Our Counselors

About Us

Suzan DickinsonSue Dickinson, MA, LMFT

Sue heads up our practice, seeing clients, keeping up on the latest research, and matching new clients with counselors. An Army brat herself, Sue  has worked all over the world with active military personal and their families with much of this work centered around deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. With more than 40 years of professional mental health experience, Sue has expertise with a wide range of issues including PTSD, marriage counseling, parenting, depression/anxiety, anger, and life transitions. Sue holds a Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University.


MarvMarv Hinz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Marv first worked with the military after being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. After becoming a counselor in the military, Marv moved into crisis intervention work with adolescents and their families. Later he developed a family counseling agency. He also worked with foster and group homes, and a youth work program. Since then, he has worked for county mental health agencies and been in private practice. His current private practice involves working with veterans and their families. Marv works with individuals, couples, and groups, and does mediation, hypnosis, and has specialized in chronic mental health issues (severe depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, to list some). Marv says he is still reading research, but most of what he knows is what he learned by listening to those who have blessed him with sharing their life stories.


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S. Dianne Hansen, MA, Education-Psychology/ BS, Sociology/Social Work

Dianne has worked in mental health counseling and related fields since 1988. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and a graduate of George Fox University, where she studied sociology and social work and earned a BS in Sociology/Social Work.  She received her MA in Ed-Psychology from Heritage University in 1999. Dianne has worked with various agencies and populations over the years and brings years of experience and a compassionate, caring approach to our practice. She loves working with veterans and their families.

Leita Crossfield, BA, English/ BA, Humanities

Office Manager
Author, writer, poet
Founder of Feed Your Creative Elephant

  • Bachelors of Arts, Humanities, summa cum laude, Washington State University
  • Bachelors of Arts, English, 3.9, Central Washington University
  • Author of “The Farm is Quiet Now,” judged by Tom Robbins, as well as numerous news articles and essays.
  • More than twenty years professional writing experience
  • Newsroom writing, The Daily Herald, Everett
  • Founder of the popular newsletter, Upside Downtown’s Sparks for Innovation newsletter
  • Studied method acting at The Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop, Seattle, WA. Improv.
  • Award-winning writer, awards include a Washington Press Association Award among others.



PTSD counseling for vets and families