Sibel Golden PhD, LMHC, REAT
Executive Director/Co-Founder

B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College, Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from Goddard College, Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Saybrook University

Dr. Sibel Golden is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with over 23 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children.

She is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

As well as a seasoned clinician, Sibel is an experienced educator. She taught at City University in Seattle in their Masters in Counseling Program for one year, before moving on to Bastyr University where she taught for 6 years in the Health Psychology Department. Sibel designed and taught courses such as Art as Spiritual Practice and the Psychology of Nourishment. She has presented numerous workshops on Eating Disorders, Body Image, and various aspects of Creative Arts Therapy, in the Puget Sound Area, as well as in New York.

In 2010, Sibel was the recipient of the Rollo May Scholarship at Saybrook University. She was a regular contributor to the academic blog ‘The New Existentialists’ for 2 years, before starting her own blog at Sibel’s dissertation was a qualitative study entitled, ‘Portraits of Courage in the Creative Process of Visual Artists’.

Sibel uses an existential-integrative and creative arts approach in her work, including humanistic and depth psychology, mindfulness, and positive psychology. She has an unwavering commitment to remaining present with the unique experience of each client. This allows for a whole-person approach, valuing individual experiences of mind, body, spirit, and emotion, as well as family of origin, nuclear family, relationships cultural background, and social environment.

“My background in and love of the arts, as well as my fascination with the creative process, guide my work. I believe that art and the creative process provide expansive ways to look at life, sustain motivation, and unearth new sources of inspiration”.

Julie Cook
excecutive administrator

Julie Cook is a librarian at the University of Washington, Seattle. Before becoming an information professional, she was a chef/bread baker/pastry chef at various restaurants and bakeries in Seattle.

She received her B.A. in French from Carleton College, a M.L.I.S from the Information School at the UW and completed the Professional Culinary Arts program at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute).

Julie loves to travel, cook and eat delicious food, drink good wine and greatly appreciates a sunny day at the ocean.

Molly Rice, MA, LMFTA, RDT
Outreach Coordinator

BA in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas 

MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Drama Therapy from Antioch University Seattle

Molly Rice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and a Drama Therapist who has been working with Seattle individuals, couples and families for the past three years, both in community mental health and private practice. 

A native of Austin, Texas, Molly attended Southwestern University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Theatre, with an emphasis in Directing. Her interest in the exploration of movement and how this connects to emotional processes in acting, led her to explore cross cultural non-verbal communication. Working in communities across the US, and countries including Bulgaria and Korea, this interest brought her to Seattle to study and practice Drama Therapy. 

Currently, Molly has a private practice in Ballard where she sees individuals, couples and families focusing on women’s health and reproductive issues, relationship issues, and trauma. She enjoys working with clients who are interested in somatic exploration and movement as part of therapy. 

Sophia Maggio

Sophia, NWCEAI’s Summer 2019 Intern, is a senior at Gonzaga University studying Art and Psychology Research. This summer, she studying the influence of gender identity on the language used in personal stories. She is interested in the intersection of visual arts and psychology, and hopes to continue studying social psychology and/or art in graduate school. She loves hiking with friends in and around Spokane, as well as drawing and painting while listening to podcasts: most likely the Moth, Radiolab, or Stuff You Should Know.