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Our Team

We love empowering, educating, and nurturing others!

Marcie McAlister

Executive Administrator, Billing & Payroll, & Credentialing Manager

I am a highly detailed and compassionate Executive Administrator and Office Manager. As the gatekeeper for Alta Vista, I assist clinicians in credentialing processes, in addition to maintaining HR files and processing payroll. With more than 6 years billing experience, I also assist clients in insurance and billing processes. I follow HIPPA standards in employee and client record management. If you have an admin question or have questions or concerns about establishing new or ongoing care, I am often your frontline guidance. I am committed to maintaining efficacious and streamlined practices.

Bethany Donovan, LMHC, MHP

Mental Health Counselor

Port Orchard, Telehealth

Counseling is my passion, and I steadfastly believe that being of service to others through my role as a mental health professional is my life purpose. I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014 and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in 2017, both from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University) in Palo Alto, CA. My background working in the field of mental and behavioral health includes an internship in a correctional facility, as well as varied experience in community mental health settings, working with an incredible variety of people from all walks of life, struggling with issues just as varied.

As both a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the spouse of an active duty military member, I have a wide swath of experience and understanding of military culture and the unique challenges military families and spouses face on a daily basis. I work with adolescents (13+) and adults dealing with trauma, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and serious emotion dysregulation, as well as with couples.

As a therapist, I believe that: (a) knowledge is power and education about your unique needs or struggles is imperative; (b) as human beings, we are whole people—not a diagnosis—and deserve to be treated as such; and (c) it is never too late to start working on healing and improving your mental health.

As an eclectic therapist, I use a variety of methods from relevant theoretical approaches when collaboratively treatment planning and engaging with you in sessions. My preferred methods & theoretical approaches include—but are not limited strictly to—Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT], Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT], Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction [MBSR], Internal Family Systems [IFS], Person-Centered Therapy [PCT], Solution-Focused Therapy [SFT], expressive arts therapies, and psychoeducation. One size does not fit all, and by focusing on your unique experiences and strengths, we can focus on what is right for you.

Anthony Abastilla, LMHCA

Mental Health Counselor

Gig Harbor, Poulsbo, Telehealth

II have worked with children, teenagers, and adults since 2003 as a clinician, mental health counselor, case aid, and school counselor. The companies I have worked for include Kitsap Mental Health Services, Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas, The Washington Youth Academy, and the Moses Lake and Central Kitsap School Districts.

I hold a Bachelors degree in Human Services, Masters Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Education. I have completed supplemental trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Problem Solving and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). I was a school counselor for 9 years and worked in the Mental Health field 9 years before that.

I believe in building trusting relationships that are client centered, solution focused, and relational with a nonjudgmental approach. I use play therapy to build relationships and develop rapport with my youth clients. One of my main goals is to help you identify not only what you are doing and thinking, but the reason and rationale behind it. The hope is that we can then figure out strategies and ideas to help you understand yourself and create goals and solutions. Most importantly, I want to develop a trusting

relationship with you where you could trust me and know that I care about your wellbeing. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to see you grow, improve your quality of life, and to be a small part of

that success.

Heather McLellan, MSW, LSWAIC

Social Worker

Gig Harbor, Telehealth

I am a graduate of Pierce College, Pacific Lutheran University (1994,BSW), and the University of Washington, Tacoma (2004,MSW). I am a Tacoma native, and have enjoyed engaging with numerous individuals and a variety of large and small social service agencies in Pierce County during the last 20+ years of Social Service employment. My experience includes veteran community outreach programs, Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse treatment and Social Work interning at the PTSD program at VA Hospital at American Lake. Child Welfare Services in Tacoma for seven years, and Case-managing at a private foster care agency and later becoming the Program Manager. I wanted a change and to work more closely with clients and took providing in home counseling and parenting services to diverse families, but found myself driving across three counties and spending more time in traffic than with clients. I am very excited to be working for and with individuals young and old, individually, and/or in small groups, and families at Alta Vista Integrated Life Services in Gig Harbor where I too live! 

I often make the statement, “Social Work is not just what I do for a living, it best fits who I am”. My service delivery is client centered, holistic, and eclectic, utilizing many pieces from my vast array of theoretical modalities learned (addictions treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive- BehavioralTherapy, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Therapy, Play Therapy, Level 1 Theraplay, Grief Therapy, to name just a few), always checking in for shared understanding of the problems and the proposed or desired solutions/outcomes. Therapy treatment will begin with a shared assessment of the clients’ needs and hopes for desired outcomes, and specific ideas of how we’ll get there, together.

Alyson Pond, MAMP, MSW, LSWAIC

Social Worker

Port Orchard, Telehealth

My passion lies in helping people overcome adversity, navigate the challenges placed in front of them, and reach their full potential. In 2021, I earned my Masters of Social Work from Louisiana State University. I also currently hold a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Military Psychology from Adler University. My schooling has focused on crisis, trauma, and resilience building within specialized populations.

When working with my clients I operate primarily from systems and strengths based perspectives, and I utilize interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and many other modalities. I have experience working in substance use and acute inpatient settings, as well as disability programs. Where I became familiar with assessing the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual functioning of my clients, and implementing treatment and behavior plans. I am well versed in risk assessment, safety planning, military and first responder culture, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am a nationally certified psychiatric technician, and am a nationally registered behavior technician and certified behavior technician. My varied educational and professional experience has provided me the well-rounded foundation with which I seek to improve my client’s lives.

Steven Thomas, MA, LMFTA

Marriage and Family Therapist

Gig Harbor, Telehealth

I have a Family and Marital Therapy Associate license. I received an M.A. in Psychology from Brandman University on the Joint Base Lewis McChord campus in 2018 and a Masters of Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary. I served in the Army as a Chaplain 2005-2015. I have also been a licensed teacher in several States and now hold an Elementary certificate in the State of Washington. Mental Health care is a commitment. Like other commitments success is linked to reaching goals and understanding the responsibilities, and understand how each person involved will commit. As there are many different types of people, there are different approaches that can be utilized for the circumstances.  I believe that the person seeking help can grow best if the positive is the main concentration.  Additionally, people are never an island; Specifically with children, it is important that caregivers are involved and support change to maximize results will. 

My primary approaches are Solution Focused based and Play Therapy combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help in behavior modification and helping individuals change beliefs that are leading to unwanted behaviors. I also use Dialectic Behavioral Therapy that helps in emotion regulation,  and in guiding better choices. Narrative Therapy/spiritual guidance, trauma-informed therapy, family/ couples therapy techniques guide communication. My approach often involves continuous evaluation of the participant and caregiver to find what is succeeding and what areas need to be adjusted. I believe all people are not perfect and so a major part of the growth of a person is when a family is willing to make changes together.

Brandi Wallentine, LMHCA

Mental Health Counselor

Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Poulsbo

I started babysitting at 8 years old and from that point to today I’ve been fascinated and constantly curious about early childhood development and human behavior. In my younger years, I tutored elementary students and worked at the YMCA in afterschool and summer youth programs. After graduating high school, I started working at a development center near Portland, Oregon where I was the co-teacher to 17 four-year-old's. In the evenings I would teaching swimming lessons to infants through adults and nanny on the weekends. In 2008 I started my “back-to-school" journey and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. While attending, I volunteered as a King County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and volunteered at Treehouse for Kids in Seattle. After graduation, I moved back “home” to Kitsap where I started working for a local school district as a paraeducator, substitute teacher and eventually was offered a full-time position at the high school working with a federal grant program that assisted students in graduation goals and post-secondary aspirations. I earned my Master of Education with a Professional School Counselor certification in June of 2019. While attending grad school I worked as a registrar for a local drop-out reengagement program where we worked with youth to re-engage them toward high school/GED completion. After earning my graduate degree, I began working as the program manager for a local youth program through the Olympic Educational Service District, also a program that re-engages youth in academic and career building goals. Currently, I’m an associate mental health counselor and attending Olympic College, working toward my Chemical Dependency License requirements.

Chriss Washington

Clinical Social Work Intern

I found my love for social work through travel and volunteer work in various countries. I was able to see the world from a bird’s eye view by interacting with various cultures and essentially seeing we all are the same and our differences should be celebrated not feared. I love helping people and learning human behaviors to contribute to my social work practices. I am currently finishing my Masters in Social work from Arizona State University.

I have worked for the Department of Children and Families as a case manager assisting individuals living with mental health disorders, disabilities, and other health ailments, empowering others to overcome barriers and identify strengths. My passion is to be an effective and persistent change agent through advocacy, empathy, motivation, and counseling. I want to work with sexual assault survivors and DV clients in the military realm. Also, I have a passion to help veterans and active-duty personnel learn how to cope with unresolved childhood trauma to aid in quality of life.

Jessica Torres

MS Psychology Intern

I am a Navy veteran and up until last year I was a clinic supervisor for two VA outpatient clinics in Bremerton and Port Angeles. I have a lot of experience on the admin side and working with veterans. My passion for psychology began when I was 10! This has been a lifelong dream for me to help others on their journey with mental health. What started my passion for psychology was a genuine curiosity of human behavior. Why do people think and act the way that they do? How does a person’s trauma and life experiences shape them into who they are today?

I have a strong passion for working with addicts. During my experience of working with veterans, I also discovered a passion for helping the geriatric population. I found that I work really well with this community and it is a mutual feeling as they become very receptive to me and my efforts to help them. I current am finishing my Masters in Psychology from Brandman, and anticipate graduating December 2021.

Lita Hiraldo

Clinical Social Work Intern

**Coming Soon**

Megan McKay

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

**Coming Soon**

Corey Williams

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

**Coming Soon**