Support Group Facilitators

Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW


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Alicia is an licensed independent clinical social worker with over 18 years of experience working with individuals with chronic illness and their loved ones. She works full-time as a Rehabilitation Care Services Social Worker at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System specializing in multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses. She previously worked for 16 years at the VA Puget Sound for the MS Center of Excellence, coordinating research studies and educational projects that addressed medical and mental health needs of veterans with multiple sclerosis and their family caregivers. Alicia also has a private counseling practice, Sloan Counseling and Consulting. She enjoys the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, guided imagery, mindfulness and meditation. She is passionate about suicide prevention and is a Master Trainer for the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Alicia is a graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and of the University of Oregon with a BA in Psychology. She enjoys living in the Puget Sound area for its healthy lifestyle, close proximity to the mountains and water, and its abundance of outdoor activities!

Alicia facilitates CCI's monthly Living with Chronic Illness Support Group and the pilot Living with Endometriosis Support Group.

Angela Farrar Small, MSW, LICSW, MDiv


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Angela is happy to join with CCI in helping African-American / Black people living with chronic illness to experience community support, with compassion and dignity for every group member. She is a licensed clinical social worker and clergyperson. No matter how painful life can be or how fragile they feel, Angela believes have amazing resiliency and capacity for growth. She likes to empower people living with chronic illness to tap into their whole selves—body, mind, and spirit—in the process of healing. 

Angela facilitates CCI's monthly Supporting African Americans Living with Chronic Illness Support Group and previously facilitated the in-person Eastside Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group.

Annie Moon, LMFT

Annie received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University with additional training in Medical Family Therapy.

Annie has had a keen interest in supporting families living with both mental health and chronic illnesses. She believes CCI provides an essential resource to the community of individuals and families impacted by chronic illness and is honored to be a part of the team.

Annie facilitates CCI's every other month Living with Urea Cycle Disorder and Caring for Urea Cycle Disorder Support Groups.

Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW, MHP, CMHS


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Mindfulness, compassion, positive psychology are Bartja's great passions in life and feels sharing these practices is an honor. Bartja works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Mindfulness Educator. Bartja is a trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion out of University of California San Diego's Center for Mindfulness. Bartja has a passion for supporting people who find themselves on the margins of society on their journey from birth to death, with a focus on people living with disability, chronic and terminal illness. Bartja has been with CCI from its beginnings and feels it is an honor to work with such a compassionate organization.

Bartja facilitates CCI's twice monthly Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group.

Carrie Pope, MSW, LICSW


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Carrie is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington and Oregon. Carrie primarily focuses on chronic illness, chronic pain, aging, caregiving, trauma, LGBTQ and end of life issues. She leads several local support groups through the Center for Chronic Illness and the Greenwood Senior Center, as well as providing individual therapy in her private practice.

Carrie facilitates CCI's 4th Wednesday Living with Chronic Illness and Rare Chronic Illness Support Groups for Washington state residents.

Chris Garrido-Philp, MSW, LSWAIC


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Chris is a Licenced Clinical Social Worker Associate with Catalyst Counseling located in Woodinville, WA. Chris specializes in working with adolescents, families, and adults who identify as Latine/Hispanic. Chris provides gender affirming and multicultural therapy services in English and Spanish for those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Chris facilitates CCI's monthly Living with Chronic Illness Support Group for Spanish speaking women.

Chris es Asociada Trabajadora Social Clínica con Catalyst Counseling ubicado en Woodinville, WA. Chris se especializa en trabajar con adolescentes, familias y adultos que se identifican como latinos / hispanos. Chris brinda servicios de terapia multicultural y de afirmación de género en inglés y español para quienes experimentan ansiedad, depresión y trauma.

Chris facilita el grupo de apoyo para vivir con enfermedades crónicas de CCI para mujeres de habla hispana.

Kerry J. Heckman, MSW, LICSW


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Kerry is a therapist in private practice in West Seattle, who has a passion for working with clients who have chronic illness.

She has a masters degree in social work from Loyola University in Chicago and is a licensed independent social worker in both Illinois and Washington State. Kerry was a high school social worker in the Chicago area for 10 years, before moving to Seattle in 2018.

Kerry believes when it comes to chronic illness or any challenge, it is important to remember you do not have to face it alone. Accessing support and developing a community are some of the most helpful ways to cope with chronic illness.

Kerry facilitates CCI's Rare Chronic Illness, Living with Cystinosis, Caring for Cystinosis, Living with Thyroid Eye Disease, and Caring for Thyroid Eye Disease support groups.

Natalie Hopkins, MSW, LICSW



Natalie's educational and professional training as a social worker and counselor have focused on connecting with adolescents and families to address challenges that interfere with well-being. In addition to facilitating support groups through the Center for Chronic Illness, Natalie's private counseling practice supports adolescents, young adults, families and caregivers. Natalie's belief in CCI's mission is informed by her work with families and individuals impacted by chronic illness and her commitment to community based support to address well-being.

Natalie facilitates CCI's Teens Living with Chronic Illness support groups (but is currently on maternity leave).

Zoë Freeman, LSWAIC, MSW


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Zoë is a licensed social worker associate-independent clinical (LSWAIC) in Washington State from the University of Washington. She focuses on chronic illness and pain, caregiving, LGBTQIA+, older adults, and grief and loss. She believes that providing a space for isolated and often misunderstood individuals can be an invaluable resource, as building a community of compassion and understanding can make a difference. In addition, Zoë is a clinician in a group practice in Woodinville. 

Zoë facilitates CCI's 2nd Wednesday Living with Chronic Illness Support Group for WA state residnets and the COVID-19 Longhaulers Support Group, providing support to those who have experienced complications to their post-COVID-19 experience

Alice Allen-Redfern, MSW intern
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Alice is an MSW (Master of Social Work) intern with the Center for Chronic Illness. She is going into her second year of my Masters program at the University of Washington and hopes to pursue a career in palliative care. She feels very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community here at CCI and continues to learn a great deal from both the facilitators and participants. Her goal is to take what she learns over the next year and enter into the social work field advocating, empowering, highlighting, and fighting hard for the unique needs of those living with chronic conditions.

Alice facilitates CCI's Supporting Loved Ones and Parenting Chronic Illness support groups.

Chloe Fritz, MSW intern

Chloe is an MSW (Master of Social Work) student at the University of Washington and an intern with the Center for Chronic Illness. She has a background in public elementary education and Montessori philosophy, and grew up on Bannock land (Boise, ID). She currently lives on Coast Salish, Duwamish, Suquamish, and Stillaguamish land (Seattle, WA) with her 3 cats and wonderful partner. Chloe was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in 2010, and is excited to connect with a community of other folks living with chronic illness. In her free time, Chloe likes to dance, hula hoop, and go hiking.

Chloe facilitates CCI's Breath and Movement for Chronic Illness Support Group. She is also filling in for Natalie during her leave and facilitating the Teens Living with Chronic Illness Support Group.

Kylie Brief, MSW intern


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Kylie is an MSW (Master of Social Work) student at the University of Washington and an intern with the Center for Chronic Illness. They have a professional background in adolescent residential psychiatric care and substance use disorders. As a member of the disabled community, Kylie is a strong advocate for disability justice and accessibility. Kylie is also interested in the radicalization of social work and furthering the liberation of those who face intersections of body-based oppression. As a believer in the importance of peer support and mutual aid, Kylie is looking forward to facilitating an upcoming support group for body image and chronic illness at CCI.

Kylie facilitates CCI's Body Image and Chronic Illness support group.

Mage (Maggie) Carr, Art therapy student



Mage (Maggie) is a graduate student at Antioch University Seattle in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy program. They are a multimedia visual artist living with their cats and roommate on Coast Salish, Duwamish, Suquamish, and Stillaguamish land (Seattle, WA) and were born and raised on Puebloan land (Albuquerque, NM). Mage is dedicated to sharing the power and process of therapeutic art-making with others.

Mage facilitates CCI's weekly Creativity and Chronic Illness Support Group.