Who We Are

NEW GROWTH COUNSELING SERVICES – THERAPISTS

About Us

New Growth Counseling Services is an organization of mental health therapists from a variety of disciplines who joined together in 1993 as a resource for residents of Clallam and Jefferson Counties. All staff members have worked extensively with individuals, families, groups and organizations, and together have accumulated over 55 years of professional service to individuals on the North Olympic Peninsula. We are trained in a variety of treatment techniques. Ongoing staff development and education insures that the latest and most effective methods will be used to assist you. View our therapists’ Privacy Practices and Office Policies.

Rachel Hardies, M.A., LMHC

Rachel Hardies, M.A., LMHC

Senior Clinician

Rachel Hardies, M.A., LMHC, is a Washington state Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60310404). She received her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 2009. Rachel enjoys helping people learn to work with their life challenges in healthier ways and to improve their communication and listening skills. She also enjoys helping parents and caregivers learn different ways of interacting with children and helping families connect and enjoy each other.

Allison Williams, ATR, LMHC, PMH-C

Allison Williams, ATR, LMHC, PMH-C

Senior Clinician

Allison Williams, ATR, LMHC, PMH-C is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH 60875224), a Registered Art Therapist (ATCB# 13-141) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board, and a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C). She received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy Counseling in 2010 from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, OR (just outside of Portland). Allison spent a number of years working in the Portland Metro area with youth ages 4-18 and their families, supporting them around intensive mental health challenges and healing after traumatic experiences. Allison also has experience working with adults facing significant life changes, or healing from previous childhood trauma. She enjoys supporting clients across the lifespan develop their strengths and connect to community in their personal journey of healing.

For those unfamiliar with art therapy, Art Therapists are mental health clinicians who use the visual arts and creative process with clients during assessment and/or treatment. Art Therapists must complete graduate level education and postgraduate, supervised experience to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATR). Many art therapists also complete other mental health credentials such as Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  Allison’s degree program at Marylhurst University provided training in both art therapy practices and more “traditional” counseling techniques, and clients are free to decide whether art therapy makes sense to incorporate into treatment with her.

Tien Vo, MSW, LICSW

Tien Vo, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinician

Tien Vo, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State (LW60967687). Tien enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to changes in life, anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal relationship issues. Tien’s approach to therapy is collaborative, where therapist and client work together to identify strengths to foster inspiration and self-compassion and to overcome life’s challenges. Tien utilizes primarily motivational interviewing, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and solutions focused treatment modalities to help empower individuals. Tien also has additional experience incorporating expressive arts and drama therapy into the healing process.

Tamara Odland, MA, LMHCA

Tamara Odland, MA, LMHCA

Professional Associate

Tamara Odland, M.A., LMHCA, is a Washington state Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Associate (MC61212921).

I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I am in the process of obtaining my full Licensed Mental Health Counselor designation. I am certified in Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (Level II AEDP) and sand-tray therapy. Through my counseling work, I have gained experience in working with depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, relational difficulties, self-esteem, and addictions. I have also been a part of a research project that explored in-depth life stories of veterans who are struggling to transition after their deployments. I am particularly interested in supporting individuals who are dealing with the aftermath of traumatic experiences. 

Robert Perry, MSW, LICSW

Robert Perry, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinician

Robert Perry, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State (LW 60080835). Robert works with adults and older adults who are dealing with lifespan related issues of anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and grief/loss through the use motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral (CBT), behavioral, and solution-focused informed therapy approaches towards increasing psychosocial awareness, emotional regulation, daily living adjustments, and management capacities.

Susan Johnson, MSSW, LICSW, BCD

Susan Johnson, MSSW, LICSW, BCD

Senior Clinician

Susan C. Johnson, MSSW, LICSW, BCD, is a licensed, independent social worker in Washington State (LW 60601839). She earned her Master’s of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas, Austin in 1993, and has been licensed as LCSW in the state of Texas, Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work and is recognized as ACHP-SW (Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker). Susan is a Board Certified Diplomate, advanced-generalist clinical practitioner, certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Susan works primarily with adults throughout the adult lifespan who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, impact of physical illness, interpersonal relationship issues, and problems with adjustment to life’s challenges. With respect for the client’s unique life journey, Susan utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practice, emotional regulation, solution-oriented therapies, and existentialism to assist the client in gaining self awareness and resilience. Based upon her clinical experience in hospice care, Susan also provides therapeutic bereavement counseling for those who are grieving a significant loss in their life.

Kerrie Buis, MSW, LICSW

Kerrie Buis, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinician

Kerrie Buis, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Washington, license number LW60919592. Kerrie works with adults and older adults who are experiencing a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, and other issues. Kerrie has also received training in issues of gender transition and sexual orientation and is committed to being a safe place where all individuals will be accepted and valued. Kerrie practices a variety of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kerrie is particularly interested in helping people heal, learn to be better communicators, have better interpersonal relationships, and have more understanding of their emotions and resulting actions.

Laura Loftis, MT-BC

Laura Loftis, MT-BC

Intern

Laura Loftis, MT-BC, is an intern in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently enrolled at Capella University working on the completion of this degree. Laura is looking forward to applying Solution Focused ideas and goals to help couples and families. She will be under the supervision of New Growth counselor Allison Williams. Laura is also a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). She obtained her degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio TX in 2005. If clients have interest in including Music Therapy techniques, this can be discussed at any time during sessions.

Meet The Team

We are a group practice of Senior Clinicians, Professional Associates, and Master’s level interns. Our practice is known throughout the community for quality service and diagnostic capabilities. Our practitioners specialize in various modalities and tailored services.