Dena Beals, LMFTA

Dena Beals, LMFTA

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapy
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 31408
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Office 1
1800 Cooper Point Rd SW
Olympia, Washington 98502 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My sessions are usually 50 minutes long and the usual fee is $85 dollars with a discount for multiple parties in the room. I do believe that money shouldn't stop a person from receiving the care that they need, and do provide a generous sliding fee scale.

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I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, and I run Strong Hope Counseling. I offer a non-judgmental form of therapy that helps clients to feel safe in my office. I believe that all come with baggage, and therapy is a place to help those work through the struggles of the past. I find it is important for me to create a safe place for clients to feel that they are accepted and loved, so that they can move to a better place.

My approach to helping clients to reach their desired help is based from a systemic approach. I believe that we are all connected to each other, whether or not we recognize it, and these connections are what shape us over time. I work with individuals, couples and families from this viewpoint and work to help you understand where you come from to help you to where you are going.

I do not believe in long-term therapy for the general population with few exceptions. I want to help you to learn through being with me how to reach your goals, and then give you the tools to be healthy on your own.

Email or Call Dena Beals, LMFTA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 31408

More Info About My Practice

In most cases I am able to see new clients within 48 hours of first contact. I have a sliding fee scale between 45-85 dollars depending on a client's household income. I believe that clients come before money, and am willing to work with clients based on their needs

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love sitting with people, and getting to know their stories and helping people to get to a better place. I find being a psychotherapist to be very fulfilling because I am privileged to be the person to be there for you when things fall apart. And more, I get to see you move from hurt to hope.

My Role as a Therapist

I view my role as that of a companion on your journey. I believe that I have been trained with special skills to help you on your way, but I am in no way an expert on your life. Between the two (or more) of us, we can combine our information to help get you to a better place.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I frequently have people in my office that admit that they have put off getting the help that they need because of a bad experience with a therapist. To that I would like to say that all therapists are very different from one another. If you don't gel well with the way a therapist is practicing, you have the right to go and find another therapist. Just because one situation went poorly, it doesn't mean that therapy isn't for you. This applies to therapy with me. Although I strive to be the best therapist for all of my clients, I know that I won't always be the best fit for everyone. I encourage open communication about how you think our connection is, and if you don't feel it is working for you, I am happy to provide referrals if you desire.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Our society has given the message that we need to deal with our issues on our own. If you have to see a therapist, that must mean you are fundamentally broken.
I never view my clients as broken, but rather those who are willing to put the work into gaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The analogy I use is that if people are cars, going to therapy is an oil change, not a sign of a flaw!

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples, Family Group Work, Managing difficult behavior in children

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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