Amber Hughes,MA, LMHC

Amber Hughes,MA, LMHC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Mental Health Counselor - #LH61013659
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: Individual 50 minute session: $150
Couples 50 minute session: $195

I am also happy to discuss longer sessions when available.

I also offer a select number of student rate and sliding scale slots. Please inquire if interested.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability


Des Moines, Washington 98198

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My Approach to Helping

I deeply believe in people's ability to change and heal. This process takes commitment, patience, kindness, and a desire for something different. I believe our relationship--the dynamic that you and I create together--will play a major role in your healing process. As your therapist, I will never be the expert on you. You are the expert. As we work together, I will help you get in touch with and sort out what remains confusing or overwhelming within. I will seek to know you, understand you, care for you, and reflect to you what I experience as I sit with you. I will model and encourage kindness and self-compassion toward your whole self--body, mind, and spirit.

More Info About My Practice

As I am committed to helping you connect to your inherent goodness and strength, I am also committed to help you uncover and identify structures and systems of power that take advantage of you, oppress you, and commit violence against you so that we may seek the work of justice and wholeness in your life.

I take a somatic approach to healing, meaning that I believe we must incorporate mind, body, emotions, and spirit in the healing process. I believe that the mind and body are one entity and must be treated together. I work primarily from a relational, attachment-focused tense. The primary modality that I bring into session is Somatic Experiencing. For more information about this modality: https:traumahealing.orgse-101.

The hope is that through our work together, you will gain skills and resources that you need to help you cope with the many stressors and challenges that life can bring.

I value laughter, playfulness, and respect for our bodies. I am an artist and am always looking for ways to utilize non-conventional ways of processing in our work together.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and couples who are seeking support in navigating symptoms of trauma, overwhelming circumstances, relationships, or transitions.

Space for you to reflect, explore, learn and heal.
I also provide:
Family and Couples Therapy
I rely primarily on Emotion Focused Therapy and Somatic Experiencing to navigate our time together.

Consultation for Directors and Actors
Support your process
Connect to your most authentic self, explore your innnate trauma responses and how they may be blocking you from full presence, release stored energy
Move toward compassion, love, and vulnerability
Structured space for curiosity

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

Speaking from experience, going to therapy is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. It pushes us into the corners of our human experience, into the depths of our joys, fears, failures, success, and desires. It can be scary at times and so much fun at other times. The relationship built between client and therapist is unique and rewarding because mutual trust and respect are established. In therapy, you get to celebrate and explore your goodness and your uniqueness. You delve into your past and present experiences in hopes that it will help you makes sense of yourself and your feelings. It is not a simple process and is emotional and vulnerable. Doing this work requires strength, bravery, and risk. I find it an honor to be with you as you enter into this creative, messy, and life-changing work.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Parent Work
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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