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, 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 (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 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.
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.
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 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.
Dr. Ann Song is a board certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Washington. Ann is a long-term resident of Olympia and has been a nurse for over twenty years, with the last eight years in the K-12 school system. She chose to pursue Psychiatric Nursing to better meet the needs of individuals, families and the Olympia community.
Kristen Pace is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Seattle University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has experience working with diverse client populations and strives to create an environment of collaboration and acceptance.
Sara Guy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate located in Olympia, WA. She obtained her Master's degree from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She has lived in the Olympia area for the last four years and in Washington for the past 6 years along with her husband of 18 years, and three children. Sara enjoys counseling a wide range of populations including children, adolescents, adults and families. Sara focuses on relationships, trauma/abuse, depression, anxiety and grief and loss. She uses a variety of applications and methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help her clients overcome their most challenging circumstances. When Sara is not working, she crafts, bakes and volunteers in her local community as well as at Sound Care Kids, and Camp Erin helping children process their losses. She has been attending grief and acute medical camps for youth for over a decade and enjoys every minute of it.
Kandis Kanine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Olympia, Washington. She received her Master's degree from Saint Martin's University in 1988. Since then she has worked in a variety of Mental Health Settings, with a variety of clients and ages. She operated a private practice in Michigan for many years and practiced there until she returned to Washington in 2014. She is comfortable and experienced working with individuals, couples and families. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, relationships issues, bipolar disorder, dissociative identity disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (secondary to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse). Kandis focuses on the strength and resiliency of people struggling with past and present trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, grief and loss. Kandis strives for each person to feel truly heard, understood and respected, laying the groundwork for healing and achieving identified goals. Kandis draws on a variety of applications and methods, including relaxation and visualization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and others, as appropriate to promote healing and assist clients to overcome life challenges and reach their fullest potential. Kandis lives in the Centralia/Chehalis area with her husband of 28 years and her young adult daughter. When not working Kandis enjoys spending time with her family, being in nature, crafts, baking and trying out new recipes.