Meet Our Clinicians
Aaron R. Burdge, PhD
Dr. Burdge has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a background in individual and group therapy for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Burdge grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and has worked with individuals from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Burdge has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. He has experience in couples and family therapy and has worked with many families in crisis. He has extensive experience with individuals in a correctional setting. He has treated victims and perpetrators of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, assisting with the associated anxiety, depression, and other emotional and behavioral consequences of that abuse. His work with traditional, adoptive, and foster families has provided him with opportunities to address the dynamics unique to each family’s circumstances. Dr. Burdge’s personal philosophy of human nature is optimistic, hopeful, and empowering. Human beings are the world’s most valuable resource. We can be powerful agents for good and for self-improvement if we choose to engage in the work necessary to realize our potential. His intuitive ability to perceive the thoughts and feelings of his clients assists him in helping clients to make significant, positive changes in their lives.
Amy Epp, FNP-C
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, PSYCHIATRIC PRESCRIBER
Mark Takaoka, LMFTA
Mark Takaoka is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in working with Individual and marriage/couples and family therapy with people, ages ranging from young children to elderly adults. He earned his Master of Arts in Psychology from Brandman University. He was born and grew up in the city of Chicago, Illinois and served 26 years active duty in the United States Navy with 15 of those years stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey.
Mark’s personal philosophy is to help people to reach their goals with hope. “Working with people to help make reasonable goals and achieving those goals through holistic recovery. I believe in helping people to look beyond their mental health diagnosis to focus on strengths, and ways to manage their symptoms and live independent lives. I strive to use my years of experience in therapeutic interventions, as well as my honest and open style of communication, to act as a positive support to help them to fulfill self-empowerment and life goals.“ Mark’s approach is evidence-based such as person-centered, and cognitive behavior therapy philosophy of care supported by an individualized treatment plan that outline that best matches the person’s needs and therapeutic goals. The therapeutic methods used in treatment may also vary depending upon the particular needs of each person.
Mark spends his off time shopping and staying active by hiking/walking, playing tennis, and playing golf.
Jennifer Laska, LMHC
Jennifer is passionate about empowering both individuals and families to enhance their development of resilience, personal strengths and gratitude. Her approach to therapy is client centered and therefore places great value in the therapeutic relationship. Respectful, non-judgemental and compassionate communication is key. For the past 8 years in Community Mental Health Jennifer’s focus has been individuals, families and groups with a specialty awin children and adolescents. During this time, she has had the good fortune of working in Pediatric Offices, Middle Schools and High Schools in the area.
Jennifer is a Mother of two and when she is not working enjoys many outdoor activities including paddle boarding, surfing, and hiking.
Jacqueline Davis, LMHC
After graduating from law school at the university of Denver, Jacqueline Davis practiced the next 25 years as a trial lawyer. Realizing that so many of the issues she saw in her practice involved mental health problems she attended Gonzaga University and graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has worked at Eastern State Hospital as a forensic therapist before being qualified as an expert on the issue of competency in criminal cases and as a Court appointed Guardian ad Litem.
Jackie is committed to the proposition that healing is possible for virtually every human, using evidence based techniques such as CBT.
Alterity Psychological Services sets the standard for mental health care. We use evidence-based therapies, conduct regular testing, and uphold the highest ethical standards in practice and diagnostics.
Alterity Psychological Services
1051 NE 7th Avenue
Oak Harbor, WA 98277