CENTRAL OFFICEServing Tri-Cities
Helping people along life’s journey with Christian-based mental health services.
Main Office hours:
Mon- Thurs 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Other times available by appointment.
1124 Stevens Drive Richland, WA 99354
Richland Clinical Staff
Robert "BJ" Olson MS LMHC
Executive DirectorBJ is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated from Central Washington University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology Degree in 1999. He is a Child Mental Health Specialist and has specialized training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management and Recovery, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and SYMBIS Marital Assessment. He has worked in a variety of mental health counseling settings including psychiatric hospital, jail, group home, and rehabilitation facility working with homeless, schools, and workplace issues. BJ is an Ordained Minister and also serves at Richland Baptist Church as the Pastoral Care Counselor. He joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2005, serving as Clinical Director until assuming the position of Executive Director in 2014. He continues to see clients part-time including children age 4 and up, adults, couples and families.
MS, MDiv, LMHCSteve is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a Masters in Divinity, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from MARS Hill Graduate School. He joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2006. Since 2007, he has also worked full time at Lourdes Counseling Center on the PACT Team providing services for individuals with severe and persistent mental health issues. Prior to his work as a counselor, Steve had a 28-year career as an engineer, manager and consultant. He sees adults, adolescents, children (age 4 and up) and couples with anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis or relationship issues. He works to help clients develop insight into their issues to allow effective changes in how they think and live, and to develop coping skills to support the changes clients want to achieve.
M.Ed. LMHCJamie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated with a Master of Education in Community Counseling degree in 2009 from Washington State University after earning her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in Psychology. She rejoins Emmaus in October 2018 after taking some time off to adopt her second child (both international adoptions). She was recently accepted into a 9 month certificate program which focuses on trauma-focused narrative therapy through The Allender Center at The Seattle School. Jamie is a Child Mental Health Specialist and has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence based training from The Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (formally the Harborview Sexual Assault Center) through the University of Washington. Jamie has experience in community mental health working with children, teenagers and adults. At this time, she will be seeing clients age 8 and up. She is also trained in the “Prepare and Enrich” premarital counseling program. She works with individuals with a specific focus on addressing depression, anxiety and trauma recovery. She takes a strength based goal oriented approach along with offering a space for your story to be told as a way to facilitate healing.
Marian is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Marian is planning to retire at the end of July. We want to thank her for the years of service.
Before going into counseling, Marian taught kindergarten and high school with special training in early childhood education. She has worked in the counseling field for 20 years after graduating from Washington State University. Marian was the first staff therapist hired at Emmaus Counseling Center in 2004. She now works with children age 4 to older adults with a specialty in grief and loss. She feels walking alongside people when they are grieving is an honor and privilege. Getting to the “root” of a problem rather than just putting a bandage on the issue is how Marian likes to work on other problems. Her therapeutic experience includes working with anxiety, depression and many other mental health issues.
MA, LMHC, NCCLisa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with the chronically mentally ill in the community and in their homes. She joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2012. She specializes in working with individuals with trauma backgrounds, depression, anxiety, grief and more. She is trained in Gottman method therapy, working with couples to restore broken marriages, lack of trust in relationships or within families, or for anyone who would like to just learn to communicate more effectively. Lisa has a passion for people and has been called to restore hope and direction for those who seek help. She is also trained to provide Critical Incident Stress Debriefing for individuals and groups of people where there has been a crisis of any magnitude. Lisa will see individuals age ten and older.
MS, LMHC, CMHSJoelie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Child Mental Health Specialist. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and has over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, couples and families. She joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2015. Joelie emphasizes a solution focused approach to therapy along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and/or Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as applicable to the client’s unique situation. Joelie is also trained in Play Therapy for younger children. Her areas of interest include: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, marital and family conflicts, and life transitions. Joelie will see children as young as four years old up through older adults.
Karen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has training and experience in art therapy, play therapy, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and codependency therapy. Karen works in Brief interventions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems. She works with clients to focus on strengths, collaborative goal setting, developing new thought pasterns, and learning skills. This approach is conducted upholding Christian Values and beliefs. These varied therapeutic approaches are integrated to help clients maintain mental health and overcome barriers that clients have faced in their lives.
Emmaus Administrative Staff
Administrative DirectorPat joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2014 as Administrative Director. She had been a Friend of the Center since its founding in 2004. Prior to joining The Center, she worked at local hospitals in health information management/medical records, taught at CBC, served as Director of Administration at Central Church and has volunteered extensively in the community with various social service agencies. Her duties at Emmaus include: HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer, supporting the Board and staff in community outreach and fundraising efforts, corporate compliance, and information management. Pat represents Emmaus on the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance and chairs the Behavioral Health Committee.
Office AssistantSusan joined Emmaus Counseling Center in 2016 as Office Assistant and Receptionist. Prior to joining The Center, she was employed at Hanford as a secretary. She has also worked as vacation relief for the Administrative Assistant at West Side Church where she has attended since 1989. Her duties at Emmaus include: receptionist and front desk tasks, client intake and scheduling, client reminder phone calls, insurance verification, chart processing and filing, and providing other support as needed.
Frances-anne joined Emmaus Counseling Center in July of 2019 as Office Manager. She has been active in non-profits in our community, most recently as the Central Office Manager of the Tri-Cities Food Bank, and has many years volunteering with school and music related organizations throughout the Tri-Cities. Her duties at Emmaus include client scheduling, insurance and client billing, and therapist health insurance credentialing.