Change comes through relationship and at Northwest Counsel I desire for you to see real, positive change in your life and your personal relationships.
To give you an idea of what to expect, your first appointment is your chance to explain special circumstances and ask any questions about therapy. You will get a feel for who I am and how I can serve you, and together we can determine if I will help guide you to the next step on your journey of wellness. Sessions typically last 45-55 minutes and are custom tailored to your situation and your needs.
I love to work with parents and families who have children with behavioral issues. It is so hard to be a parent and not have the skills to work with a child with these kinds of issues. I also enjoy working with people in the LGBTQIA+ community, especially if they are struggling with issues of self-worth or internalized oppression. The couples that I most enjoy working with are ethically non-monogamous or members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Serving KS & WA Residents Only*** In a collaborative and individualized atmosphere, we will work together to help you achieve the changes you seek. I am eager to help you reach your goals and offers services to those in need of support and guidance, with my strengths residing in depression, addiction, and the dually diagnosed populations. Please feel free to reach out today via email to set up your first appointment.
**I am NOT** currently accepting patients at this time.** Sometimes in life we find ourselves dealing with issues we never imagined would happen. We struggle in our job, or we struggle within a relationship. Sometimes we don't know why we're feeling the way we are. Throughout life we face a variety of struggles and sometimes it's great to know you're not alone. My goal is to help you find hope, encouragement and healing.
Welcome! Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for taking an important step towards wellness. In our sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection and learn how to confidently navigate struggles through the development of long-term tools. Together, we'll seek the most compassionate and uniquely tailored approach to navigate the journey towards self-awareness and self-discovery.
Unfortunately my caseload is currently full but can add you to our group practice waitlist if you would like by emailing me. I am a proud Army Veteran working in the field of counseling since 2015. Prior to becoming a therapist, I earned my undergraduate degree in Special Education. I have experience working with combat veterans, CPS, couples, children, families, LGBTQ community, supervised new therapists, and a prior director of a psychiatric hospital. Appointments are available during the mornings and day. Evening appointments are currently full at this time. Sessions are offered by Telehealth or in person.
I am the owner/sole-provider at Orenda Counseling. I am a nationally-certified counselor, child mental health specialist, and currently working towards certification in couples and sex therapy. I offer individual, couple, family, and group counseling. I specialize in individual/family trauma, attachment, gender and sexuality, intimacy and relationships, teen struggles, and issues facing teens/adults with Autism. I work from from a client-focused and integrative perspective, joining with you to create an environment of safety and trust to help you, your relationship, and your family to find the healing and hope you're looking for.
I am a counselor who has served clients with a wide range of issues from anxiety, depression, personality issues, and trauma for 7 years. Before this, I worked serving individuals with traumatic stress for 6 years as a victim advocate in Pierce County. I'm interested in helping motivated adults and teens who are seeking new coping skills to help themselves rediscover their power to heal and grow.
Whether you're looking for counseling for a child, adolescent, family, couple, or adult individual, I would be honored to work with you. I have experience working with clients coping with past trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, teenage challenges, relationship issues, and more. I offer a nurturing atmosphere where you can feel accepted and secure. In our sessions together, I will help you process your past to see how you have ventured to this present point in time. We will look for the ways you have overcome challenges in order to restore confidence in your ability to manage and navigate your life.
My goal as a therapist is to support, validate, and empower my clients to achieve their goals and overcome the struggles in their lives. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, trauma, relational issues, or other circumstances, I will help you to discover ways to overcome your challenges and find strength. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space where you feel able to share your concerns. My hope is that you will gain confidence through your therapeutic work with me—confidence in knowing that you can continue to work through life’s challenges even after our work together is complete.
Dealing with issues on your own can be difficult. Once comfortable my client would be able to work through their issue or towards their goals together. They are wanting to talk through the traumatic event or life issue and find ways to work through it, coming up with goals to help them to achieve the happiness or lifestyle they are wanting.
I enjoy working with people experiencing difficulty in all elements of life. I look through the lens of family systems which means I incorporate family dynamics and looking at generational patterns to learn more about what is presently impacting the clients ability to function optimally. I specialize in working with families all together to support change longevity. I particularly enjoy working with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, or facing relationship difficulty. I use many methods to help people process their stress and trauma including art, movement, talk, and practicing alternative ways to navigate the world.
Many of us experience challenging, unpleasant, or harmful experiences at some point in our lives, and for some of us, these experiences begin in childhood. Although these threats or conflicts may no longer exist, the experiences sometimes have a lasting impact on the way we view ourself, others, and the world around us. We may find ourselves thinking, feeling, and behaving in ways that are not useful and are preventing us from living the life we desire. I provide a safe space for people to tell their stories while supporting them to find their own purpose and path in life.
I utilize Motivational Interviewing with a Humanistic/Existential approach as a foundation to my therapy. Which means understanding that a "whole" person is more than the sum of his or her parts. I understand people by examining their interpersonal relationships. That people have many levels of self-awareness, that can be neither ignored nor put into an abstract context. I also believe individuals have free will and are participants rather than observers in their own lives; and that people's lives have purpose, value and meaning. I choose to submerge myself into the world of the person; I am working with.
Anxiety, Depression and trauma are difficult challenges to cope with, but they are treatable, and you can recover by receiving evidence-informed counseling care. Together, we will focus on helping you reach your potential through a collaborative process. You and I will accomplish this together through the belief that you have the skills and abilities to change and overcome life’s challenges. We work together to identify your strengths and resources, which will allow you find relief and hope as you begin your journey of recovery.
I am EMDR Trained to help with trauma, anxiety, PTSD, relationships.You're feeling overwhelmed, tired, maybe even frustrated at reaching your potential and dreams in life, including your relationships marriage, work, and friendships. You're feeling stressed and worried about life issues, and maybe issues of pain, grief, and disappointment of the past play into your daily life, and it is difficult to move forward, you struggle with being authentic in relationships. You are facing stressors and you are exhausted. As a seasoned Mental Health Counselor of 25 years, I consider it an honor to journey with you through the healing process.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, families and kids. We often struggle in some of our closest relationships which can lead to hurt and misunderstandings. My purpose is to build and strengthen skills to facilitate communication and understanding. I also have experience using play therapy with kids to process difficult life events.
The Affordable Counseling Center is designed to meet the counseling needs of all families. Services are affordable at $25/session for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Services are provided by Masters Level graduate students from local colleges like Pacific Lutheran University who work under the direction of Dr. Sharon Young, Ph.D., LMFT. Dr. Sharon has over 30 years of experience serving families, couples, adult individuals, adolescents, and children. She has actively trained therapist for greater than 20 years and currently teaches at Pacific Lutheran University Marriage and Family Therapy program.
Emotions and significant life stressors can leave a person feeling stuck or helpless. Finding a safe place to process emotions and address questions of shame, normalcy, and acceptance can be challenging. Without being able to process emotions and trauma, we can get stuck and the emotions stored in our bodies. Processing emotions not only provides mental relief, but can also transform a person’s connectedness to their bodies and relieve some physical manifestations of stressors. I hope to help people find hope which allows space for life to be messy and things to still be okay.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Puyallup are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Puyallup then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Puyallup, or Child Psychologists in Puyallup.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Puyallup psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Puyallup specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.