The admissions process starts with an initial phone intake with our masters level Intake Specialists (206.538.2305). We will gather insurance information and check eligibility and benefits to ensure it makes sense to proceed with the admissions process.
Prior to admission to Opal, these three steps are taken:
- 30-minute phone intake with Gigi Zappone, LMHC, Alissa Swank, LMHC, Brooke Ursey, LMHC, Kristen Otten LMCHA, Abby Lombardo, LMFT, or Lauren Donelson.
- Face-to-face intake
- Medical assessment as appropriate
Based on the information gathered, we will make a recommendation regarding the most appropriate level of care for your treatment. If we can offer the recommended services at Opal, we will then begin the process of setting up your care plan.
Opal’s Intake Department phone number is 206.538.2305.
Opal’s Intake Team
Alexia “Lexi Giblin”, PhD, CEDS
Dr. Giblin (#PY00003876) is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom. She is a member of Dr. Thomas Lynch’s Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Senior Clinician Team. Dr. Giblin leads the integration of RO-DBT in to Opal programming. She is also currently Clinical Faculty in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department.
Dr. Giblin has worked in the mental health field in various capacities since 1995. She received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2004 and worked in private practice for 8 years prior to founding Opal. Dr. Giblin was a Faculty Lecturer in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department from 2004-2011.
Dr. Giblin’s research focused on body image dissatisfaction and teen appearance talk. Her past clinical positions include Lead Clinician and Training Coordinator roles at Seattle Mental Health. Her contributions to the University of Washington were recognized during the yearly “Celebrating University of Washington Women” observance. She has served as Vice-President and Education Chair of the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).
Dr. Giblin is committed to making Opal a nationally recognized program offering compassionate treatment for eating disorders that is responsive to recent research. Along with her Co-Founders, Julie Church, RD, CD and Kara Bazzi, LMFT, she leads Opal with socially responsible business practices.
Lexi has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, depression/anxiety, enneagram, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, OCD, RO DBT, trauma, women’s health.
Gigi Zappone, LMHC
Gigi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#MC60703455). Gigi completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University. She initially became a part of Opal as a milieu therapist and from there, transitioned into a dual role of intake lead and primary therapist. Between the two roles, Gigi has the unique opportunity of seeing clients through the full process of higher level of care- from the initial phone intake to outpatient. As a therapist, Gigi utilizes a playful, compassionate, interpersonal approach in sessions. Much of her work employs an attachment focus as well the emphasis on restoring connection to the body’s internal cues of wisdom and trust. In addition to working with folks with eating disorders, Gigi has experience working with individuals with chronic illness/pain, depression, anxiety, emotional loneliness, and relational concerns.
Gigi has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, attuned/ intuitive eating, depression/ anxiety, diet recovery/ chronic dieting, The Enneagram, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ issues/ gender-affirming, RO DBT, spirituality, sport and exercise/ athletes, student health, systems of oppression, women’s health.
Alissa Swank, LMHC
Alissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#LH 60901996). Alissa received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health from Western Washington University in the lovely Bellingham, WA. After working for several years as a youth mentor, educator, birth doula, and mountain guide in various non-profit settings, she returned to school and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA. Outside of Opal, Alissa has a private therapy practice in which she helps individuals work through anxiety, relational issues, body image, identity, and more. She is passionate about connecting individuals with their relationships to themselves, their bodies, food, and wild and authentic nature. If she is not working, Alissa seeks to spend time with loved ones, outdoors, and with her hands busy creating anything from pottery to homemade bread.
Alissa has professional interest and advanced training in: The Enneagram, Health at Every Size, maternal mental health.
Brooke Usrey, LMHC
Brooke is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#MC60826793). Brooke grew up in rural Indiana and received her BA in Psychology from a working farm college near Asheville, NC. After working for several years as a youth mentor, AmeriCorps volunteer, bookbinding apprentice, letterpress printer, art director, and caregiver for elders, she returned to school and received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University. Outside of Opal, Brooke has a private therapy practice where she works with teens and adults to find their own strength in navigating life’s challenges, and she works part-time as a letterpress printer in a small but mighty stationery business. She is particularly passionate about supporting women and girls in harnessing their inner power and living their fullest lives. If she is not working, Brooke spends time with friends, takes lots of walks, writes letters, and tries not to take life TOO seriously.
Brooke has professional interest and advanced training in: DBT, depression/ anxiety, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ issues/ gender affirming, sex therapy/ sex positive, systems of oppression, trauma, women’s health, ACT, adolescent mental health, biopsychosocial approach to mental health treatment.
Kristin is an Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#MC61009568) and has a masters in art therapy and counseling psychology from Naropa University. She was an intern at an eating disorder treatment center in Denver where she practiced milieu therapy and individual and group art therapy. Prior to that, she served in AmeriCorps where she taught conflict resolution in schools and was also a mentor for children with behavioral concerns in the school setting. She believes that we are all on a healing path that is unique to us, and likes to witness, support, and engage the unfolding of clients’ lives through the lens of attachment, trauma, social justice, and transpersonal psychology. Outside of Opal, she enjoys walking, yoga, painting, singing out loud in public with headphones on, dancing in her kitchen, and spending time with her two daughters.
Kristin has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, Health at Every Size, spirituality, art therapy.
Abby Lombardo, LMFT
Abby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Washington (#MG60771793). Abby moved from Southern California to study and become an LMFTA here in Seattle, which has given her the training to practice and appreciate the healing that abounds in relationships with others. Throughout her time practicing in community mental health and group private practice, Abby has witnessed the healing power of human connection through shared vulnerability and authenticity, which greatly informs her work today. When Abby is not living out her professional calling, she can be found with a book, journal, or volleyball in hand.
Abby has professional interest and advanced training in: CBT, depression/ anxiety, family therapy, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ issues/ gender affirming, sex therapy/ sex positive, spirituality, systems of oppression, trauma, life transitions.
Lauren Donelson, RYT
Lauren is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (#CG0848550) in the State of Washington. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy at Seattle University. Through her work as a yoga teacher, Lauren comes to Opal with a passion for the mind-body connection. She believes that through connection with ourselves, we move closer to living full, authentic lives.
Lauren has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, culinary skills, family therapy, Health at Every Size, spirituality, trauma, yoga therapy.