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about me

Hello and welcome! My name is Amber and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I strive to treat my clients as I would like to be treated in therapy. Your voice and your empowerment as a person are extremely important to me, and I see you as the expert on yourself. I see my role as one who comes alongside to journey with you: to listen, to notice your strengths, and to help you leverage them to face your challenges. It would be an honor to work with you to create the future your heart longs for, a future in which you are thriving, free to fully employ your talents and live out your purpose in this world.

 

I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2013. My passion has always been working with people, and my professional background has included working and volunteering for non-profit organizations such as Joni and Friends, Sound Mental Health, the YMCA, the Aurora Commons, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. I have extensive experience counseling people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their family members. I also carry a unique perspective as someone who grew up in a multi-ethnic family with my identity split between two worlds.

 

I have been trained in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy, meaning that I see the health of your relationships as crucial to your well-being, and I seek to understand the concerns you are bringing within the context of your larger story, which is always impacted and shaped by your primary relationships. I may bring in other therapeutic modalities and tools to our sessions when appropriate, such as mindfulness and meditation, or EFT Tapping. 

 

Together, we will develop a holistic plan that will help you reach your goals while addressing the WHOLE you. No matter who you are or what you bring, I will seek to develop a healing relationship with you that will feel safe and free of judgment. 

 

Recent Training/Continuing Education:

EFT Level 1 Through ACEP

Freedom from Chronic Pain, taught by Dr. Howard Schubiner & Hal Greenham

The Neurobiology of Attachment, by NICABM

Financial Wellness in the Therapeutic Relationship: How to Help Clients with Money, by Mike Pumphrey

* I also participate in professional consultation groups on a regular basis, including the Practitioner Professional Development Program for professionals who have completed the Freedom from Chronic Pain course. 

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Areas of expertise: 

Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions

Anxiety

Autism Spectrum

Caregiver Issues or Stress

Disability

Chronic Pain or Illness

Depression

Family of Origin Issues

Grief

Highly Sensitive Persons

Intellectual Disability

Stress

Trauma and PTSD

 

 

Please note: this is a safe place to talk about suicide ideation. I hold the belief that suicide ideation is a coping skill (albeit not an ideal one) that has helped you survive thus far. My goal is for you to feel safe and respected when sharing about this vulnerable topic. 

Treatment Orientation: 

Psychodynamic

Relational 

Pain Reprocessing Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

EFT Tapping

Mindful Self-Compassion Practices

 

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