The Washington Department of Health has accepted the surrendered credential of a Benton County mental health counselor under an agreement with the Mental Health Counselor Program, the department which regulates health care providers.

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Brenda Lea Vanderpool's license was initially suspended in 2014 after she developed a relationship with a patient. This relationship included pet names, kayaking, attending a Bible study group, dinner dates, meetings at parks, daily visits, overnight trips and matching tattoos, according to a report from the state.

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