Gina Watkins

LICSW

Gina Watkins

LICSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: I offer a free phone consultation.
I only provide Telehealth therapy services via Zoom for Washington residents.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

Vancouver, Washington 98664

My Approach to Helping

Hey Moms, are you ready to create strong, healthy and authentically connected relationships with your children?
Do you want to feel clear, calm and confident with your children without all the frustration and feeling like you are failing as a parent?

You have a huge heart and so much love to give but the more you try to connect the more guilt and shame you experience for not feeling that bond and love with your child you thought you would. You are in emotional pain. Anxiety, sadness, anger come in waves. Your patience is tested throughout the day. You feel sluggish and tired. You feel lonely, isolated and misunderstood.

I specialize in helping adoptive moms (but have supported 100's of moms of all kinds!) who struggle with creating trust and connection with their children. High stress, anxiety and depression is keeping them stuck in patterns and behaviors that cause pain in relationships with their children.
Being a mom to children with past trauma and sensitive nervous systems is challenging, triggering and overwhelming.
But it is totally possible to create strong healthy and fun relationships with them!

Through trauma and nervous system healing, you can shift from feeling confused, lost, checked out and frustrated with your children and into an inner space of deep joy, peace, and happiness even in the face of a confrontation as you master the skills of responding instead of reacting in the moment. Feel more balanced in your mind and body, and self-assured that you have what you need to create the strong and healthy relationships you and your children desire and deserve.

More Info About My Practice

I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and offer my services through telehealth only. If you have any questions or concerns about telehealth sessions, I am happy to hop on a call with you to discuss it. I have been offering telehealth for a few years now and have found it to be just as powerful and effective as meeting in person. I have clients who were very reluctant at first but changed their mind and were totally on board after just a few sessions. The technology may be something to get accustomed to but it is pretty easy once you figure it out.

Bonuses of Telehealth Sessions:
* Able to be in the comfort of their own home and in your own space
* No rushing out the door
* No sitting in traffic
* Easier if you are a parent
* Easier for rural clients


My training and background are in trauma-based healing therapies, mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and transformational coaching. We will use a variety of techniques and experiential exercises to help you grow and raise awareness around how stress affects your body and mind. This offers you information that empowers you to heal on a deeper level and transform your health, your relationships, parenting, your career and any other area of your life. With guidance and support you can create big shifts in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and believe in yourself again.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I struggled for many years with guilt and shame about how I could not connect with my kids. It was hard to me to like them some days let alone feel love for them. I would lose my temper, could not regulate my emotions and I felt I was failing as a parent.

Eventually, I was faced with a choice: Get support to heal my own childhood trauma and attachment wounds so I could be the mom I was meant to be.....Or give up and allow my relationship with my children to grow more and more distant and unbearable.

I chose to get support I needed and soon after, I was able to feel more balanced, relaxed and available with my children. They felt the shift on a deep level and today my kids and I have solid relationships and I have unbreakable bonds with each of them.

This is why I am so passionate about helping adoptive moms heal their relationships with themselves and then with their children. Our children need and deserve us to be healthy and happy so that they can grow up feeling healthy, happy and loved.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in helping adoptive moms (but have supported 100's of moms of all kinds!) who struggle with creating authentic trust and connection with their children.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Habits
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

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