Shawn Gillies is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in the State of Washington. He is also the Owner/Managing Partner of LifeSTAR Washington. Shawn has degrees from BYU and the University of Kentucky. After receiving his Master's Degree in 1998, Shawn began working full-time in an agency setting where he obtained over 10 years of experience providing administrative, clinical and adoption and birth parent services to those in need. Shawn is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Shawn moved to Washington in 2008 to start a private therapy practice and work as the Director of LifeSTAR Washington. He meets with many people therapeutically, but has specialized in the treatment of sexual addiction throughout his career, and is passionate about helping those who struggle with these issues. Shawn is regularly invited to speak in various settings on sexual health/addiction issues and looks forward to these experiences. He especially enjoys speaking to and educating parents on how to teach their children healthy sexuality. Shawn focuses his work on helping couples and families find hope and healing through the recovery process.
Along with his therapy practice, Shawn and his wife, Suzy, run a non-profit foundation in Uganda, Africa called, "African Promise Foundation." APF is aimed at providing educational and other opportunities to disadvantaged children in Northern Uganda to climb out of poverty and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities. Shawn and Suzy are the adoptive parents of a Ugandan son.
Shawn has been married for twenty years and has five children. He has many hobbies and interests (probably too many), but enjoys doing anything that includes time with his family.
Dr. Aaron Glade, Owner/Clinical Director of LifeSTAR Washington, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT). He specializes in working with individuals and couples dealing with problematic and compulsive sexual behavior (such as compulsive pornography use and other forms of sexual acting out). In addition, Dr. Glade specializes in working with trauma survivors and is trained EMDR provider. Over the years, Dr. Glade has experienced a variety of mental health settings from youth psychiatric treatment centers; community mental health clinics; adolescent runaway shelters; to social service agencies and finally private mental health practice.
Dr. Glade earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Ohio State University where he also taught undergraduate courses in counseling, marital relationships, family studies, and child development. His additional educational background also includes a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Science in Family Science from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Glade grew up in the Seattle area and returned home several years back to work as a therapist after many years in academia. He is married and has four children. In his life outside the therapy chair he enjoys coaching little league baseball and softball and catching as many of his children’s games and activities as life allows.
Christopher Franklin is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (MFTA) and joined the LifeSTAR network in January 2010. Christopher graduated with his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2006. Christopher completed his graduate internship at Auburn Youth Resources in Auburn, Washington, where he provided outpatient therapy services for youth and their families. After receiving his Master's Degree, Christopher began working in Sandpoint, Idaho with Alliance Family Services as a psychosocial rehabilitation consultant for boys of all ages.
In 2007, Christopher was offered a position at Timber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls in Clark Fork, Idaho. As the lead therapist at Timber Ridge, Christopher worked with at-risk adolescent females in overcoming issues such as drug addictions, sexual addictions, depression, and eating disorders. While in Idaho, Christopher also received his license as a Professional Counselor. He was at Timber Ridge for nearly 3 years before Timber Ridge went out of business due to the recession. As a result, Christopher decided to return to western Washington to join LifeSTAR Washington and start his private practice in 2010.
Christopher has two children and spends much of his free time with them and his extended family. When he is not providing counseling services, Christopher also enjoys inventing, playing, and marketing board games. In addition, he tries to take advantage of the summer months by hiking, camping, and enjoying nature.
Josh Weed is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (MFTA) who has a private practice in Auburn, WA. He received his Masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2010. Before receiving his Master's degree, Josh taught English in the Kent school district for several years. Along with seeing clients in private practice, Josh worked at Kent Youth and Family Resources, providing service to youth and their families. Josh is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
As a therapist, Josh works with many people struggling with difficult life issues, but focuses his efforts mainly on adolescent and adult sexual addiction issues, with an emphasis on youth treatment. His work is dedicated to helping people combat patterns and beliefs that cause feelings of shame, hopelessness and despair. Josh also works helping those with sexual identity issues and unwanted sexual attractions and/or behaviors. Before transitioning to private practice, his clinical work revolved around his role at Kent Youth and Family Services, where he still performs Drug and Alcohol assessments. Josh particularly enjoys working with youth; helping them feel hope as they face many life challenges.
In his free time, Josh writes a humor blog. He also enjoys running, weightlifting, playing the violin, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.