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Meet The Patrick Group Team

Esther Patrick, MA

Esther Patrick founded Patrick and Associates in 2003 and rebranded as The Patrick Group in 2017, to provide counseling, coaching and consulting services for families and children.

Esther provides clinical services as a parent evaluator, parenting coach, and counselor through the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). One of Esther's core strengths is her ability to deliver difficult messages in nonthreatening, non-confrontational, culturally competent ways that help motivate parents to make essential changes. Esther has worked with multicultural families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds since 2001.

Esther makes it a priority to constantly update her skills and avail herself of the most current knowledge in her field. Her therapeutic training, certifications, and education include:

Esther utilizes a solution-focused, strength-based approach in her work with families and other relational group systems. Working with families and children through DCYF, she conducts assessments to determine what skills and training are needed then provides counseling, training, and coaching to prevent family disruption, enable reunification, and preserve families.

In addition to her work with DCYF, Esther provides counseling and consulting services to the Independent Living Program at DOVE House in Seattle. She is a Pierce County Dependency CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a King County Title 26 Guardian ad Litem (GAL).

Esther provides expert court testimony and works well with representatives of the legal, educational, and medical professions, interacting with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

A former trustee of Highline College, Esther served as an adjunct faculty member at City University and Seattle Central College, instructing students in human resources, personnel management, and business. Esther is active in the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Washington Women Lawyers Association, and Black Childhood Development Institute.

Mikaila Culverson, BA

Mikaila works with families and children through DCYF. She conducts assessments to determine what skills and training are needed then provides counseling, coaching, and training to help prevent family disruption, enable reunification, and preserve families. She uses strength-based and solution-focused approaches in her work.

Mikaila's therapeutic training, certifications, and education include:

Mikaila has served the child welfare community since 2015 as a social worker and counselor. She has experience working with families from many different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Hayward Coleman Jr., MA, MHP, LMFTA, EMMHS, CMHS

Hayward is a Seattle native and a high school teacher. His students include those found to be at “high risk.” Mr. Coleman is a great family clinician and asset to The Patrick Group. He agrees that the entire family as a whole must be evaluated to best understand the behavior of individual members. He focuses on families as a whole, along with the connections between family members. Since physical, social and emotional functioning of family members is profoundly interdependent, with changes in one part of the system reverberating in other parts, Mr. Coleman meets with an entire family unit in order to reinforce positive change.

Hayward's therapeutic training, certifications, and education include:

Charise Monge, M.Ed., LMHCA

Charise has dedicated her life to helping others. She believes that advocacy happens when you are willing to become aware of the issues in society, use your voice, and take action to make changes.

Charise contracted with DSHS in Spokane by providing parenting assessments, therapeutic visitation, family therapy and individual therapy to families in crisis. She also worked as a Children's and Families Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families.

Charise's education and certifications includes:

During her master's degree internship, Charise worked with homeless adolescents in a crisis residential center and with school-aged children in two Spokane public schools providing individual therapy and psycho-education to groups.

As an undergraduate, while serving as the Vice President of the Children Studies Club, Charise collaborated with students to promote awareness of children rights and advocacy in the community.

Lauren Brown, MSW, LISCWA

Lauren is a licensed independent Clinical Social Worker Associate in the State of Washington with 23 years of experience in child welfare and juvenile justice. Lauren was a member of the first ICWA committee within the State of Utah, DHS/DCFS, where she was responsible for cultural diversity issues, Federal Indian Policy, compliance within the State systems as to determining enrollment issues, notification to Tribes, placement of native children in native homes, and native specific foster care recruitment. Lauren conducted intake evaluations, drug and alcohol assessments, diagnosis, individual, couples, family and group counseling in the Treatment of Bureau of Prison's parolees living in a half-way house setting and other mandated clients on Pre-Trial Supervision through State, County, and Federal Courts. She Provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for diagnosis of clients with alcohol and/or drug abuse or dependence, anti-social personality disorders, and narcissistic personality disorders. Lauren worked for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in Tacoma, WA as the Juvenile Presenting Officer in Tribal Court representing the Tribe in Child Welfare matters. She also worked for the Tribe's Children Services Department and served as a CPS investigator/Daycare Warrantor. Lauren became a Supervisor in 2013 in the Pierce East Area for the ICW/CFWS Unit for DCYF before leaving in 2016 to begin her private practice as an In-Home Services Provider.

Lauren’s therapeutic training, certifications, licensure, and education include:

As an enrolled Member of a Federally Recognized Tribe, Lauren is passionate about Indian Child Welfare issues and Native Communities. She has consulted the Quinault Tribe in the evaluation of their Children Services Program for the purpose of developing a Standard Operating Procedure and Policy Development that parallels the Tribe's Child Welfare Codes. Lauren has also conducted Child Welfare Case Reviews for the Chehalis Tribe. She was selected to for the 26th Annual NICWA Conference as a Workshop Presenter: Together Out to Empower Mending; "Creating a TOTEM in your Tribal Community” and for the 10th Annual Northwest Tribal Youth Conference Presenter "Find Your Voice: The Healing Power of the Written Word."

Jo Bowen

As our paraprofessional, Jo collaborates with therapists, social workers, families, and community partners to support each family.

Jo provided community social services through the Department of Social and Health for more than 22 years until her retirement in 2017.

Wendy Churchwell

Wendy is the behind-the-scenes glue that binds The Patrick Group team together. With more than 20 years of customer service and bookkeeping experience, as well as six years of service as a licensed foster parent, Wendy serves families through Administrative Management. Wendy’s work managing referrals, billing, client files, and any other needed administrative support, allows therapists to focus the majority of their time on serving families in the reconciliation process.


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