Our Approach

Psychological pain is an inevitable part of being human. The desire to escape from or avoid unwanted thoughts and feelings frequently gets us stuck in behavior patterns that end up creating more of the very suffering we were trying to avoid in the first place. Trapped in a vicious cycle of avoidance, our worlds become smaller and smaller. To take our lives in a new direction, we need to try something different. Adopting a more open and compassionate approach to all of our experiences will be at the core of our work together.

Our practice is broadly inclusive of human diversity in all its forms. We have extensive experience working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and have particular interest in the LGBTQ community.

Meet the Team


Kathleen Thorndike, LICSW

Kathleen was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.  Kathleen then moved to New York City where she attained her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.  She worked for many years as an employee assistance program counselor for Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During her time in New York, she also spent time doing psychiatric assessments with a multi-disciplinary team in the psychiatric emergency department at New York Presbyterian.  She has worked with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of mental health concerns in her private practice.

Kathleen moved to Bellingham to be closer to her family.  After settling back in to the Pacific Northwest, Kathleen worked for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.  She currently is extremely happy to be back doing therapy and helping her clients move in the directions of the things that the client values.  She looks forward to working with you.


Tracy Thorndike, Ph.D.

Dr. Tracy is a long-time Bellingham resident. She graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Experimental Psychology before obtaining her PhD. in Psychological and Cultural Studies for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Following completion of her doctorate, Dr. Tracy accepted a faculty position at Western where she has been teaching continuously since 1994. Her areas of specialization include child and adolescent development, learning, and motivation in both academic and non-academic settings.

Dr. Tracy directs our educational programs and provides consulting services for individuals and families in the following areas: parent education and coaching, advocacy and IEP development, time and stress management for adolescents and young adults, and the development of effective learning strategies and study skills.