Mental Health Services by Great Northern
Great Northern Consulting Services is another branch of SCS which provides services to injured workers including mental health therapy, and Behavioral Health Intervention.
Master’s Level Therapist Pilot:
Due to a limited number of mental health providers available to support injured workers, as of 1/1/20 The Washington Department of Labor has begun a new pilot to allow licensed master’s level mental health therapists to provide treatment to injured workers. This means there are now more providers available to support injured workers.
How Mental Health Therapy Can Help Injured Workers:
Experiencing a work-related injury or illness can cause an individual to experience a great deal of stress. It is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from symptoms that may cause functional impairment to one’s mental and emotional health. There are often many issues that an individual faces following a work-related injury or illness. One often encounters stress associated with an unclear course of medical treatment, pain, fear associated with re-injury, difficulty sleeping, unknowns regarding future employment, financial difficulties, and a grieving process related to the loss experienced with activities that have become more difficult or impossible to perform.
Mental health treatment through this pilot will be provided one of two ways:
- Behavior Health Intervention Sessions
- Treatment for an accepted mental health condition related to the claim
Behavior Health Intervention Sessions provide support with issues that are considered to be related to the physical diagnosis on the claim, addressing behaviors that are affecting the injured worker’s ability to recover and return to work. The focus on treatment is often related to helping the client develop coping strategies and target psychosocial barriers impacting their recovery. With approval from the attending healthcare provider, injured workers can access up to 8 sessions with no cost to them, with no need for prior authorization. In some cases, additional sessions may be requested and approved.
The other way mental health treatment through this is pilot can be provided is when there is an accepted mental health condition on the claim. Though licensed master’s level therapists are not allowed to assess and diagnose mental health conditions that are suspected to be claim-related, but once services for the psychological condition have been authorized, treatment for the condition can be provided. The focus and length of treatment is determined based on the individual needs of the client.
How Are Referrals Handled?
Great Northern Consulting, LLC has licensed mental health therapists throughout Washington State who are able to provide mental health services to injured workers, providing both in-person and telehealth sessions. You may send referral information to MLT@scsvoc.com or via Fax: (360) 566-2533.
Here is the current list of providers available who contract with Great Northern Consulting, LLC:
Carlynn Chumak, MSW, LCSW/LICSW, CDMS
specific to injured workers. She is also is an Activity Coach for the Progressive Goal Attainment Program. You can see her profile on LinkedIn here.
Phone: (253) 449-8033
Diana Tellez, LICSW
Diana is located in Yakima, WA and is currently accepting telehealth clients and some clients for in-person. She has worked in the medical social work field for over a decade and has a focus in her practice with helping clients cope with chronic and/or terminal illness, grief and loss, caregiver support, and life transitions. She speaks both English and Spanish.
Laynya Stevens, MS, LMHC, CRC, CDMS.
Laynya is currently accepting clients for telehealth or in-person sessions at the following locations: Gig Harbor, Lakewood and Port Orchard. She has over 20 years of counseling experience involving the workers compensation industry, VA, SSDI, as well as individual, group and family therapy in various settings including schools, juvenile detention, inpatient, group homes and community-based mental health agencies. With experience with various mental health disorders, Laynya offers an empathetic, collaborative, strength-based approach utilizing the biopsychosocial model of counseling.
Melissa Gray, MA, LMHC, NCC
Melissa is located in Spokane Valley and is currently seeing clients in-person or via telehealth. She specializes in working with
clients struggling with chronic pain, panic attacks, eating disorders, adjustment issues, and anxiety. You can see her Psychology Today profile here:
Sandi Martinez, MS, LMHC, EMMHS
Sandi is located in Seattle WA and is currently seeing clients via telehealth only. She has specific training and a focus in her practice with treating addiction, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Prior to working in addiction and with injured workers, she worked in community mental health with the Latino population. She is a state certified ethnic minority mental health specialist. You can see her Psychology Today profile here:
Teena Jones MSW, LICSW
Teena is in Longview and is currently receiving telehealth referrals only. She has extensive training and experience treating addiction, depression and anxiety, as well as helping clients cope when diagnosed with life-altering medical diagnoses. You can a further description on her website here: https://teenajones.com/
Veronica Rios, M.Ed., LMHC, LCC.
Veronica is located in Richland and is currently accepting clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She speaks both English and Spanish. She has over 17 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings and in per practice uses motivational techniques so clients can be empowered from life lessons. She has a passion to help clients create life goals so they can move forward in a positive direction. You can see her Psychology Today profile here:
Dr. Cheryl L. Fracasso, LMHC, PhD.
She is located in Kent and is currently receiving telehealth clients only. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and certified clinical trauma intervention specialist with over 12 years of clinical experience. Her area of expertise is in treating trauma and complex PTSD, along with mood and anxiety disorders, and major life transitions. She also specializes in holistic healing methods from a trauma-informed perspective. She also presently serves as a Telehealth Psychotherapist with TelaDoc Health, and as Adjunct Faculty with Bryant & Stratton College where she teaches online Crisis Intervention classes, along with Family Theory & Services, and Assessment, Theories, & Intervention of Addictions classes. Her past clinical experience includes serving as a Psychologist with the State of Washington, Rainier School, for nearly 5 years, and serving as Faculty with University of Phoenix for 9 years teaching undergraduate psychology classes. If you’d like to learn more about Cheryl and would like to connect with her, she is on linkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylfracasso/
Anne Tucker, LMHC.
Anne is located in Vancouver and is currently receiving telehealth clients only. Her specialties include helping people reduce the distressing symptoms related to workplace injury, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experiencing, helping people in various capacities. It is her passion to promote hope and healing through compassionate, professional counseling so that people can become self-directed, connected and vital members of their families and communities. You can see the link to her website here: https://nightingalecounselingservices.com
Manuel Occhiogrosso, LMHC.
Manny has nearly twenty years of experience in the mental health field having worked in hospitals, residential treatment settings and private practice. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience working with diverse populations and issues. He specializes in treating trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, LGBTQ issues, codependency, and marriage and family conflict. He is trained in Dialectical Behavioral, EMDR, and Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Manny is most passionate when he can serve his community. He has been a qualified supervisor since 2006 preparing mental health professionals for their lifelong goals of helping clients and their families. He has been active in raising awareness and funds to treat addiction and severe mental illness among indigent populations, volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children, and served on many community planning boards to help make his community a better place to live. You can see a link to his website here: mindscapecounseling.org
Audrey Ann Sines, LMHC.
Audrey is located in Spokane and is currently receiving telehealth clients only. She has over ten years of clinical experience providing counseling to youth, adults, and families. She has worked in a variety of community-based settings including health clinics, hospitals, Native reservations, and public schools. She has advanced clinical training and certification in Substance Use Disorders, Attachment Theory, Adult Learning, Cognition and Neuroscience, and Identity Development. She is extensively trained and skilled in evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. You can see a link to her Psychology Today profile here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/audrey-ann-sines-spokane-wa/1…