Mental Health Staff
Dr. Arvinder Kaul, MD, FAPA, CPPM, TMS Certified
Dr. Arvinder Kaul is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kaul finished medical school in India and worked as general practitioner for nine years before moving to the United States. She started her residency in psychiatry in 2000 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and finished in 2004. After that, Dr. Kaul started work at Southcentral Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi, as a staff psychiatrist. For 10 years, Dr. Kaul provided psychiatric services for outpatient, inpatient, nursing homes, hospital consults, crisis intervention centers and a partial hospitalization program.
In November 2015, Dr. Kaul opened her own outpatient clinic and ran that for two years. During that time, she also covered the geriatric unit at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as medical director. During that time, Dr. Kaul had an opportunity to work on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with NeuroStar and started treating patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with significant results.
Dr. Kaul worked for a year at an ADHD clinic in Seattle and is now employed with Associated Behavioral Health Care (ABHC). At three of the four ABHC locations, TMS is used to help treat different psychiatric disorders, including chronic tinnitus and substance use disorders. With Dr. Kaul’s previous TMS experience, she’s excited to utilize this innovative therapy for the Pacific Northwest patient population so they can finally find relief from their disorder.
Ronnie Kaufman, LICSW
Locations: West Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2014
Ms. Kaufman received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and obtained licensure in 1994. Ronnie works with adults 18 and older, individuals and with couples. She has been in clinical practice for over 20 years, with a cognitive behavioral and family of origin orientation. She has extensive experience with numerous populations in a variety of settings, working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, divorce and parenting issues, and overall difficult life situations and emotions. Ms. Kaufman is also trained in EMDR. She helps clients uncover their negative beliefs and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and provides them with tools to move in a more positive, productive direction.
Lauren Wagendorf, MA, LMHC
Started at ABHC in 2020
Lauren has been providing individual psychotherapy to adults at Associated Behavioral Health Care since May 2020. Lauren received her MA in mental health counseling from the University of North Dakota in 2013 and subsequently practiced in community mental health settings until moving to Washington in 2020. Lauren practices from an integrative therapeutic modality, primarily focused in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with the incorporation of concepts from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) – all providing individualized services that are driven by client values. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys reading and spending time exploring her new home of the Pacific Northwest.
Youwen Hu, ARNP
Started at ABHC in 2021
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Youwen earned her Master of Nursing certification from Walden University in 2020, and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2015 from University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoyed working for eight years in acute inpatient bedside care, five years of inpatient psychiatric mental health care and addiction health. Youwen is active in the Asian community, and she is fluent in both English and Chinese Mandarin. While academically versatile in nursing informatics, she is no doubt an IT-friendly health care professional.
Binit Kaur Mehta, LMHC
Location: North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2021
Binit is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington, with a master’s in clinical psychology (2014). Binit provides individual and group therapy for a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, young adult issues, multicultural issues, adjustment issues, co-occurring disorders and substance use issues. Her therapeutic style can be best described as empathic, honest, insightful and supportive; she provides a non-judgmental and respectful space for patients to share and explore their challenges. Binit uses an eclectic approach, drawing from humanistic, patient-centered, Gestalt, psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches.