with some evening availability.

Zosia is accepting NEW patients


To schedule an appointment with Zosia please email [email protected] or by calling 425-549-4620


Administrative Team 


Becca Dallain

about

Becca was born and raised  in Washington and enjoys traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest since she was a baby in a hiking pack. Being outside in nature, at the ocean or lake, her vegetable garden, and baking are her top loves in life. Becca is married with two boys and most of the time you will find them at the hockey rink. She is trained and practicing Massage Therapist, with an administrative background, and enjoy being a part, however minuscule, in someone's journey in healing.


We are located in the Village Square Complex.

By Appointment Only

Monday:

11:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

11:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

11:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

11:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

1:00 pm-7:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed