Meet Our Counselors

While people find themselves on their own unique life path, it can be startling to find oneself in circumstances that were not predicted or anticipated. We know that it can feel scary and lonely at times, and we understand that feelings of hopelessness and fear can arise from the unknown of the future or the known circumstances of the present.

Learn more about Sound Options’ licensed counseling – in office, at home or through video-conference.

Olympia: 360.951.6858
Tacoma: 253.756.5007
Seattle: 800.628.7649


Laura Vaillancourt, LMHC, GMHS

Laura is a leader in the field of aging in the South Sound area. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Geriatric Care Manager. After recognizing a need for Care Management services in the Olympia area, she opened Eldercare Counseling and Guidance Services from 2013 to 2018, later to merge her practice with Sound Options. Laura has extensive experience providing counseling, coaching and guidance to families that are in the midst of making difficult decisions related to their loved one’s care. Her passion and much of her experience has been working with individuals and family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Laura is known for her gentle nature, her ability to explain and educate families and health care professionals about sensitive and complicated issues, and presenting at speaking engagements. She enjoys the opportunity to serve families in discovering the next steps of their journey towards caring for a loved one.

Laurie Thompson, LMHCA

Laurie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and behavior consultant for Washington State, local facilities and private clients in our community.  As a member of the South Sound Alzheimer’s Council, she is an active advocate for families throughout Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties. Laurie is passionate about walking with clients through their entire journey and navigating the unique experiences that come along the way. She works with clients that are in transition and facilitates support groups for older adults. Laurie meets with families to consult about placement, treatment options, family problem solving and other areas related to aging. 

Jenifer Nazarowski, LICSW

Jenifer completed her undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University.  Early in her career, she worked with CPS coordinating adoptions and working with individuals who have developmental needs.  More recently, her experience includes Hospital (ER), Home Health, Hospice and counseling geriatric patients during crisis situations. Jenifer is a strong advocate and enjoys assisting families and clients – navigating them through the barriers and obstacles of healthcare.