I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Argosy University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University.
My clinical approach is based within a humanistic lens in that humans are naturally good and have the innate desire for personal growth and to live life to their potential. We have the freedom to choose alternatives, playing a role to shape our destinies. Having the freedom to choose what we want for ourselves while remembering that our past is valuable to whom we are today. Our world consists of our genetic nature and our environment, but the human condition is never fixed. Regardless of the roadblocks we are faced within our lives, we have the drive and motivation to become our best selves.
Using a strength-based approach which includes evidence-based practices I emphasize the value of building a genuine trustworthy therapeutic relationship and environment for my clients. Providing a non-judgmental environment where the client is able to express themselves freely. In offering a safe space, I place a high regard in respect to the client’s experience. Collaboratively we identify barriers that enable my clients to reach the desired outcome they are seeking within therapy.
My post-graduate work began as a community-based clinician for children (3-18) in various settings as a Clinical Care Coordinator for 10 years. The Clinical Care Coordinator role was a part of the Middle School Support Program (MSSP) which is a grant funded position that was originally co-developed with University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sound. In this role I provided brief screening, assessment, individual and family therapy. Additionally, referrals to community-based providers, triaging community and in-school supports, wraparound and crisis support. The role also included mental health consultation to school staff to address academic, social/emotional, and environmental barriers to learning.
In addition to providing therapeutic support and case management to youth and families, I have been working within a private practice for multiple years serving adolescent and adult clients. As well as am currently the Mental Health Program Manager for Seattle Public School in which I provide consultation support to administrators and school support staff on suicide prevention and intervention, threat assessments, mental health, crisis response and community resources.
My areas of clinical expertise include working with a diverse population of teens, adolescents, families and adults with social, emotional and behavioral needs such as mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, family and relationship issues. Additionally, familiar in working with community-based organizations and school systems.
My clinical focus is late teens, adolescent and young adults.
For more information about me you are invited to visit http://stephanieedlercounseling.com.