Ross Artwohl LICSW, PLLC, Clinical Social Work in Lacey, Washington, 98503

Ross Artwohl

LICSW, PLLC

Ross Artwohl

LICSW, PLLC

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - LW 60741617
Secondary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - CSW.09923310
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

Evening Availability

Offices

The Marston Center
677 Woodland Square Loop SE
Lacey, Washington 98503

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My Approach to Helping

In practice since 2000, I bring thoughtful attention to your unique history, struggles and ways of coping rather than applying a "one-size-fits-all" approach. In addition to the emotional support you'll feel in session, together, we'll gain a better understanding of why certain feelings/moods, thoughts and behaviors recur.

You'll notice I'm in dialogue with you during session rather than quiet and aloof or excessively structured and advice-giving. The essence of my approach is an exploration of those aspects of yourself that are not fully known especially as they're manifest and potentially influenced in the therapy relationship or, for couples in treatment, with your primary romantic partner. These include: recurrent fears, desires, habits of thought, patterns of behavior, characteristic ways to avoid difficult emotion, means to maintain self-esteem and ways of relating to others.

Here's what you can expect in session with me:

- A focus on feelings and expression of emotion.
- Exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings.
- Identification of recurring patterns of thought, feeling, self-concept, relationship and life experience.
- Discussion of past experience especially with early caregivers and siblings.
- Focus on your interpersonal relationships.
- Attention to the therapy relationship as a way to understand old and practice new interpersonal behaviors.
- Exploration of fantasy life including desires, fears, fantasies, dreams and daydreams.

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

Couples/marital therapy has been a primary focus of my practice for well over a decade. Intimacy is a natural system and requires that we grow as individuals to meet its challenges. Fortunately, our relationship guides us where we need to do so by becoming stuck. One partner's attempt to move/change meets with invalidation or strong emotion from the other.

While painful, this doesn't mean there's anything going wrong with the relationship. In fact, it's working just as nature designed. To see this more clearly consider sex. The intimacy you're having with your partner is all the sex that each of you feels comfortable with (e.g. particular sex acts, who leads, level of emotional connection, etc.). The difficulty is that after a while the sex becomes a bit routine and even boring. To bring the spark back you need to introduce novelty but to do that requires that you move outside the comfort zone you've established together. This can mean trying a new sex act, new roles and/or deepening emotional connection during sex (e.g. holding eye contact). Nervous/excited yet?

I help couples "listen" to the struggles they're having with each other as they point the way to personal growth.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
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