A Seattle native, Cindy Burdell was educated at Mills College and Western Washington University where she earned a B.A. and an MEd., respectively. After three years of teaching, she left the profession to open a bookstore in the University District in Seattle, which she ran for 8 years. Cindy moved to Portland Oregon to manage the care of her younger brother, affected with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She subsequently founded and directed the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington to help other people affected by ALS. During her 8 years of leadership, the organization grew from a small operation with a $7000 budget and no staff to a full-fledged chapter with a $1.5M budget and 9 staff. In 2008, having accomplished everything she set out to do in Oregon, Cindy began the transition back home to live and work among family and old friends. After a few years working at the King County Bar Association and Northshore Senior Center, she is thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy organization as The Healing Center. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen joined the Healing Center staff in July of 2013. In addition to her duties at The Healing Center, Jen currently co-facilitates the Survivors of Suicide groups and conducts volunteer trainings at the Crisis Clinic in Seattle. Prior to her current positions, Jen worked at Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she supervised and trained volunteers as well as facilitated adult grief and loss groups. Jen also worked as a hospice social worker at Providence Hospice of Seattle and while there she volunteered for Camp Erin. In addition to her clinical grief and loss experience, Jen has several years of experience in community mental health, emergency department social work, and inpatient psychiatry. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2002, and completed a Certificate in Psychological Trauma from the University of Washington in 2013.
Grief and Loss Therapist
Scott Rutledge, MA, LMFT, began his association with The Healing Center during his graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, serving a double internship with both The Healing Center and with Renton Area Youth Services (RAYS). Upon completion of his Master’s degree (emphasis on Couple, Child, and Family Therapy), Scott continued as part of the clinical staff of RAYS. Since leaving RAYS, Scott has established a private therapy practice focusing primarily on various forms of profound grief and loss. Scott’s personal interest in grief and loss work is through his own experiences as a widower in 2003, and the challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome. Scott maintains professional affiliations with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has also been a presenter and facilitator at “Camp Widow” with the Soaring Spirits International organization. Scott facilitates our Early Group and Memory Keepers Group. In addition, Scott supervises the Adult Group co-facilitators. email@example.com
Mental Health Counselor
Jeanne Lowman came to The Healing Center in November 2010. Jeanne provides individual therapy and facilitates our Transition, Young Adult, Teen, and children’s groups. Jeanne held a concurrent internship at Compass Health, counseling children, adolescents and adults in a community mental health setting. Volunteering with and advocating for homeless and low-income populations and organizing social action opportunities for youth and adults are among her interests. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Washington State University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology, with a Mental Health Counseling concentration, from Antioch University. Professional affiliations include membership in the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Counselor
Nathan came to the Healing Center in February 2015. He co-facilitates the Adult Support Group every other Saturday. Nathan specializes in various forms of grief and loss, emotional regulation, and the management of chronic mental health issues. For the past decade, he has been a social worker and mental health counselor working in various community mental health clinic settings and group homes. He has also volunteered with various non-profits serving and advocating for homeless families, street youth, mental health social issues, HIV/AIDS education and outreach, and animal-assisted activities and therapies. Nathan opened his own private therapy practice last year where he provides individual counseling. He holds a Master’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University. Professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the Washington Counselors Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Kaylyn joined The Healing Center staff in March 2016 as Program Coordinator. She attended Seattle Pacific University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining The Healing Center, Kaylyn worked with homeless and low-income populations in securing stabilization resources as well as with a mental health organization. Kaylyn is thrilled to be part of an organization as welcoming and supportive as The Healing Center. email@example.com
Grief and Loss Therapist
Sue Eastgard is a nationally recognized expert in the field of suicide prevention. She has worked on mental health issues for 25 years as a clinician, manager and director of crisis services and suicide prevention efforts. She is currently the facilitator of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Ms. Eastgard founded the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State in 1999 and served as its director until June 2011. She previously served as the executive director for the Seattle-King County Crisis Clinic for 3½ years. She was the President of the American Association of Suicidology in 2002. Sue holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. She is a Master Trainer of ASIST and SafeTALK, suicide first aid training programs.
Kath McCormack, MS, LMHC, is the Founder of The Healing Center. Kath is a licensed therapist and has been in practice as a grief therapist since 1991. She was the Bereavement Coordinator with Group Health Hospice from 1991 until 1999. Prior to coming to Seattle, she founded a nonprofit outdoor-education program for children of diverse backgrounds, including inner-city and disabled youth. She served as Associate Director and Director of Education for a non-profit facility for disabled adults in Oakland, California from 1975 until 1989. Kath began developing her vision for The Healing Center soon after being widowed in 1989. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Service and Public Affairs, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Oregon.