Laura Vaillancourt, LMHC, GMHS, GCM
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Geriatric Mental Health Specialist
Geriatric Care Manager
Laura opened Eldercare Counseling and Guidance Services in 2013 after recognizing a need for counseling and care management services in the community. She has extensive experience providing counseling and consultations to families that are in the midst of making difficult decisions related to their loved one’s care, their own loss and grief, and transition.
She specializes in counseling individuals and family members in areas related to dementia, changes in family roles, decision making, family caregivers, coping with new diagnoses and medically related complications. Her passion and much of her experience has been working with individuals and family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Laura is a contracted provider with the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council (SSAC) in Olympia, Washington where she has served for many years. She is also a contracted provider with Washington State Home and Community Services and the Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program. She enjoys the opportunity to serve families who are in crisis by providing consultations, guidance and resources to assist with discovering the next steps in their journey towards caring for a loved one.
Laurie Thompson, LMHCA, GCM
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Geriatric Care Manager
Laurie’s interest in working with the geriatric population sparked at a young age. Some of her fondest memories as a child was spent with her grandparents, listening to their stories and life experiences. With her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she worked in Social Services at nursing facilities. Right away, she knew that advocating and assessing for mental and psychological needs of the elderly was her calling. Managing care needs amidst a colorful array of both physical and mental health conditions inspired Laurie to further her education.
Laurie graduated from St. Martin’s University with her master’s in Counseling Psychology and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. Working for Eldercare Counseling and Guidance Services had been a dream of Laurie’s for quite some time.
She is passionate about walking with clients through the many unique experiences that come with aging. Laurie is both a therapist and a Geriatric Care Manager on our team. She is also a member of the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council.
Beth Henriquez, MSW, LICSWA
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate
Beth specializes in supporting individuals who are in transition. She has experience providing counseling to those in nursing and other long-term care facilities. She has worked with veterans at the Seattle VA, the Cross Cultural Health Care Program, and spent years living in other countries and learning about people from different backgrounds. Her greatest joy is spending time with people – learning what they care about, what they need, and helping them attain their goals. Beth is also a Certified Life Coach and considers it an honor to be with people as they journey through life changes to find new meaning and direction.
Evie is grateful and honored to serve as the office manager for Eldercare Counseling. Previously, Evie worked as a receptionist at a busy mental health counseling office in Olympia. She noticed the need for empathic, skilled, and flexible providers for the elder community. Also, Evie was a caregiver for her grandmother Grace. She has experienced first-hand the challenges, joys, sorrows, and complexities that Grace and her family navigated the last few years of Grace’s life. Evie brings her experience, skills and open heart to the her work at Eldercare!