I believe in providing clients with a safe environment to do counseling and explore the issues that are causing trouble in the life. Very often, clients have a fear of therapy that can be alleviated by addressing those concerns early on, and thereby establishing a rapport with the client. This makes it effective to provide clients with the needed support as they explore the issues they need to explore, without judgment or ridicule. A clear expression of acceptance of the client, with all of their challenges, successes, and perceived shortcomings can go a long way in addressing the anxiety clients face when they first begin therapy. I work primarily from a Person-centered approach, but can use others approaches to fit the client's specific counseling needs at the time. I see every person as being capable of creating good in their life. So even if you are not feeling that you are able to do that right now, let me say that it is possible to achieve better living through effort that is guided by outside feedback and support in a clinical counseling setting. I welcome the opportunity to provide you with a counseling experience that is warm, supportive, carries frequent humor, and is reflective in the resolution of your issues.
or Call Shawn Thomas Berthel, M.S., LMHC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 35115
More Info About My Practice
I operate a private practice in University Place, WA. While I do not at this time have formal office space, the good news is that counseling in this regard is changing. Arrangements can be made to meet with clients in a safe, private setting through the scheduling of space from supportive community agencies and businesses, or with other locations agreed to between the client and myself. This allows for flexibility and movement. I also offer online counseling within the state, for clients with transportation or mobility issues, via Cisco Webex - a secure online communication platform.
My Role as a Therapist
I see my role as your Therapist as a reflective guide. That is, one who gently and compassionately shows you what I see are the issues (with your confirmation for clarity), and then encourages you to look at those issues to find possible solutions. I do not direct you to do or not do anything. The choice to perform any action (or inaction) is yours at all times. I offer a point of view that is insightful, supported by my clinical and philosophical framework, and life experience. You bring the drive, desire, and attitude for change. You are not weak or flawed by coming to therapy, and you will experience unconditional positive regard from me as we explore the issues you wish to discuss.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I believe that therapists who see therapists for themselves, make for better therapists with their own clients. I have done my own work in therapy too. I understand struggle, and the feeling of not being "good enough" in living life. It is a constant battle between acknowledging our imperfections, and having enough self-compassion to recognize that we are after all, only human. Many of my challenges came from incorrect thinking which later motivated behavior. As we learn to make better choices and deal with our fears of insecurity, we get much better at living. I hope that you will know that I as a therapist (should we work together), will always be seeking your highest good for you. Holding an idea that you are not worthy of it, while it may feel very real to you, creates a block in the energy flow of life's opportunities. My own challenges and negative thinking which have had the same result of preventing peace and harmony with myself to take shape, have on many occasions taken extra effort to work through in order to achieve success. But the effort is worth it, and when you come to the realization that you too are worth it, the challenges you face in your life will seem small. You are not alone on your journey.