Shawn Thomas Berthel, M.S., LMHC

Shawn Thomas Berthel, M.S., LMHC

Professions: Mental Health Counseling
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Mental Health Counselor License - LH60656550
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 35115
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University Place, Washington 98466

Billing and Insurance

Fees: I am not on insurance panels at this time. There are several payment options available depending on your situation. Please visit the Appointment Scheduling & Fees page of for more information, or call me directly to address your questions.

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The goal is to always offer you a safe environment to explore the issues that are causing trouble in your life, by offering unconditional positive regard. I work primarily from a Person-centered approach. Other approaches can be used to fit your specific counseling needs and goals. No matter the approach, you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will be encouraged to develop empowerment, in the thought that you are capable of creating good and positive growth in your life. You can rest assured that your counseling experience will be warm, supportive, carries frequent humor, and is clinically reflective in resolving your issues and the attainment of your goals. These are major elements of successful therapy in this practice.

Email or Call Shawn Thomas Berthel, M.S., LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 35115

More Info About My Practice

Life Path Counseling, PLLC is a private practice in University Place, WA. The practice does not have formal office space. Counseling in this regard is changing. Arrangements are made to meet with clients in an agreed upon safe, private location/setting. Online video counseling within the state, for clients with transportation or mobility issues, via Cisco Webex - a secure online communication platform, is also offered.

My Role as a Therapist

The therapist is a reflective guide in discussing your issues, gently and compassionately showing you the issues that appear to be present (with your confirmation for clarity), and then encouraging you to look at those issues to find possible solutions. The choice to perform any action (or inaction) is yours at all times in making life changes. Counseling blends insightful dialogue, a clinical and philosophical framework, our respective life experiences, and adds your drive, desire, and attitude for change. Together, we become a team to help you reach your desired goals in becoming your best self.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

The decision to begin therapy can be filled with anxiety. However, therapy can be a place of healing, when we come from courage and give ourselves permission to be open and honest with where we are in life. Denying that you might need help (when in fact you probably do), can prevent peace and harmony within yourself from taking shape. But the effort is worth it to examine your issues and challenges. When you come to the realization that you too are worth the effort to change and grow as a person, the challenges in your life have a greater chance of becoming more manageable. You will not be alone on your therapeutic journey.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have done ample work within the LGBT community both in counseling, and social service.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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