Often when someone picks a therapist, they do not spend much time shopping for the right one. Choosing your therapist should involve an interview process, in which you ask questions about how they are going to help you. All too often, the therapist is chosen by who returns their call first, who is on their insurance plan, or who they might have happened to come across.
So, what should you ask of the potential therapist you are choosing? Here are some ideas:
- First, you want to know a little bit about why you are seeking therapy, what you hope to accomplish, and what you think you want to work on. The process of therapy may take you down different paths, but in the beginning, you want to have some idea of what you hope to get from the experience.
- With that knowledge in hand, you want to ask your potential therapist if they have experience working with these areas.
- Then, ask how they work with this issue and what methods they use. When was the last time they had a client that had similar issues or needs? What will the process of healing these issues look like? Does the therapist have an idea of how the issues you want help with are transformed?
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Debbie TomasovicM.Ed./Ed.S, LMFT
Stephen GrantMACP, LMHCA
Nancy Kyrié CampbellLICSW, LCSW
Julie ArchibaldLMHC, NCC
Gina Kanagawa SchwartzLMFT, ATR
Tina PowellLMHCA, NCC
Robert JohnsonM.Ed., LMHC
Nicole DaleyBA, MS Clinical Intern
- Trauma Recovery
- Domestic Violence
- Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
“Born in the UK and a dual- national, Stephen studied history at Hillsdale College in Michigan before getting his MA in Counseling/Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Dan B. Allender.
Stephen spent most of his professional life working in the non-profit sector, focusing on leadership development and crisis care, When not working, he loves adventuring with his wife on their bikes, playing with the dogs, and watching his kids grow into outstanding human beings.
He fits in a narrative, relational, psych
He accepts 21st-century Attachment Theory’s understanding of how & why people relate the way they do, and tries (not only to build secure relationships with clients) but to find ways for them to build new, secure attachments with others.
He believes with Neville Symington that all pathology is based in narcissism and agrees with Thompson that shame is the root cause of that narcissism. He accepts Bessell VanderKolk’s research surrounding developmental trauma and the mind-body connection; and, holds Richard Schwartz’ structure of the mind being made of parts. He follows Dan Allender’s postulation that the particularities of our narrative need to be “re-membered” mitigating the shame and trauma buried in those memories. He believes with Peter Levine that trauma is stored in our bodies and that true memory lies in our bodies and can be accessed there. He accepts 21st century attachment theory and believe with Allan Schore and Ray Barsness that all of this work is done in the context of a secure relationship.
Theoretically, Stephen is a psychotherapist birthed in object relations theories of psychoanalysis.
He is married to Paula and has two children: Maggie (20) and Thomas (18). He is an avid motorcyclist and huge fan of the Portland Timbers. He has three dogs: Rachmaninoff (“Rocco,” a 7-year-old, St. Bernard), Satchmo (a 6-year-old black lab), and Bailey (an 11-year-old border collie), and two cats (Chiara and Francesco).
On a very pragmatic level, Stephen believes that people are designed for relationship and that shame destroys relationships. Wounds happen in and because of broken relationships. So, healing must occur in and through relationships as well.”
Nancy Kyrié Campbell
- Life Transitions
OTHER AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
- Coping Skills
- Emotional Disturbance
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sexual Abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
Gina Kanagawa Schwartz
I provide individual, couple, family and group counseling. I have lead domestic violence groups, aggression control classes, ADHD classes, and codependency workshops. I work with people going through transitions, divorce, depression and anxiety, and most general counseling issues. I have worked with addictions throughout my 38 years as a counselor. I was the director of two Drug and Alcohol agencies in Texas; however I am not certified as an addiction counselor in Washington State.”
I am in the process of completing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, specializing in Forensic Counseling under faculty, peer, and direct site supervision of Robert Johnson, LMHC. My coursework includes, but is not limited to: Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories, Diagnosis and Assessment, Crisis, Trauma, and Response, Multicultural Counseling, Lifespan Development, and Couples and Family Counseling. I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. I am also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and I have worked with children and adults with autism and related disorders.