Meet Our Team
Amy started her career as a middle school teacher. She loved teaching young adolescents as they navigated one of the most confusing times of their lives. She realized very early on that her students could not be successful academically when their emotional lives were suffering. Students regularly hung out in her classroom before and after school and during breaks to talk to her about the difficulties in their lives. It became clear to her that children are affected—for better or for worse—by their parents’ relationships. Children raised in a home where parents love and respect each other usually do well. Children who are exposed to conflict and chaos suffer.
After taking a few years off to focus on her own family, Amy returned to school to earn a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her experience as a middle school teacher, working with children and families, led her to work hard to acquire the skills to provide excellent relationship therapy. After graduation Amy continued training and has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. This approach focuses on marriage relationships and parent/child relationships. Trust, security and unconditional love are the focus of EFT therapy.
Amy and her family are recent transplants to the Pacific Northwest. Her family followed their dreams to live in beautiful Bellingham and are enjoying getting to know their new home. They are learning to hike and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer here in the PNW.
Amy attended Fresno Pacific University for her education
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies; 1992
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential: 1993
Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy: 2009
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California: MFC78334
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Washington: LF60694734
Call or email me for a free phone consultation. Let’s talk and decide if I am a good fit for your therapy needs. If I’m not the right fit for you, I would love to help you find someone who is.
Amy Prieb, LMFT
Keri Wallace, LMHC
Keri began her professional career working with children and adolescents in long-term residential care. Residential care is often the very last resort for families. While Keri enjoyed this work and found it to be rewarding, she began to wish she could work with families and parents before they were forced to take the drastic step of residential care. As a result, Keri decided to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Antioch University.
After obtaining her master's degree, Keri began working as a counselor for Compass Health where she worked with children, youth, adults, and families with a wide diversity of needs. Keri also facilitated several groups, including support groups for sexually abused youth, children dealing with anger management issues, and parent support and skill building groups.
After gaining valuable experience in community mental health, Keri moved into private practice in Snohomish County. While in private practice, Keri did double duty--also working in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. At the Prosecutor’s office, Keri worked with victims of crime, including physical and sexual abuse and assault, homicide, domestic violence, and crimes committed by children.
In 2009, Keri and her husband moved to Bellingham and she commuted back and forth for five years. Eventually, the commute became too difficult, and Keri wanted to be of service to people in the community in which she lived. Keri joined Whatcom County as a guardian ad litem. In this position, Keri made recommendations to the court regarding the best interests of children who were removed from their homes as a result of abuse or neglect. She worked with children, parents, service providers, schools and other professionals involved in the dependency process with the goal of reuniting families or, when necessary, finding supportive permanent homes with relatives, family friends, or adoptive families. In 2016, in addition to her work as a guardian ad litem, Keri took on the role of program coordinator for the volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate program (CASA) for Whatcom County, supervising volunteers who represent children in dependency cases.
From the very beginning of Keri’s career, in every situation, Keri developed a reputation for being fearless, having finely tuned intuition and creativity in helping families solve complicated situations. Supervisors and other clinicians regularly assigned Keri the cases others were reluctant to take on. Not only would Keri willingly take on these cases, her skills and empathetic approach were invaluable to families in difficult situations.
Over the course of Keri’s career, trauma has been a central focus. Children and families experiencing trauma have found Keri to be an instrumental part of the healing and relationship restoration process.
Restoring Connections Counseling Center is incredibly fortunate to have Keri on staff. Her vast experience working with children, families and trauma makes her particularly adept at working through family relationship difficulties of all kinds. Keri is skilled in work that strengthens families--individual therapy with children and teens, working with LGBTQ youth and families, and couple therapy.
Associate’s degree, Western WA University 1993
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Liberal Arts, Antioch University, Seattle 2000
Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University, Seattle 2002
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington: LH00009576
Bryn Knapp, LMFTA
Bryn earned her B.S. from Western Washington University in Psychology and her M.A in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.
Throughout Bryn’s life, she often found herself fulfilling the role of mentor or big sister to various people in her world. It seems that Bryn possesses a wisdom and an attitude that young people naturally gravitate toward. Her work as a mentor, and as a conflict resolution facilitator while volunteering in various local organizations has naturally led to her decision to become a Marriage & Family Therapist.
Bryn enjoys working with teens and with young adults as they approach and enter adulthood. This is a particularly tricky time for many people and Bryn understands that. She approaches her clients with compassion, curiosity and warmth. Bryn uses
attachment theory to understand her clients. What is the quality of the relationships in the client’s life? Did childhood prepare the client for adulthood or is there some repair work that needs to be done before the client can successfully move into adulthood? Bryn helps clients look at their own style of attachment. How do they behave in relationships? Are there patterns that are holding the client back from creating meaningful and secure relationships in their life?
Along with attachment theory, Bryn is well-versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and often employs techniques from this theory to give clients tangible things to do to help move them along in their therapy journey toward health and wellness.
RCCC is pleased to have Bryn on staff as she brings a fresh perspective to our team.
Bachelor of Science, Western Washington University 2018
Masters Marriage & Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University 2020
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Washington: MG61076846
Joshua occupies dual roles at RCCC. Joshua is the trained BrainPaint neurofeedback technician. When you come in for neurofeedback, Joshua is the one who will familiarize you with the process, get you all set up to begin your brain training and conduct your sessions. Joshua is a veteran and a former police officer. Joshua’s experience in the United States Coast Guard as a peace keeper and as a police officer exposed him to traumatic experiences, some of which were long lasting. Joshua understands the concept that sometimes our brains need to learn to reset and function more effectively while working on coping and resolving current and past traumatic experiences.
Joshua is also the Office Manager for RCCC. If you have any questions on anything related to RCCC or any of its therapists or services, please contact him and he will ensure that the appropriate therapist returns your call or email promptly.