Thrive Counseling Center
Welcome to Thrive Counseling Center and Our Team.
Research shows time and time again that the strongest predictor of the effectiveness of counseling is a good relationship between you and your therapist. We consistently find this to be true and will support you in finding the therapist that is the right fit for you.
We invite you to take a look through our providers and feel into who might be a good fit for you. Sometimes it's a connection with a provider's picture, sometimes it's their background and experience, sometimes you might really prefer to work with a male therapist, or sometimes with a female therapist.
You can also just trust your intuition and go with who you feel drawn to. Or, if you would like some help in making a decision about which therapist is right for you, give us a call or send us an email. We are available and ready to help you make the decision.
We are extremely proud to have such an amazing team of providers. Whomever you chose to work with, you will be in good hands.
Meet Our Team
Jess Mattina, MA, LMHC, NBCC, CMHS - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
*Jess is in our Federal Way office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check back for added appointment times on Wednesdays and Fridays!*
If you are feeling stuck, whether it be in your life, relationship, your parenting, or your job, it’s time to consider coming in for some support to get things moving in a more easeful and effective direction. Working with Jess means getting an ally, a support, and an advocate to help you shift from stuck and overwhelmed to feeling like you can manage your life again.
Jess’s clients appreciate her compassionate and down-to-earth approach that is completely without judgement. Jess’s clinical approach to counseling is client-centered, solution-focused, and strength-based. This means that Jess will meet you wherever you are in your healing process, she will support you in addressing the places you are feeling stuck, and she will help you find and use the strengths you may not have known (or had forgotten) that you have.
After identifying your goals for counseling, Jess will dive in with you in order to help and guide you to uncover and resolve the habituated patterns and processing that may be keeping you stuck. Taking this journey means that your past, and present ruts do not need to determine your future. Rather, the process of counseling puts you back in the driver’s seat, engaged, and able to make intentional decisions moving forward in your life.
Jess brings a wealth of both lived and professional experience to the table in her work with her clients. She knows from both personal and professional experience that the journey of healing is not always linear, and that it takes place in different ways, and at different times throughout our lives. She is here to support you in your own life, your relationships, and is also here to support your children and family.
Some of the areas Jess specializes in helping with:
- Can’t turn down the volume on their negative self-talk
- Still experience the overwhelm that comes with growing up in a dysfunctional family
- Are navigating big transitions (divorce, move, new job)
- Struggle with making healthy decisions (lifestyle, relationship)
- Are overwhelmed with grief and loss (or are confused about what “normal” grief looks like)
- Feel consumed with anxiety and/or depression
- Struggle with communication
- Are stuck having the same argument over and over (with no resolution!)
- Feel like their partner is just not “getting them”
- Are navigating the complexities of blended families and/or extended families
- Feel like they aren’t getting what they need out of their relationship
Children who are:
- Acting out or are withdrawn
- Struggling with transitions
- Having a hard time with academics
- Stuck in the rut of sibling rivalry
- Struggling to heal and resolve the impacts of sexual/physical abuse and trauma
- Living within the foster care system
If you are interested in Jess’s credentials and background before she came to us, here you go!
Credentials and Degrees Awarded
- Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Washington State Child Mental Health Specialist
- National Board Certified Counselor
- Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Science
Previous Work Experience
- Catholic Community Services Mental Health Agency
- Facilitator of Parenting Classes
- Supervisor of visitation (Foster Care Families)
- Foster Care Placement Coordinator (Washington State)
- Regional Licensor for Foster Care Agencies (Washington State)
If you would like more information about Jess or would like to schedule an appointment with her, please give us a call or send us an email. You can also go directly to her online schedule to book your appointment to get started!
Jessica Frost, MA, LMHC - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
*Jessica is in our Federal Way office on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check back for added appointment availability on Tuesdays!*
Working with Jessica means getting the help you need to understand and change the negative patterns that are getting in the way within your life and relationships.
Specializing in working with Adults, Couples, and Teens, Jessica utilizes a Psychodynamic Framework which is inclusive of: Mindfulness Approaches, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Internal Family Systems work. She will work with you in a highly collaborative style to identify your goals for counseling. From there, she will work with you to help you achieve your goals, whether they be in your own life, or in your relationships.
Support for Adults
Jessica’s approach to counseling will help you dive underneath your story and perceptions about yourself and relationships to the deeper processes that keep the negative patterns going.
By uncovering these patterns and working with them at their core, the strength of these patterns diminishes. As Jessica describes,”letting go of our negative patterns allows us to connect with our deepest, truest self.” Doing this work can allow you to feel more present, more grounded, and more connected to yourself and to others.
Jessica works with Adults who:
- Struggle with effective anger management
- Have a hard time knowing how to keep healthy boundaries
- Don’t feel confident speaking up for themselves
- Continue to feel a lack of connection in their lives and relationships
- Are stuck in a rut of anxiety and/or depression and don’t know how to get out
Support for Couples
Jessica's work with couples focuses on increasing communication and intimacy, and on reducing the feelings of anger, hurt, betrayal, and pain that so often derail our relationships. If you have been feeling like you and your partner just haven't been seeing eye to eye, and you just don't know what to do to get things back on track, it's time to consider coming in for some support. Feeling like you don't know what to do to get your relationship back on track is a common experience Jessica hears frequently. In working with Jessica, you will get an ally to support both of you in re-discovering the connection that you may have lost over time. Jessica will help you take that a step further and work with you to build an even stronger foundation for your marriage/relationship then what you may have started with. Taking the time to invest in your marriage/relationship now means building a relationship that will weather the storms for years and decades to come.
Some of the specific areas Jessica is experienced in working with:
- When you just don't feel connected to your partner in the way you were in the past
- Couples who struggle to feel seen and heard within their relationship
- When anger gets in the way of connection and intimacy
- The struggle you might feel in having a partner that is emotionally unavailable
- When betrayal or infidelity happens....how to recover and heal the marriage/relationship
- Teens who feel misunderstood, rebellious, or like they just can't find the place that they fit in
- When teens and their families/parents don't see eye to eye and struggle to get on the same page
- Learning the tools and skills to combat anxiety and depression
- Social skills, and strategies for successful peer relationships
- Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Certified Hypnotherapist
- Experience working in community mental health providing Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
- Experience working in a treatment center providing support for individuals in recovery from drug addiction
Todd Sadler, MA, LMHC, NBCC - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
**Todd is available in our Federal Way office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays**
Todd has a way of putting his clients (even if this is their first time coming in to counseling) immediately at ease. From this place, Todd will walk with you towards your goals, supporting and guiding you along the way. In working with Todd, he will skillfully tailor counseling towards your specific needs, rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach.
Todd has been working with adults, families, and children since 2010. He is a licensed mental health counselor as well as a National Board Certified Counselor. Based on his experience, Todd feels strongly that therapy should be a side-by-side collaborative experience between therapist and client(s).
With Todd as your therapist, you be supported in identifying the sources that are contributing to your feelings of overwhelm, whether it be in your individual life, your relationships, or your parenting. Using a strengths based approach, he will also explore your strengths, or the things that are working or that you are good at (in your life, relationship, work, etc.). In understanding and harnessing these strengths, he will then help you use your strengths to create change within the areas you are struggling with.
He wants his clients to know that counseling isn't just about figuring out what's wrong. It's about figuring out what resources you do have (even if you aren't aware of them yet!) and using them to help resolve your challenges.
In his work with kids and families, Todd brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and playfulness to support kids and teens who are struggling, as well as their families. His practical and empowering approaches to counseling are very well received by his child and teen clients. Even by those who initially are resistant to coming in to counseling.
Some of Todd's areas of specialty include:
- Working with individuals and couples who feel frustrated by not having their needs heard or met
- Providing support for individuals and couples who desire changes in life but struggle to know how to go about making changes
- Helping families understand how to communicate with each other more effectively
- Teaching skills and strategies to feel more confident in relationships and social situations regardless of age
Education and Training
- Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University
- National Board Certified Counselor
Isabel Decian, MA, LMHC, CMHS - Licensed Mental Health Counselor
**Isabel is in our Federal Way office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays**
Working with Isabel means getting the help you need to shift and change what's getting in the way of the life you envision for yourself, your children, and/or your family.
Isabel believes strongly in therapy as a collaborative effort between herself and her clients. This means that Isabel will guide you through every step of the journey discovering new and more effective ways to understand yourself and/or your child/teen.
Isabel comes to Thrive from a background working with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient as well as outpatient settings in her previous home state of Illinois. She draws on her experience and training to artfully blend creative therapeutic arts, mindfulness/meditation approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in her work with her clients. Isabel’s clients appreciate her highly supportive and non-judgmental approach to therapy.
As a native Brazilian, and fluent speaker of Portuguese as well as English, Isabel understands first hand the cultural complexities that can come with having two home countries. Isabel understands that how you identify culturally will impact how you understand yourself, your children, and your family. Her sensitivity and understanding of the impact of cultural identity and experiences are appreciated by her clients of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Support for Adult Clients
No matter what brings you in, Isabel will support you in finding effective solutions and strategies that you will be able to take home and use immediately. She will also help you learn how to understand and think about things differently using evidence-based mindfulness approaches.
If you are ready to get out of autopilot mode and into a life living more fully in the present, with awareness and intention, Isabel is the therapist for you. Using mindfulness approaches, Isabel will help you learn to let go of patterns of pushing down your thoughts and feelings that are no longer serving you. She will help you learn how to effectively deal with what you have been stuffing down, or in which most frequently ends up having negative consequences, impacting our relationships, our work, or even our health.
Support for Child and Teen Clients
In her work with children and adolescents, Isabel utilizes expressive arts and play therapy to help her younger clients express themselves, cope, and learn new ways of dealing with what they are struggling with.
Children especially often have a hard time sharing what they are going through with words. Rather, they communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences through their play. Using the language of play and the medium of art, Isabel will find the most effective way to help your child/teen navigate the challenges they are facing.
Isabel works with child and teen clients who are struggling with:
- Worries and/or Anxiety
- Depression, Loneliness, or feeling Isolated
- ADD/HD, Learning Disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s
- Big transitions (moves, divorce, loss of a loved one)
- Trauma and Overwhelming Experiences
Support for Parent Clients
If you are struggling as a parent to know how to best address the behavioral, emotional, and/or academic challenges of your child or teen, Isabel will help you put systems in place that help you as well as your child/teen.
With Isabel’s support, you will discover the best and most effective ways to handle challenging behaviors and emotion regulation issues.
Are you ready to get the help you need to achieve your goals?
If you would like more information about Isabel and how she can help you and your family, give us a call or set up an initial 30-minute consultation to learn more.
Cheryl Carter, MS, LMHCA, CDP - Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, Chemical Dependency Professional
**Cheryl is in our Federal Way office on Wednesdays and Saturdays. She is also available by appointment for online sessions other days of the week**
When you walk into Cheryl’s office, you are walking into a safe and supportive environment where you will get immediate help in figuring out the next steps to take in your life and relationships.
Cheryl has walked down the path of healing from her own life and relational experiences which helps her effectively walk down the path with you in finding solutions for the struggles you are currently facing. She’s been there and knows what it feels like to take that first step in getting the help you know you might need to get things back on track.
Knowing and understanding this journey from the inside out, Cheryl’s approach is completely non-judgemental and aims to ease the struggles you might be experiencing from anxiety, depression, feeling lost or confused, or feeling like you just can’t get control within your relationships.
We all get stuck in old habitual patterns of engaging with our world that, if we are honest, don’t really work well anymore. This happens in many areas of our lives, within our families, our work, and especially in our marriages and primary relationships. In your work together, Cheryl will guide you in finding the tools and strategies to break free from these habitual ways of responding in favor of new options that are more effective in the here and now.
Cheryl utilizes an artful blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Therapy in her work. She will help you learn how to challenge and change unproductive thinking and behavior patterns that lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or feelings of being overwhelmed. Utilizing mindfulness approaches, Cheryl will also help you in living the life that is right in front of you now, instead of dwelling in the past, or over focusing on the future.
As a therapist who is trained in working with both mental health as well as chemical dependency/substance abuse challenges, Cheryl is unique in her ability to provide support to individuals, families, and couples who are struggling to cope with the painful and often debilitating experience of addiction, as well as when addiction and mental health struggles are both present (co-occurring disorders/dual diagnosis).
Some of the areas Cheryl specializes in:
When you feel like anxiety, depression, or overwhelm have completely taken over your life or the life of a loved one
Helping couples and families find more effective ways of connecting and communicating
Supporting individuals, families, and couples who are actively struggling with addiction issues and also additional mental health challenges
Helping children, teens, and adults find their own path after growing up with parents who struggled with addiction
Working with individuals who want to find ways to end the cycle of co-dependence
Master’s Degree, Addictions Counseling, Grand Canyon University
Licensed Mental Health Associate, Washington State
Chemical Dependency Professional License, Washington State
You do not have to take this journey alone. If you would like more information on Cheryl or are ready to set up an appointment to get immediate help in figuring out the next steps to take in your life and relationships, you can schedule with Cheryl now through our online scheduling system here. Or, you can give us a call or send us an email.
Elizabeth Cabibi, MS, LMFT, CMHS - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
**Elizabeth is available in our Federal Way office and virtually through our online counseling platform on Tuesdays and Fridays.**
Elizabeth's clients appreciate her highly interactive, direct, no-nonsense approach to counseling.
Elizabeth effectively combines her 15+ years of experience as a therapist with extensive additional training in her work with couples, families, and children. As a solution-focused and goal-oriented therapist, she will help you with the challenges you are facing utilizing a here-and-now approach. Elizabeth will dive right into the places you are getting stuck to help you find more successful ways of engaging in your life and relationships. She has a knack for helping you learn how to utilize your strengths in the areas you are struggling the most.
Elizabeth's experience encompasses work in areas such as conflictual family relationships including blended families, divorce, sibling rivalry, as well as military deployment and lifestyle. With her experience and research in childhood behavioral disorders and family relationships, Elizabeth has a unique perspective working with children and families handling difficulties such as Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Oppositional Defiance, Aggression, and Conduct Problems.
Elizabeth is one of our top couples specialists here at Thrive Counseling Center. Working in partnership with both of you, she will help you find the spark that may have been lost or buried. She will help you remember and rediscover the reasons why you committed to your relationship or marriage in the first place.
If you feel like you keep getting stuck in the relationship rut of ongoing conflict, or that persistent argument that never seems to go away or resolve, Elizabeth is the therapist for you. She is also skilled in supporting couples who want to take the next steps towards healing an affair or a betrayal.
Education and Training
- Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
- Bachelor's Degree in Science in Psychology, University of Washington
- Certified Breakthrough Parenting Instructor- a program for supporting effective parenting strategies
- Certified Facilitator of Prepare/Enrich- a program designed for premarital counseling as well as couples check-ups.
- Certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Deborah Bloom, PsyD, LMFT, CMHS - Founder of Thrive Counseling Center
Kreed Revere - Office Manager
**Kreed is available to answer your questions or help with scheduling Monday-Friday.**
With a background in management and support, Kreed joined Thrive as the practice office manager in early 2016. As an advocate of mental health counseling and supporting others, Kreed finds great purpose and value in helping to ensure clients and therapists can focus on the counseling journey at hand. Most of what she does is accomplished behind the scene and her tasks include new patient support, billing, marketing and other operational tasks that assist clients and therapists.
Kreed came to Washington state by way of stepping out on faith and trusting the big leap! She left her native home state of Florida, the only place she had ever lived and traveled 3,000+ miles and eventually landed in the PNW - the place she now calls home. Passionate about pregnancy and birth, Kreed can often be found supporting those who are on their individual pregnancy and birth journey as well as spending time with her daughters, grandchildren and two retired racing greyhounds, Halo & Hollis, in her off time.