Chris Cochran, EdD, LMHC


Chris serves children, youth, adults and families. With a part-time practice, Chris meets with clients on Tuesday evenings, and is an affiliate of Turning Point Counseling & Coaching, a group of providers at 1316 King St, Bellingham, WA 98229, as well as Northwest Family Life, a network of mental health providers throughout Washington state.

Approach and Background

He uses elements of Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavior Theory, Lifespan Integration and Solution-oriented Therapy, as well as other evidence-based strategies to help clients build skills and find healing.


  • Trinity Western University, B.A. in Social Sciences with a Concentration in Sociology and Minor in Psychology

  • M.Ed. in Counseling at City University in Seattle, WA

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at George Fox University, with dissertation focusing on correlations between K-12 school-based therapeutic/behavioral interventions and improved teacher-student rapport.

  • Other research interests include Trauma and Child Brain Development, Fostering Attachment to School, Effective Approaches to serving students with Autism, Emotional DIsturbance, Depression, Anxiety and ADHD.

Selected Training and Professional Roles

  • Bellingham Schools Mobile Response Team Member (current)

  • Autism Specialist - Hillsboro Schools, Oregon Dept.of Education

  • Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner (current)

  • Right Response De-escalation Trainer Certification

  • Member, Hillsboro, OR District Counseling Leadership Team

  • Member, Bellingham, WA District Counseling Advisory Team


  • 20 years working in schools, social services and criminal justice with children, youth, adults and families

  • Experience in education includes working in special and general education programs as a School Counselor, Autism Specialist and Special Programs District Liaison



  • Chris and Carrie live with their children in Birch Bay. Chris and Carrie were WA state foster parents for several years, and are now adoptive and birth parents to their six children.

  • Chris enjoys playing guitar, recording music, and spending time outdoors near the water and wildlife on Drayton Harbor.