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Candice Dorsten, LMHC

Stress, Anxiety Grief Depression Compassion fatigue
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About me

My training was originally as an Art Therapist and I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well, in order to meet the needs of clients for whom art therapy was not a good match. My approach is humanistic, with a foundation in attachment theory, particularly in its application to the internal working models which will guide the individual's feelings, thoughts and expectations in later relationships. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma, Ancestral Trauma, PTSD and/or emotional abuse.

My counseling philosophy is that YOU are the expert of your own life. My approach is integrative, incorporating different therapeutic techniques to make sure that your specific concern is addressed in the way most effective for you. Each person is unique and brings his or her own history making it impossible to utilize only one or two approaches to therapy. People respond differently to styles of counseling. Our work together will always be person (you)- centered and strength-based, because, again, I truly believe that you have what it takes to succeed. My role is to guide and support you in building the skills and confidence necessary to live your best life. I meet each client where you are and build on your strengths and resources. My style is not always “easy”, I will sometimes push you past your comfort zone, but I will always be empathetic and patient and put you first. Oftentimes, clients aren't aware of what is holding them back and keeping them stuck in unhealthy patterns and as a therapist, I can aid in identifying those things. Together, we can undo false belief systems and unhealthy habits. Seeking therapy is the first step in that process.

I look forward to meeting you and to begin working together!

Professional experience

4yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Co-morbidity, Post-traumatic Stress, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

License information

WA LMHC 60843655