When you need mental health services, you want treatment that works from a therapist who truly cares about you as an individual.


Dr. Bates has been providing effective, compassionate psychological services in Tacoma since 1991. He has a quiet, down to earth style. During evaluations, Dr. Bates will get to know you and your concerns in a way that is both thorough and sensitive. During treatment, he will help you establish tangible goals and then develop a plan to accomplish them.

Dr. Bates completed his undergraduate work at the University of Puget Sound and his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Washington State University. He has authored many articles and book chapters in professional psychology publications. His professional memberships include American Psychological Association and Washington State Psychological Association.


Dr. Soleck’s background includes research and clinical service in a number of settings, including training at college counseling centers, as well as VA and other medical clinic/hospital settings. He has worked in Tacoma since 2011. He has worked with a wide range of patients, including those from multiple different economic and cultural backgrounds, and he strives to incorporate evidence-based treatments with an approach sensitive to individual differences and needs.

Dr. Soleck obtained his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. He has co-authored scholarly articles in the areas of social class and chronic pain, delivered psychological interventions and talks in corrections settings, and worked alongside allied medical professionals to deliver coordinated interventions for injured workers.


Dr. Ernst has provided psychological and neuropsychological services in the Tacoma area since 1984, including inpatient and outpatient settings such as neurosciences, rehabilitation medicine, chronic pain management, and inpatient psychiatry. The primary focus of his practice currently is neuropsychology assessment and consultation for persons with known or suspected brain dysfunction (such as brain injury, concussion, stroke, dementia). He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montana, followed by internships and fellowships in the VA, at the University of Washington, and at the University of Queensland. He has authored or co-authored articles in Psychology and Aging, Behavioral Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Medical Care, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and others. Dr. Ernst utilizes a “flexible battery” approach to neuropsychological assessment, which means that the particular tests he selects depend on the reason for referral and factors such as age, specific disabilities, etc. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.