Jeffrey D. Wagaman, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Wagaman has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. He has been trained to work with a diverse client population including adults, children, adolescents, families, couples, and groups. He works with a variety of client problems including, but not limited to, depression/bipolar and other mood disorders, anxiety issues, marital problems, post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), sexual abuse, adolescent behavior problems, men’s issues, adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), anger difficulties, pre-marital counseling, addictions (including sexual) and psychotic disorders. He also provides diagnostic evaluations/testing for adult AD/HD. Dr. Jeff Wagaman has been in private practice in Olympia, Washington since 1994 and is the president and founder of Cascade Counseling. Dr. Wagaman has been licensed in the State of Washington since 1992.
Sarah Chickering, PhD
Sarah Chickering, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and earned her doctorate from Seattle Pacific University. She specializes in individual psychotherapy and has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of several mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, spiritual struggles, women’s issues, and bereavement. She has expertise in assisting others to heal from loss with particular strengths in working with clients who have traumatic grief, such as losing a loved one to suicide, violent deaths, and miscarriage.
Dr. Chickering’s background includes working in student counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and employment conducting neuropsychological evaluations for mild brain injury and learning disability/ADHD concerns. Dr. Chickering’s approach to treatment is humanistic but also employs Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral techniques. Dr. Chickering is an empathic and effective therapist who collaborates with her clients to work through problems.
Susan Wagaman, M.A., LMHC
Susan (Sue) Wagaman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Olympia, WA. She received her Master’s degree from Argosy University in Seattle. Sue has lived in the Olympia area since 1993 with her husband, Dr. Jeff Wagaman, and their six children. She has participated as a presenter at multiple conferences and events on the subject of marriage, relationships, self-worth, exercise, health, and child rearing practices.Susan Wagaman has also participated as a leader in parenting classes and group therapy for teenage girls.
Sue enjoys counseling a wide range of populations including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She believes the client and therapist should work together as a team towards the goals decided upon in therapy. Her desire is that all clients feel understood and respected. Susan endeavors to facilitate a healthy environment that encourages growth and change. She incorporates many different kinds of therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral, Positive Psychology, Family of origin exploration, relaxation/breathing techniques, and visualization.
Katie Smigaj, MA, LMFT
Katie Smigaj has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationship issues, sexual issues, sex therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma/abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anger management, and emotional management difficulties. Katie utilizes a Systems perspective in therapy to acknowledge how family dynamics shape each individual as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution based approaches. Along with private practice, Katie worked with the Institute for Family Development for 4 years doing in home therapy for families involved with Child Protective Services. Katie grew up in the Olympia area and enjoys running, snowboarding and drawing in her spare time.
Stephanie Smith, MA, LMFT
Stephanie has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience treating children, adolescents, families, men, women, and couples. Stephanie works with a variety of client problems including, but not limited to, depression/bipolar and other mood disorders, anxiety issues, marital/relationship problems, postpartum anxiety and depression, grief issues, personality disorders, and conversion disorder. Stephanie has significant experience treating teens dealing with suicidal ideation/attempts, anxiety, depression, cutting, self harm, and behavior problems. She has received significant training from the Gottman Institute and is a certified instructor for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman.
Thomas R. Yarber, MS, RN, ARNP
Tom Yarber has a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from Clarkson College in Omaha, NE. He recently joined Cascade Counseling with diverse experience with adult inpatient behavioral health and substance use treatment. Tom has extensive outpatient behavioral health experience providing medication management for adults and adolescents. His primary duties at Cascade Counseling include psychiatric medication evaluations and ongoing outpatient medication management. Tom has treated depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, addictions, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychotic disorders. Mr. Yarber has been licensed in the State of Washington since 2017.
David Rodriguez II, M.A., LMHC
David Rodriguez II received his Bachelor degree from Saint Martin’s University in 2013 and his Masters degree from Argosy University in 2016. David completed his internship at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare in Lakewood and then was hired as a therapist in the Adult Outpatient Group. David worked with many adults with diagnoses such as Bi-Polar disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Anxiety disorders, and Depression. David accepted a position at Catholic Community Services in Olympia where he worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families from 2016- 2018 as a Wrap Around with Intensive Services Therapist. David uses an existential approach which assists clients with understanding the limits and benefits of being human.
Michael O’Friel, Psy.D.
Dr. Michael O’Friel, is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his doctorate from George Fox University. Licensed for over ten years, he emphasizes restoration of wholeness in a person seeking treatment. This includes healing from the past while striving to learn new skills, allowing greater possibilities for growth in the future. Much of his clinical experience focuses on work with adults dealing with the myriad of serious mental health challenges including, but not limited to, depression, anger, anxiety, insomnia, trauma, substance and sexual addiction. Training and education at George Fox University included focus on integration of faith into clinical practice, and his dissertation explored the role of shame across the developmental stage of adolescence.
Tiffany Artime, Ph.D.
Dr. Tiffany Artime is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her doctorate from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has provided counseling and psychological assessment services in a variety of settings including a community clinic, trauma-focused clinic, university counseling center, public elementary and secondary schools, and private practice. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Artime is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Artime has a specialization is trauma studies and sees clients with trauma-related concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal and sexual victimization and abuse, and intimate partner violence. Her other areas of clinical expertise include anxiety, depression and mood difficulties, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety, emotion regulation difficulties, life transitions, relationship issues, and women’s issues (including fertility challenges and postpartum adjustment). Dr. Artime’s approach to psychotherapy is based on principles of evidenced-based practice.
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy, Psy.D.
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy has been licensed as a clinical psychologist for more than 9 years after earning her doctorate from George Fox University. Prior to Cascade Counseling, she specialized in the treatment of adults within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her primary therapeutic modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Kennedy has treated a wide range of mental disorders including psychotic, mood, anxiety, and trauma and stress-related disorders. Focus on in-depth evaluation is crucial to development of effective and meaningful therapy and Dr. Kennedy’s blend of a calm, emphatic approach coupled with sprinkles of well-timed humor have helped many people move forward in their journey towards wellness and recovery.
One additional area of professional interest is serving emergency responders in our community. With prior experience of working in federal law enforcement (Bureau of Prisons) and operating on a crisis support team for federal correctional staff, Dr. Kennedy is interested in applying this experience by offering treatment for traumatic and stressor-related experiences for our police officers, firefighters, EMS, and other emergency responders in the Olympia and other outlying areas.