Our Therapists

At One Heart Counseling Center, you are working with therapists who work on themselves.  That means you are being guided by someone who is willing to be in the trenches and do the things they are asking you to do.  You are working with therapists who know about the Human Emotional System. They can help you decode the information that wants to come forward and teach you about how to manage the discomfort that can sometimes come with experiencing your feelings.



Anna Pirkl, M. A., MFT [LIC 89101], ATR, LAADAC | Pronouns: she/her

Anna is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, LAADAC Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. In 2005 she began her journey into the field of helping professionals as a volunteer for Free Arts for Abused Children. Over those 10 years, Anna’s wide variety of work experiences have exposed her to many walks of life and the accompanying challenges that require support. She specializes in addiction and recovery work, complex trauma, and family healing. Anna's therapeutic approach rests on a foundation of humanistic philosophy.  Anna empowers her clients with tools and information to help them work toward their goals and build on their personal strengths. See Anna's posts about how to support children with anxiety and worry, compassion,  practicing kindness and trauma recovery and mindfulness through Jiu Jitsu to learn more about how she works.

Chelsea Derossi, M. A., MFT [LIC 78629], ATR | Pronouns: she/her

Chelsea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist.  Chelsea works with individuals, couples, parents, and children.  She is a child and adolescent specialist with over 10 years of experience working with children and families.  With additional training and expertise in art therapy, trauma, grief, development, and family systems, Chelsea tailors the treatment to specifically meet the unique needs of each client or family.  By using a collaborative approach and incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, Chelsea encourages insight and more harmonious relationships with family members and peers.  Throughout treatment Chelsea is able to help her clients better understand the human experience, improve relationships and make positive life-affirming choices.  Find out more about how Chelsea works by taking a look at her blog posts: What's Really Going on Underneath Your Child's Misbehaviors (and How to Respond),  Children and Grief: How You Can Understand and Support Your Kids and Keeping Your Cool When Your Kids Are Not

Lily Tsutsumida, M.A., MFT [LIC 106288], ATR-BC | Pronouns: she/her

Lily is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Art Therapist.  Lily began working in substance abuse and eating disorder treatment in 2008, through which she discovered the power of humanistic connection in helping her clients face their challenges free of shame.  She specializes in supporting people during times when life has brought an unexpected change, a relationship is causing pain, or a habit or behavior has gotten out of control.  She is also passionate about working with adolescents through the integral process of developing a healthy and whole personal identity while navigating the complex world of teen life.  Lily uses experiential art activities, cognitive-behavioral tools, and insight-oriented talk therapy to help adults, adolescents, and children understand their inner worlds, improve their emotional literacy, and build internal skills that support them in achieving their goals.  Find out more about how Lily works by reading her posts:  "Why Your 'Shy' Teenage Daughter is Amazing" and "Get the Support You Deserve".

Nikki Eby, M. A., MFT [LIC 85426], ATR-BC | Pronouns: she/her

Nikki is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as Board Certified Art Therapist.  Nikki has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples in various settings working with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders and addiction recovery.  While her therapeutic style lands mostly on a humanistic and compassionate approach, she is extensively trained in evidenced based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  In addition, Nikki uses mentalization techniques with her clients, focusing on building the ability to reflect on or understand one’s own or others’ mental states that underlie patterns and ways of functioning.  Building skills like this result in an increased level of emotional regulation and, in turn, sense of well-being. Though Nikki works with a range of people from childhood to adulthood, she finds a great deal of success and richness in working with adolescents and young adults transitioning into adulthood.  Find out more about how Nikki works by reading her post: Why Do the Same Patterns Keep Repeating? Here’s One Explanation. 

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