Welcome to Thrive Counseling Center and Our Team.
Research shows time and time again that the strongest predictor of the effectiveness of counseling is a good relationship between you and your therapist. We consistently find this to be true and will support you in finding the therapist that is the right fit for you.
We invite you to take a look through our providers and feel into who might be a good fit for you. Sometimes it's a connection with a provider's picture, sometimes it's their background and experience, sometimes you might really prefer to work with a male therapist, or sometimes with a female therapist.
You can also just trust your intuition and go with who you feel drawn to. Or, if you would like some help in making a decision about which therapist is right for you, give us a call or send us an email. We are available and ready to help you make the decision.
We are extremely proud to have such an amazing team of providers serving Federal Way, Des Moines, Auburn, and the surrounding communities. Whomever you chose to work with, you will be in good hands.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
*Carol is in our Federal Way office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. For scheduling, please call us**
Support for when life feels stressful and/or overwhelming
Carol has been supporting her clients (adults, teens, families, and children) in various capacities for nearly three decades!
This wealth of experience translates into a therapist who knows how to facilitate change while providing support for deep and sustainable healing and growth. This wealth of experience also translates into a therapist who has walked alongside others who were struggling with many of the same issues you may be struggling with today.
Carol’s approach to counseling is practical and goal-oriented. Carol will support you in overcoming current obstacles, as well as releasing the patterns that were developed long ago that no longer serve you. She knows that where you come from does not have to define who you are, or where you are going.
Carol is here to help you learn new ways of responding through using new skills and strategies when life gets stressful or overwhelming. With a deeper understanding of how your past influences your present, you can be better equipped to make positive life choices as you move into your future.
Working with Adults
Some of the areas Carol specializes in with her adult clients include:
- Finding ways to let go of the stuff that is weighing you down: Exploring family dynamics, addressing Childhood trauma, and Complex PTSD;
- Anxiety and Depression: Understanding how your past influences your present and learning new Coping Skills;
- Managing work and/or relationship challenges: Learning new skill sets and setting healthy boundaries;
- Developing positive parenting skills: Breaking family cycles and building bonds;
- Personal growth and development: Challenging negative messages and living your truth;
- Bereavement and Grief: Healing loss one day at a time.
If you are ready to dive in and do the work, Carol is here and ready to support you in reaching your personal, parental, and relationship goals.
Working with Teens
In addition to working with adults, Carol has extensive experience working with teens, children and families. Drawing on a systems approach that includes everyone, when appropriate, she will support your family in finding a path for healing, growth, and communication. Sessions with Carol means you and your children can learn new personal and social skills, while you get the support you want to know exactly how to help them. Through counseling, you can all discover new positive paths in your lives and relationships.
Some of the areas Carol specializes in providing support with her Teen/Child/Family clients are:
- Parenting support for single parents, two-parent families, divorced families, non-traditional, and blended families.
- Getting to the bottom of depression and anxiety.
- Anger management/acting out and coping skills.
- Adjusting to transition, both planned and unexpected.
- Family bonding and communication.
- Childhood trauma.
- Grief and Loss.
Getting the support you deserve
Are you ready to get things going in a better direction?
If you have questions about Carol, or would like more information about her approaches to counseling, please call or email us. If you are ready to schedule, you can do so by calling, or by clicking this link to go to her online schedule!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Therapist
**Andrew is in our Federal Way office on Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Check back for added Thursday availability also!**
GPS for life
“I think of myself as a GPS. I can’t tell you where to go, but I can help you get to where you want to be” -Andrew Caughie
When you meet Andrew for the first time you will immediately get the sense that you, your children, and your family are in really good hands. If you feel like you could use a GPS in your life then Andrew may be the therapist for you.
If you ask Andrew what his “theoretical style” of counseling is, he’d tell you that he’s a trauma-informed, person centered, humanistic therapist who borrows from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) models. Andrew feels strongly that the therapeutic relationship that you will develop together will provide the most value in reaching your goals for coming into counseling. He will work with your life in the present while addressing the ways the past might be contributing to the places you are feeling stuck. Implementing strategies and skills from CBT And DBT models will help you in finding new ways of approaching your life, kids, and relationships.
Supporting the Whole Family
Andrew knows personally and professionally how hard the job of parenting can be, and how helpful it is for kids and parents to have the support of someone who “gets it”. Frequently working with children as young as 3, and up through the teen years, Andrew is uniquely positioned to support your family at whatever age and stage you are feeling stumped. Through a genuine and therapeutic relationship Andrew will help you and your children realize your full potential together.
Help for Kids/Teens Who Just Keep Getting in Trouble
Andrew wants you to know that all too often the child who keeps getting in trouble doesn’t want to or mean to. They just struggle to know what to do with the feelings and thoughts that they are experiencing on the inside. The children inside of these brains are exhausted (and likely as their parent so are you!), and they just don’t know how to do things differently. They want to be good, but these kids are often suffering from low self-esteem and also some serious challenges with impulse control and emotion regulation.
Using mindfulness approaches, positive behavioral support interventions, parenting support, and skill based coaching, Andrew can help you and your child find more effective ways to make better choices, and explore better options for how to engage in the world, and how to cope when things don’t go according to plan.
Andrew frequently works with kids and teens who are struggling with:
- Feeling angry all the time, and/or having big tantrums, rages, or meltdowns.
- Anxiety or excessive worries
- Impulse control and just not knowing how to put on the brakes
- Knowing how to calm down. These kids can go from 0-100, but lack the ability to get themselves back down again.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or are just struggling with having “too much” energy
- Shutting down, getting easily emotionally overwhelmed
- Bright kids, Gifted Kids, Twice Exceptional Kids
- Moving through experiences of trauma, grief, and/or loss
Trauma informed care
In kids, trauma can look like a lot of things. Sometimes we will see signs of depression, sometimes we wonder if a kid has ADHD, or maybe they are just acting out more than “before”. A trauma response is simply the body and brain’s way of trying to stay safe after a stressful experience. While these responses can seem maladaptive and problematic, they are actually an over-adaptation to something that was stressful. Getting counseling means untangling stress responses and letting kids (and their parents) be more fully in the present. Andrew’s approach to counseling can support you and your kids in this process of letting go of the past, and learning new ways to be more effective and engaged in the present.
Support for Parents
Andrew knows how frequently we all can get locked in frustrating cycles with our kids where it just feels like our approach as a parent isn’t working, and we are all left feeling drained and disconnected. Working with Andrew means getting support for yourself AND for your child. With his support, you and your child will learn more effective skills and strategies to increase emotion regulation, communication skills, as well as increase the precious and critical bond between you and your child.
Andrew believes strongly in the importance of the parent/caregiver and child bond to foster healthy development, and to help with the places that you might be struggling. There is little that is more healing than the safe and supportive relationship a parent/caregiver can provide a child. The better the attachment with their parent/caregiver, the more able a child will be to utilize new skills and strategies. Within the safe and supportive relationship with a parent/caregiver, the child is able to try to do things differently. If you feel like you struggle to know how to support your child effectively, Andrew is here to help you. In working on your role and identity as a parent, you will provide the best environment for your child to learn the necessary skills and strategies to help them be successful in their world.
Counseling for Adults: Trauma-Informed, Person Centered
In addition to his work with kids and families, Andrew also works with individual adult clients. In his work with adults, his focus is on helping you overcome the stressors or traumas that are keeping you stuck in your life, or your relationships. Using mindfulness approaches, body-centered approaches, and trauma-informed care, Andrew will help you to find ways to feel safer and more confident in your own skin.
Some of the areas Andrew might help you with include:
- Big life transitions like a breakup, loss, move, change in job
- Having a hard time opening up and trusting people
- Struggling to be in social situations but also simultaneously now wanting to be alone
- Using alcohol or drugs to feel okay
- Anxiety and/or Depression
- Struggles with concentration, or a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD
If you are interested in Andrew’s credentials and background, here you go!
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Washington State Child Mental Health Specialist
- MS in Mental Health Counseling, Central Washington University
- BA in Psychology, Washington University
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Thanatologist
**Amelia is in our Federal Way office on Fridays and Saturdays**
Counseling To Help You Through Life’s Transitions
If you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed by the big (or small) transitions of life, Amelia may be the right therapist for you.
With life comes change, and with change we step into the unknown, which can bring up feelings of anxiety, depression, overwhelm, or just not knowing what step to take next (or how to take it). Amelia will walk alongside you as you navigate these next steps in your life. You don’t have to do this alone!
Amelia has been providing a safe and supportive environment for her client’s healing and growth for more than 25 years. To help her clients, Amelia takes a solution-focused approach to helping you in the here and now. She will also support you in doing the work to dive into the origins of the patterns that are no longer serving you so that these patterns and habitual ways of being that no longer serve you don’t have to run the show any more.
A collaborative process
In close collaboration with you, Amelia will help you understand and resolve the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical challenges that arise when your life and circumstances are not in alignment with where you want to be. Amelia will help you learn to close the gap between what you want and the reality of what you are doing and where you are in your life. In closing this gap, you may find that you have an easier time making decisions, and navigating transitions.
Amelia knows from her experience that counseling is about how you take what happens during session and apply it to your life outside of sessions. She will give you exercises, homework, and ways to explore how to engage with your life and relationships a little bit differently during the week(s) between your counseling sessions.
One of life’s biggest transitions, and one that Amelia is well versed in, are the transitions surrounding death and dying. With extensive training in thanatology (death, dying, and bereavement), a background working as a Bereavement Coordinator and Supervisor with Hospice, and having been a former chaplain, Amelia knows intimately the deep experience of loss that comes with the transition from life to death. She has worked extensively with those who are going through this experience themselves, as well as the families and loved ones of those who are making or have made this transition. Amelia believes strongly that the transitions around death, dying, and loss must be processed, integrated, and marked appropriately within our lives. Having walked this road with so many, she is uniquely prepared to support you if this is a transition that you or a loved one are going through.
Counseling for Couples
Amelia’s style of couple’s counseling is direct, engaged, and will support you both in rediscovering your connection with each other.
If communication is a struggle in your relationship, Amelia will help you learn more effective ways of engaging with each other from a place of mutual respect and honoring of each person as well as the relationship. If trust and intimacy are challenging within your relationship, Amelia will help you both understand and address the underlying patterns that may be sabotaging your connection and trust with each other within your partnership. In exploring your beliefs, values, and expectations of relationships, you will be in a better position to build a sustainable and resilient relational foundation moving forward.
Additionally, from her experience working at the Seattle Counseling Center for Sexual Minorities, Amelia is experienced and trained to support individuals as well as couples who identify as LGBTQIA.
If you are interested in more info on Amelia’s education and training, here you go!
- Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Master of Science, Community Counseling - Seattle Pacific University
- Certified in Thanatology: Dying, Death, and Bereavement - Association for Death Education and Counseling
- Spiritual Director - Anamcara Project, Sacred Art of Living Center
- Certified Stephen Minister and Stephen Minister Leader - St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA
- Death Educator, Facilitator of Death Cafes, End-of-Life Advocate
- Experience working as a Bereavement Professional in Hospice Programs
- Experience as a Mind-Body Therapist at Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center
Would you like more information about Amelia, or are you ready to schedule an appointment? Please give us a call or send us an email. You can also go directly to her online schedule to book your appointment now!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
**Lynelle is in our Federal Way office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays**
Lynelle believes that counseling is a process that will help you to come back into alignment within your life, relationships, or within your family. Utilizing evidence-based practices such as EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), Solution-focused therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Trauma-Informed care, and Strengths Based approaches, Lynelle will support you in getting from where you are to where you would like to be.
As a family systems therapist, Lynelle is the therapist for you if you are looking for support within your relationships and/or family. She specializes in Marriage/Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Parenting Support, and Counseling for Kids and Teens. Her clients love her engaged approach to counseling. Together, you will dive into the areas that you would like support with to find new and more effective strategies and perspectives.
Counseling for Couples
Working with Lynelle means having a safe space to explore the issues that are getting in the way of feeling nourished by your marriage/primary relationship. Whether you are stuck in the rut of needing some relationship reconnection, wanting some help finding ways to better communicate, or are needing help in finding ways to trust your partner again, Lynelle is here to help.
Lynelle understands that all too frequently in our lives our priorities slowly shift over time, life happens, and all of a sudden we realize that our relationship needs some help in rejuvenating. This is where counseling comes in. If something is just not feeling right within your relationship, it’s time to reach out for some help. With effective counseling you can re-discover the connection and passion that were so much easier to access at the beginning of your relationship.
Communication is everything….so what happens when there are communication breakdowns in your relationship? This inevitably leads to frustration, discouragement, and feelings of being disconnected from the person that is supposed to be the most important person in your life. We CAN help you learn more effective ways to communicate within your relationship. Couples who have healthy and effective strategies of communication feel more supported and satisfied with their marriage/relationships. If you feel like you and your partner are struggling to get on the same page, and just can’t find ways to communicate about the hard stuff (or the easy stuff!) then it’s time to consider coming in for some strategies and support. Lynelle can help you learn how to more effectively communicate. What you learn in sessions you will be able to immediately apply in your life and relationships.
If there has been a break in trust or an infidelity has happened, it’s also a good time to consider coming in for some support. While it often feels like there could not possibly be life after an affair or betrayal, it is possible. With the right help, and two partners who are wanting and willing to do the work to re-establish a healthy foundation, you can re-discover safety within your relationship again.
Lynelle welcomes all relationships to her practice of couples counseling. She works with traditional and non-traditional relationships as well as heteronormative and LGBTQIA identifiying clients.
As a pastoral counselor, Lynelle believes that our relationships are a reflection of our relationship with God/Goddess/Divine. In discovering or re-discovering your relationship to the divine (or what spirituality/faith means to you in your life), we are able to re-discover deeper levels of intimacy and connection within our relationships.
Counseling for Kids, Teens, and their Families
Lynelle believes strongly that the most effective way to help your child is to help you learn more effective ways to help your child. As their parent, you are uniquely in the best position to help them (even though it doesn’t always feel this way!). With Lynelle’s support you and your child will learn more effective ways of communicating with each other, more effective ways of regulating overwhelming emotions, and more effective ways to cope when things feel hard.
Similar to what happens in our primary relationships, the business of life can so often take over, and we lose the closeness and connection with our kids, and especially with our teens as they gain more of their own independence and responsibilities. Counseling is a way to get back in touch with each other, and to make sure that you are building a solid foundation as a family, and for your child/teens future as well. Coming in for family counseling means getting a time to learn new skills and strategies, and also getting a time to reconnect in the midst of the busy flow of life, work, and responsibilities. Lynelle will provide strategies to help increase cooperation, support you in utilizing loving but well boundaries discipline strategies, and help you achieve the goals and vision you have for your kids and your relationship.
Teens hold a special place in Lynelle’s personal and professional heart. The phase of being “in-between” childhood and adulthood comes with many challenges, and many opportunities for growth and self-understanding. Lynelle knows that it often takes someone who is not a parent to help teens explore and understand themselves and to help them realize what they are truly capable of. If teens are feeling anxious, depressed, or are starting to engage in risky behaviors, Lynelle can help your teen get in touch with what is important, and learn effective mood and emotion regulation strategies that they will benefit from through their entire lives.
Trauma-Informed Support for Adults and Teens
Lynelle’s experience working at the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County has deeply informed her approaches to working with trauma and overwhelmingly stressful life experiences. Sometimes when bad things happen, we can feel like something has been taken from us, and it’s hard to find a way to get it back. While the events of the past cannot be erased or changed, there is hope of life without these circumstances clouding the present.
If you are experiencing stress, PTSD, anxiety, low self-esteem, or just feel like you are falling apart inside, Lynelle is here to walk alongside you on the path to healing and recovery. With Lynelle as your ally, you will have the opportunity to heal from the wounds of the past, and intentionally create your future within your life, your relationships, and within your family.
Are you ready to get the support you need?
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Lynelle, you can call or email us here. If you would like to book directly online with Lynelle, here’s the link to her online calendar.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, Chemical Dependency Professional
**Cheryl is in our Federal Way office on Wednesdays and Saturdays. She is also available by appointment for online sessions other days of the week**
When you walk into Cheryl’s office, you are walking into a safe and supportive environment where you will get immediate help in figuring out the next steps to take in your life and relationships.
Cheryl has walked down the path of healing from her own life and relational experiences which helps her effectively walk down the path with you in finding solutions for the struggles you are currently facing. She’s been there and knows what it feels like to take that first step in getting the help you know you might need to get things back on track.
Knowing and understanding this journey from the inside out, Cheryl’s approach is completely non-judgemental and aims to ease the struggles you might be experiencing from anxiety, depression, feeling lost or confused, or feeling like you just can’t get control within your relationships.
We all get stuck in old habitual patterns of engaging with our world that, if we are honest, don’t really work well anymore. This happens in many areas of our lives, within our families, our work, and especially in our marriages and primary relationships. In your work together, Cheryl will guide you in finding the tools and strategies to break free from these habitual ways of responding in favor of new options that are more effective in the here and now.
Cheryl utilizes an artful blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Therapy in her work. She will help you learn how to challenge and change unproductive thinking and behavior patterns that lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or feelings of being overwhelmed. Utilizing mindfulness approaches, Cheryl will also help you in living the life that is right in front of you now, instead of dwelling in the past, or over-focusing on the future.
As a therapist who is trained in working with both mental health as well as chemical dependency/substance abuse challenges, Cheryl is unique in her ability to provide support to individuals, families, and couples who are struggling to cope with the painful and often debilitating experience of addiction, as well as when addiction and mental health struggles are both present (co-occurring disorders/dual diagnosis).
Some of the areas Cheryl specializes in:
When you feel like anxiety, depression, or overwhelm have completely taken over your life or the life of a loved one
Helping couples and families find more effective ways of connecting and communicating
Supporting individuals, families, and couples who are actively struggling with addiction issues and also additional mental health challenges
Helping children, teens, and adults find their own path after growing up with parents who struggled with addiction
Working with individuals who want to find ways to end the cycle of co-dependence
Master’s Degree, Addictions Counseling, Grand Canyon University
Licensed Mental Health Associate, Washington State
Chemical Dependency Professional License, Washington State
You do not have to take this journey alone. If you would like more information on Cheryl or are ready to set up an appointment to get immediate help in figuring out the next steps to take in your life and relationships, you can schedule with Cheryl now through our online scheduling system here. Or, you can give us a call or send us an email.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
**Jess is in our Federal Way office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.**
If you are feeling stuck, whether it be in your life, relationship, your parenting, or your job, it’s time to consider coming in for some support to get things moving in a more easeful and effective direction. Working with Jess means getting an ally, a support, and an advocate to help you shift from stuck and overwhelmed to feeling like you can manage your life again.
Jess’s clients appreciate her compassionate and down-to-earth approach that is completely without judgement. Jess’s clinical approach to counseling is client-centered, solution-focused, and strength-based. This means that Jess will meet you wherever you are in your healing process, she will support you in addressing the places you are feeling stuck, and she will help you find and use the strengths you may not have known (or had forgotten) that you have.
Compassionate care and lived experience
After identifying your goals for counseling, Jess will dive in with you in order to help and guide you to uncover and resolve the habituated patterns and processing that may be keeping you stuck. Taking this journey means that your past, and present ruts do not need to determine your future. Rather, the process of counseling puts you back in the driver’s seat, engaged, and able to make intentional decisions moving forward in your life.
Jess brings a wealth of both lived and professional experience to the table in her work with her clients. She knows from both personal and professional experience that the journey of healing is not always linear, and that it takes place in different ways, and at different times throughout our lives. She is here to support you in your own life, your relationships, and is also here to support your children and family.
Some of the areas Jess specializes in helping with:
- Can’t turn down the volume on their negative self-talk
- Still experience the overwhelm that comes with growing up in a dysfunctional family
- Are navigating big transitions (divorce, move, new job)
- Struggle with making healthy decisions (lifestyle, relationship)
- Are overwhelmed with grief and loss (or are confused about what “normal” grief looks like)
- Feel consumed with anxiety and/or depression
- Struggle with communication
- Are stuck having the same argument over and over (with no resolution!)
- Feel like their partner is just not “getting them”
- Are navigating the complexities of blended families and/or extended families
- Feel like they aren’t getting what they need out of their relationship
Children who are:
- Acting out or are withdrawn
- Struggling with transitions
- Having a hard time with academics
- Stuck in the rut of sibling rivalry
- Struggling to heal and resolve the impacts of sexual/physical abuse and trauma
- Living within the foster care system
If you are interested in Jess’s credentials and background before she came to us, here you go!
Credentials and Degrees Awarded
- Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Washington State Child Mental Health Specialist
- National Board Certified Counselor
- Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Science
Previous Work Experience
- Catholic Community Services Mental Health Agency
- Facilitator of Parenting Classes
- Supervisor of visitation (Foster Care Families)
- Foster Care Placement Coordinator (Washington State)
- Regional Licensor for Foster Care Agencies (Washington State)
If you would like more information about Jess or would like to schedule an appointment with her, please give us a call or send us an email. You can also go directly to her online schedule to book your appointment to get started!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
**Jessica is in our Federal Way office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.**
Working with Jessica means getting the help you need to understand and change the negative patterns that are getting in the way within your life and relationships.
Specializing in working with Adults, Couples, and Teens, Jessica utilizes a Psychodynamic Framework which is inclusive of Mindfulness Approaches, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Existential Therapy. She will work with you in a highly collaborative style to identify your goals for counseling. From there, she will work with you to help you achieve your goals, whether they be in your own life, or in your relationships.
Support for Adults
Jessica’s approach to counseling will help you dive underneath your story and perceptions about yourself and relationships to the deeper processes that keep the negative patterns going.
By uncovering these patterns and working with them at their core, the strength of these patterns diminishes. As Jessica describes, ”letting go of our negative patterns allows us to connect with our deepest, truest self.” Doing this work can allow you to feel more present, more grounded, and more connected to yourself and to others.
Jessica works with Adults who:
- Struggle with effective anger management
- Have a hard time knowing how to keep healthy boundaries
- Don’t feel confident speaking up for themselves
- Continue to feel a lack of connection in their lives and relationships
- Are stuck in a rut of anxiety and/or depression and don’t know how to get out
Support for Couples
Jessica's work with couples focuses on increasing communication and intimacy, and on reducing the feelings of anger, hurt, betrayal, and pain that so often derail our relationships. If you have been feeling like you and your partner just haven't been seeing eye to eye, and you just don't know what to do to get things back on track, it's time to consider coming in for some support. Feeling like you don't know what to do to get your relationship back on track is a common experience Jessica hears frequently. In working with Jessica, you will get an ally to support both of you in re-discovering the connection that you may have lost over time. Jessica will help you take that a step further and work with you to build an even stronger foundation for your marriage/relationship than what you may have started with. Taking the time to invest in your marriage/relationship now means building a relationship that will weather the storms for years and decades to come.
Some of the specific areas Jessica is experienced in working with:
- When you just don't feel connected to your partner in the way you were in the past
- Couples who struggle to feel seen and heard within their relationship
- When anger gets in the way of connection and intimacy
- The struggle you might feel in having a partner that is emotionally unavailable
- When betrayal or infidelity happens....how to recover and heal the marriage/relationship
Support for Teens
- Teens who feel misunderstood, rebellious, or like they just can't find the place that they fit in
- When teens and their families/parents don't see eye to eye and struggle to get on the same page
- Learning the tools and skills to combat anxiety and depression
- Social skills, and strategies for successful peer relationships
- Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Certified Hypnotherapist
- Experience working in community mental health providing Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
- Experience working in a treatment center providing support for individuals in recovery from drug addiction
Elizabeth (Liz) Huynh
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist
**Liz is in our Federal Way office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays**
Elizabeth (to us she is Liz!) is a fabulously no-nonsense, direct therapist who is loved by her child and adult clients alike. Working with Liz means diving right into finding new skills and strategies to help you through the places you are feeling stuck in your life, relationships, or with your kids. Using a strengths-based approach, Liz will meet you where you are, help assess what’s working for you, what’s not, and how to use your strengths to more effectively manage the places that are harder for you.
While Liz does do individual work with her child and teen clients, she also believes firmly in the importance of family/parental involvement in the counseling process. The more she can help everyone in your child’s life get on the same page, the better the potential outcomes that can be expected. If this means additionally working with your child/teen’s school, Liz is always open to providing wrap-around support to get your kids the support they need. The more everyone is on the same page utilizing the same strategies across different environments, the better!
Some of the “theoretical approaches” Liz uses include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Solution-Focused Therapy. She believes that the goal of the work in sessions is to be able to generalize to situations outside of sessions. This means that she will be giving you things to work on, focus on, and practice during the time between your appointments.
Some of the things Liz frequently hears from her clients (and their parents):
“Help, my kid is failing in school/getting sent home for behavioral issues”
With Liz’s help, you and your child will learn essential skills of emotion regulation, impulse control, and will build on critical self-esteem. Liz will help you understand and address the underlying factors that are so often at play when kids are struggling at school. As a goal, Liz aims to help you generalize what you learn in the office outside of the office. That includes help and support for how to carry over new understandings, skills, and strategies to the classroom.
“My child/teen is struggling socially and/or getting bullied (or is bullying others), and I don’t know what to do”
Children on both ends of this challenging dynamic need help. If your child is the one who is struggling to make friends socially, Liz will help you identify what normative social development would look like, and help your child/teen in figuring out the complex maze of friendships and relationships. Making friends might come easy for some, but more often than not, kids really struggle to know how to make friends, and even more importantly, how to keep friends. Liz can help your child with their social skills, and can help you in knowing how, when, and when not to coach from the sidelines!
“I feel like I don’t know how to communicate with my child/teen”
If you feel like you need some support in knowing how to speak with your kids so that they understand, Liz may be the therapist for you. She will also help you easily identify which battles to choose, and how to be more effective at navigating those that you do engage in. All too often in the role of parenting, we can get stuck in the rut of reacting instead of responding. Liz will help you develop the capacity to have intentional and well thought out responses to your children that help you have peace of mind around your parenting, and help your children get the best of you. Liz will support you in learning how to empower your child/teen with effective communication skills and strategies that will benefit them throughout their lifetime.
“My child/teen is really struggling with anxiety and/or depression”
When children become overly worried, anxious, or withdrawn, it’s time to consider coming in for some support. Liz can help your child or teen uncover what’s really at the root of these dynamics. She can then support your child/teen (and you) in finding more effective coping strategies, and ways to move into a more engaged and confident relationship with their world. With Liz at their side, your child/teen will have an ally to navigate the often bumpy road of childhood, life transitions, and teen years.
Support for Adults
In addition to her work with kids, parents, and their families, Liz also works with individual adults struggling with anxiety, depression, or those who are needing support through life’s big transitions.
Together, you will tackle the work of identifying what works and what doesn’t work. Additionally, Liz may help you take inventory of what is even important to you at this time of your life (because these things change!). She will help you find new ways to figure out the areas that you keep getting stumped by, and what you can do differently in the present and future to move in a direction that is more in line with who you are now.
Are you ready to schedule? Give us a call or send us an email. You can also do so if you would like more information or have a question. If you would like to schedule with Liz on her online schedule, click here
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
**Todd is available in our Federal Way office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays**
Todd has a way of putting his clients (even if this is their first time coming into counseling) immediately at ease. From this place, Todd will walk with you towards your goals, supporting and guiding you along the way. In working with Todd, he will skillfully tailor counseling towards your specific needs, rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach.
Todd has been working with adults, families, and children since 2010. He is a licensed mental health counselor as well as a National Board Certified Counselor. Based on his experience, Todd feels strongly that therapy should be a side-by-side collaborative experience between therapist and client(s).
With Todd as your therapist, you will be supported in identifying the sources that are contributing to your feelings of being overwhelmed, whether it be in your individual life, your relationships, or your parenting. Using a strengths-based approach, he will also explore your strengths, or the things that are working or that you are good at (in your life, relationship, work, etc.). In understanding and harnessing these strengths, he will then help you use your strengths to create change within the areas you are struggling with.
He wants his clients to know that counseling isn't just about figuring out what's wrong. It's about figuring out what resources you do have (even if you aren't aware of them yet!) and using them to help resolve your challenges.
In his work with kids and families, Todd brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and playfulness to support kids and teens who are struggling, as well as their families. His practical and empowering approaches to counseling are very well received by his child and teen clients. Even by those who initially are resistant to coming into counseling.
Some of Todd's areas of specialty include:
- Working with individuals and couples who feel frustrated by not having their needs heard or met
- Providing support for individuals and couples who desire changes in life but struggle to know how to go about making changes
- Helping families understand how to communicate with each other more effectively
- Teaching skills and strategies to feel more confident in relationships and social situations regardless of age
Education and Training
- Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University
- National Board Certified Counselor
**Kreed is available to answer your questions or help with scheduling Monday-Friday.**
With a background in management and support, Kreed joined Thrive Counseling Center as the practice office manager in early 2016. As an advocate of mental health counseling and supporting others, Kreed finds great purpose and value in helping to ensure clients and therapists can focus on the counseling journey at hand. Most of what she does is accomplished behind the scene and her tasks include new patient support, billing, marketing and other operational tasks that assist clients and therapists.
Kreed came to Washington state by way of stepping out on faith and trusting the big leap! She left her native home state of Florida, the only place she had ever lived and traveled 3,000+ miles and eventually landed in the PNW - the place she now calls home. Passionate about pregnancy and birth, Kreed can often be found supporting those who are on their individual pregnancy and birth journey as well as spending time with her daughters, grandchildren and two retired racing greyhounds, Halo & Hollis, in her off time.