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Exploring all things that might contribute to your overall emotional well-being

There are literally thousands of guided relaxation exercises available online, and it may take you some time to find one that fits your personal needs and preferences.  You can try out a few from this page or explore iTunes, Youtube, Soundcloud, or anywhere music is...

Mental and Emotional Fitness

My perspective on mental health continues to move further and further from the rigid medical model.  Identify symptoms, track causes, treat the disease – repeat.  I’m a much bigger believer in a preventative health model, the model that states we can avoid many...

Meet Sara Odash, LMHC

Meet Sara Odash, LMHC

Sara assists clients eager to clarify problems, set goals, learn tools, and create a plan for change to get the life and work they deserve. Sara draws upon cognitive-behavioral, strength-based techniques, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, Jungian psychology, interpersonal skills, and dreamwork – all incorporating the diversity and values of the individual client. Sara is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Washington.

Meet Tarah Hipple-Thomas, LICSWA

Meet Tarah Hipple-Thomas, LICSWA

Tarah works with individuals and uses the model of Cognitive Processing to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Tarah uses multiple tools, including mindfulness, to work with individuals in developing coping skills, increasing self-awareness, building mental fitness, and to further promote healing. Tarah received her Master’s in Social Work from Capella University.

What is Somatic Therapy and how is it Different than “Talk Therapy”?

What is Somatic Therapy and how is it Different than “Talk Therapy”?

Somatic psychotherapy uses the body as a template for experience vs. rational-emotive or insight-based dialogue between therapy and client. Somatic is the opposite of a “heady” or “top-down” approach to emotional health. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a classic example of an intellectual mode of therapy, working with cognitions and the “thinking brain” to create change. The nervous system may be explored intellectually but one’s experience is not accessed through the senses.

What Treatments Help Trauma Recovery?

What Treatments Help Trauma Recovery?

EMDR is not a traditional talk-therapy like most other psychotherapies; it’s more of a mindfulness-based therapy, but that’s not the full story. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. You may have heard of EMDR through other therapists, friends, doctors, or even seen it featured in movies or television shows. It is an empirically supported (well-researched), and structured model of psychotherapeutic treatment that involves working with memories, body sensations, core-self beliefs, and emotions to eliminate the residential emotional, somatic, and cognitive remnants of painful past experiences.

DBT Specialists

DBT Specialists

Kaitlyn and Rebecca each provide clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships at home, school or professional settings.

What Happens in a Psychiatric Assessment?

What Happens in a Psychiatric Assessment?

A mental health evaluation gives a doctor, counselor, psychologist, or other licensed professional a picture of the way a person feels, reasons, thinks, and remembers. Through a series of questions and physical tests, a professional can diagnose a number of mental disorders.

Building Resilience Amidst Challenging Times

Building Resilience Amidst Challenging Times

Meet Matthew Poinsett, a clinical psychologist and licensed mental health counselor. Matt has dedicated his education and professional pursuits to understanding the process of building strength, resilience, and wellness in individuals, couples, and groups. His approach to therapy facilitates insight and the development of skills necessary for people to live happier healthier lives.