Nurse / Counselor – RN-BC, PMHN, CARN, BCN, CDP
Mr. Whipple is a Board-Certified Registered Nurse through the ANCC in the field of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, as well as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse through the International Nurses Society on Addiction. Mr. Whipple has nearly three decades of healthcare experience in a variety of disciplines, both chronic and acute. At present, Max holds a position at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital as an Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse in their acute care Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit. He is currently splitting his time between the hospital and here at Belair Clinic. Max assists in identifying his Client’s dysfunctional thoughts and destructive patterns of behavior while modifying self-concepts, increasing personal awareness and emotional growth, and improving communication skills. Additionally, Mr. Whipple serves as a board member for the Washington State Association of Independent Outpatient Providers as a legislative liaison. In 2016, Mr. Whipple became a Board-Certified Neurofeedback Provider (BCN) with the goal of using neurofeedback to retrain the brain to be calmer, forget or manage painful memories, and thus help addicts resist cravings for drugs or alcohol.
Jay brings years of experience as a business manager with both financial and staff responsibility in Human Resources, Logistics, Customer Service, and Operations. He is an energetic problem solver experienced in start-ups as well as re-engineering and is a recognized team leader with proven negotiating skills lending to consensus building in an organization.
Administrator – OTR/L, CLT
Nicole has been an occupational therapy practitioner for 24 years, and a Registered Occupational Therapist for 20 years. She is currently developing a Sensory Processing and Life Skills Management program for our clients with mental health and substance use disorders. The goal of this program will be to identify and treat sensory integration challenges in adults and support their ability to fully participate in meaningful life roles, routines and healthy daily activities.
Counselor – BA, CDP
Megan joined the team in January of 2015. During her educational career at WWU, Megan was driven to obtain a BA in Psychology and Political Science in order to better understand the social, cultural and physiological factors underwriting our vulnerability to disease and addiction. With a belief in the capacity for growth and a passion for helping others discover wholeness, she brings compassion, energy and insight to the Belair team.
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Counselor – BA, CDP
Alex has been working at Belair Clinic since April of 2016. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Psychology in 2013 and completed her Post-Baccalaureate Chemical Dependency credentialing at Skagit Valley College in June of 2017. Alex is currently earning a Master's of Couples and Family Therapy at Antioch University in Seattle; she is excited to utilize her education to further cultivate growth and change within relationships and family systems afflicted by the impact of substance use disorders. Alex is driven by the unarguable truth that healing and growth can only occur for individuals when their support networks are also provided the tools to recover and flourish. Alex is trained to facilitate Wellness Recovery Action Plans for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, integrating personal empowerment and mindfulness into the recovery process. She emphasizes collaborative, client-centered care.
Billing – BBA
Nita Stevens has a bachelors degree in business administration and enjoyed a career in accounting and marketing in the banking industry. She added a certificate in medical billing and coding from Bellingham technical College. All combined she has over 20 years of experience in banking, clerical, and office management and plays a pivotal role in ensuring everything runs smoothly.
Max D. Whipple III
Counselor - CDPT
Max is the newest member of the Belair team, joining the staff in April of 2018. He is currently pursuing his Chemical Dependency credentialing at Skagit Valley College and is scheduled to graduate next year. He is focusing on strengthening his understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing modalities as primary tools in facilitating positive change for his clients. His understanding of human behavior is informed by years of self-reflection, personal-growth, and a boundless curiosity of the mind. He brings keen insight and observational skills borne out of learning to navigate and map his own cognitive impulses—skills that have proven pivotal in achieving and maintaining his own mental wellness. His enthusiasm and dedication to use what he’s learned to help others is a welcome addition.