Organizational Unit: Behavioral Health Providers

Samantha Poss, ARNP

I joined Unity Care in 2023, and have over ten years’ experience in the mental health and counseling field.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University in South Carolina, and a Master’s of Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in Massachusetts. I received my Master’s and Doctorate in Nursing from Seattle University in Washington.

My most recent work experience was providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and treatment planning for adult clients for a private practice in Seattle.

Griffin Tokuhara, LMHCA

I joined Unity Care NW as a Specialty Behavioral Health Counselor in 2023.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University.

I work from the perspective that all individuals deserve to have a counselor and community that is understanding and open to all aspects of their lives.

Laura Reed MA, LMHCA, NCC

Laura Reed

I hold a master’s in Professional Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark College. I have experience working with adults, children, and adolescents providing both individual and group therapy. My approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, and person-centered. I integrate a variety of therapy techniques and strive to cultivate a supportive and affirming environment for all clients. I have experience supporting people navigating trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and identity development, as well as other concerns.

I am also a musician and nature-lover and enjoy incorporating creativity and nature-based therapies to support clients’ health goals. I am passionate about increasing accessibility of care in our community and working within a team to provide a holistic approach to healthcare.

Florian Burfeind, LMHCA

I joined Unity Care NW in 2023.

I have a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. I have experience providing short-term individual, couples and group counseling to diverse clients with a wide range of mental health issues and life concerns.

My approach to counseling is client-centered and responsive to the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the client. I am committed to serving clients in an affirming and inclusive environment.

Andrew Roth-Heinlein, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and received my Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. I specialize in treating trauma, anxiety, and depressive disorders.

I use Emotionally-Focused Individual, Compassion-Focused, and Dialectical Behavior Therapies and provide both individual and group counseling at Unity Care.

The outdoors is my favorite place to be, including hiking, backpacking and Nordic skiing. I am also an avid basketball fan and enjoy listening to a variety of music genres.

I feel strongly about providing high quality, holistic and person-centered healthcare services to others, regardless of ability to pay.

Nathan J. Potthoff, LMHC

I joined Unity Care in 2022.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Biological/Biomedical Sciences, a Master of Science in Clinical, Counseling and Health Psychology, and a Master of Science in  Clinical, Nutrition and Integrative Health.

My specialties are in eating disorders/disordered eating, integrating nutrition with chronic health conditions including mental health, and co-occurring disorders – intellectual & developmental disorders.

I love urban exploration and nature hiking with my wife and child, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and music.

I enjoy collaborating with and learning from other providers and patients. It is a privilege to be part of Unity Care NW and the Bellingham community.

Beth Williams, LICSWA

I started working at Unity Care NW in 2022.

I have a BA in English from Western WA University, and an MA in Adult Education form Western WA University. I have a MSW from the University of Southern California, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. My specialties include geriatric grief and loss, and I’m certified in Advance Care Planning for End of Life, and Problem Solving Therapy.

I have 20 years experience as a rural health care administrator in San Juan County.

I’m a life-long learner who enjoys reading, nature, travel, art, and music.

I enjoy working with an integrated team of professionals in medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health to serve people in the community that otherwise would find access to healthcare difficult or impossible.

Alexis Hahs

I am a certified Substance Use Disorder Professional. I will complete my BA in Human Services in the Fall of 2023.

I have experience working with adults and adolescents who are experiencing substance use disorder. I work in individual and group settings. I am passionate about helping individuals overcome trauma.

My interests include spending time with family, and practicing yoga. I am pursing the goal of becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

I enjoy working in community health because it provides the space for clients to access all services in a person-centered approach.

Arcelie Lopes, LICSW

I joined UCNW in 2023.

I have Master of Arts in Religious Education with Emphasis in Family life, and a Master of Social Work from Andrews University in Michigan. Prior to joining Unity Care, I worked as a therapist in a non- profit community mental health center in Colorado.

I love seeing my patients experience good health and happiness. It gives me great joy and satisfaction when I see them experiencing improvements in their behavioral and overall health. I enjoy helping people and providing them with skills and resources to address their daily life struggles. I teach my patients evidenced based skills and interventions to help them change behaviors they want to improve.

I like working together with a team who also love helping people live healthy. Working in a community center like Unity Care, provides me a great team support and resources I need to provide the best care for my patients.

Mary Burchard, LMHCA

I joined Unity Care in 2022.

I received my BA in Anthropology from Western Washington University, and my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College. I am a Certified Family Therapist from The Sky Center/New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project, and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. I’ve also been trained as a Professional Mediator with the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

I have an Emphasis in Somatic Therapy, and became a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist through 6 years of working in Outdoor Behavioral Therapy.

I enjoy working in Community Health because it connects me to clients diverse as our community.