Rose Gillis, M.A., LMHC

Rose Gillis, M.A., LMHC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - LH61005663
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: Please visit my website for listing of fees, as well as other information related to billing practices. https:eastsideinsight.compayment-policy
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Bellevue, Washington 98004
310 3rd Ave NE
Issaquah, Washington 98027

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My Approach to Helping

Hello!. The prompt I've been given here is to tell about "my approach to helping." To be honest, writing things like this feels a little cringey, because it’s one, hard to boil down an approach to psychotherapy, when psychotherapy is first and foremost client-centered--that means rather than coming in with preconceived ideas of what will work for you in therapy, instead I am informed by what you share--i.e., how and what you communicate in terms of life experiences, as well as what is currently taking place. After this, it’s less about ‘finding the right therapy’, you are not clothes shopping after all, but rather using evidence-based practices, because it just makes sense to start with something that already has a record of working, and then tailoring these practices into a treatment plan designed for the individual you are. Describing my approach though doesn’t really explain why my therapeutic style works, and I believe you want to know why therapy works more than how it is crafted, so more on that in a moment.

But first, or secondly, I should say, such prompts provoke the type of anxiety that is inherent to anticipation of mistakes. I've done enough of my own therapeutic work to know that just because something doesn't feel great, it doesn't necessarily mean to avoid it, and that it’s ok to still feel anxious, natural in fact, because we are associative learners…and well, mistakes are going to happen, and some are downright essential. The motivation for me to approach what is necessary, but also taxing, comes from putting forward facing what I want—and in this instance, it is for you to know why therapy works.

What works in therapy is sticking to the fact that people can and do get better when engaged in the process of therapy. It is a recursive truth that yields tangible hope not based on wishful thinking, but by the very fact that ample evidence shows that it works. Therefore, my focus is on treatment rather than management. It means then if you are not getting better, I want to explore why and assess what needs to be addressed to get you there. My goal is to get you to a place where you will ultimately graduate from our episode of care, because without that pursuit, there would be no reason for me to do this work. Fortunately, though it is a pursuit that can also be realized because the very things needed to achieve this are already possessed within. They are your character strengths. And so then I get to be the guide who hands off new tools, validates the weight of what is being expressed so that it doesn't continue to fester or go unrecognized, offers challenge, advocacy, or a new point-of-view, etc., so that you can know you are capable of dealing with your obstacles, as well as getting to a place of not just feeling better, but experiencing life with more meaning.

Even though ‘why therapy works’ is simple enough, the barriers to engaging in this process are significant. The material ones are well known in discussions addressing our national mental health crisis. However, even for those who have access to services, there is still a pivotal requirement for it to work—that is trust. However, by way of both instinct and imprinting, the default of ‘stranger as danger’ is a hard-wired survival mechanism, resulting in a sense of mistrust that will be reinforced or dampened via the environment and lived experiences that are filtered, labeled, and collected as automatic, binary associations that both shape our perception and forecast our emotions and behavioral responses, regardless of actual awareness of these associations.

It means then if you distrust me upon our first encounter, well then you might just be a member of the human race. We are also a race that suffers major ramifications to sanity and life expectancy if we isolate for too long, and so to be in relationship to one another, trust must be risked. The safer someone feels, but more importantly, the safer someone is, the more likely they are to venture into trust, and so this is the primary specialization of therapy, to create a space that is safe. There are varying degrees of safety, but for the most part it comes when: you can be yourself, feel acceptance and positive regard, do not have to protect yourself from abusive behavior, experience confidentiality and kindness, a willingness by someone to help, and that the person before you is authentic. The highest levels of safety though come with a few additional factors: when someone also demonstrates in their life, craft, or profession, excellence, yet not perfectionism, sound judgement, yet not condemnation, and upholds the ethical practices surrounding whatever avenue this expression takes. To me, this is a sacred space, and one that I am passionate about creating and protecting, because from here, and joined by you in a willingness to engage in the process, healing can begin.

More Info About My Practice

Welcome to Eastside Insight.

Our practice name, logo, and motto, "Therapy for the Emotional Intelligence in You,” reflect the belief that what is needed for overcoming an issue is already within. Pulling this intelligence into awareness is a form of learning called insight. When insight becomes blocked by stress, significant life events, etc., then developing a trusting relationship with an objective confidant, who doesn’t feel burdened by your troubles, can help in the process of bringing this intelligence into light. It is important then to find a therapist who you can connect with, is knowledgeable, and supports your needs. This website was created for You, with this pursuit in mind--your wellness is invaluable, and that value begins with finding the care that aligns best with You.

My Therapy Focus

Owner & Psychotherapist
License & State: LH61005663 Washington

In doing general psychotherapeutic practice for the rural population of Oregon, and then serving as a Trauma Therapist at Harborview (a level 1 trauma hospital), I have learned what it means to embrace moments of crisis for my clients, as well as serve marginalized populations. From these experiences, a deeper seriousness and passion for psychotherapy has developed; one that has been forged by the love of clients who inspire me with their grit of overcoming a stacked deck and the privilege to see them through the metamorphosis of crisis-to-change: entering into a period of safety and stabilization, then onto working through the trauma, depression, or anxiety, and finally into a life transformed by the pain, and the awakening of what it means to embrace their story. Moreover, in addition to individual therapy, I have also developed a keen affinity and focus for family and couples counseling, given that I have witnessed that when more of a person's whole life is integrated into therapy, the less a person becomes compartmentalized into issues for issues do not exist in vacuums, but influence and define the systems that first created them. Quite frankly, family and couples work energizes me, as I feel a person stands to gain the most from treating the whole rather than just the sum of the parts.

A background in literature and multicultural studies from UCLA has provided me with a rich academic reach in contextual variables, from where to better understand individuality in terms of race, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and socio-economic determinants. The classroom of life though has equipped me with my most impactful education, giving me intimate knowledge of hardship and resiliency; and further influencing my civic engagements in advocating for the LGBTIQ community and the importance of cultural pluralism. Given my love of people, and both an educated and lived experience of their struggles, I became motivated to work in a service capacity where I could address these hardships, both cognitively, and with genuine presence, on a more daily basis. My graduate training at George Fox University further provided the holistic approach to counseling I was looking for, with an emphasis on spiritual and humanistic integration in psychotherapy, as well as being adjoined with its own nationally recognized trauma institute.

I am a fully licensed psychotherapist and have received professional training, specialization, certification, and supervision and consultation in the following EBPs (Evidence-Based Practices):

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), CBT Trauma Therapy (Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Trauma), Low-Intensity CBTp (Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Psychosis), Tri-Phastic Trauma Therapy, CETA (Common Elements Treatment Approach for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD), CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), Harm-Reduction (Substance Abuse Treatment)

Pay Model
Self-Pay, Out-of-Network Provider.

Contact Information
If you are looking to see if services are right for you, the best way to contact me is to book a free 15-min consultation as I am typically in session. Please go to "Getting Started" and then "New Client Inquiries" to access this feature. If you are already a client and need to reach me, you can send me a message through the secure messaging feature via the patient portal below. However, if your need falls outside of these parameters, you are always more than welcome to call me and I will do my best to call you back in a timely manner.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    My private practice is an ally of all communities.

    Equal care will be provided to all patients, regardless of: age, race, ethnicity, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, vaccination and political views, citizenship status, and criminal history.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian Psychology / Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Logotherapy
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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