Heart to Heart Marriage Counseling

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Therapy in Spokane 509-747-7147


 Heart To Heart Counseling has several highly skilled professional counselors, with many years of experience. During a crisis, we often feel overwhelmed; help is just a phone call away.  Our goal is to help build happy and healthy relationships.  It is said that one definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results” Stop the insanity, call today.  

  Heart To Heart Counseling provides safe, confidential, licensed counseling services. Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Spokane, where we provide counseling to groups, families, individuals and couples. Our team includes skilled counselors who can help deal with any issue. In 1997,  It is our goal to meet your counseling needs and to help you foster self-reliance and healthy relationships. Discovering yourself teaches you the skills to be strong for a lifetime. 

Heart to Heart Counseling in Spokane, washington

David Stanzak, LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)


 David has been a professional Counselor, Coach and Consultant since 1989. He earned his Master of Social Work degree in 1991 from Eastern Washington University, qualified as a Clinical Social Worker, was nationally recognized by the Academy of Clinical Social Workers, and has been supervising other counselors since 2003. He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and a Certified Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association. Specializing in marriage counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching for individuals, couples, and groups, his training and experience include Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Guided Imagery, Impact Personal Development, Acton Coaching, Psychodrama, Transactional Analysis, Group, Gestalt, Arica Protoanalytical System, Family and Inner-child Therapies.
     David is a problem solver, assertive and intuitive in his style.
     Through individual and group counseling hundreds of couples and individual clients have grown, matured, and developed. He believes strongly in the synergistic empowerment and enrichment of group process and has facilitated at over two thousand Group functions. In addition, hundreds of couples have found renewed happiness and learned to restore their relationships and marriages through counseling,

Casidhe Agrella, LMFTA (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate)



Life can be challenging at times! At some point in life, everyone could use some extra help and support.  I offer a safe place to discuss your unique troubles and challenges. I can support you in making the changes you desire, achieving your goals, and improving your quality of life. 

       I earned both my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University in Seattle. I was trained in many modalities such as CBT, Play Therapy and Emotionally Based Couples Therapy. I work with individuals, couples, and families who desire more happiness, connection, and satisfaction in their lives. 

I feel that I have a warm and interested working style. I specialize in working with multicultural issues, LGBTQIA, non-traditional couples and families. Additionally, I offer weekly support groups for clients (See our Groups page). Contact me at cas@heartheart.org to discuss my sliding scale fee rates. With me, you can count on a therapist who is knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and reliable to help see you through your unique challenges. 

Kipp Helmer, LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)


  Kipp Helmer has been a counselor at Spokane's Heart to Heart since 2009. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LW 60127704) and has over 20 years of professional counseling experience. He is a member of the National Association of Social Worker (NASW).      Kipp earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology from the University of Idaho in 1989 and moved to Spokane in 1996, where he has been a practicing counselor for 18 years. He received a Master’s of Social work degree from Eastern Washington University in 2002.  

Kipp has experience working with individuals coping with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, other major mental health issues, childhood abuse issues as well as anger issues.  He also enjoys working with couples and offering marriage counseling to Spokane couples who are experiencing relationship distress.      Kipp has training experience in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Theory to name a few.  He looks not only at the individual’s personal issues but also at how she/he is doing in their environment.     

Judy Thornton, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

  Judy Thornton, MSW, has been practicing with Spokane's Heart To Heart since 2003. Judy Thornton, received her Master of Social Work degree in 1991. She has been admitted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is licensed by the State of Washington as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She specializes in counseling, psychotherapy, and professional supervision of other counselors and social workers. Additionally, Judy is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a member of the National Center for Crisis Management.      While Judy's orientation is eclectic, she has received specialized training and experience in Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Psychodrama, Transactional Analysis, Group Therapy, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Arica Protoanalytical System. Many clients have discovered that these diverse philosophies provide a rich and nurturing medium for inspiration and growth.      As a Spokane counselor, Judy enjoys working with people who want to make positive changes in their lives. Seeing the difference counseling can make in the growth and development of individuals, couples, and/or families, continues to reinforce her commitment to this work.  

Bob Russell, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)


 I have been counseling people since 1977. This has mainly involved young people, ages 13 to 30, their families, and other involved professionals.. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LF 60307974). I was originally licensed in California in 1993. Since moving from California to Spokane in 2013 I have been increasingly involved with couples therapy.

       I received my BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 1976. I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, from 1988. I have worked in all manner of treatment settings, often with severely disordered people. I have a strong familiarity with Psychiatry, yet I am very aware of the role environment plays in influencing a person's happiness. I am "psychodynamic" in training, but I combine that with many other modalities, such as relationships, education and development, in practice. That's pretty typical for veteran therapists to do. My style is open and conversational. I enjoy what I do, and I am proud of the success I have had over many years with adolescents.