Welcome to the Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center. Our experienced therapists collaborate with you to maintain satisfying relationships, improved self-confidence, freedom from past hurts and traumas, and restoring purpose and meaning after the loss of a loved one.
Located in beautiful Fort Vancouver, we serve a diverse community from Vancouver, WA and the surrounding Portland Metro Area.
Just as you would carefully plan a climb to the top of Mt. Hood, the Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center will map out the best approach to psychotherapy for your mental wellness. We understand that everyone has unique strengths and struggles, and we base our treatment approach on the best fit for your specific circumstance.
Taking that first step to reach out requires courage. Whether you reach out by phone or email, a licensed mental health specialist from the Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center will greet you warmly and will give you an opportunity to discuss your current needs and struggles. Through this interaction, we can help determine which of the Blue Leaf therapists would be a great match for you based on your clinical, financial, and scheduling requirements.
To advocate mental wellness through evidence based practices and holistic approaches that honor and nurture the whole person so they may heal, grow, and thrive.
Once agreed upon, we will schedule your first face-to-face meeting where you and the therapist have an opportunity to get a sense of one another and determine together if there's a good connection. At this time, you can also expect to go into more detail about the circumstances that brought you into treatment, as well as other areas of your life so that we can really get to know you better as a "whole person."
At the end of the face-to-face consultation, a recommendation is made about whether to move forward with treatment. Your therapist will offer some initial impressions, begin to create a personalized treatment plan and recommend how often to meet. Our typical client comes in on a weekly basis so that we can best serve you in creating an environment that will help you move forward.
If during the phone consultation or in the initial face-to-face consultation, we do not feel we would be best suited to fit your particular needs, we will provide you with a referral so that you can get the treatment indicated by your situation.
Connection:We foster strong connections and collaborate with clients and colleagues to make a positive difference in each other’s experience.
Integrity:We do the right thing and uphold the highest ethical standards in all that we do.
Empowerment:We believe everyone has the potential to become stronger and more confident in bringing out the best parts of themselves.
Excellence:We are committed to treatments that get results, ongoing professional development, and providing the best experience for our clients and team.
Growth:We commit to personal and professional growth, in mind, body and spirit.
The Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center offers psychotherapy, art therapy, and EMDR treatment to best serve you creatively and effectively.
Our therapists specialize in treating depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief and loss, difficulties adjusting to life transitions, post-partum mood changes, parenting, relationship struggles and more.
The Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center offers psychotherapy services for adults and couples 18 years and older in all phases of adult life. Psychotherapy treatment may include individual or relationship counseling, art therapy, and EMDR for a variety of life circumstances, challenges, and problems.
We can help you with:
Through psychotherapy, you can experience relief of symptoms, improved self-confidence, freedom from past traumas, support through grief, and greater sense of control in living the life you want while letting go of the difficulties that have kept you stuck and unhappy. We currently offer psychotherapy for adults 18 and older.
With relationship counseling, you can experience clearer communication, greater clarity, increased ability to listen and be heard, greater connection and the improved ability to offer and receive support.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective to treat trauma. It is used to reduce and remove unwanted images, negative thoughts, and intense emotion associated with traumatic experiences.
Whether you’ve encountered a “one time” incident such as a loss, accident, medical crisis, or “multiple traumas” through repeated abuse or exposure to traumatic experiences, you can receive a significant reduction in traumatic symptoms in a relatively short amount of time through the use of EMDR.
Experiential and creative, art therapy helps to express our experiences when words fail. The process of creating helps to contain overwhelming feelings, clarify thoughts, create movement in areas that are “stuck” and increases a sense of calm and mastery.
We strive to create an environment that fosters authenticity, trust, healing, personal and professional growth, emotional safety, playfulness, and inner strength.
The Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center team wants to help you become the best version of yourself so you can heal, grow and thrive.
Our team promotes collaboration, personal and professional growth, and creating the best environment in which to achieve mental wellness.
At the Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center, our mission is honoring the courage, strength, vulnerabilities, and uniqueness of each person and fostering the growth, skills and resources to live your best life.
Our clients love how present, direct, gentle and compassionate we are. They appreciate that during one session they can spend the time venting and in another, learn and practice a variety of specific tools to support them in their lives.
Hello! I am Dr. Tara May, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. In my many years working in a variety of settings, I have always loved the intimacy and connection created in psychotherapy treatment. Whether my clients come to me feeling unhappy, anxious, shattered, disconnected or uncertain about the future, I know that just by walking into the office, they will leave better than when they came. Reaching out for help is an act of courage and hope. Clients rediscover their best selves, create new experiences, and recognize the choices they have in their treatment and in life including options of what to hold on to and what to let go of. Through treatment, they leave feeling stronger, more confident, decisive, and connected both to themselves and others.
Grief and Loss
Having someone we love die is one of the most shocking experiences we face. How do we walk into another day when there is a gaping hole left by the person we love? When a baby or child dies, our world is turned upside down, leaving us facing a future of what was supposed to be. This is a particular area of interest of mine, having both professional and lived expertise. Supporting clients through their grief has been the most rewarding aspect of my work. We find creative ways to honor the person we lost, move forward in our grief, reconnect to what remains important, and forge a new normal.
Traumatic experiences can be big and life altering resulting in intrusive thoughts, images, and fears or they can be more subtle resulting in an erosion of self-esteem and self-confidence, feeling disconnected and unhappy. As Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, it is important to give clients the tools and resources for immediate relief, so trauma work can be done gently and without being retraumatizing. Using EMDR has been one of the most amazing and effective, albeit weird, treatments that I am certified and trained to use. One of the most frequent things I hear after EMDR is, “I don’t know what just happened or how that worked, but it’s amazing.”
The entry into motherhood can be unexpectedly filled with heartache and fear. I support mothers whether the challenge is in getting pregnant, facing birth trauma or losses or in mood changes during pregnancy or after the birth. We work towards building your inner resources to overcome fear, build coping skills to manage mood changes and help you connect more deeply with yourself and your family.
About Me I believe in going beyond the outer edges of my comfort zone and diving into new experiences and opportunities for self-growth and self-discovery. When I’m not reading for fun, I might be playing softball or rafting, or just snuggling up with my family and some popcorn.
My PhD in Clinical Psychology was earned from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University in 1998. I hold the following certifications: Certified EMDR therapist from EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals)
Contact Dr. Tara May at 360-904-1008, Extension 101.
Hi! I’m Dr. Anthony Davis, a licensed Clinical Psychologist. As a therapist specializing in empowering clients to overcome the obstacles that keep them stuck, I foster growth in an empathic, supportive, and safe environment. Clients often wonder what is missing in their lives that keep them unable to move past fears and achieve the goals that make their lives feel meaningful and productive. Sometimes, life transitions have a way of feeling overwhelming and yet have the potential for personal growth and sense of mastery so that new channels of energy and creativity are available.
My client focus includes adults and young adults experiencing a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, men's issues, identity issues, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, and life transitions. I love working with young adults and college-aged clients navigating the unique issues common during this important stage of life.
Trauma, Grief and Loss
When we experience a significant disruption in life due to trauma or loss, life can feel unmanageable, overwhelming and disorienting. It is important to understand the context, timing, and unique factors that are impacted by such life changing events. Creativity, mindfulness and EMDR (a specialized trauma treatment approach) are tools to help clients in these situations to heal, grow and thrive.
On my free time, you’ll probably find me outdoors hiking, camping, or exercising, working on a home-improvement project, or spending time with friends and family. I’m also a glutton for good TV, and love to binge when I have the time!
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University in 2014, and my masters in school psychology from Texas State University in 2006.
Contact Dr. Anthony Davis at 360-904-1008, Extension 102.
Hello! I am Claire Haynack, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist. As a grief and loss healer, trauma specialist, and creatives companion, my passion lies in helping individuals and couples recognize and cultivate their innate strengths, while promoting wellness through mindfulness, insight, and the creative process. While many find that the art process enhances communication and insight into their experience, others prefer to work verbally. My approach is eclectic and draws upon multiple styles to offer an individualized experience that is right for you.
Grief and Loss
Though we all experience grief at some point in our lives, it remains one of the most challenging life changes to weather. Finding quality support after the loss of a loved one helps the griever cope with the extreme sadness, unexpected life changes, and the overwhelming feeling associated with facing a future without that person. My approach validates grief as an ongoing process, without judgment and at your own pace. As an Art Therapist, we can find creative ways to help you express yourself when words fail, and support you with the tools to honor your loss and help you find a way to move forward.
As a trauma informed therapist, I value the resilience that we bring to life, even during the most awful experiences. My approach helps to decrease the unwanted “symptoms” resulting from the traumatic experience while helping you make sense of what happened, how it’s affecting you, and how to build on your inner strength and resilience to help you heal and grow.
As an Art Therapist, I have found the creative process particularly helpful with those who have experienced grief, trauma and family conflict. Pairing Art Therapy with verbal therapy allows clients to express themselves more fully, develop increased recognition of their struggles and strengths, and assists in improving the quality and depth of their relationships.
I am an artist at heart; I love to paint, draw, and illustrate people and stories – especially folktales. When I’m not creating, I’m usually found at the CrossFit gym! I love getting in a workout and ending up in a sweaty, happy pile on the floor. I practice self-care daily through connecting with friends, moving my body, and becoming overly excited when it is sunny.
My MA in Art Psychotherapy was earned from New York University in 2015. I am licensed in the state of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Contact Claire Haynack at 360-904-1008, Extension 103.
At Blue Leaf, we view mental wellness through a holistic lens, understanding that the whole person is impacted by their body, mind, spirit, and emotion. All of the therapists at Blue Leaf consult with Dr. May to ensure that clients are receiving the best care suitable to their particular situation. We are connected to many wonderful resources in the community to ensure that you have lots of ways to heal.
The Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center is in network with the following panels: Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Oregon and Washington), Pacific Source, Aetna, Lifewise, First Choice, and Blue Cross Premera.
For "out of network" and those not using insurance, we accept cash, checks or credit cards as payment. A "superbill"can be provided to obtain reimbursement for any out of network benefits.
The Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center is located at 800 Officers Row (Suite D) in Fort Vancouver. Near the I-5 and SR-14 intersection, we are easily accessible from just about anywhere in the Portland metro area. Please call 360-904-1008 or reach out through our contact form to schedule a free phone consultation.
To contact the Blue Leaf Mental Wellness Center, please call 360-904-1008 or use the form below. We are located at 800 Officers Row, Suite D, Vancouver, WA. Please click here for map.
While all communication will be kept strictly confidential, please do not include any private medical information in this form. If we need your medical history, we will create a HIPAA compliant connection with you.
For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments.