Middlepath Counselors

Elizabeth Snyder, MS, LMHC

Elizabeth Snyder, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, received her MS in Psychology from Western Washington University in 2000. She has training in the areas of Cognitive Behavior therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Existential-Phenomenological Therapy. Elizabeth maintains a clinical practice serving mostly young adults and adolescents as well as assists Dr. Evan Freedman with forensic psychological and parenting evaluations. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Kids’ Council Northwest, an organization that provides support and resources to youth experiencing grief and loss from the death of a parent, caregiver or sibling. She has volunteered with Camp Willie and Treehouse, programs that support children and families who have experienced a death.  Elizabeth has worked in the mental health field for over ten years.  She was raised in Bellingham and has a deep connection with this community.  For more information about Elizabeth please see www.elizabethasnyder.com.

Mark Lazich, MS, LMHC
Mark Lazich, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, received his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Oregon University. He has training in cognitive behavioral therapy which is influenced by his existential-humanistic and multicultural orientations. He has further post-graduate training in the areas of child and family therapy, chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, EMDR, motivational interviewing, and men’s issues. Mark maintains a clinical practice serving primarily adults, adolescents and their families. Mark has been licensed in Washington State since 2003.  For more information about Mark please see www.marklazich.com.

Karen Jackson, MA, LMFT

Karen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State.  She received her M.A.in Child, Couple, Family Therapy and in Art Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Karen completed intensive training in DBT and provides weekly individual DBT therapy for teens and young adults. She brings warmth, sensitivity, and humor into her work.   Other areas she specializes in are: couples counseling; women’s issues; sexuality; parenting issues; anxiety; depression; trauma; and loss and grief.  For the past several years Karen has served as a clinical staff member/art therapist at Camp Erin and Camp Willie – grief camps for children/teens.

She is passionate about her work and in continuing to explore expressive arts as a catalyst for self-awareness and healing.  Her extensive training in the field of Art Therapy enhances her ability to facilitate client goals and to create a more collaborative treatment environment.  Karen maintains a private practice located in Fairhaven.  She is a native Washingtonian and enjoys: spending time with her 4 children, family, friends, nature, sunsets, coffee, gardening, and projects that inspire and challenge her “creativity.”  

Christine Phelan, MA, LMFT

Christine  is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She received her M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from LIOS Bastyr University and completed intensive training in DBT. Christine has been working in community mental health since 2000. In addition to her involvement with MiddlePath Counseling; providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), her practice supports families and individuals in unwinding areas of distress through a verity of therapeutic modalities.  Christine offers  compassionate attention and awareness, supportive exploration; a means for experiencing life with increased possibility and choice. For more info about Christine and her private practice please see www.bellinghamtherapist.com.

Marcey Mansolillo, MSW, LICSW
Marcey Mansolillo received her undergraduate degree in 1992 from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  Her concentration was in Sociology and Anthropology.  During the 1990s she served as a volunteer at sexual assault centers, shelters for the homeless and survivors of domestic violence.  After moving to the Seattle area in the mid 90s Marcey continued to advance her career, supporting adults with dual diagnoses of mental illness and developmental disabilities. 

In 2007, Marcey graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters Degree in Social Work.  Her school practicums included work for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (Division of Developmental Disabilities), and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center of Whatcom County.  She has extensive training and experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as Well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  After receiving her credentials in 2010 as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Marcey began a private practice specializing in treatment for sexual assault and trauma.  For more information about Marcey and her private practice please see

D. Alex Borton, MA, LMHC
Alex has been working with teens and young adults for over 25 years. Originally an outdoor educator, he taught leadership and wilderness skills on remote expeditions. In 1998, he created a wilderness therapy program at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center. Through this experience he discovered his love for the therapeutic process and became therapist. He graduated from LIOS Bastyr University in 2008 with a MA degree in Systems Counseling/Applied Behavioral Science.

Alex specializes in adolescent and family issues. He currently practices Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an evidence based program that serves families with teenagers involved in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems. Marital issues can affect all family members, and Alex is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidence based practice for couples.

His work with families in distress led Alex to seek additional training for individuals engaged in high-risk behaviors. He completed foundational training in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2013 and started a private practice. See www.alexborton.com. In his spare time Alex enjoys being outdoors and raising his son, who has special needs.

MiddlePath Counseling

1200 Harris Avenue #205
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 201-0120

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