MATUMAINI IS HOPE INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, COMMUNITY

Matumaini Counseling provides the in-depth, "wrap-around" mental health counseling our youth, families, and communities need.

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO TO GIVE OUR YOUTH HOPE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE

We are dedicated to the African American youth of our South Seattle communities. It is our goal that every youth, family, and member of the community we reach out to and help, finds hope.

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MATUMAINI COUNSELING

Matumaini Counseling provides in-depth, “wrap-around” mental health counseling with clients and those who care about them.  “Wrap-around” service coordinates treatment planning with community organizations, schools, social services agencies and criminal justice agencies.  It provides a range of counseling modalities, such as art therapy, recreational therapy, individual and group therapy, and family therapy.  It provides workshops and summer camps on athletics, community building, and alternatives to youth gang violence.

Our STAFF

Michelle L Byrd
LMHC

Michelle Byrd has worked as a psychotherapist the greater Seattle area since 1998. In these years of experience practicing as a Child and Family Thera

Jerry Evergreen
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Jerry Evergreen received his BA from Seattle University in Psychology in 1988. He continued at Seattle University receiving his Masters in Clinical Ps

Neshia Alaovae
INTERN-THERAPIST

Neshia Alaovae is a therapist-intern completing her Masters of Arts in Seattle University’s Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology prog

Carroll Mayhew
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Carroll Mayhew has been a small business owner for over 25 years. She has worked as an executive assistant, personal secretary, and medical transcript

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Latest NEWS

19 Jun

D.A.D.S. Awards Matumaini Counseling

James Norris, Matumaini Counseling founder, was recognized by D.A.D.S. (Divine Alternatives for Dads Services), an organization devoted to “stronger fathers, stronger communities”. Matumaini Counseling…

05 Feb

MA Psych Grads Fill Void in Skyway

In south Seattle lies Skyway, a community where a third of the households earn less than $35,000. Although the population is growing, services have…

10 Apr

Setting Up Young Black Men to Succeed

In 1909, Harvard-trained historian and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois described his experience as a schoolboy in New England. Due to a slight…

Our BOARD

James P. Norris
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James Preston Norris has a passion to give back to his community by using his experience, training, and skills in providing mental health services to male youth in Seattle’s inner city. He feels a responsibility to help others reach their goals as others helped him reach his.

Lydia L. Dews
PRESIDENT

Lydia L. Dews, Esq. has been involved in community association building since her childhood. Ms. Dews has served her community and her country. Her education and research in the area of psychology, law and business is complementary to helping develop programs that will benefit others.

Noreen Weihe
VICE PRESIDENT

Noreen Weihe is graduate of Seattle University, she hold a Master of Psychology, or MA, degree. She provides psychotherapy for adults, teens, children and couples in the Madison Park area.

Steen Halling
SECRETARY

Steen Halling is professor emeritus at Seattle University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses since 1976. He is a licensed psychologist and a co-founder of the Psychotherapy Cooperative, which provides low cost psychotherapy to the community.

Lisa Douglass
TREASURER

Lisa has a degree in Early Childhood Education and taught in a private center in downtown Seattle where she also acted as assistant director. In 2010 she passed the National Exam for Professional Coaching and immediately began Ignite Your Life, a company that facilitates self-awareness and personal growth workshops.

Twyla Carter
ADVISOR

Twyla Carter is the Misdemeanor Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense. Ms. Carter oversees all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions to ensure best practices, caseload distribution, and resource allotment

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