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.

Annie Elder  MA, LMHC 

Annie Elder is a licensed mental health counselor serving adolescents and young adults. She received her masters in mental health counseling from LIOS graduate college of Saybrook University in 2014. She has worked with at risk youth and young adults in various settings since 2008. Annie has received extensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy, and completed the core therapist training for sexual assault survivors. She also incorporates trauma informed yoga and mindfulness practices in counseling sessions as appropriate. Annie offers empathy and support with a solution oriented focus and a hint of fun when useful. When she’s not working as a therapist Annie can be found spending time with her family, dog, cats, and goats, camping, and boating. 

Christine Phelan  MA, LMFT

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 visit her website.

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 his website here.  In his spare time Alex enjoys being outdoors and raising his son, who has special needs.

​Rachel Garcia  MS, LMFT

Rachel Garcia, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, received her M.S. from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle in 2013.  Aside from DBT, her clinical focuses are in family work (including children ages 6 and up), adolescents and young adults.  She very much enjoys working with millennials and their specific strengths and hardships.  Other areas of focus include working with grief, trauma, relationship issues, families in crisis, anxiety and depression.  She has worked with several non-profits throughout the years including NAMI Whatcom County, Our Treehouse and Brigid Collins Family Support Center.
Rachel has a private practice in downtown Bellingham and loves being a part of the community she did so much growing up in.  In her spare time, she enjoys all cliché Pacific Northwest activities, hanging with her dog and finding places to go scuba diving.  She approaches therapy with warmth, a lot of humor and a genuine optimism for her clients’ successes.For more information please visit her website.

Marcey Mansolillo  MSW, LICSW

Annie Elder  MA, LMHC

Rachel Garcia  MS, LMFT

​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 visit her website.

​Jennifer Tietz MA, LMHC

Mark Lazich  MS, LMHC


Alex Borton MA, LMHC

Jennifer Tietz MA, LMHC

Jennifer, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, received her Master’s in Counseling and Psychology with an emphasis on multiculturalism from Northwest University, Kirkland, WA in 2005. She has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Jennifer is local to Bellingham and she has 8 years of experience working as a therapist for the Lummi and Nooksack Tribes. Her experiences include excursions to Bangladesh as a math teacher and a season as a purse seiner in Alaska. She has worked in the mental health field for more than 10 years and maintains a clinical practice in Bellingham serving adults and teens. For more information about Jennifer, visit her website.

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. She is intensively trained in DBT and provides weekly individual DBT therapy for teens and  adults, and 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.  Karen 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  family, friends, nature, sunsets, coffee, gardening, and projects that inspire and challenge her “creativity.”   

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Karen Jackson  MA, LMFT