Training & Experience

Laurie Simons MA 

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Washington State License Number 020703 LH 00004497
Education and Background
  • Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science, Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington
  • Bachelor of Education with Distinction, Major Special Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Laurie was Chartered as a Psychologist in the Province of Alberta in 1982 (retired 2006), and subsequently Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington in 1994 (to present).   She has had extensive experience as a child development and behavior specialist, offering child and family therapy, parent counseling, parent education/support, teacher training, and individual counseling in a variety of settings including:

  • Child Development Center, Edmonton, Alberta 1976 – 1981
  • Continuing Education Division, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Alberta, 1982-1989
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital Psychology Department, Calgary, Alberta, 1983-1990
  • Providence Child Development Center, Calgary, Alberta, 1990-1991
  • Private practice Psychologist with Psychology Plus, Calgary, Alberta, 1990-1992
  • Renfrew Early Childhood Services, Calgary, Alberta 1990-1992
  • Children’s Institute for Learning Differences, Mercer Island, Washington, 1992-2000 and 2003 to 2008
  • Private practice with Family Interplay Education, Mercer Island and Kirkland, Washington, 1995 to 2013
  • On-line counseling and consultation 2013 to present

Laurie has completed Provider Certification training in the use of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model, and has received additional training in:

  • Child Therapy
  • Conjoint Family Therapy
  • Theraplay, Group Theraplay
  • Clinical interventions with Step Families
  • Scientific and Self Hypnosis
  • Various treatment strategies for individuals with special needs including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), autism, Asperger Syndrome, sensory processing disorder, attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and difficulties with self regulation.
Professional Distinctions
  • Chartered as a Psychologist in the Province of Alberta 1982 to 2006 (retired)
  • Licensed as Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington since 1994