About Us



David uses a humanistic person-centered approach with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). David is the Co-Owner of Counseling Services of Olympia, PLLC.

David also provides services for court ordered anger management assessments and is trained in providing court ordered domestic violence assessments.

David works with both attorneys and individual’s in complex court related cases in order to formulate the most therapeutic outcome that meets and often exceeds the court’s expectations. These cases require a phone consultation. Please refer to the specialty page for more information.

David has both experience and specialized training in Exposure Therapy and is EMDR trained which are both effective treatment for trauma and PTSD. He also has specialized training in exposure methods for combat-related PTSD.

David focuses his work in court-related matters, combat-related C-PTSD, and couples and family work.

“My goal is to treat the entire individual by helping them recognize their skills, strengths, and abilities to reach their own full potential. This can be done not only by treating symptoms but by working on each individual’s core needs.”

Leslie DeMarco, MS, LMHC

Leslie DeMarco, MS, LMHC

Leslie is a Dialectical Behavior Therapist (DBT) and also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her work with teens, young adults, and individuals.

Leslie created the Teen DBT Program so that both the teen and their parents or caregivers can benefit from learning Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness in a therapeutic environment.

Leslie provides assessments and letters necessary to facilitate gender care needs, is also a Co-Owner of Counseling Services of Olympia, PLLC, and manages the intern program. Graduate and undergraduate interns are welcome to apply via email.

Leslie is in network with Regence and affiated plans, Premera and affiliated plans, and Kaiser PPO.

“It’s so important to be able to validate who we are as people and be able to go forward from there. People put conditions on their happiness and get stuck. I am here to not only listen but be present and witness without judgment, and then guide you using your chosen model, whether it’s structured DBT or CBT, or an integrated method that meets you where you are.”

Danielle Murphy, LMHC, SUDP

Danielle Murphy, LMHC, SUDP

Danielle is trained in DBT, CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and is a substance use dependence professional. Danielle uses her unique training to address co-occurring disorders, DBT, and CBT with adolescents and adults.

“I know that it’s difficult to take that first step in asking for help. Sometimes the first step is recognizing we need support before reaching out. It’s okay if you don’t even know what you need, as long as you recognize that what you’re doing isn’t working anymore. I’m here to help you figure out what you need and put together a plan that feels possible.”

Danielle is in network with Regence and Affiliated Plans.

Jacob Root, LMFT

Jacob Root, LMFT

Jacob is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is specially trained to understand relationship dynamics and know how to help individuals, couples, and families overcome the challenges they face. Jacob’s expertise can guide individuals to learn new ways of relating to people and improve relationships, interpersonal effectiveness, and improve therapeutic outcomes in both individual therapy and couples/family therapy.

“I look at the whole system and guide each partner in that system to examine each part in a safe environment. By learning about the system they are a part of, it can really open up the possibilities to change things for each individual, family, or for the couple.”

Jacob works with couples from all walks of life and identifies as a culturally competent provider in differing relationship structures and lifestyles.

Jacob is also a passionate athlete and is a sports psychology provider. He specializes in working with athletes from all sports disciplines to assist them in rehabilitation after injury, treats performance anxiety, and to improve overall athletic performance to achieve their goals.

Jacob is in network with Regence and Affiliated Plans (Blue Cross Blue Shield serviced by Regence, HMA), Premera and Affiliated Plans (Lifewise, Blue Cross/Blue Shield), and Kaiser PPO

Tracy Aga, Intern

Tracy Aga, Intern

Tracy is currently enrolled as a master’s level graduate student at St. Martin’s University and is under direct supervision with Leslie DeMarco, LMHC.

Tracy has experience working with Adults, couples, and teens in a variety of settings. Tracy is trained in TF-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, (CPT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and will be graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in May 2020.

Tracy works with teens and adults ages 13 and up.

Interns at Counseling Services of Olympia, PLLC charge a small fee of $25 per session to cover operating costs of the internship program.

“I care deeply about the well-being of others and that brought me to this field. My specialized training has helped in my work with others and to heal those that have experienced trauma in their lives.”