Our Staff

Clinical Staff

Caitlin Koch

Clinical Director

Caitlin has a passion for journeying with children, adults and families through their grief experience. Her deep desire to promote resilience in those grieving the death of a loved one has evolved from witnessing profound growth in people bearing unthinkable pain. Caitlin has supported grieving individuals in various contexts, including work in palliative and hospice care as well as bereavement settings.

In addition to her Clinical Director role at The Healing Center, Caitlin is a Grief Support Counselor in Snohomish County. Caitlin’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in Child Life, and a master’s degree in social work. Professional affiliations include The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Association of Child Life Professionals, and the National Association of Social Workers.  Most recently, she worked at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon.


Abby Lombardo

Program Therapist

From volunteering at children’s bereavement camps in California, to coming alongside clients of all life stages in private practice here in Seattle, Abby has made it her profession to create space for grieving and healing in relationship. Abby is thrilled to belong to the clinical team at The Healing Center, collaborating and providing quality services for resilient clients and families. When Abby is not living out her professional calling, she can be found with a book or ice cream in hand investing time in the relationships and activities that sustain her.

Abby earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and has practiced in nonprofit/agency, school, community, and group private practice settings.


Heather Thomson

Program Therapist

Heather is passionate about supporting people on their grief and loss journey, meeting them where they’re at. Heather believes that there is no right way to grieve a loss, and no set timeline for healing. In both her inpatient hospice work experience and in her time as a therapist, she’s continually inspired by individuals resilience, growth and capacity for healing. Additionally, Heather has also been fortunate enough to have had experience working in community mental health, behavioral health integration in primary care clinics and at a state psychiatric hospital. She received a BA in Foreign Languages (Spanish) and International Affairs at The University of Puget Sound and a MSSW in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Heather is looking forward to joining The Healing Center in its mission to support individuals and families through the grieving process. 


Jose Fuentes

Youth Therapist 

Joe is originally from California and he recently relocated to the State of Washington in March of 2017.  In addition to his work at the Healing Center, Joe also works as a Bilingual Mental Health Therapist, providing services for Unaccompanied Minors seeking asylum in the United States. The majority of Joe’s professional experience involves working with children, teenagers and families. Joe is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the State of Washington and California. He tries incorporate mindfulness and body work in his work and is hoping there might be an opportunity for to practice these skills at the Healing Center.


Administrative Staff

Alicia Barry

Operations Director 

A native New Yorker, Alicia fell in love with nonprofits when she was only a teenager. Inspired by a year of volunteering at the ASPCA, Alicia quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. Alicia graduated with honors from the State University of New York Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication and a minor in Art History. Before joining The Healing Center team, Alicia worked as the Senior Manager, Operations and Parent Education and Support Services at Ramapo for Children. 


Our Founder

Kath McCormack, MS, LMHC


Kath McCormack, MS, LMHC, is the Founder of The Healing Center. Kath is a licensed therapist and has been in practice as a grief therapist since 1991. She was the Bereavement Coordinator with Group Health Hospice from 1991 until 1999. Prior to coming to Seattle, she founded a nonprofit outdoor-education program for children of diverse backgrounds, including inner-city and disabled youth. She served as Associate Director and Director of Education for a non-profit facility for disabled adults in Oakland, California from 1975 until 1989. Kath began developing her vision for The Healing Center soon after being widowed in 1989. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Service and Public Affairs, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Oregon.