About

About

Rindee G.P. Ashcraft, Ph.D. – Dr. Ashcraft has work with OCD and anxiety for the last 10 years, and with adolescents and teens for 20 years. She is  is an expert in navigating the intricacies of ERP, and tailors her therapy to each individual. She also has expertise in treating OCD Spectrum disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Trichotillomania.  She founded Polaris Family Behavioral Health in an effort to create a place where people are able to find effective, compassionate treatment for anxiety and OCD. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults with various types of anxiety, especially those who have trouble with obsessions and compulsions (OCD), those with general anxiety and high levels of stress, those who have experienced trauma (PTSD),  and those with specific fears (phobias). Her approach to therapy is to focus on the individual, and ideally use some form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Laura G. Smestad, LMHC – Laura is a Licensed Mental Health therapist with 5 years of experience working with middle school aged youth from a variety of backgrounds. Laura earned her masters degree in Counseling from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, Louisiana. She designed the school counseling program for St. Pius X school in Louisiana and was nominated for School Counselor of the Year in Louisiana. She specializes in effective treatment of OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and other associated disorders, with a focus on using evidence based treatments such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She works with clients of all ages, specializing in working with children and teens.

 

Heather Youngs, LMHC – Heather enjoys working with children, youth, and young adults with anxiety and OCD spectrum disorders. Heather uses a holistic approach to  address the mind and body. This helps facilitate integration and healing. Her holistic approach allows her to focus on the OCD symptoms, but also on the other things going on in a person’s life that impact their mental health. Additionally, Heather is currently training for her certification in Somatic Experiencing. She uses a warm, collaborative approach in working with children and families to help the whole family move towards a healthier life.

 

Megan Wanless, LMFT – Megan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her master’s degree in Child, Couple, and Family Therapy at Antioch University. She specializes in working with kids and teens with depression, anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. Megan’s approach to therapy is very client-centered, working with the family to help create a healthier environment for everyone. She relies on evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Megan loves to create a comfortable and playful setting to help individuals move towards health.

 

Naya Beall, MA, LMHCA – Naya is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate who earned her master’s degree in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her clinical training at Seattle Children’s Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for OCD where she provided therapy to youth and families with severe OCD and comorbid related anxiety disorders. Naya’s approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She specializes in pediatric OCD and anxiety-related disorders. Naya enjoys working with children, adolescents, parents, and young adults. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

 

Genesis Alatorre, MA, LMHCA- Genesis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate who earned her master’s degree in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology from the University of Washington. She specializes in treating youth with depression, optional deficit disorder, OCD, anxiety, eating disorders with the comorbidity of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders. Genesis’s approach to therapy is focused on evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Genesis is passionate about helping youth and families move forward with treatment.