- Janice Palm
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 social service experience, primarily working with adults and children who experienced abuse. She has worked in community mental health settings, helping clients address a wide range of symptoms and issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and grief. Michelle has specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Julia Laibson
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 to 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
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
B.A., Psychology Honors; Panjab University (India)
M.A., 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.”