Our Team


Naphtali received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Seattle Pacific University in 2002. She has also obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University (2008) and Washington State Professional Teacher Certification from the University of Washington (2009). During her 5 years as a special education teacher (Seattle Public Schools and Edmonds School District) she designed instruction, created and monitored individual education plans, and collaborated with parents and colleagues. She gained experience creating treatment plans, providing individual counseling and biofeedback, performing crisis intervention, and participating in wrap-around teams while completing a one year counseling internship at Children’s Institute for Learning Difference (CHILD). Following the internship, she served for two years as the Curriculum and Assessment Specialist at CHILD evaluating potential curriculum, leading a curriculum committee, and designing and implementing  training plans for each curriculum adoption. Later she served as CHILD’s Head of School for two years, managing and supervising program staff, monitoring student programs, creating school wide and student specific safety plans, coordinating with first responders, and leading team debriefings. At Frameworks CTR, Naphtali is involved with completing behavioral/mental health assessments and treatment plans, providing direct behavior support, consultation services, and individual and family therapy. In addition to providing team oversight and collaboration, she also designs and implements training, skills/support groups.


Trisa’s educational background is in special education and school psychology/counseling. She has worked in the field for over 17 years with individuals with a range of disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of settings and roles including: camp/recreational settings, teaching special education in resource and self-contained settings, and serving as a program director for a therapeutic day school. In her current role as Director at Frameworks CTR, Trisa is directly involved with development and oversight of services. She also has opportunities to participate in client review, assessments, direct support, and parent coaching. Trisa enjoys hearing each family’s unique experiences and being an active participant in assessment, problem solving, and planning to address the concerns/needs that a family is facing. She also has a strong interest in developing and connecting systems, fostering collaborative relationships and creating innovative programs to address the challenges and concerns that impact access to services and support for individuals with special needs and their caregivers.


Sam earned his BS in Biology from Easter Washington University (2008) and his Master of Social Work from the University of Washington, Tacoma (2016). Sam has worked for over seven years with individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, recreation, and education. Sam uses a strengths based, collaborative approach to therapy in which the client and family are in charge of their care. He believes that only through building relationships with clients can we effectively work to enact change. The single greatest gift Sam could give is to empower clients to live more independently, more inclusively, and with a greater sense of self-worth. With an eye towards diversity, Sam takes a particular interest in LGBT issues, equity and social justice, and disability rights. Sam’s strengths include helping to undo the burden of stigma, collaborating with caregivers and families, and taking a whole-person approach to goal setting.


Briana recently relocated to the Greater Seattle area from Maryland and joined the Frameworks CTR team in 2016. Briana has over a decade of experience working with children and adults with special needs in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient clinics, residential facilities, and private agencies. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2011 and obtained licensure as a Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington in 2015. Briana has a wealth of knowledge in program management, training staff and families, conducting assessments, and developing behavior plans. She especially enjoys providing counseling and support services to children with autism or other developmental delays along with their families and caregivers to provide a family-centered approach to treatment and plan implementation.


Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007 and her Masters in Special Education in 2009, both from the University of Washington. She worked as a teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in a self-contained classroom for eight years in the Renton School District. During that time she had the opportunity to work with students and families from a wide range of backgrounds, disabilities, and academic levels. She immensely enjoys working with kids at all ages, and has a special passion for working with kids who struggle emotionally or behaviorally. Susan also has extensive training in de-escalation and crisis intervention strategies. She believes in a strength-based approach, where every child has unique strengths, resilience, and competence in interacting with his/her world. She enjoys helping children and families use their strengths as a foundation and starting point for lasting change. Susan recently completed a Master’s degree in Psychology at Seattle University. She stays connected to the special education field by teaching a variety of special education classes at City University for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as supervising graduate students in their student teaching internships. She is very excited to be working with Frameworks as a Behavior Specialist Assistant as she works to create a bridge of support between the education and mental health of children with special needs.