It’s wise to want to know more about your therapist so you can see if they might be a good fit. If you are unsure who you might work best with, feel free to reach out anyhow. Someone will get back to you, learn a bit more about your situation and help refer you to someone that is likely to be a good fit–either at our practice or elsewhere. Mostly, we just want you to get the support you need and deserve.
Danielle Baird, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Director, Clinician
More than anything, I believe in our innate ability to nurture ourselves as well as our great ability to accept the support we need during our most challenging times. This is proven to me over and over again as I see folks learn how to tune in to their needs and bravely contact the parts of themselves that most need held, seen, touched and often healed.
Good therapy should be tailored to fit you and your needs. You should’t need to fit the therapy. Many of the people I work with are outliers and need a therapy experience as unique as they are. My approach is eclectic and intuitive. I draw on a number of therapies and theories including EMDR, feminist therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, based on your needs. If the tool doesn’t fit, we just find one that does.
I specialize. For me to know I’m doing my best work, I limit the folks I work with to those whom I can best help. Some areas I specialize in include:
Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP)
Childhood trauma, especially children of borderline or narcissistic parents
Gender Affirming Care
Education: I received my Master of Social Work in 2009 from the University of Washington and completed my Bachelor of Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
Background: Prior to private practice, I worked with executives and staff in a patient education program at Fred Hutch to improve patient services, staff resiliency and organizational functioning using social justice, anti-racist and vicarious trauma lenses.
Personal: Outside of work I enjoy the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life alongside my beloved family of humans and animals. I like to listen to podcasts, attempt new recipes, make music and write. I’m known for heading out the door with my shirt (unintentionally) inside out while meditating on the bigger questions this world has to offer us. I am driven by the intensity of learning new things and crave watching the world around me unfold. I am regularly inspired by the cycles and resiliency of nature.
Skye Macrae Curtis, EdM, MA, LMHCA
Strong relationships are integral to healing. In all my interactions I strive to be transparent and personal—knowing that at the end of the day, it’s our relationships that count. From this place of humility, compassion, and care emerges my ability to challenge and support you to become your healthiest and best self.
In my work, I have the honor of continuously witnessing the resilience of the human spirit, particularly in those who find themselves navigating marginalized social spaces. I believe you deserve to have your unique therapeutic needs affirmed and met—whatever they are.
I truly love working with all clients. I have significant training and/or a special interest in:
Spirituality and Identity
LGBTQIA+, including Gender Affirming Care
Education: In 2018, I received both a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in multicultural counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. I completed my undergrad at St. Olaf College in rural Minnesota, where I majored in Gender Studies, Psychology and English. I am a licensed mental health counselor associate.
Background: Prior to joining Whole Valley Therapy, I worked in a variety of counseling environments, including private practice, a college counseling center, and community clinics. In addition to helping people of all ages navigate life in the context of various identities (sex, gender, race, dis/ability, etc.), I have spent considerable time working with young adults (many of whom did not fit the "typical" mold) and supporting them through life transitions.
Personal: I'm a new (but enthusiastic!) cat parent, and my favorite form of self-care these days is dancing around my kitchen crooning musical theatre songs to my thoroughly unimpressed kitty. I'm a hardcore Harry Potter fan. In my free time, I enjoy playing pinball, attempting "Great British Bake Off" recipes, and nerding out over rhetorical analyses of reality TV shows and video games.
Karen Lin, EdM, LMHCA
Therapy can look many ways. At times, we may explore connections between past and present, learn coping skills, and discover our future hopes. Other times, we may practice sitting with our emotions, explore the discomfort of our vulnerability, or realize the joy in receiving authentic support. Whatever therapy looks like for you, it’s done in the containment of a safe, warm and loving connection.
While therapy is always flexible and individualized to your experience, I love the way our work is universally driven by our larger, existential concerns. Who am I and who do I want to be? What does love mean? How do I stay true to myself and honor those I care about? Asking big questions allows us to challenge ourselves, and ultimately, to grow in the ways we need.
I enjoy working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and identities. I bring special insight, training and experience to the following topics and/or communities:
Grief and Loss
Autistic Individuals, especially young adults ages 18-30
LGBTQIA+ including Gender Affirming Care
Education: In 2019, I received my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2014. I am a licensed mental health counselor associate.
Background: Throughout my career, I’ve focused on meeting the needs of people who are often overlooked in our healthcare system. In addition to providing ongoing therapy to individuals in community mental health settings, I have worked extensively with older adults and the developmental and intellectual disability communities. Much of my work and clinical interest centers on the intersectionality of identity, especially as it relates to ethnicity, gender, ability, and sexuality.
Personal: If I’m not working, I’m probably enjoying the great outdoors, whether that’s hiking, running, or camping. I also love playing and cuddling with my fur babies (one cat and one dog) and especially enjoy exploring new dog parks. One of my favorite things to do is learn about other cultures/backgrounds through various artistic outlets (movies, galleries, music, etc.) and then discuss them with friends and family members. At this time, I am taking a Mandarin/Taiwanese language class to reconnect to my roots.