There are times in our life when we might need help making sense of issues or problems that make us feel overwhelmed. A trained mental health professional is able to offer a caring, non-judgemental atmosphere where you might be able to explore, process and deal with your situation or issues.
Michaela Wehner, MAc, has worked in the field of crisis intervention, with a specialization in suicide prevention, since 1993. She earned her master's degree in acupuncture from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002, and has completed her certification as a yoga instructor (RYT ® Yoga Alliance, 200 hours). Integrating an understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga with training in mental health issues, Michaela offers a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to crisis intervention. Michaela is a certified counselor in the state of Washington.
Ryli Webster is a licensed independent clinical social worker with experience in individual, couples, group, and family therapy. She has worked around the country with people from various backgrounds, cultures, and age groups.
Ryli received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia State University. During her undergraduate studies, she was a college athlete and academically concentrated on sociology, gender and sexuality, while she completed research and practice internships in community psychology through the Youth Development Program. Ryli continued her studies at Boston University where she received a Master's degree in Social Work. She had clinical training and experience with specialty LGBTQ health centers in Boston, including Fenway Community Health and the Justice Resource Institute at the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center and Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) Community Center. She served as a BU Fellow for a Suicide Education Enhancement Project dedicated to suicide prevention.
Ryli has worked in many settings, including private practice, community health centers, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and outreach and community programs. Her professional experiences also include certified HIV testing and counseling, family planning, and music therapy. Before joining the University of Washington, Ryli was a therapist in Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University in New York.
Her approach to therapy is client-centered and emphasizes a warm, empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment. She uses theories to guide her practice, including psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, family systems, motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention.
Ryli enjoys meeting with diverse students and working with a wide range of issues. She has professional interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning issues, including: sexuality, "coming-out", gender identity and transgender issues. She also has interests in multicultural issues, relationships, addictions, grief and loss, spirituality, creativity, performance arts and sports, stress management, anxiety, life transition, trauma, identity, and family of origin issues.
(Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker #LW60235992)
Mr. Hidalgo, licensed mental health counselor, specializes in treating a full range of mental, emotional, and psychological problems, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, relationship conflicts, and anger management. Areas of expertise include parenting, child development, and cultural diversity
He graduated from Antioch University in Seattle. After completing his Master’s degree in clinical psychology he worked a number of years in community mental health agencies and in private practice, before coming to Hall Health Mental Health Clinic.
He has provided behavioral and mental health services in medical settings for the past 17 years, and he has been a professional mental health therapist since 1981.
Patient Care Philosophy
I have come to see that we all have innate mental health. No matter how confused, ill or lost we get, we all have access to wisdom. Sometimes we just need a little help or guidance to get back to it. I see it as my job to provide this guidance in a supportive, non-judgmental, sensitive and sometimes firm way that makes people feel safe and at ease.
There is no mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual distress that wisdom cannot heal. Our suffering comes from nothing more than losing touch with our wisdom, and accesing, instead, our "contaminated thinking". We have access at all times to this healing wisdom, it is just that we "look for it in all the wrong places" until we "look within". No one has any more wisdom than anyone else. Some just pay more attention to it than others.
I agree with the Byron Katie's statement, "Sanity never suffers". Wisdom, common sense, clarity of mind come with a feeling - a nice feeling of ease. Whenever we lose touch with that nice feeling we've lost touch with our wisdom. Our feelings are like a compass that let us know when we are on or off track.
Scope Of Care
Outpatient individual, couples, family and group mental health services for the full range of emotional and psychological problems related to human suffering.
Dr. Gerber received her M.S. in clinical psychology in 2007 and Psy.D. in 2010 from Long Island University in Brookville, NY. Her most recent work has been providing individual and group psychotherapy as well as crisis intervention to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. She also has experience working with adolescents, families, and couples struggling with a range issues including substance use, suicidality, trauma, and questions related to sexual identity.
Her areas of interest include life transitions, cultural issues in identity formation, and addressing post-trauma symptoms. Dr. Gerber's approach to psychotherapy is integrative, reflecting her training in dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness meditation, and contemporary insight-oriented treatment. She strives to meet individuals where they are and collaboratively establish meaningful therapeutic goals. (Licensed psychologist, license #PY60202043)
Phone: (206) 543-5030
Fax: (206) 543-4716
Mental Health Clinic
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4410