Clinicians

Canyon Lakes Counseling Center is a collaboration of clinicians who are passionate about helping individuals and families grow.

More information about specific therapists can be found below.

Lynn Owens
Mental Health Counselor
Ryan Bradley
Mental Health Counselor
Amanda Lopez
Mental Health Counselor
Steven F. Smith, LMHC
Stephen F. Smith
Mental Health Counselor
Valerie Kirk
Mental Health Counselor
Cindy Wright
Mental Health Counselor
Stefanie Archer
Mental Health Counselor
Ellen May
Massage Therapist
Barb Keogan
Office Manager
Samantha Wright
Front Office
Robert Ascencio
Social Worker Associate

Interns

Our interns are graduate level students who have completed their classroom work and are seeking clinical experience under the supervision of their University professors and our clinical staff.  As a private practice we can pick the very best interns available and carefully screen them for maturity and significant life experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best clinicians – and picking great interns is our first step in that process. Seeing an intern may be a good choice for you if you are looking for free counseling.   Although all insurance plans pay for mental health services, if you lack medical insurance, have a very high deductible, or if the type of counseling you are seeking is not medically necessary (i.e. career counseling, marriage counseling, etc.) this may be the right choice for you.

If you are a graduate or undergraduate student in a mental health field and think you have the level of excellence it takes to join our team please contact us.

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
100%
Teens
100%
Adoptive Families
100%

Lynn Owens

Lynn is a therapist specializing in helping children recover from abuse, neglect and other forms of trauma. Although Lynn treats children and youth with many mental health, trauma and relational issues, the main focus of his practice is working with families who adopt children from difficult places.

Lynn also recognizes when other interventions or medical providers would be more appropriate than counseling and works closely with medical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists,  and others.

Biography

After graduating from college, Lynn began working with at-risk youth at Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin. After five years doing residential care, Lynn continued his work with youth and families Appleton Alliance Church, where he led one of the largest ministries to Jr. High Students in that state. It would be only four years however, before he felt the tug on his heart to return to residential care for some of the neediest children in the world…those without parents.

Lynn and his wife, Jennie, opened a new emergency shelter for boys in Florida. Their second resident was a six year old who had been in and out of shelters his entire life. One year later that boy and his 10 year old sister became Jennie & Lynn’s first children. Just 2 days after their adoption was finalized, they welcomed their third child into their home, a 10-year-old boy from Washington.

Combined, Jennie and Lynn have lived with and worked closely with over 100 children in foster & group care over the past 17 years.  As adoptive parents to three older former foster children, They continue to receive on-the-job training in helping children heal every day. Their vision is to make sure that every abused, abandoned and orphaned child in the world will have a permanent safe and loving home.

Lynn currently works from the road, engaging his clients via telemedicine (tele-mental-health). He and his family sold their home and possessions and travel full time seeking personal rejuvenation so that they can continue doing important work with children who have experienced trauma. You can follow his Journey’s here.

Training and Certifications:

Lynn received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. He completed an 84 hour Post-Graduate Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy taught by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA sponsored by Cascadia Training and Nurturing Attachments.

NMTtrainedP1Additionally Lynn studied under Dr. Bruce Perry, MD and the Child Trauma Academy to receive Phase 1 certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Lynn Owens has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level. For more information on NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment Process, Click Here.

As a member of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Lynn has received advanced training in the treatment of sexual assault and abuse.

Lynn is a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) as defined under the Washington Administrative Code  388-865-0150.

Lynn is Board Certified (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

 

Specialties

post-adoption counseling complex trauma bipolar disorder developmental issues behavioral problems

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Adults
100%
Teens
100%
Couples
100%

Ryan Bradley

Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kennewick, WA and specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families to work toward wellness and relational satisfaction. He received his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. His internship was completed at a local free clinic that serves members of the community who do not have insurance.

His work history includes 11 years working with children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, many with dual diagnosis in mental health. He has worked in various capacities in this field, including direct care, residential, In-home therapy, Case Manager, Program Director, and Mental Health Therapist, in addition to his private practice.

Ryan’s Therapeutic approach is strength based and focuses on success. While individuals, family, and couples come to therapy with issues to resolve, the focus does not stay on ‘problem talk.’  Instead, the focus is on hope, and motivation toward wellness.  With couples, interaction patterns are evaluated. His therapeutic experience includes working with anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues. His experience with couples and families include couples issues such as infidelity, conflict, mental illness, addictions, family transitions, divorce,  and parent-child relational issues.

Specialties

Marriage Counseling Family Conflict Depression Anxiety

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
0%
Teens
0%
Family
0%

Amanda Lopez

Amanda Lopez is a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Corban University in 2014. She completed her internship at a drug and alcohol residential treatment facility for adolescents. Through this experience Amanda saw that most of these individuals’ problems were symptoms of far deeper hurting.

After graduation, Amanda continued her work in a residential setting as an Emergency Safety Interventionist, where she specialized in supporting children and adolescents in the depths of their acute crisis and assisted them in using coping skills and working through their problems. Although Amanda has continued her experience by working with various populations in community settings as a Mental Health Therapist, Amanda had found it to be her passion in helping this population of children and adolescents though the symptoms of her problems.

Amanda believes the purpose of therapy is a process of helping people live to their full potential, which leads them to a more meaningful life. Amanda finds a balance of gently challenging individuals as well as helping individuals bring out their strengths as a source to moving forward.

Specialties:

Amanda has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She specializes in helping children and adolescents with different mental health issues as well as families struggling with relational issues.

Specialties

Anxiety Depression Grief Trauma Substance Abuse depression anxiety grief trauma

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Adults
100%
Older Adolescents
100%
Couples
100%

Stephen F. Smith

Stephen has over two decades of social service experience among the private sector, federal government and state government. This has included provision of social services to a wide range of individuals including families, disadvantaged youth, disabled workers and prisoners.

Additionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Washington State University. While not at work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his amazing family and volunteering at his church, Calvary Chapel.

For Stephen, it is an honor to come alongside his clients in their time of need in order to listen, comfort and counsel them.

Specialties

Christian Counseling Marital Counseling Depression Anxiety Career Guidance

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
100%
Parents
100%

Valerie Kirk

Valerie is a graduate of  Liberty University, where she also received her BS in Psychology, with a specialization in Christian Counseling. Her education is faith-based in support of her Christian worldview. She has a passion for families and children. Her life experiences include raising four children with her husband of 32 years. Her desire is to work with families and younger children who are experiencing difficulties. Valerie’s theoretical approach is eclectic with a focus on cognitive-behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy and attachment theory.

Valerie’s non-clinical work experience includes pre-school teacher, daycare provider and customer service manager. Her most enjoyable working experiences were when she was with children.

 

Specialties

Complex Trauma anxiety depression behavior problems

Mental Health Counselor

Cindy Wright

Cindy Wright is a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate serving Kennewick, WA. She earned her
Master’s degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2006. She completed her
internship at a nonprofit Counseling Agency specializing in Individual and Family Therapy. During that
time Cindy gained understanding and compassion for the struggle of the family unit and the impact
individual experiences have on those they live, work, and connect with.

Cindy’s work history includes varies capacities of helping individuals discover their strengths, gifts, and
talents and help them to set and achieve meaningful goals that lead to core satisfaction. Cindy has
experience working with clients as they address a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression,
trauma, relational conflict, and life transition while using theoretical approaches such as cognitive-
behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, attachment theory, as well as faith based counseling and support. Cindy has special training in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for trauma focused therapy.

Cindy has familiarity working with all age groups and specializes in helping adolescents, adults, couples,
and families who have struggled with traumatic experiences, relational/behavioral patterns, and mental
health concerns. Cindy enjoys helping others focus on their strengths in order to move forward and live
fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Mental Health Counselor

Stefanie Archer

Stefanie earned her M.A in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She completed her internship working with youth involved in the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care system. After graduation Stefanie has worked as a Child and Family Therapist at an outpatient counseling center serving children and families.

Stefanie’s theoretical approach is influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy and attachment theory.

Stefanie believes it is important to have a counselor that is knowledgeable yet comfortable to talk openly with to form a connection with people that allows the counseling experience to flow naturally.
Stefanie takes a personal interest in her patients and joins them in their journey towards their goals.

Massage Therapist

Ellen May

Ellen is a licensed massage therapist for the state of Washington. She is a graduate of Tri-Cities School of Massage in the style of Swedish massage. She is also certified in pediatric massage with an emphasis on trauma through Liddle Kidz with Pediatric Master Teacher Tina Allen. Her love for learning means she will be adding parent training for infant massage as well as other modalities to accommodate patient needs.

Ellen loves meeting new clients and believes massage is an excellent tool for good self-care for both children and adults. Her style combines relaxation techniques of light to medium pressure with slow, rhythmic strokes and deeper work for specific areas of tension. Her goal for each person she works with is for them to feel safe, heard and nurtured through her gentle yet very therapeutic approach. This way of engaging with each client means they receive massage work that is tailored to them. She looks forward to serving all age groups with massage.

Ellen and her husband became foster parents early in their marriage eventually adopting four children.  She enjoys camping and riding dirt bikes and 4 wheelers in the summer with her family, reading and volunteering in the community and her church.

Office Manager

Barb Keogan

When you call our office, you may be so fortunate to come in contact with Barb. She is our Lead Administrative Assistant. Barb loves to work with people and is an integral part of our office culture, providing excellent customer service.

Front Office

Samantha Wright

Samantha works as our Administrative Assistant. You will find that she is kind, easy to talk with, while exceptional at meeting the diverse needs of patients.

Social Worker Associate

Robert Ascencio

Robert is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate that earned his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2018. He completed his clinical internship at Grace Clinic which serves individuals in the community who do not have insurance. During this time Robert also served as a volunteer firefighter and safety officer for Benton County Fire District #1 in Kennewick, WA.
After graduation Robert worked as a Health Home Care Coordinator, Mental Health Clinician, and Therapist for several non-profit agencies within the Tri-Cities area. As an independent social worker, Robert also provided on-call mental health crisis services for the 24/7 Lourdes Crisis Center, Kadlec,Trios, and Benton/Franklin school districts. During this time Robert focused on working with children and families, adolescents/teens, adults, older adults, and military veterans. Robert continues to work as a counselor and community liaison for the Juvenile Justice System, Benton County Veterans Therapeutic Court, and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Robert‘s therapeutic approach is person-centered and strength-based, but also influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and attachment theory.
Robert served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2016 as a field artillery fire control specialist. He deployed overseas during the Iraq War from 2009-2010 as a field artilleryman and heavy-machine gunner attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He has training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the benefit of healing trauma.

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
100%
Teens
100%
Adoptive Families
100%

Lynn Owens

Lynn is a therapist specializing in helping children recover from abuse, neglect and other forms of trauma. Although Lynn treats children and youth with many mental health, trauma and relational issues, the main focus of his practice is working with families who adopt children from difficult places.

Lynn also recognizes when other interventions or medical providers would be more appropriate than counseling and works closely with medical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists,  and others.

Biography

After graduating from college, Lynn began working with at-risk youth at Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin. After five years doing residential care, Lynn continued his work with youth and families Appleton Alliance Church, where he led one of the largest ministries to Jr. High Students in that state. It would be only four years however, before he felt the tug on his heart to return to residential care for some of the neediest children in the world…those without parents.

Lynn and his wife, Jennie, opened a new emergency shelter for boys in Florida. Their second resident was a six year old who had been in and out of shelters his entire life. One year later that boy and his 10 year old sister became Jennie & Lynn’s first children. Just 2 days after their adoption was finalized, they welcomed their third child into their home, a 10-year-old boy from Washington.

Combined, Jennie and Lynn have lived with and worked closely with over 100 children in foster & group care over the past 17 years.  As adoptive parents to three older former foster children, They continue to receive on-the-job training in helping children heal every day. Their vision is to make sure that every abused, abandoned and orphaned child in the world will have a permanent safe and loving home.

Lynn currently works from the road, engaging his clients via telemedicine (tele-mental-health). He and his family sold their home and possessions and travel full time seeking personal rejuvenation so that they can continue doing important work with children who have experienced trauma. You can follow his Journey’s here.

Training and Certifications:

Lynn received his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. He completed an 84 hour Post-Graduate Certificate in Attachment-Focused Therapy taught by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA sponsored by Cascadia Training and Nurturing Attachments.

NMTtrainedP1Additionally Lynn studied under Dr. Bruce Perry, MD and the Child Trauma Academy to receive Phase 1 certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Lynn Owens has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level. For more information on NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment Process, Click Here.

As a member of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Lynn has received advanced training in the treatment of sexual assault and abuse.

Lynn is a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) as defined under the Washington Administrative Code  388-865-0150.

Lynn is Board Certified (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

 

Specialties

post-adoption counseling complex trauma bipolar disorder developmental issues behavioral problems

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Adults
100%
Teens
100%
Couples
100%

Ryan Bradley

Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kennewick, WA and specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families to work toward wellness and relational satisfaction. He received his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. His internship was completed at a local free clinic that serves members of the community who do not have insurance.

His work history includes 11 years working with children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, many with dual diagnosis in mental health. He has worked in various capacities in this field, including direct care, residential, In-home therapy, Case Manager, Program Director, and Mental Health Therapist, in addition to his private practice.

Ryan’s Therapeutic approach is strength based and focuses on success. While individuals, family, and couples come to therapy with issues to resolve, the focus does not stay on ‘problem talk.’  Instead, the focus is on hope, and motivation toward wellness.  With couples, interaction patterns are evaluated. His therapeutic experience includes working with anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues. His experience with couples and families include couples issues such as infidelity, conflict, mental illness, addictions, family transitions, divorce,  and parent-child relational issues.

Specialties

Marriage Counseling Family Conflict Depression Anxiety

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
0%
Teens
0%
Family
0%

Amanda Lopez

Amanda Lopez is a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Corban University in 2014. She completed her internship at a drug and alcohol residential treatment facility for adolescents. Through this experience Amanda saw that most of these individuals’ problems were symptoms of far deeper hurting.

After graduation, Amanda continued her work in a residential setting as an Emergency Safety Interventionist, where she specialized in supporting children and adolescents in the depths of their acute crisis and assisted them in using coping skills and working through their problems. Although Amanda has continued her experience by working with various populations in community settings as a Mental Health Therapist, Amanda had found it to be her passion in helping this population of children and adolescents though the symptoms of her problems.

Amanda believes the purpose of therapy is a process of helping people live to their full potential, which leads them to a more meaningful life. Amanda finds a balance of gently challenging individuals as well as helping individuals bring out their strengths as a source to moving forward.

Specialties:

Amanda has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She specializes in helping children and adolescents with different mental health issues as well as families struggling with relational issues.

Specialties

Anxiety Depression Grief Trauma Substance Abuse depression anxiety grief trauma

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Adults
100%
Older Adolescents
100%
Couples
100%

Stephen F. Smith

Stephen has over two decades of social service experience among the private sector, federal government and state government. This has included provision of social services to a wide range of individuals including families, disadvantaged youth, disabled workers and prisoners.

Additionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Psychology from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Washington State University. While not at work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his amazing family and volunteering at his church, Calvary Chapel.

For Stephen, it is an honor to come alongside his clients in their time of need in order to listen, comfort and counsel them.

Specialties

Christian Counseling Marital Counseling Depression Anxiety Career Guidance

Mental Health Counselor

Target Population

Children
100%
Parents
100%

Valerie Kirk

Valerie is a graduate of  Liberty University, where she also received her BS in Psychology, with a specialization in Christian Counseling. Her education is faith-based in support of her Christian worldview. She has a passion for families and children. Her life experiences include raising four children with her husband of 32 years. Her desire is to work with families and younger children who are experiencing difficulties. Valerie’s theoretical approach is eclectic with a focus on cognitive-behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy and attachment theory.

Valerie’s non-clinical work experience includes pre-school teacher, daycare provider and customer service manager. Her most enjoyable working experiences were when she was with children.

 

Specialties

Complex Trauma anxiety depression behavior problems

Mental Health Counselor

Cindy Wright

Cindy Wright is a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate serving Kennewick, WA. She earned her
Master’s degree in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2006. She completed her
internship at a nonprofit Counseling Agency specializing in Individual and Family Therapy. During that
time Cindy gained understanding and compassion for the struggle of the family unit and the impact
individual experiences have on those they live, work, and connect with.

Cindy’s work history includes varies capacities of helping individuals discover their strengths, gifts, and
talents and help them to set and achieve meaningful goals that lead to core satisfaction. Cindy has
experience working with clients as they address a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression,
trauma, relational conflict, and life transition while using theoretical approaches such as cognitive-
behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, attachment theory, as well as faith based counseling and support. Cindy has special training in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for trauma focused therapy.

Cindy has familiarity working with all age groups and specializes in helping adolescents, adults, couples,
and families who have struggled with traumatic experiences, relational/behavioral patterns, and mental
health concerns. Cindy enjoys helping others focus on their strengths in order to move forward and live
fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Mental Health Counselor

Stefanie Archer

Stefanie earned her M.A in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She completed her internship working with youth involved in the Juvenile Justice and Foster Care system. After graduation Stefanie has worked as a Child and Family Therapist at an outpatient counseling center serving children and families.

Stefanie’s theoretical approach is influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy and attachment theory.

Stefanie believes it is important to have a counselor that is knowledgeable yet comfortable to talk openly with to form a connection with people that allows the counseling experience to flow naturally.
Stefanie takes a personal interest in her patients and joins them in their journey towards their goals.

Massage Therapist

Ellen May

Ellen is a licensed massage therapist for the state of Washington. She is a graduate of Tri-Cities School of Massage in the style of Swedish massage. She is also certified in pediatric massage with an emphasis on trauma through Liddle Kidz with Pediatric Master Teacher Tina Allen. Her love for learning means she will be adding parent training for infant massage as well as other modalities to accommodate patient needs.

Ellen loves meeting new clients and believes massage is an excellent tool for good self-care for both children and adults. Her style combines relaxation techniques of light to medium pressure with slow, rhythmic strokes and deeper work for specific areas of tension. Her goal for each person she works with is for them to feel safe, heard and nurtured through her gentle yet very therapeutic approach. This way of engaging with each client means they receive massage work that is tailored to them. She looks forward to serving all age groups with massage.

Ellen and her husband became foster parents early in their marriage eventually adopting four children.  She enjoys camping and riding dirt bikes and 4 wheelers in the summer with her family, reading and volunteering in the community and her church.

Office Manager

Barb Keogan

When you call our office, you may be so fortunate to come in contact with Barb. She is our Lead Administrative Assistant. Barb loves to work with people and is an integral part of our office culture, providing excellent customer service.

Front Office

Samantha Wright

Samantha works as our Administrative Assistant. You will find that she is kind, easy to talk with, while exceptional at meeting the diverse needs of patients.

Social Worker Associate

Robert Ascencio

Robert is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate that earned his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2018. He completed his clinical internship at Grace Clinic which serves individuals in the community who do not have insurance. During this time Robert also served as a volunteer firefighter and safety officer for Benton County Fire District #1 in Kennewick, WA.
After graduation Robert worked as a Health Home Care Coordinator, Mental Health Clinician, and Therapist for several non-profit agencies within the Tri-Cities area. As an independent social worker, Robert also provided on-call mental health crisis services for the 24/7 Lourdes Crisis Center, Kadlec,Trios, and Benton/Franklin school districts. During this time Robert focused on working with children and families, adolescents/teens, adults, older adults, and military veterans. Robert continues to work as a counselor and community liaison for the Juvenile Justice System, Benton County Veterans Therapeutic Court, and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Robert‘s therapeutic approach is person-centered and strength-based, but also influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and attachment theory.
Robert served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2016 as a field artillery fire control specialist. He deployed overseas during the Iraq War from 2009-2010 as a field artilleryman and heavy-machine gunner attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He has training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the benefit of healing trauma.