The Team


Holley Kaskel, PsyD

clinical psychologist
owner & clinical director

As the owner and clinical director of LightHeart Psychological Associates, Dr. Holley provides clinical supervision and programming, while continuing to maintain her personal psychotherapy practice. She earned her PsyD (doctor of psychology) in 2001 and has been working with children, adolescents and families since she began her training in 1996. Being a psychotherapist is one of Dr. Holley's greatest sources of joy, and so she continues to offer therapy for adolescents and families, as well as adults and couples. With 20 years of clinical experience, her practice is consistently limited by the number of hours she can personally provide, so in 2013 she dedicated herself to the training, supervision and mentoring of the next generation of therapists. Today, LightHeart has a diverse team of therapists, healers and psychology residents who are gaining the skills, wisdom, and confidence to provide compassionate, intelligent therapy and assessment to a diverse client population. 

In her clinical work and supervision, she uses CBT and DBT techniques, family systems and structural theory, as well as inter-subjective psychodynamic theories and self psychology, to inform what she considers to be a deep, insight-oriented, personal growth focus. Dr. Holley also has experience and interest working with a variety of populations including LGBTQ, trauma survivors, dissociative disorders, conflicted relationships, and chronic depression and anxiety. She has a particular interest in health psychology and experience working successfully with eating disorders, body image and weight struggles. She is direct, energetic, engaged and positive which contributes to challenging but often fun and meaningful work.


Kathleen Worsley, PhD

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Kathleen Worsley earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science at California State University, San Jose. After ten years of public library service, she entered a graduate program and earned a PhD in Professional Psychology at United States International University, now Alliant International University in San Diego. The University provided opportunities for study with Viktor Frankl, Max Lerner, Jay Haley and others in its Humanistic-Existential doctoral psychology program.

A predoctoral internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego included biofeedback training with open heart surgery patients, and adult therapy at a San Diego women’s neighborhood clinic. Postdoctoral internship at the Community Psychological Center, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, encompassed performing psychological evaluations and other consultative services to schools, group homes, Head Start, and individual therapy to adults in the community.

For over thirty years Dr. Worsley has practiced psychology in clinical settings in Redmond and, earlier, in Eastern Washington. Her work has encompassed psychotherapy, psychological testing and evaluations, consultation to Native American tribal schools, testifying as an expert in court and actively participating in professional associations. She trained program leaders for Washington State’s convention to elect representatives to the White House Conference on Women. Other community work included spearheading the formation of domestic violence services and housing in Ellensburg, WA.

At present Dr. Worsley is in clinical practice with adult individuals and seniors as clients. Her approach with clients is to listen to concerns thoughtfully and together with them to plan treatment to meet their goals. Coping with ageing and the many other stresses and changes throughout adult life from illness of a partner, loss and grief, career changes, moves, to moods and anxiousness are concerns of the people she works with in therapy.
Making changes in behavior, thinking, and feeling through therapy allows people to achieve clarity,  and to develop a grounded competence so they may face life a little more comfortably. Depending on client's needs and concerns Dr. Worsley uses cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, existential, and psychodynamic therapies along with techniques such as relaxation, communication skills, meditation, and EMDR.


ai Endo, MA, LMHC

Holistic psychotherapist

Ai is a holistic psychotherapist in private practice since 2009. Her unique training and background allows her to create an integrative healing approach, offering mental health counseling, yoga and meditation teaching, and energy healing sessions. She provides individual and family therapy for adults and adolescents (particularly teenage girls), helping clients with anxiety, depression, phobias, stress, trauma, grief and loss, ADHD, sexual abuse, relationships, communication skills, self-esteem, body issues, identity crisis, life transitions, existential/spiritual experiences, and addictive behaviors. Ai welcomes the LGBTQA community and people of color to her practice. She offers clients a uniquely heart-centered, grounded and mindful approach to creating new coping skills and stress reducing techniques, as well as gaining insight into factors affecting mental health and happiness. Ai has a down-to-earth, intuitive personality. She is naturally able to guide people to connect mind and heart together, bringing clarity to any area of concern. She is skilled at utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), various mindfulness practices and somatic integration techniques (especially useful in treating trauma and anxiety).


Genelle Benker, MA, LMHCA, RYT

PSYCHOLOGY RESIDENT
REIKI MASTER & YOGA THERAPIST

Genelle has a rich and comprehensive background in various traditional and alternative healing techniques. She is a certified yoga teacher, yoga nidra meditation instructor, reiki master, psychotherapist and psychology resident. Genelle provides talk therapy and psychological assessment for children, adolescents, families, adults and couples. She takes an integrated and informed approach to treatment.  Based on the unique needs of each client, she draws from Interpersonal, Relational, Hermeneutic, Narrative, EMDR, and Play/Creative approaches, often pulling in unique treatment techniques, including embodied psychotherapy, somatosensory psychology, trauma sensitive yoga, hatha yoga, yoga nidra, and energy medicine. Genelle’s psychology training has provided her with experience in treating a wide variety of disorders. Her goal is to help clients connect deeply with themselves, foster healthy relationships, and participate powerfully in community building by developing insight, learning communication, coping and interpersonal skills, and gaining an embodied understanding of their sensations, emotions and thoughts as meaningful sources of information


Cyn Clarfield, psyD

PSYCHOLOGY fellow

Cynthia (Cyn) Clarfield is a psychology fellow with over ten years of experience working in therapeutic settings. At LightHeart, she provides psychological evaluations to individuals ages 6-21 for a variety of conditions, including ADHD, learning disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. She believes psychological assessments can lay the groundwork for making effective changes that will bring the greatest improvements to patients’ personal, academic, and vocational lives. Cyn works hard to make the evaluation process as warm, safe, and engaging as possible from start to finish. She uses test results to highlight a patient’s existing strengths along with any areas of concern, and her assessments always include a thorough recommendation section. Cyn is also trained in the administration of personality assessment using both objective and projective instruments. When appropriate, Cyn works closely with families, schools, therapists, and psychiatrists to provide uniquely tailored treatment that views the whole person in context. Cyn also provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors, as well as stressors related to family disharmony, ADHD, identity development, and difficult life transitions. She enjoys using a range of interventions from play therapy to interpersonal therapy, and has a special interest in working with girls and young women with ADHD, siblings of substance abusers, and LGBTQ individuals. 


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April Jones MA, LMFTA

Marriage & Family Therapist

April is a marriage and family therapist associate with a diverse background working with
everyone from single individuals to families or groups, from children to seniors, in both clinical and emergency facilities. April earned her masters in marriage and family therapy in 2014 and has experience in trauma work, relational counseling, depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, abuse, relationships, communication skills, self-esteem, body issues, identity crisis, life transitions, mindfulness based stress reduction, and grief and loss just to name a few. Specializing in how the individual parts of systems affect the whole means she is all about versatility. Using a blend of psychological models including but not limited to Emotionally Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy she believes in building a therapeutic relationship that is tailored to the individual.  Equifinality is the concept that many paths can produce the same result and that, inversely, a single source can yield many different outcomes. Simply put, there are many paths to emotional growth and a therapist must be a fellow sojourner on the path most suited to the client. April believes that the client is the expert on their story and her role is to help translate that narrative through the culmination of systemic and therapeutic knowledge. This collaboration encourages continuous and evolving dialogue between client and therapist, enabling the co-creation of both problem identification and interventions.


Shay Ascarie MA, LMHCA

Psychotherapist

Shay Ascarie is a licensed mental health therapist.  She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University-Seattle.  She has experience working with adults, children, and teens with depression, anxiety, ADHD, body image conflicts, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, adjustments/transitions, sexuality, gender, and family conflict.  Shay has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including substance abuse treatment for youth, child and family therapy in community mental health, counseling in an elementary school setting, and private practice.  Shay works from a humanistic framework, which simply translates into valuing each of her clients with a non-judgmental mindset.  Shay always attempts to be authentic and honest so that the therapeutic process has transparency for her clients.  Shay believes that every client’s experience is different, and Shay will work with you taking into account your life, history, current circumstances, life dreams, and wishes, to help you find a life plan to get you where you want to be mentally and emotionally.  Shay believes in the mind-body connection and has interest and experience in nutrition, meditation, and tapping and often implements these in her therapy with clients.  Shay is a person-centered therapist who utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic theory, Narrative Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Play Therapy for children.  Although Shay is experienced with several therapeutic approaches, she tries to enlist her client’s strengths in order to begin the healing process, believing that her clients are the true experts in their lives and can make any changes that they want.


Alta Swinford MA, LMHC

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Alta is a psychotherapist trained in systems theory. She has a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science - Systems Counseling from Bastyr University. Systems counseling embraces each client as an individual living system. It examines how clients’ memberships in other living systems (such as family, friends, co-workers, partnerships, etc.) interrelate, influence, and impact each other. It is her overall aim to enhance quality of life for individuals and families. Alta’s clients’ needs and goals set the focus of the counseling sessions. She works together with her clients to use their insights and resilience to examine life events, to help guide them to wisdom and balance. While recognizing the potential for change, an exploration of clients’ life experience is provided in a caring environment. She dedicates herself to serving the best interests of each client. Alta has worked with many diverse populations over her decade of experience, including women and families, veterans, military members and their families. She believes each of us posses the capacity for wellness and wholeness and that all people are valuable, unique and should be treated with dignity and respect.
 


Jennifer Sveund, LMHC, ATR

PSYCHOLOGY fellow & ART THERAPIST

Jennifer is a Psychology Fellow and earned doctoral degree at Antioch University Seattle. Her clinical experience has involved providing therapy and psychological assessment with children, adolescents and adults from a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds including refugee and immigrant populations. She completed her clinical training in primary care, academic, elementary and middle schools, and community mental health settings. Jennifer has a breadth of experience working with a broad range of issues. She has training with patients who suffer from chronic pain and complex medical conditions, and is aware of how to motivate patients to make the lifestyle changes needed to support their treatment. She enjoys providing parenting support and working with inciting behavioral changes in children and adolescents. She is versed in treating generalized anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, relapse prevention, and life adjustments. Jennifer tailors her approach to meet the unique needs of each client. Her integrative style includes cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, relational, EMDR, and mindfulness based art therapy. Jennifer focuses on individual strengths and helps build a deeper understanding of the mind-in-body connection to cope with illness, stress, and life transitions. She enjoys helping clients develop deeper insight, make choices to live life fully, and hone skills that assist them in accessing their potential.


Cassie Matsuzaki, MS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

In 2009 Cassandra (Cassie) Matsuzaki graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Washington University. Upon completion of her degree she worked in community mental health for over seven years. She has experience in addressing issues ranging from behavioral issues to family relational issues and specialize in treating depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, life transitions, and trauma. She enjoys working with people of all ages and has over six years of experience working specifically with children, adolescents, and their families. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, addressing the unique needs of this age group.

She views the therapeutic relationship as a partnership in which she works together to address identified concerns. She believes that this relationship is the most essential factor in the healing, change, and growth process. Because of this belief, Cassie works to create a warm atmosphere in which people feel safe to share about themselves and their lives. 

She employs a person centered approach in therapy, letting the needs of the individual or family drive the therapeutic process. She often uses directive and non-directive techniques as needed to promote positive change and growth. Cassie values using different mediums to promote healing and growth, including art, play, and other expressive techniques. She utilizes evidence based practices including CBT, DBT skills, MI, and BSFT as appropriate during treatment. Cassie is trained in using TF-CBT and have successfully used this modality to address trauma and trauma related concerns. 

Cassie has three years of residential experience working with adolescent mothers and adolescent females who lost home placements due to behavioral and emotional health issues. Many of these individuals distrusted adults due to the trauma and abuse they experience. By employing a person centered approach, Cassie was able to connect with them and provide safety, allowing them to grow and heal. 


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Michele Whittington, CHt

Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach

Michele decided to become a certified hypnotherapist & life coach because she desired to see more vibrantly alive, wildly successful people. She has assisted hundreds of clients to address their suffering through hypnotherapy, a process that facilitates change quickly, easily & joyfully. Imagine experiencing amazing clarity, peace & freedom even in the midst of challenging circumstances. Hypnosis is simply intentionally designing what you want and letting go of what you don’t via your thoughts and beliefs. Hypnotherapy provides you with the ability to change your mind and body on a deeper level by harnessing the power of the subconscious mind. Accessing this deeper awareness creates a super-consciousness, allowing your mind to become your biggest asset in the healing process rather than your greatest opponent. Hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goals to make healthy lifestyle changes (weight loss, smoking cessation, improved sleep, stress management), to decrease suffering (improve anxiety, depression, and chronic pain), to increase confidence (body image, public speaking, dating), to improve performance (focus, motivation, organization, work and study habits), to manage life transitions (career, relationships, loss), and most of all to improve your body’s ability to relax and feel good!


Erica Stephens, LMT

Reiki, Chakra Readings, Massage, office manager

Erica has been a practitioner of the healing arts since 2002. She is a Reiki master/teacher, clairvoyant (someone who sees energy clearly), yoga instructor and massage therapist. Reiki is a form of hands on healing rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900s. This healing method taps into a sense of peace rooted within each person. Through silent relaxation and the receiving of universal energy, a deep healing and release can occur within our being. This subtle yet potent form of energy work allows us to completely let go of that which does not serve us. Similarly, chakra readings are designed to clear blockages, increase authentic intuition, and break old patterns in order to reveal our truth. These vital energy medicine techniques assist in uncovering and releasing old patterns, supporting emotional growth, inducing awareness of our present state of being, and empowering us to live our lives to the fullest so that we can embrace and embody our true selves. Erica offers energy medicine and massage for adolescents and adults.


Karen Lumb, DC

Chiropractor, Network Care Practitioner

www.vitalitywellnessnw.com

Dr. Karen Lumb, has helped thousands of people in the US and internationally to improve their lives through the gentle healing techniques of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). Network Spinal Analysis is an advanced, holistic approach to healing the spine and nerve system in order to improve your overall level of health and your quality of life. The NSA system has been shown to help people with conditions ranging from back pain to post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and infertility, and studies have validated NSA care as a way to predictably enhance wellness and quality of life. SRI helps with decreasing defense and/or unconscious resistance, assisting in identifying where tension and ease are stored in our bodies, and improving posture and deep breathing,

At her practice, Vitality Wellness Center, Dr. Karen helps people discover how to effortlessly find and release tension, transform pain into progress, make life changes through conscious action, and awaken to the life they were meant to live. She possesses a deep soul-powered desire to help others actively participate in their wellness journey. Dr. Karen teaches monthly body/breathing workshops and is a sought-after speaker on achieving new levels of personal growth by de-stressing your life, calming your mind, and centering your body. She is the author of "Improved Language Development Following Network Spinal Analysis in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder", published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health.


Polly Walker

BILLING MANAGER

Polly has been our invaluable and tireless manager of all things billing and insurance related since 2014. She provides timely and reliable insurance benefits verification for new clients and works closely with insurance companies to ensure clients receive the coverage and benefits to which they are entitled. Polly also works closely with insurance providers and LightHeart therapists to keep LightHeart's insurance credentialing and contracting current. Polly supports the delivery of therapy services seamlessly through timely insurance claims and reconciliation of explanations of benefits and insurance remittances. Polly also overseas the management of client accounts and appropriate billing practices. She is available to answer clients' questions about insurance benefits or billing matters and is able to provide detailed account statements upon client request. LightHeart Psych Associates offers full service billing and account management for clients, thanks to Polly's excellent organization, communication and management skills. We wouldn't be here without her!


Sarah Morrow

Administrative Assistant

Sarah represents the bright, warm and reliable face of LightHeart Associates. In her role as administrative assistant, she is the first point of contact for most clients who contact our business for healing and support. Sarah is responsive and compassionate, capable of quickly understanding a client's concern and making a recommendation for the appropriate service providers. Sarah helps clients navigate the process of setting up appointments, verifying insurance benefits, completing intake paperwork and offering appropriate referrals or other helpful information. Sarah is also available to assist current LightHeart clients in canceling or rescheduling appointments and keeping their accounts up to date. Sarah's friendly personality and intelligent, thoughtful approach make her an invaluable asset to LightHeart providers and clients alike.