Meet the Clinicians

Rindee G.P. Ashcraft, Ph.D. – Dr. Ashcraft has worked with OCD and anxiety for the last 10 years, and with adolescents and teens for the last 20 years. She 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, Trichotillomania, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders.  She founded Polaris Family Behavioral Health, PLLC to create a place where people are able to find effective, compassionate treatment for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.  Dr. Ashcraft obtained her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004. Dr. Ashcraft earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego.

 

Laura G. Smestad, LMHC – Laura is the clinical director of Polaris Family Behavioral Health, and she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over seven years’ experience as a clinician. She has worked in both school and clinical settings and was named Elementary School Counselor of the Year for the state of Louisiana in 2019. Laura currently specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related 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.

 

Elizabeth Boudreaux is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist. She earned a dual Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Over the last 6 years, she has been working with adults of all ages in a variety of settings. Her approach to therapy is strengths-focused and collaborative while staying grounded in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques.

 

Sarah Waters, LSWAIC— Sarah is a Licensed Social Worker Associate-Independent Clinical who earned her Master of Social Work degree from Boston College with a clinical focus on Children, Youth & Families. She has experience working at Boston’s largest public elementary school and a biofeedback program developed at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Sarah utilizes evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Bibliotherapy. She specializes in treating kids with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges and encourages family collaboration. Sarah is passionate about helping kids and families live their healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.