Meet Our Therapists

All of the clinical staff at Roanoke Park Counseling hold a master's degree in psychology, social work or counseling and are Washington State licensed. In addition:

  • They bring to our therapy services special training and extensive continuing education on trauma responses and developmental issues related to the impacts and therapeutic needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
  • We serve clients of all races, colors, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, ages, ancestries, ethnicities, and national origins.
  • Some of our therapists have the ability to conduct therapy sessions in Spanish, French or English.
  • RPC has a long tradition, since 1987, of bringing a passionate commitment to serving the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and a relentless commitment to helping our clients heal.

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
C. Jung
  • Janice Palm
    Executive Director
    MA, LMHC
    M.A., Psychology, Antioch University
    B.A., Education, Seattle Pacific College
    Specialties: Depression, Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety

    The Executive Director's role at Roanoke Park Counseling is to lead, cultivate and keep the agency alive and vital to ensure that the agency's mission is carried out to its fullest potential.

    For Janice, the duties go one step more: To protect and respect each client who walks through our doors. By making sure that RPC’s core value of unwavering respect for the dignity of all people permeates the clinical and administrative culture of the agency, Janice says, "it ultimately radiates to the clients we are privileged to serve."

    It is Janice's work as a therapist that fuels her passion and resolve to ensure that programs, administration, board function and staff development work in concert to provide the greatest possibility of stability and effectiveness. Roanoke Park Counseling has a tremendous responsibility and challenge in providing a very deep and valuable service at affordable rates -- and a record of success that shows that it works.

  • Michelle Lifton
    MA, MS, LMHC
    MA, Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University
    MS, Women's Studies, Mankato State University
    Specialties: Abuse, PTSD, Trauma

    Michelle strives to help people bring balance and wellness into their lives. She begins with the premise that each individual is whole and has the inherent ability to cope with life’s struggles, no matter how much pain that person may be experiencing. Although trauma has a profound effect on our bodies and our minds, growth and change are always possible.

    “I have a compassionate and collaborative approach and will invite you to tap into your inner wisdom, to explore your thoughts and feelings, and to discover new ways of being. Our diverse backgrounds inform who we are, and I will work with you to make changes in your life while honoring your culture and your values.”

    Michelle has over 20 years of experience working with adults who experienced domestic and sexual abuse. Her treatment approach is rooted in Attachment Psychology, Polyvagal Theory, Feminist Psychology, and mindfulness-based practices. She has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reintegration (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPT for PTSD).

  • Julia Laibson
    Julia Laibson
    MA, LMFT
    MA in Child, Couple and Family therapy, Antioch University
    Specialties: Trauma (2), Grief and Loss, Family System, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety

    Julia has worked with all age groups, couple and families. She believes that therapy is a collaborative partnership that grows in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance and within which the client feels seen and heard for the unique person they are.

    “My work is grounded in attachment, family systems, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology and my approach is eclectic. I draw from many creative modalities to support clients in better understanding themselves and their life story. I believe it takes tremendous courage to choose to do the work of healing. My goal is to support clients in their journey and in creating lives that express who they truly are as whole and complex human beings.”

    Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing creates change that you do choose. - Michele Rosenthal

  • Chelsea Gibson
    Chelsea Gibson
    M.S.Ed M.Phil.Ed LMHC
    M.S.Ed Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania
    M.Phil.Ed Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania
    B.A., Psychology, Gonzaga University
    Specialties: Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Attachment

    Chelsea’s approach is grounded in Attachment Theory, Feminist Psychology, and Rogerian models of counseling. Her work with clients involves searching together for a deeper understanding of how their relationships with the world, others, and themselves came to be the way they are now, all while holding compassion for what has been needed at different times in their lives.

    Chelsea works with clients to create a safe enough place to be heard and known. She believes that while trauma happens in isolation, healing is most possible through connection. She strives to develop a connection that communicates to each individual that they matter, their story matters, and that change and healing are possible.

    Before coming to Roanoke Park Counseling, Chelsea worked in community mental health positions supporting adults, teens, and families in school and agency settings in the greater Philadelphia and Seattle communities.

  • Malika Bains
    Malika Bains (1)
    M.S., LMHC
    B.A., Psychology Honors; Panjab University (India)
    M.S. Clinical Psychology; Eastern Washington University
    Specialties: Abuse, Trauma, PTSD, Multicultural Family Dynamics, Immigration And Assimilation

    Malika has worked with diverse communities (Asian, African American, Native American, and Pacific Islanders) to help individuals in understanding the impact of the childhood trauma and the unique way through which trauma expresses itself in each individual. She observed how people have a core authentic self which, unfortunately, gets overshadowed by the repercussions of traumatic experiences. In her therapy sessions, Malika collaborates with individuals to create a safe environment where she can help them establish a connection with their inner authentic self that can act as a guiding light to heal the trauma residing in our mind and body.

    Malika’s therapy approach is rooted in attachment theory, interpersonal process theory, psychodynamic, and internal family systems. In addition, she utilizes mindfulness and distress tolerance skills to regulate our cognitive, emotional, and physiological symptoms that are the result of traumatic experiences.

    “Mental health, in general, is stigmatized in most of our communities, let alone acknowledging the presence of childhood sexual abuse. I’m here to be present with you, hear you, and support you as you take this first step to understand the implications of childhood sexual abuse in your life and explore your authentic self to live the life that you desire.”

Our Administration

Our administration and staff are dedicated to Roanoke Park Counseling’s mission to end the cycle of sexual abuse through healing and community awareness. We put our mission into action through compassionate, respectful, and effective service to our clients and to the community.

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Board of Directors

Through collaboration, leadership and commitment, Roanoke Park Counseling’s Board of Directors works to strengthen and guide the agency to ensure that this unique resource of professional, affordable therapy services specialized to meet the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse remains strong and vital.

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