Missa Braund-Allen MA, LMFT, Counseling in Tacoma, Washington, 98402

Missa Braund-Allen


Missa Braund-Allen


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LF 60416912
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • First Choice Health
  • Group Health
Fees: Initial Evaluation: $125
Subsequent individual sessions: $100
Subsequent family/couple therapy session: $115

All rates are based on a 55minute hour

Adjusted rate is available in the presence of financial hardship and is subject to availability
Free Initial Consultation


917 Pacific Ave
Suite 305
Tacoma, Washington 98402

My Approach to Helping

As a person and a therapist, I believe that we all have a desire to move toward growth, connection, and balance. My approach to therapy with youth, individual adults, couples, and families is collaborative, strength-based, and is personalized to address your specific goals & concerns. I use a variety of techniques, including art therapy - which uses art making activities to set the stage for creative solutions, clarity, insight, and change (especially when words fall short). In family and couples' work, I am to encourage mutual understanding, increased connection, and specific tools to address core issues.

More Info About My Practice

I offer a 30-minute complimentary new client consultation.

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

The most common issues I deal with in my practice are anxiety, depression, trauma reactions & PTSD, grief and loss, ADHD, teen issues, self-harming behavior, suicidal thoughts and behavior, behavioral problems in children, unhelpful thinking patterns, family conflict, difficulty in relationships, pre-marital counseling, couple conflict and distance.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have training in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, as well as experience working with a wide spectrum of people across the lifespan. I practice cultural awareness and sensitivity. I believe connecting with the values, beliefs, and the stories of my clients pushes me to be more thoughtful in the support and assistance I provide.

My Role as a Therapist

I see my role as a therapist as an active, nonjudgmental facilitator, supporter, and mirror. I strongly believe that we have an innate desire and ability to move towards health and balance. I aim to help my clients declutter and unpack troublesome experiences, brainstorm solutions, and support each person in finding their own meaning and direction in life. As a family therapist, my role is to support each individual as an important contributor, balance differing perspectives, and offer tools for greater understanding, boundaries, and deeper connection between loved ones.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

My own life experience has made a sizable impression on who I am and how I practice therapy. These struggles been a reminder of how difficult it is to move through life with sadness, anger, and confusion in your heart and head. Additionally, how important the open and unbending support from others is and the importance of opening one's self to help (and that it's hard!). I have learned how meaningful it is to have someone's complete attention and presence during a time of crisis or ongoing grief. I better understand the need to go at your own pace and how this process is different for everyone. My own struggles have made me a more open therapist, a therapist that is thoughtful about the importance pacing, connection, presence, non-judgment, humanness, transparency, and support. A therapist that values the process, knows the discomfort, and believes whole heartedly that it is within our power - as people - to heal, recover from seemingly endless overwhelming feelings, and be okay.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Filial Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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