Mental Health Staff
Darla V. Capetillo, PhD
Director of Mental Health Services
Started at ABHC in 2010
Dr. Capetillo has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2004) with an emphasis in Health & Behavioral Medicine from Seattle Pacific University and has been recognized by the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. Dr. Capetillo provides individual therapy for individuals of various ages from older adolescents through adulthood with various mental health concerns including pain management, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. She integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with other treatment modalities to help individuals develop insight into and change maladaptive ways of behaving, feeling, and thinking. Dr. Capetillo views psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which she works in partnership with her patients to identify problems, set treatment goals, and then work together to achieve these goals. She also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment including evaluations for personality, ADHD/ADD, Learning Disability, Intellectual and Memory Functioning, Executive Functioning and to assess if the diagnosis of dementia is appropriate.
Pamela Ashby, LMHC
Location: North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2015
Ms. Ashby has a MA in Counseling from University for Humanistic Studies (1998) as well as a MA in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma (2010). She has training in mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation helping individuals with anxiety, depression and stress management. She incorporates cognitive behavioral skills building into her work with an emphasis on integrative and wellness therapies. Ms. Ashby encourages individuals to create balance through developing insight, connecting and building natural supports in their lives for body-mind wellness. Ms. Ashby has assisted individuals in examining lifestyle factors that affect mental health; helping them move toward wellness with the incorporation of yoga, nutrition, meditation, physical conditioning, breathing exercises, and other modalities. She has worked with a wide variety of adult populations in various settings assisting clients on a variety of issues such as; anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and vocational clarification.
Ann Carter, Ph.D.
Location: North Seattle & Bellevue
Started at ABHC in 2017
Dr. Carter is who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1991. She completed post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 1999 and has been licensed in various states over the past 25 years. At this time, she provides individual therapy to an adult population of 18 years and older primarily utilizing a Gestalt conceptual model as well as elements of cognitive behavior therapy. She believes that change occurs best via warm, supportive relationships with open communication and clear, mutually-agreed upon goals. By guiding clients to capitalize on their strengths, she has helped them address issues with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, self-worth, grief, and relationships. She also provides evaluations for ADHD, which include assessments of intellectual and emotional/personality functioning.
Margaret Dolan, Ph.D.
Started at ABHC in 2016
Dr. Dolan received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. Her clinical training was at the St. Louis VA Hospital and Washington University’s Child Guidance Clinic. She was the inpatient director of Psychology services at St. Louis State Hospital’s Youth Center, established a group therapy program at Johnstown’s Memorial Hospital’s Psychiatric Department, and has consulted to nursing homes about psychology issues. She has been in private practice as a psychologist for many years. Dr. Dolan uses a psychodynamic and interpersonal approach. Currently, she works with individual 18 years old to senior adults. She enjoys the access to colleagues who specialize in psychiatric and behavioral approaches, as well as chemical dependency issues.
Hiromi Gerety, LMHC
Started at ABHC in 2017
Ms. Gerety has a Master’s degrees in Community/Clinical Counseling Psychology from Eastern University, in Religion from Cairn University, and in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She has provided psychotherapy as an outpatient therapist in a community setting and private practice since 2010. Her areas of focus include: depression, bipolar, anxiety, stress, PTSD, and other mental disorders/issues, relationship issues, stress management, grief and loss, adjustment issues, transitional and aging issues, identity and self-esteem, academic under-achievement, spirituality and existential issues. Her approaches are holistic and eclectic and depend on clients’ needs, although her major approaches are Psychodynamic, Gestalt/Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)/Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as the Gottman Method. She can assist you to gain insight and awareness of your current situation by better understanding your relationships and past experiences, and applying that understanding to the present, where change occurs. Ms. Gerety speaks English and Japanese and she is sensitive to cultural issues and has experience with diverse clients in clinical and college setting.
Phil Griffin, MS, MA, LMHC, DVBT
Mr. Griffin holds master’s degrees in community college counseling and marriage & family therapy. He has a great deal of experience working with adults from age 17 to 70. His experience includes working with individuals who are going through stressful life transitions at home, school or work; with couples who have relationship, communication or parenting problems; and conducting individual or group therapy for anger and abuse issues. His approach to treatment is cognitive behavioral and solution-focused.
Ronnie Kaufman, LICSW
Locations: Kent, West Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2014
Ms. Kaufman received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and obtained licensure in 1994. Ronnie works with adults 18 and older, individuals and with couples. She has been in clinical practice for over 20 years, with a cognitive behavioral and family of origin orientation. She has extensive experience with numerous populations in a variety of settings, working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, divorce and parenting issues, and overall difficult life situations and emotions. Ms. Kaufman is also trained in EMDR. She helps clients uncover their negative beliefs and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and provides them with tools to move in a more positive, productive direction.
Margaria Ng, MA, LMHC
Started at ABHC in 2015
Ms. Ng has a Master Degree in Counseling psychology from Western Seminary. She speaks English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and is recognized by Washington State as an Asian/Pacific-Islander Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. She has well over 17 years of experience working with a diverse population in such settings as community health agency, primary care clinic, and private practice. She provides individual therapy for individuals of various ages from age 18 through older adulthood with various mental health concerns including depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, acculturation difficulties, relationship problems, life transitions, grief and loss, pain management, and chronic stressors. Her therapeutic approach draws from a variety of therapy models including: cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and existential. She also utilizes other modalities, techniques, and interventions as deemed helpful to each individual. She sees that each individual client has unique strengths that can be shaped and built on to create a healthier, stronger, and happier self. She believes her role as a therapist is to partner with the client to identify situations and goals and build on strengths and resources.
Christopher Tolfree, LMHC
Location: North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2018
Mr. Tolfree completed his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University-Seattle in 1991. He has worked as a clinician for 27 years working with individuals age 18 through senior adults. He has primarily worked in community mental health centers with the chronic and acutely mental ill. His approach to psychotherapy has shifted from the more Transpersonal to the Cognitive yet always anchored in a Psycho-Dynamic approach. Mr. Tolfree has had many years of experience in the Seattle area working with adults living with and dying from chronic and terminal illness. Utilizing these experiences as means to address rites of passage and growth, life changes and to better cope with and accept all that life throws at us is a fundamental basic of how he practices. “To be of service is why I am a therapist.”
Kevin Zvilna, Ph.D.
Location: Bellevue & West Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2017
Dr. Zvilna has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University (2002). He is a Geriatric specialist who received his licensure in Washington in August 2006. He provides individual therapy for clients of various ages and ethnicities from adolescence through older adulthood. Dr. Zvilna also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments including evaluations for personality, court-deferred prosecution, ADHD/ADD, Intellectual and Memory Functioning, Executive Functioning and to assess if the diagnosis of dementia is appropriate.